2012 Ruling Sports Mock NFL Draft

The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off tonight in New York City.  To commeorate the event, RulingSports.com reached out to various friends of the website to get their take on who is getting drafted where.  Participants were not told who was drafted ahead or behind their picks.  As such, you may see some duplicates.  They were just told to give their best guess as to who they think their team will draft and why.  Additionally, some teams had more than one participant respond.  It is interesting to see the variety of picks selected when this happened.   

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1.  Indianapolis Colts

Pick byStew Blake (@StewBlake22) is a writer for the Indianapolis Colts’ Sports Blog Nation site, Stampede Blue.

Player selected:  Andrew Luck (Stanford – Quarterback)

Explanation:  Jim Irsay has confirmed it. Ryan Grigson has confirmed it. Andrew Luck is going #1 and no one should be surprised. Arguably the most sound quarterback prospect since John Elway, Luck has it all: intelligence, athleticism, extreme accuracy, a big frame, a highly underrated, powerful arm, and the media chops to bring it full circle. There’s just too many positives to list. You can’t replace one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning, but you can fill his glaring absence with a product that can achieve success that Indianapolis fans now expect. That’s what Andrew Luck brings to your franchise and that’s why he’s going #1. Sorry, Griffiniacs. Your guy is pretty good too.

2.  Washington Redskins

Pick by:  Chris Russell (@RussellMania980) is the Redskins Insider on ESPN 980 – Washington, D.C. and a host on Yahoo! Sports Radio.

Player selected:  Robert Griffin III (Baylor – Quarterback)

Explanation:  Why?  Is there any other option?  He is a franchise quarterback that the Redskins traded the partial future of the franchise for.

Pick by:  Martin Brian Ansah (@DaAnsahOnSports) is a widely followed sports commentator on Twitter and a student at the University of Miami School of Law who supports the Redskins.

Player selected:  Robert Griffin III (Baylor – Quarterback)

Explanation:  The Redskins are desperate for a quarterback and traded three first round picks.

3.  Minnesota Vikings

Pick byTom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) is the a radio host on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities and the Senior Editor of 1500ESPN.com.

Player selected:  Matt Kalil (USC – Offensive Tackle)

Explanation:  Vikings GM Rick Spielman says LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon have equal grades on the Vikings’ draft board. The sense around the league is Claiborne might have the highest ceiling. But can the Vikings really pass on the opportunity to pass on protection for Christian Ponder? In a perfect world, Spielman trades down, picks up an extra draft choice and still get his man.

4.  Cleveland Browns

Pick by:  Pete Stella (@PeteStellaFox) is a College Football Editor at FoxSports.com and a Cleveland native.

Player selected:  Trent Richardson (Alabama – Running Back)

Explanation:  Trent Richardson is a bigtime playmaker who will make an instant impact on an offense that needs stars.

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Pick by:  Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) is the host of the Opening Drive on 1100 A.M. in Atlanta.  He was formerly the host of The Morning Wrap on Tallahassee’s The Ticket Sports Network.

Player selected:  Trent Richardson (Alabama – Running Back)

Explanation:  Tampa Bay is going to find a way to walk away with Alabama RB Trent Richardson. Either he’s there at 5, or they will trade up to 4 or 3 (most likely).

6.  St. Louis Rams

Selection by:  Brian Freeman (@BTFRadio) is a radio producer and host on ESPN 100.5 – Missouri and the owner and writer of SportsLoungeShow.com.

Player selected:  Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  On a team with a dearth of needs, widereceiver is the greatest need they have. Yes, they’ve got guys with NFL experience, but they don’t have agame-breaker at the skill position.  That’swhat Blackmon provides to a team that has ZERO explosive players.  He’s a game changer and with Blackmonalongside with Austin Pettis(slot), Danny Amendola(over the middle reciever),Danario Alexander (deep threat/fly pattern), the Rams are a far more completecorps for Bradford to throw to.  Also,they signed former Giants WR Steve Smith as a FA and have talented TE’s inLance Kendricks and Mike McNeal. Blackmon would make this, possibly, the deepest WR corps in the NFCWest.  And for a team that couldn’tscore at all in 2011, that might be the best news they could possibly get earlyon Day 1 of the 2012 NFL Draft.  The Rams are in a unique situation at #6 in this year’s NFLDraft.  Initially picking at number 2,the Rams traded with the Washington Redskins to move back.  In the process, the Rams picked up a WORLDof picks (for the Redskins to take Robert Griffin behind Andrew Luck).  St. Louis doesn’t need a QB but they do needan elite talent…and at their current position, the world is their oyster.  There’s a couple positions the Rams need.  A couple, by the way, would be everyposition except Chris Long, James Laurinaitis, Josh Brown (yes, a kickerreference), and Sam Bradford.  Sothey’ve got their pick of the litter. In a draft with, as many people project, 6 elite prospects, they reallycan’t lose.

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick byNathan Whitaker (@NathanWhitaker) is the New York Times best-selling author of Tim Tebow, Tony Dungy and James Brown’s autobiographies.  A Harvard educated attorney, Whitaker was previously employed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Player selected:  Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  The Jaguars are still looking to fill many needs on both sides of the ball to fill the needs of Mike Mularkey, their new Head Coach, and Mel Tucker, their Defensive Coordinator (and Assistant Head Coach).  They have openly expressed an interest to trade the seventh pick away for more picks in the draft, but if they don’t end up trading the pick away to a team interested in Ryan Tannehill or Trent Richardson, I see them taking Justin Blackmon, WR, OK State, if he’s still on the board.  While they’ve strengthened their WR needs during free agency, they still need to give Blaine Gabbert more wide receivers to help his growth.

Of course, the Jaguars were 5-11 and their needs are plentiful: they also have needs in protecting Gabbert (and OG David DeCastro of Stanford would fit that bill) and Mel Tucker did a masterful job in piecing together a top-six defense last year – they could still use more pieces, and Stephon Gilmore (CB – South Carolina) would fill that need.

Pick by:  John M. Phillips (@athleticslawyer) is an NFL agent, attorney and the host of WOKV 106.5 – Jacksonville’s “Courts and Sports.”

Player Selected:  Melvin Ingram (South Carolina – Defensive End)

Explanation:  The Jaguars’ biggest need is WR, but if Melvin Ingram is on the board he’s the pick.

8.  Miami Dolphins

Pick byDarren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) is the founder of the website SportsAgentBlog.com, the agency Dynasty Reps and practices entertainment law in Miami.

Player selected:  Ryan Tannehill (Texas A&M – Quarterback)

Explanation:  The Dolphins need a franchise quarterback and everyone says he’s the 3rd best on the board.

9.  Carolina Panthers

Pick byMark Sullivan (@ESPNAtTheBuzzer) is the host of ESPN Radio Fayetteville’s “At the Buzzer.”

Player selected:  Quinton Coples (UNC – Defensive Lineman)

Explanation:  The Panthers will probably trade down to move out of the 9 spot.  If they stay at 9, I think they will take Quinton Coples.  He will help a D-Line that couldnt stop the run and can also get after the quarterback.  If Coples is off the board, I like BC linebacker Luke Kuechly. If Beason and Davis are healthy, this will be the best LB corps in the NFL.  Like I said earlier, I think they trade down with the Pats at 27 and take LB Dont’a Hightower of Alabama. LB depth is a must-have for CAR.

Pick by:  Marc James (@MarcJames) is the host of “The Drive” on CBS Radio 610 The Fan in Charlotte, NC.

Player selected:  Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State – Defensive Tackle)

Explanation:   The Panthers gave up an NFL Worst 4.6 Yards Per Carry against run.

10.  Buffalo Bills

Selection by:  Matthew Warren (@MattRichWarren) is a contributor to the Buffalo Bills’ Sports Blog Nation site, Buffalo Rumblings.

Player selected:  Luke Kuechly (Boston College – Linebacker)

Explanation:  The Bills need a guy who can help in coverage underneath against the tight ends in the AFC East like Dustin Keller and the Boston TE Party. Their linebacker position is woefully thin behind Kelvin Shepperd and Nick Barnett. They have Kirk Morrison slotted in as their starting SLB right now despite not starting a game all last season. By adding Kuechly they take a guy who will be an every down linebacker for them very soon and revert Morrison to a depth role where he probably belongs at this stage in his career. They also brace themselves against a Barnett injury which has been the norm for the former Packer. Other considerations are offensive tackle and wide receiver, where they also have very little depth, cornerback, and wide receiver with an outside shot of safety Marc Barron. All-in-all, the Bills have several directions they could go in the first round.

11.  Kansas City Chiefs

Selection by:  Curtis Kitchen (@CurtisKitchen) covers the Kansas State Wildcats and the Big 12 for Kansas City’s 610 Sports Radio.

Player selected:  Luke Kuechly (Boston College – Linebacker)

Explanation:  Kuechly is an instant starter who is smart with good range from ILB spot.  If Kuechly is gone, look for Chiefs to take a NT–maybe either Dontari Poe (Memphis) or Alameda Ta’amu (Washington).

Selection by:  Benjamin Gaus (@BenjaminGaus) is a law student who will be interning with RulingSports.com this summer.

Player selected:  Coby Fleener (Stanford – Tight End)

Explanation:  Hit by the injury bug last year, the Chiefs showed they have many holes to fill. Another receiving playmaker on offense would provide better balance. I think they draft TE Coby Fleener, although they may trade down and still get him.

12.  Seattle Seahawks

Selection by:  Danny Kelly (@FieldGulls) is the Managing Editor and Lead Writer of the Seattle Seahawks’ Sports Blog Nation site, Field Gulls.

Player selected:  Courtney Upshaw (Alabama – OLB/DE)

Explanation:   He’s a tough, athletic run stopping, quarterback harassing defensive end that can rush the passer from a three point stance, stop the run, or drop back in zone coverage. He can also play some strong side linebacker on certain downs when needed. His versatility is important in the Seahawks defense, and with Pete Carroll’s ability to move him around in several spots, he’ll play early and often. He plays mean, aggressively, and competitively – and fits in perfectly with the identity the Seahawks are building on defense.

13.  Arizona Cardinals

Selection byGreg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne) is the Director of Athletics at the University of Arizona.

Player selected:  Michael Floyd (Notre Dame – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  I would like them to draft Arizona alums Nick Foles or Juron Criner, but if they don’t take my expert advice, they should draft Michael Floyd, the wide receiver from Notre Dame.

14.  Dallas Cowboys

Selection by:  Shawn Arnell (@_ShawnArnell) is the co-host of the “Shawn and Wally Show” on the Arkansas Radio Network.

Player selected:  Mark Barron (Alabama – S)

Explanation:  The Cowboys will use the 14th pick to help improve a weak secondary.  Despite signing Brodney Pool, look for the Cowboys to pick Alabama safety, Mark Barron.

15.  Philadelphia Eagles

Selection by:  Ed Rendell is the former governor of Pennsylvania.  He currently writes the “View from the Stands” column for the Philadelphia Daily News.

Player selected:  Michael Floyd (Notre Dame – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  With Floyd’s presence, the Philadelphia Eagles will be able to become the number-one pass offense in the NFL.

Selection by:  Jason Brewer (@BleedingGreen) is the managing editor of the Philadelphia Eagles’ Sports Blog Nation site, Bleeding Green Nation.

Player selected:  Luke Kuechly (Boston College – Linebacker)

Explanation:  This may be more wishful thinking than anything, given that the Eagles haven’t taken a LB in the first round since the 70s… but there’s no doubt that they’ve got a need there and Kuechly is the top LB in this draft. The Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans to fill the middle linebacker role, but Kuechley could slide in at the SAM or WILL position and start from day one. If he’s still there at #15, it will be that rare confluence of draft luck where the guy who fills your biggest need is also arguably the best player available.

16.  New York Jets

Pick by:  Robert Raiola (@SportsTaxMan) is the co-author of the book Winning Tax Strategies and Planning for Athletes and Entertainers and is a CPA with Fazio, Mannuzza, Roche, Tankel, LaPilusa, LLC in New Jersey.

Player selected:  Courtney Upshaw (Alabama – Linebacker)

Explanation:  The Jets are lacking in speed at the linebacker position.

17.  Cincinnati Bengals

Pick by:  Andrew Riley (@buriedtalents) is a law student and will be joining RulingSports.com this summer as an intern.

Player selected:  David DeCastro (Stanford – Guard)

Explanation:  The playoff game against Houston last year highlighted some weaknesses on the line that resulted in 3 interceptions thrown and only 76 yards on the ground. DeCastro could potentially bolster both of those short comings.

18.  San Diego Chargers

Pick by:  Edward de la Fuente (@ed_delafuente) is a General Editor for ESPN based in Los Angeles.

Player selected:  David DeCastro (Stanford – OG)

Explanation:  The Chargers need a guard that can step in right away, with Dielman retired.

19.  Chicago Bears

Pick byLester A. Wiltfong, Jr. (@wiltfongjr and @official_wcg) is a writer for the Chicago Bears’ Sports Blog Nation site, Windy City Gridiron.

Player selected:  Chandler Jones (Syracuse – Defensive End)

Explanation:  While I think there are several defensive ends that the Bears would be OK drafting, I think the one that they may end up with is Chandler Jones from Syracuse. He has good size for a 4-3 DE, and he has good enough quickness to be the edge rusher the Bears need.

Pick byDave Gilbert (@DaveGilbertNFL) contributes posts to the Chicago Bears’ Sports Blog Nation site, Windy City Gridiron.

Player selected:  Whitney Mercilus (Illinois – Defensive End)

Explanation:  Chicago has addressed many needs during the off season, but I still feel they need to add a strong defensive lineman. Someone like Mercilus playing on the line with Julius Peppers would make the Bears defense a force to be reckoned with.

Mercilus has good speed, and can get to the edge quickly. At 265 lbs, he may not be the biggest, but he is strong and uses his hands well. In his 2011 college season, he led the nation with 16 sacks, demonstrating his ability to get to the passer. He can shed blocks well, and is also good at stripping the ball from opposing running backs.

Although he might have only really had one stand out season at Illinois, I think he is NFL ready, and should be able to step in to the Bears defence and make an immediate impact.

Pick by:  Exavier Pope (@ExavierPope) is an entertainment and sports attorney based in Chicago.

Explanation:  Needs: Offensive Line, Wide Receiver

The Bears most pressing need is their shaky offensive line. Jay Cutler covered up for a multitude of deficiencies when he was healthy last season.  The Bears are high on Wisconsin’s Peter Konz, but could go for Riley Reiff from Iowa.  With elite quarterbacks such Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford in the Bears division, the Bears may instead opt for bolstering its pass rush by selecting USC’s Nick Perry, North Carolina’s Quinton Coples, or Whitney Mercilus from Illinois.  Although it’s a need, it is doubtful the Bears draft a wide receiver, especially with teams ahead of them with the need. The Bears could select Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd if the Jets don’t take him first or select the very raw but talented Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech.

20.  Tennessee Titans

Pick by:  James D. Horne (@bigdog_wjzm) is a radio host on 1400 WJZM – Clarksville’s “From the Sideline” and a columnist for the Clarksville Sports Network.

Player selected:  Whitney Mercilus (Illinois – Defensive End)

Explanation:  The Tennessee Titans will select Whitney Mercilus.  The Titans need help on D-Line and especially at DE; they could go with DT or CB, too.

21.  Cincinnati Bengals

Pick by:  Danielle Blanchard (@Elle087) is a law student and will be interning with RulingSports.com this summer.

Player selected:  Doug Martin (Boise State – Running Back)

Explanation:  While the Bengals need to improve their offense and could pick Trent Richardson or Justin Blackmon, I’d love to see them take Doug Martin, because I think he’s going to do great in the NFL and will be explosive on offense.

22.  Cleveland Browns

Pick by:  Pete Stella (@PeteStellaFox) is a College Football Editor at FoxSports.com and a Cleveland native.

Player selected:  Kendall Wright (Baylor – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  The guy can play right away, stretch the field and be Colt McCoy’s best friend.

23.  Detroit Lions

Pick bySean Yuille (@PrideofDetroit) is the managing editor of the Detroit Lions’ Sports Blog Nation site, Pride of Detroit.

Player selected:  Whitney Mercilus (Illinois – Defensive End)

Explanation:  If he were to be available, the consensus is that cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick will be the Lions’ pick. Unfortunately for them, that seems highly unlikely. In fact, the top three cornerbacks aren’t expected to be on the board when the Lions go on the clock, and the expectation is also for the top offensive linemen to be gone as well. As a result, I think the Lions will look in the direction of adding another pass rusher to the D-line by selecting defensive end Whitney Mercilus. It’s a bit iffy that he will even be available, but I think out of all the potential picks, Mercilus is the most likely to actually be there to pick.

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers

Pick byCharlie Wilmoth (@sbnpittsburgh) is a Pittsburgh-based editor for Sports Blog Nation and the author of the Pittsburg Pirates page on Sports Blog Nation, Bucs Dugout.

Player selected:  Dont’a Hightower (Alabama – Linebacker)

Explanation:  Hightower could eventually replace James Farrior, whose days as a Steeler are now older. Hightower had a pre-draft visit with the Steelers. The team also has needs at offensive guard and nose tackle, so players like Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn and Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe are possibilities, should they fall to Pittsburgh’s pick at No. 24. The Steelers’ decisions are very hard to predict, however, because they don’t draft primarily based on need, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all if their pick came completely out of nowhere.

25.  Denver Broncos

Pick byBrett Brown (@TheMtn_Brett) is a sports reporter and host on The Mtn. in Denver.

Player selected:  Kendall Wright (Baylor – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  Wright is a big play, deep-threat guy that played a big part in RG3’s Heisman campaign.  The Broncos need more weapons for Peyton and he fits!

26.  Houston Texans

Pick by:  Jayme Lamm (@JaymeLamm) is the founder of the popular sports website, The Blonde Side and is credentialed by the Houston Texans.

Player selected:  Kendall Wright (Baylor – Wide Receiver)

Explanation:  While Texans fans don’t want to admit the solid Draft history of the franchise, the proof is in the pudding: selecting seven players who have gone on to participate in the Pro Bowl since 2002. Coming off a franchise best record (10-6), for the first time in history, the Texans don’t have any gaping holes screwing with their depth chart. From all I’ve heard and what my gut tells me, the Texans have to go for a WR – someone opposite Andre Johnson or to fill the gap if he (knock on wood) gets riddled with injuries again. The Texans haven’t drafted a WR since 2010, when they selected Dorin Dickerson from Pittsburgh in the 7th round. It’s time. And Texans fans and sports brainiacs will agree – A. Johnson is a beast, but his hamstring can’t do it alone.

After Johnson went out with his injury early last season, the Texans had to rely on a run game, thankfully carried by another Pro-Bowler Arian Foster. But if Shaub is healthy this season (or Yates comes back like a wild man), he’s got to have someone else to throw to. The NFL is all about options. Outside of Texas, the offense players names are virtually obsolete – no one knows many of the other guys on the roster.

When we talk WR’s in this year’s draft, there seem to be two names filling up the world wide web: Stephen Hill, the 6’4″ 215lb rockstar from Georgia Tech and Kendall Wright, the 5’11” 190lb almost hometown boy from Baylor. Although small, Wright is my choice, after listening to Joe Fortenbaugh’s reasoning (the guy from NationalFootballPost.com) and it’s true – he can stretch the defense across the field like nobody’s business which is exactly what Houston needs to take that franchise best record even further. If the Texans are trying to find an AJ clone, then Hill is your clear choice as they are much more compatible in the size department, but the speed of Wright shant be underestimated. I guess it’ll all boil down to what picks are left come the Texans turn, but I stay strong with my WR pick for the Texans first round pick.

27.  New England Patriots

Pick by:  Ty Pyburn (@TyPyburn) is a sports host for The Pulse Network based in Boston.

Player selected:  Nick Perry (USC – Defensive End)

Explanation:  They clearly need defense and Belichick has always liked D-Linemen. He needs a DB, but will never pick one in Round 1.  Perry plays both DE and OLB in a 3-4.  He is perfect for the Patriots.

28.  Green Bay Packers

Pick byGeorge Daniel (@NLLCommissioner) is the Commissioner of the National Lacrosse League and a Green Bay Packers fan.

Player selected:  Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State.

Explanation:  McClellin will bring pash rush from other side to take pressure off of Clay Matthews.

29.  Baltimore Ravens

Pick by:  John Fabiano (@fabs5180) is a law student who will be interning with RulingSports.com this summer.

Player selected:  Peter Konz (Wisconsin – Center/Guard)

Explanation:  Konz’s ability to play both guard and center will make him valuable to the Ravens from day one.  Matt Birk is 35 and signed a one year contract with the Ravens this offseason.  Konz will be a fine replacement at center next year.

30.  San Francisco 49ers

Pick by:  David Fucillo (@NinersNation) is the Editor Emeritus of the San Francisco 49er’s Sports Blog Nation site, Niners Nation.

Player selected:  Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State – Outside Guard)

Explanation:  The 49ers let their two right guards walk in free agency. OG Daniel Kilgore (fifth round pick last year) is the early leader for the job, with backup OT Alex Boone getting a shot as well. However, the 49ers are not afraid of providing some competition for anybody, and Silatolu would provide such competition.  I also think there’s a chance the 49ers trade down and still gets Silatolu.

31.  New England Patriots

Pick by:  Jon Meterparel (@MeatsTweets) is the play-by-play host for Boston College football and basketball and also works on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show on Boston’s WEEI 93.7 FM.

Player selected:  Derek Wolfe (Cincinnati – Defensive Tackle)

Explanation:  He, along with Shea McClellan who I believe the Patriots will take at 27, both address big needs:  pass rushers and toughness in the front seven. Keep an eye on Janoris Jenkins, too.

32.  New York Giants

Pick byMatt Weinberger (@MattWeinberger) is a New York City based attorney and contributor on Forbes’ “Sports Money.”

Player selected:  Jonathan Martin (Stanford – Offensive Tackle)

Explanation:  The Giants haven’t picked an offensive lineman in the first round since 1999. That being said, the Giants under GM Jerry Reese, have historically picked the best player on the board. This late in the 1st round, Martin would fill a big need for the Giants and provide them with much needed depth on the offensive line. Martin is a big, strong tackle who could step in right away for the reigning Super Bowl Champs. The Giants, in recent years have had excellent line play which for the most part has kept Eli Manning upright. Martin would be able to step in for departed Kareem McKenzie at right tackle. He is a smart kid, with good footwork and natural athleticism.

Teams Not Selecting in the First Round

Atlanta Falcons (23rd pick in the 2nd Round)

Pick by:  C.J. Stewart (@CJStewartLEAD) is a former Chicago Cubs player, Atlanta resident and co-founder of L.E.A.D.

Player selected:  Zebrie Sanders (FSU – Offensive Tackle)

Explanation:  Matt Ryan has been a winner in the regular season ever since he’s been in the NFL.  The only reason that he hasn’t won a Super Bowl and gone to Disney World, is because he needs a skilled left tackle.  The Falcons should take a left tackle to pave the way for Matt to bring us a Super Bowl.  He’s smart, efficient and patient.  He doesn’t have a “big arm,” but receivers run more than deep routes.  Matt is a chess player forced to make checkers move, because he doesn’t have enough protection.

New Orleans Saints (26th pick in the 3rd Round)

Selection byGabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) is the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program and the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance at Tulane University.

Player selected:  Josh Chapman (Alabama – Defensive Tackle)

Explanation:  The team needs more draft picks, fewer suspensions and help on the D-line.

Oakland Raiders (32nd pick in the 3rd Round)

Selection by:  Alex Will (@alwill2310) is the Marketing Professional at Sports 1 Marketing in California.

Explanation:  The two positions I believe the Raiders need the most help in would be defensive tackle (Richard Seymour’s going into his 13th season) and linebacker (Rolando McClain is the only LB they have I’ve heard of).  However, it appears new GM Reggie McKenzie tends to draft tight ends early so I’ll throw them in as a wild card on the pick.  The Raiders don’t have a pick until the 3rd round so it’s tough not knowing who may be on the board at that point.  But here are 2 guys at each one of those positions who I saw repeatedly mentioned in mock drafts that the Raiders could potentially take off the board with that 3rd round pick.

Tight Ends:

Michael Egnew, Misouri

Brian Lithicum, Mich. St.

Defensive Tackles:

Mike Martin, Michigan

Dajohn Harris, USC


James Michael Johnson, Nevada (Great kid…He came out to one of our events recently)

Emanuel Acho, Texas

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