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Grade the Oakland Raiders 2013 NFL Draft

  1. imagesraiders(12th overall) D.J. Hayden (Draft Profile)
  2. (42nd overall)  Menelik Watson (Draft Profile)
  3. (66th overall) Sio Moore (Draft Profile)
  4. (112th overall) Tyler Wilson (Draft Profilel
  5. (172nd overall) Nick Kasa (Draft Profile)
  6. (181st overall) Latavius Murray (Draft Profile)
  7. (184th overall) Mychal Rivera (Draft Profile)
  8. (205th overall) Stacy McGee (Draft Profile)
  9. (209th overall) Brice Butler (Draft Profile)
  10. (233rd overall) David Bass (Draft Profile)

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Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick David Bass

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

The Raiders select David Bass in the 7th round

Overview

Just like every year, a few small schoolers break onto the scene and perform very well on an equal playing field. Bass is one of these prospects, as he was the most consistent pass rusher at the East-West Shrine game. The senior broke two records during his final year at Missouri Western State breaking the school’s career sack (39.5) and consecutive starts (50). When asked the one word to describe himself, Bass answered “beast”.

Bass immediately started as a freshman in all 12 games, finishing with 47 tackles, 9.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks. In 2010, Bass put up similar numbers in the same 12 starts, with 47 tackles, 10.5 for loss, and eight sacks. His production only went up, with 14.5 sacks in 12 starts as a junior on 20 tackles for loss. Bass’ 14 starts in 2012 were a career high and tallied 11.5 sacks.

 

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Meet the Raiders 7th Round Pick Brice Butler

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

The Raiders select Brice Butler in the 7th round

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Compensatory Pick Stacy McGee

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

The Raiders select Stacy McGee for their 6th round comp. pick

Overview

McGee hasn’t reminded scouts of former Sooners first-round picks Tommie Harris (taken 14th overall by the Chicago Bears in 2004) and Gerald McCoy (third, Tampa Bay, 2010) by exploding into opponents’ backfield to put up huge statistics throughout the past four years in Norman. But he does possess the physical attributes NFL teams covet in their defensive linemen.

Despite being ranked among the top 15 defensive tackle high school prospects in the country out of Muskogee, Oklahoma, McGee could not beat out veterans in the middle to make an impact as a redshirt freshman (one tackle in two games played). That changed in 2010, as he earned 11 starts and played in every game (26 tackles, 3.5 for loss). He was arrested for marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession after being pulled over in February 2011, however, which led to an opening-week suspension that fall. He started just three games, playing in the team’s final 12 games, earning 26 tackles, 3.5 for loss, and the first 1.5 sacks of his career. In his senior season, McGee spent the first six games of the season suspended for violating university rules in the preseason. He participated in six games on the season, making 14 tackles (2.5 for loss) and contributing one sack. He was arrested for driving under the influence and with a suspended license before the team’s bowl game.

Analysis

Strengths

Athletic build and good foot speed for a penetrating three-technique tackle or five-technique end. Gets upfield with a long and quick first step when attacking a gap. Chases ballcarriers towards the sideline and downfield to help out teammates if needed, as well as keep his feet while engaged to work down the line on run plays. Flashes the ability to keep his eyes in the backfield and shed to grab running backs coming through the hole.

Weaknesses

Lack of production throughout career. Multiple off the field incidents; suspensions. Doesn’t use his hands enough. Won’t finish plays after initial surge. Has been frequently rotated in order to maximize freshness. Needs to show more power.

NFL Comparison

Ryan McBean

Bottom Line

McGee has all the physical attributes to be a contributor as a 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 defensive end. However, between a lack of production throughout his career, multiple off the field incidents, and suspensions, he is unlikely to be drafted.

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Pick Latavius Murray

The Raiders select Latavius Murray in the 6th round

The Raiders select Latavius Murray in the 6th round

Overview

At Central Florida’s pro day, Murray ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 and 4.38 seconds. He had a 10-foot-4 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical jump. He did the short shuttle in 4.36 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.81 seconds. He also performed 22 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press.

 

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Pick Mychal Rivera

The Raiders select Mychal Rivera in the 6th round

The Raiders select Mychal Rivera in the 6th round

Overview

Rivera was part of Oregon’s typical group of California signees in 2008, earning high marks as a tight end prospect nationally out of Valencia’s Birmingham High School. But after redshirting his first year, he found himself buried on the depth chart behind future NFL players Ed Dickson, Dion Jordan (now an outstanding defensive prospect for the Ducks) and David Paulson. Two transfers later, Rivera himself is looking like a potential contributor on Sunday using his athleticism and strong hands.

Instead of sitting out a season transferring from Oregon to another FBS program, he played for the successful College of the Canyons JUCO program (32 receptions, 316 yards, three touchdowns) in 2009. He picked Tennessee as his next home out of a range of suitors, and played all 13 games for the Volunteers (managing 11 receptions for 112 yards) as a sophomore back-up to another NFL-caliber performer in Luke Stocker. Finally getting his chance to start in 2011, he lined up with the first team in all 12 games, covering 344 yards and scoring once on his 29 catches. This year, as a senior, Rivera caught 36 passes for 562 yards and five touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Solid move-the-chains receiver with the required toughness for the position. Good hands and flexibility to bring in passes on the run and continue over the middle or downfield. Extends his arms, and catches the ball off his frame. Has strider’s speed to threaten the seam. Runs tough and will stiff-arm oncoming defenders after the catch. Flashes athleticism to leap defenders and flexibility to avoid linebackers on crossers. Gives good effort as an in-line blocker, moves his feet, extends his strong arms, and usually gets his hands on his target’s numbers. Willing to sustain throughout the play against ends or linebackers, also against second-level targets from a stand-up position. Also does his job when lined up as a lead blocker in the backfield.

Weaknesses

Needs to add more mass to hold up at the point of attack as a blocker. Straight-line speed and explosion off the line are also average, might not separate from NFL linebackers consistentlyl. Lateral quickness is also average, can be out-quicked on the edge to allow his man into the play, ends up on the ground at times when blocking on the move from the backfield.

NFL Comparison

Dante Rosario

Bottom Line

Rivera originally signed with Oregon out of high school, but the Ducks’ depth at tight end caused him to transfer to a junior college for one year before arriving in Knoxville. After one season behind Luke Stocker, he began really using his hands and athleticism to help the Volunteers in 2011 and 2012. Rivera fits the current trend of teams searching for pass-catching tight ends able to take advantage of coverage mismatches, so he might earn late-round grades come April.

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Meet the Raiders 6th Round Pick Nick Kasa

The Raiders select Nick Kasa in the 6th round

The Raiders select Nick Kasa in the 6th round

Overview

In recent years, multiple high school tight ends have made the successful conversion to offensive tackle. Kasa (Cah-suh) is attempting a different path, moving from defensive end eight games into his junior season to tight end. The son of a collegiate offensive tackle and linebacker, Kasa’s physical style from his time at defensive end and power fullback shows in his inline blocking, a skill that will serve him well early on.

Kasa’s first year at Colorado did not get off to a smooth start, as he missed the first three games of the season after suffering a knee injury during the team’s first fall scrimmage. The injury did not require surgery. After seeing the field in the next four games, Kasa was again sidelined for the five contests due to mononucleosis. The NCAA did not award Kasa a redshirt for the lost 2009 season. Kasa played in all 12 games, including one start, the following year, tallying 18 tackles including two for a loss. As a junior, Kasa failed to earn a start at either position after moving from defensive end to tight end following the eight game of the season. In fact, Kasa only saw action at tight end in one game, the season finale against Utah, and caught one pass for eight yards. Finally, as a senior, Kasa hit his stride at the tight end position, starting every game while recording 25 catches for 391 yards and three touchdowns. What impressed onlookers the most was not Kasa’s receiving ability, but instead his willingness to block and overlooked straight-line speed on vertical routes.

 

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Meet the Raiders 4th Round Pick Tyler Wilson

The Raiders select Tyler Wilson in the 4th round

The Raiders select Tyler Wilson in the 4th round

Overview

Winning two straight Arkansas state titles to finish his high school career was simply a harbinger of Wilson’s future success in Fayetteville. He bided his time his first three seasons behind current New England Patriots backup Ryan Mallett before spreading his wings as a starter in 2011. Wilson threw a total of 109 passes over his first three seasons with the Razorbacks, more than a third of which came when stepping in for an injured Mallett against eventual BCS champion Auburn in 2010. He caught scouts’ attention by completing 25 of 34 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns that day –- in less than three quarters of action.

 

He followed up that success as a junior, earning a team captaincy and starting all 13 games and leading the team to a school-tying 11 wins. Wilson earned first-team All-SEC accolades and was a finalist for the Manning and Unitas Golden Arm Awards with 3,638 passing yards and 24 touchdowns (against just six interceptions). Among the highlights from 2011 were the second-half comeback he led against Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium (510 passing yards, three touchdowns) and Offensive MVP performance at the Cotton Bowl (20-31, 216 yards, two TDs).

 

After Bobby Petrino’s firing and the departure of three extremely talented receivers, Wilson didn’t look as strong as he did the year prior. The Razorbacks finished with a 4-8 record, and Wilson completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Analysis

Strengths

Good size and overall strength for a pocket passer. Tough player who bounces up after hits. Steps up into the pocket and stands tall to deliver the ball under duress -– which is just part of outstanding leadership qualities. Arm strength is very impressive in the intermediate game. Shows ability to hit stationery targets and the anticipation to lead receivers in stride and wait patiently for them to get open. Looks at multiple targets before checking down to underneath option. Quicker feet than anticipated, can get first downs on the run when defenses are in man or in deep zones. Can sling the ball into the flat from awkward release points.

Weaknesses

Delivery a bit longer than scouts like, his windup allows some alert defensive backs into plays downfield. While he has impressive intermediate arm strength, Wilson frequently floats or underthrows balls on deeper patterns due to a tendency to drop his elbow. Not a quick-twitch athlete; footwork coming out from under center is uneven, pro pass rushers will get him on first contact and disciplined linebackers will prevent his longer runs. Holds ball low in the pocket, vulnerable to strip-sacks. Will trust his arm and his receivers too much, throwing passes into traffic downfield.

NFL Comparison

Brett Favre

Bottom Line

After he looked like a superstar in the making after his 2011 campaign, Wilson was unable to improve upon his junior season for a myriad of reasons, including the loss of his head coach, the departure of his three favorite receivers, and a sub-par offensive line. Wilson spent much of the year under duress, but showed impressive toughness in consistently staring down the barrel to deliver throws while getting hit, and bouncing up right after.

While scouts will want to see more from Wilson in the vertical passing game, it’s tough to ignore his overall skill set. In addition to these quarterbacking skills, Wilson’s a proven leader and it has been reported that he comes off as quite charming in interviews with teams. When these facts are combined with the number of quarterback-needy teams in the draft, it’s very likely that Wilson will ultimately be a top-15 pick.

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Meet the Raiders 3rd Round Pick Sio Moore

The Raiders select Sio Moore in the 3rd round

The Raiders select Sio Moore in the 3rd round

Overview

In the 20 editions of the NFL draft before UConn moved to the Big East in 2004, the Huskies saw four of their players selected. In the last eight drafts since, 16 players from Connecticut have heard their names called. Former Huskies head coach Randy Edsell is no longer with the program after leading it though the transition to the FBS that helped the team get more recruits, but Moore (whose full first name is Snorsio, with the shortened version pronounced SEE-oh) is expected to join as many as five teammates in continuing the school’s new tradition as a producer of NFL talent.

Moore was born in the African country of Liberia, and grew up in Connecticut before moving to North Carolina after his freshman year of high school. He played in four games as a redshirt freshman (six tackles, one for loss) before taking the starting job four games into 2010. Moore played every game that year, starting nine, and was credited with 110 tackles, 11.5 for loss, and 1.5 sacks. As a junior, he started every game, racking up 86 tackles, a team-leading 16 for loss, 6.5 sacks and six pass breakups. In his senior year, in which he earned All-Big East first-team honors, Moore notched 72 tackles (15.5 for loss), 7.5 sacks, and 11 pass breakups.

Analysis

Strengths

Disciplined linebacker who follows through on his assignments and maintains his gap responsibilities prevent cutbacks. Also a solid tackler, able to break down and securely wrap the ballcarrier’s torso or leg for minimal yards after the catch. Often lines up over tight ends and larger receivers, using his agility to run routes with them to the sideline or down the seam, gets a good initial jam at the line of scrimmage. Can jump slants and win 50/50 balls to force incompletions and has good enough hands to create turnovers on easier plays. Extends his arms into receiver and tight end blocks to maintain his distance and gets off with strong hands to chase or make plays on the outside.

Weaknesses

Average closing speed means he might not be an elite playmaker at the next level. Can be eluded by quicker ballcarriers in the open field and the backfield when failing to break down quickly. Must use his hands more consistently to beat blocks at the line.

NFL Comparison

Michael Boley

Bottom Line

UConn is becoming more than just a basketball school, as Moore is one of a handful of Huskies potentially earning mid-round grades. He isn’t the biggest of linebackers, but is productive (196 tackles, 27.5 for loss in 2010-2011), plays stronger than his frame indicates, and has the athleticism to play either strong side, or weak side linebacker in the pros.

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Meet the Raiders 2nd Round Pick Menelik Watson

The Raiders choose Menelick Watson in the second round

The Raiders choose Menelick Watson in the second round

Overview

Watson grew up in Manchester, England, and comes from a tough background. As an avid sports fan, Watson saw athletics as a way out of poverty, and a way to stay out of the streets. He played soccer most his early life, but moved on to basketball when he realized that he did not have a future in soccer. In 2007, he joined Orellana in Spain and was named a team captain of a traveling basketball team. After two years and a tour of the United States, Watson earned a basketball scholarship from Marist. Once Watson realized that wasn’t going to work, he took up boxing. But this didn’t last long, as Watson fell in love with Florida State and the game of football after a trip to see the Seminoles play.

However, before Watson was able to attract the interest of the Seminoles, he had to first play at Saddleback Junior College, where he was teammates with fellow NFL draft hopeful Kyle Long. After fall camps, Watson won the Seminoles’ right tackle job, and started every game. He declared early in order to help support his family. He was an All-ACC honorable mention.

Analysis

Strengths

Physical specimen. Great size, and tremendously athletic. Explosive first step. Good foot quickness. Showcases mobility and range as a blocker. Able to get to the second level and make cut off blocks. Flexible, bends well. Powerful punch.

Weaknesses

Still raw, limited football experience. Older than ideal. Hand placement is poor. Often hits outside of the frame, and will have a tendency to get overly grabby. Will result in more penalties in the NFL. Needs to play with a wider base. Inconsistent with his footwork.

NFL Comparison

Jared Gaither

Bottom Line

Watson has rare athletic ability on a tremendous frame. He has an explosive first step, light feet, and a powerful punch. There are a lot of things in his game that need to be cleaned up from a technique standpoint, and he will be 25 years old in his rookie season. He can project to either tackle spot, or possibly even inside, at guard.

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