Oakland Raiders 2018 Mock Draft Tracker: 5.0

Posted Mar 7, 2018

Following the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine, take a look at the newest edition of the Mock Draft Tracker.

The 2018 NFL Scouting Combine is in the books.

Let’s take a closer look at who the draft experts have the Silver and Black selecting:

Bleacher Report

Expert | Matt Miller

Selection: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Breakdown: Even after selecting cornerback Gareon Conley in the first round last season, the Oakland Raiders are in need of help at the position. The prospect of pairing Conley, who missed most of the 2017 season with a shin injury, and Josh Jackson looks like an instant fix for a secondary that was torched often last year.

Jackson has ideal size (6'1", 192 lbs) and grabbed eight interceptions in his junior year before entering the NFL draft. He doesn't have blinding speed (4.56 seconds in the 40) but is quick and physical at the line of scrimmage. His press and bail technique are the best of the top-tier corners I've studied.

The Raiders could look to get younger on the offensive line with this selection, but new coach Jon Gruden should resist the urge to draft offensive players and instead focus on fixing his defense.

CBS Sports

Expert | Chris Trapasso

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: Smith is a speedy, rocked up off-ball linebacker who'll remind Jon Gruden of Derrick Brooks. Linebacker is a huge need for Oakland. The Raiders don't need to over-complicate things here.

Expert | R.J. White

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: The Raiders must go to work improving all three levels of their defense, Khalil Mack can't do it alone. Smith has excellent power and speed at the linebacker position and should be a force as a three-down linebacker for this unit for years to come.


Expert | Mel Kiper Jr.

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: This match makes too much sense, so I'm sticking with it. Smith could be the centerpiece of Jon Gruden's defense, playing inside linebacker. He had 137 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks last season, and he was a force in the College Football Playoff, making plays from sideline to sideline.

Expert | Todd McShay

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: Oakland has needs all over on defense (CB, LB, edge rusher) and not enough available cap room to make huge upgrades in free agency. Smith would be a good building block for the Raiders' defense, as a rangy weakside linebacker with fast eyes and terrific closing speed. He's also a great leader and possesses tremendous football character.

Expert | Lance Zierlein

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: The Raiders have been in need of help at inside linebacker for a while, and they get an ascending playmaker in this spot.

Expert | Bucky Brooks

Selection: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

Breakdown: Explosive athlete with the speed and movement skills to blossom into a CB1.

Expert | Daniel Jeremiah

Selection: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

Breakdown: Alexander is coming off a phenomenal combine performance and Oakland needs an upgrade in the secondary.

Expert | Charley Casserly

Selection: Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

Breakdown: Edmunds is the best all-around LB in the draft.

Expert | Charles Davis

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Diagnose, run, hit. Diagnose, run, cover, hit. Rinse. Repeat. I love this playmaking thumper so much that I voted him third for last year's Heisman Trophy.

Expert | Chad Reuter

Selection: Vita Vea, DT, Washington

Breakdown: Vea's combination of strength and athleticism gives him an excellent chance of being picked in the top 10.

USA Today

Expert | Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: Oakland's defense has little to offer outside of Khalil Mack and needs assistance at almost every level. With excellent instincts and a knack for finding the ball, Smith might end up a foundational figure for whichever team drafts him.

Pro Football Focus

Expert | Steve Palazzolo

Selection: Bradley Chubb, EDGE, NC State

Breakdown: The Raiders are still looking for a viable threat opposite Khalil Mack and Chubb offers a three-down option on the edge. He’s outstanding in the run game, where he rarely loses and finished second in the draft class with a run-stop percentage of 11.0. Chubb has continued to improve as a pass-rusher, where he has the burst to challenge tackles and pairs that with the power and hand usage to win off the edge.

Expert | Walter Cherepinsky

Selection: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio

Previous Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: The Raiders need to upgrade every area of their defense. Cornerback, linebacker and defensive tackle are seen as the big problem areas, but Oakland also needs a dynamic edge rusher to start across from Khalil Mack.

Jon Gruden could see Marcus Davenport as his next Simeon Rice. Davenport is a highly athletic edge rusher who has been generating tons of buzz lately. He could be a top-10 pick with a strong pre-draft process, and he's off to a good start by performing well at the Senior Bowl.

SB Nation

Expert | Dan Kadar

Selection: Derwin James, LB/S, Florida State

Breakdown: When most draft prospects give boring, vanilla answers, James made a daring proclamation at the combine: He’s going in the top 10. For the Raiders, the ultra-versatile and athletic James can be lined up all over the field. He’d mostly be a linebacker for Oakland, which suits his ability to come up and use his strength to attack the ball.


Expert | Albert Breer

Selection: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

Breakdown: The Raiders would be lucky in this scenario—their biggest hole would be filled by the best available player. Smith is a heat-seeking sideline-to-sideline linebacker who could man the Oakland middle for a decade.

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