The 2017 NFL Scouting Combine has wrapped up, which means NFL draft experts have started releasing their post-Combine mock drafts.
The Oakland Raiders are set to pick No. 24th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. With so many talented players entering the league this year, it'll be interesting to see who the Silver and Black come away with in the first round.
Here's a look at who experts around the league have the Raiders taking:
Expert | Brent Sobleski
Breakdown:During his time as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and now the Oakland Raiders, Jack Del Rio preferred to use a pair of massive run-stuffers at defensive tackle. Whether it was Marcus Stroud and John Henderson or Dan Williams and Justin Ellis, plenty of beef has resided along the interior of Del Rio's defenses.
The coach reassessed his approach, though.
"Interior pass rush is critical for us to get that going," Del Rio said, per ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez. "We were not nearly effective enough. ... I didn't feel like we got enough inside push."
The Raiders finished dead last in the league in 2016 with only 25 sacks. This is astounding since Oakland's defense featured the Defensive Player of the Year in Khalil Mack. But one exceptional defender can't provide a team's entire pressure package. The defensive interior must be able to collapse the pocket, too.
Malik McDowell didn't post overwhelming pass-rushing numbers at Michigan State, but he did display traits—such as upfield explosion, flexibility to turn the edge and strength to work through double-teams—that indicate he's a prospect who can be productive at the professional level. Plus, his combination of size (6'6", 276 lbs) and athleticism will offer system flexibility alongside former second-round pick Mario Edwards Jr., who is 280 pounds.
Expert | Will Brinson
Breakdown:The Raiders pounce on secondary value late in the first round to help a defensive backfield that needs young corner talent.
Expert | Dane Brugler
Breakdown:The Raiders could use a tough, rangy linebacker and Cunningham fits the bill with his ball awareness, play speed and length to keep himself free from blocks.
Expert | Pete Prisco
Breakdown:They have to get better play at corner from what they got last year. Humphrey can step in and help right away. The Raiders could also consider linebacker here.
Expert | Rob Rang
Breakdown:The Raiders' rise to the playoffs is directly attributable to its explosive offense but if the club is to take the next step -- and remain a consistent postseason threat -- help must be on the way for a defense that surrendered an average of 375 yards per game, 26th in the NFL. In his postseason wrap-up, Jack Del Rio stressed the need to create more of disruption on the interior, which is exactly what the 6-5, 285 pound McDowell does best.
Expert | Mel Kiper, Jr.
Breakdown:The Raiders have a big need here, and Wilson offers length and experience at cornerback, where he has played in nearly 40 games for the Gators. For the first time in a while, the Raiders can be drafting in the midst of a title window, and I think cornerback help should be a part of the equation on Day 1 or Day 2. Wilson is a good value in this range, too.
Expert | Todd McShay
Breakdown:At 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Davis' best fit is at weak-side linebacker. He's an explosive athlete with great range who profiles as an every-down player in the NFL. He could also play middle linebacker if he bulked up a bit. Oakland has needs at both positions and could use a Kwon Alexander-type player like Davis at the second level.
Expert | Dieter Kurtenbach
Breakdown:The Raiders still love to take the best athlete available, right? Well, McDowell, who looks like he could play power forward in the NBA, fits the bill and will help solidify the Raiders' porous defensive front.
Expert | Emily Kaplan
Breakdown:The Temple product was the talk of the Senior Bowl and followed that up with a dominant combine. In Mobile, Reddick switched seamlessly from outside linebacker to inside linebacker in drills.
Expert | Bucky Brooks
Breakdown:The Raiders can't continue to ignore their pressing need on the island. White is an experienced cover corner capable of snuffing out wide receivers with his length and athleticism.
Expert | Charley Casserly
Breakdown:Conley is a fine press corner who has the potential to play off in man-to-man coverage.
Expert | Daniel Jeremiah
Breakdown:One of the cleanest players in this draft, White can play outside or in the nickel.
Expert | Chad Reuter
Selection: Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
Breakdown:Jack Del Rio wants an interior pass rusher. Brantley's relentless inside? That's a good fit.
**Pro Football Focus
Expert | Steve Palazzolo
Selection: Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State
Breakdown:While they've added key pieces to the defense in recent years, the middle of Oakland's defense is still lacking along the defensive line. McDowell can move around the defensive front, but he can be a disruptive presence along the interior, where he graded at a solid 83.2 against the run and 85.7 (12th in the nation) as a pass-rusher. McDowell has continued to improve each year in college, and while he didn't take the massive step forward we hoped for in 2016, he still has room to grow as a player at the next level.
Expert | Dan Kadar
Breakdown: Reddick continued his strong offseason in Indianapolis, and is locked in as a first-round pick. He would give the Raiders a player who can play inside or outside linebacker, or even line up at end if they wanted. His versatility and skill will be coveted on the first night of the draft.
Expert | Eric Galko
Breakdown:Cook has some injury and character background issues that may lead to him falling a bit on draft day, but the Raiders would be a perfect fit for his running style. He can easily replace Latavius Murray as the feature back and has Ezekiel Elliott-like upside.
Expert | Charlie Campbell
Breakdown:Missouri has been a factory for NFL defensive line talent in recent years. With Charles Harris on the other side, Frazier was able to do some damage as a junior. The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder came on strong at the end of the 2016 season. On the year, he notched 7.5 sacks with 33 tackles. He had two sacks as a backup in 2015. Frazier could be poised for a big 2017 season as it looked like the light came on for him late in the 2016 season.