Oakland Raiders 2019 Mock Draft Tracker: 4.0

Exactly two weeks from today, the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine will be in full effect, and I can't wait.

As we've discussed, some of college football's top prospects will be in attendance at Lucas Oil Stadium, as they showcase their athletic gifts and football IQ in a string of drills and meetings.

In this week's edition of the Mock Draft Tracker, we've added a few more NFL analysts to our list, including ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper. There have been a few changes to the tracker, but Quinnen Williams remains the favorite for the Oakland Raiders to select.

PublicationProjected PickPlayerCollegeLast Updated
CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso)No. 4DE, Clelin FerrellClemson2/8/19
No. 24TE, T.J. HockensonIowa2/8/19
No. 27WR, A.J. BrownOle Miss2/8/19
CBS Sports (Ryan Wilson)No. 4DT, Rashan GaryMichigan2/10/19
No. 24LB, Devin BushMichigan2/10/19
No. 27CB, Lonnie JohnsonKentucky2/10/19
The Athletic (Dane Brugler)No. 4DE, Rashan GaryMichigan2/5/19
No. 24TE, T.J. HockensonIowa2/5/19
No. 27RB, Josh JacobsAlabama2/5/19
Walter FootballNo. 4DE, Rashan GaryMichigan2/12/19
No. 24CB, DeAndre BakerGeorgia2/12/19
No. 27S, Johnathan AbramMississippi State2/12/19
SB Nation (Dan Kadar)No. 4DT, Quinnen WilliamsAlabama2/11/19
No. 24EDGE, Brian BurnsFlorida State2/11/19
No. 27WR, D.K. MetcalfOle Miss2/11/19
NFL Network (Bucky Brooks)No. 4DE, Rashan GaryMichigan1/25/19
No. 24WR, Kelvin HarmonN.C. State1/25/19
No. 27DT, Jeffery SimmonsMississippi State1/25/19
NFL Network (Daniel Jeremiah)No. 4DT, Quinnen WilliamsAlabama1/23/19
No. 24DE, Jaylon FergusonLouisiana Tech1/23/19
No. 27CB, Trayvon MullenClemson1/23/19
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller)No. 4DE, Rashan GaryMichigan2/4/19
No. 24RB, Josh JacobsAlabama2/4/19
No. 27CB, Trayvon MullenClemson2/4/19
ESPN (Todd McShay)No. 4DT, Quinnen WilliamsAlabama2/7/19
No. 24WR, A.J. BrownOle Miss2/7/19
No. 27RB, Josh JacobsAlabama2/7/19
ESPN (Mel Kiper)No. 4CB, Greedy WilliamsLSU1/17/19
No. 24WR, Marquise BrownOklahoma1/17/19
No. 27TE, Irv Smith Jr.Alabama1/17/19

Last week, defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons out of Mississippi State was linked to the Raiders in a couple different mock drafts, and his draft stock was rising rapidly; however, that stopped Tuesday when ESPN Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that Simmons suffered a knee injury training, and it's expected to be a torn ACL.

We've covered the fact the Raiders need to address the defensive side of the ball in the draft - no question there - but an interesting pattern I'm beginning to see is the number of tight ends appearing in mock drafts.

Jared Cook had his best NFL season in 2018 and was selected to his first Pro Bowl and established himself as one of the premiere tight ends in the league last year. Cook is set to enter free agency on March 13 when the new league year officially begins, and while I hope No. 87 returns to the Silver and Black, the athletic pass catcher will likely have plenty of suitors. If it just so happens that Cook signs elsewhere, the Raiders will need to find Derek Carr a new security blanket to throw to on third down.

Mel Kiper has the team selecting tight end Irv Smith Jr. from Alabama with the No. 27 overall pick, while The Athletic's Dane Brugler and CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso have the Raiders drafting tight end T.J. Hockenson from Iowa. Their measurables and statistical outputs in 2018 are both eerily similar. Hockenson is 6-5, 250 pounds, and Smith is 6-4, 241 pounds; each had at least 700 yards receiving last season, and both hauled in at least six touchdowns.

Truthfully, I think there's more of a need at the wide receiver position, and depending on what Marshawn Lynch decides to do, the Raiders may focus their attention on a running back late in the first round.

I'm throwing around a lot of hypotheticals, but it comes with the territory when preparing for the NFL Draft. We'll have a better indication of what's to come once the Combine wraps up on March 4.

Take a look at which players NFL analysts are predicting the Raiders will select in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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