Draft Review – Raiders, Eagles

by David Syvertsen

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Top 3 Needs: CB. DL, QB

#12 – DJ Hayden – CB/Houston

-Talented athlete man that has shown flashes of top tier man coverage ability

-Oakland gets their top CB filling their biggest hole despite trading from #3 to #12

#42 – Menelik Watson – OT/Florida State

-Relatively new to the game but impresses with blend of power and foot quickness

-High upside developmental type that won’t need to be rushed in to action

#66 – Sio Moore – LB – Connecticut

-Productive and versatile player with plenty of athletic ability and pop

-Joins an already strong LB core that will add intra-team competition

#112 – Tyler Wilson – QB/Arkansas

-Good decision maker that plays tough in the pocket and throws with accuracy

-Could end up competing for a starting job at some point in 2013    

#172 – Nick Kasa – TE/Colorado

-Former OT with big time presence as a blocker and high potential as a receiver

-Added presence in the trenches to help the ground game

#181 – Latavius Murray – RB/Central Florida

-Big bodied athletic runner that attacks downhill & can outrun defenders downfield

-Will compete for the third or fourth string back behind injury-prone McFadden

#205 – Stacy McGee – DT/Oklahoma

-Athletic and thick inside rusher that constantly ran in to trouble off the field

-Low risk row of the draft with high potential reward at a position of great need

#209 – Brice Butler – WR/San Diego State

-Big and long receiver with soft hands that can go up and get the ball

-A sure handed possession receiver could go a long way in this offense

#233 – David Bass – DE/Missouri Western

-High energy, athletic player with a big body that has room for growth

-Has the size and strength to rotate in the lineup considering the thin group of DEs

What They Did:

The new brass in Oakland gambled with a trade down from #3 to #12 overall with Miami, which also gave them the 10th pick of round 2.  Despite moving down ten slots, they still nabbed their top rated defensive player in Hayden.  He was going to be that third pick if a trade agreement wasn’t made.  They kept with the trade-down-theme in rounds 4 and 6, acquiring two extra selections in the sixth.  As I said prior to the draft, the Raiders are fighting against a tough salary cap standing to say the least.  The best way to dig themselves out of their hole will be the draft and a quantity of selections.  Nice job by them to get themselves on the clock 10 times over the course of the weekend.  They’ve added a nice blend of developmental and immediate contribution types on both side of the ball.  Most importantly, the acquisition of Tyler Wilson gives them hope at QB for the future.  He will be a quality starter, possibly sooner rather than later.

Top Value Pick: Tyler Wilson – QB/Arkansas (#97 overall player on my board)

UDFA Most Likely to Make Team: Lamar Mady – G/Youngstown State



Top 3 Draft Needs: OL, DE, DB

#4 – Lane Johnson – OT/Oklahoma

-Top tier athlete for the position that is still growing.  Huge upside here.

-Perfect fit for the Eagles needs up front to get younger and more scheme-specific

#35 – Zach Ertz – TE/Stanford

-Big, athletic body with great ball skills and experience in the slot

-Yet another weapon that can be used a variety of ways for Kelly to play with

#67 – Bennie Logan – DT/ LSU

-Athletic body with a lot of presence no matter where he is put along the line

-Can be used for multiple roles in this new scheme with multiple fronts

#98 – Matt Barkley – QB/USC

-Smart decision maker that plays with an efficient style.  Reliable leader.

-A nice backup plan for a position that lacks any sense of long term security

#136 – Earl Wolff – S/NC State

-Reliable tackler for the last line of defense.  Plays well when moving downhill.

-Quality young depth for a part of the defense that will have a lot of competition

#212 – Joe Kruger – DE/Utah

-Huge frame with room for growth.  Quality, versatile football player.

-Will create opportunities for this defense with his length and versatility

#218 – Jordan Poyer – CB/Oregon State

-Efficient mover in space that can press receivers at the point of attack

-Can provide much needed depth and factor as a nickel/dime package player

#239 – David King – DE/Oklahoma

-NFL body with the ability to control blockers and space against the run

-Potential role player outside that can boost the run defense

What They Did:

If the new look offense, which is already receiving rave reviews from players, is as good as advertised, the ball will be moved only as far as the offensive line allows.  It was important for the Eagles to upgrade the young talent in the trenches and they did so right away.  In addition, any time a new defense is being implemented, the depth chart needs to be secured at the point of attack.  Logan was the one defensive tackle in 2012 that gave Chance Warmack a handful from start to finish.  I think his presence and versatility will be a huge asset to the unit. The trade up for Barkley presented the right kind of value and, at the very least, will create a sense of competition at the most vital position in the game.  This draft was a microcosm of the 2013 offseason.  They added versatile players to both sides of the ball that will give this new regime plenty of options.

Top Value Pick: Matt Barkley – QB/USC (#64 overall on my board)

UDFA Most Likely to Make Team: Kyle Quinn – C/Arizona

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