2013 NFL Draft: Raiders continue to grow on the field
To open the third and final day of the draft Reggie McKenzie and his staff never kept an eye off their draft board and the team grew. At the beginning of the day they started out with four selections but Reggie and his staff pulled some maneuvers and managed to pick up a fourth rounder, four players in the sixth round and two players in the seventh round.
Raiders knew coming into camp they wanted to give Matt Flynn and Terrell Pryor some additional competition will the team did.
Raiders selected Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick.
Wilson (6-foot-2 1/8, 215) successor of Ryan Mallett and started for two seasons, looking like the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2011 before regressing into 2012 as an Arkansas' program manage to fall apart.
He finished with a career completion rate of 62.6 and a 52:26 TD-to-INT ratio.
Wilson's accuracy can be isn’t the best by any means and his arm strength isn't going to thrill anyone, but he’s the most threatening pocket passer in this draft and loves to challenge defenses vertically.
He's a "gunslinger" with good movement. Matt Flynn the current Raiders starter could lose his spot to a rookie named Wilson for the second year in a row.
The second pick of the day came all the way in the 6th round and the first tight-end they selected on the day.
Raiders selected Colorado TE Nick Kasa with the No. 172 overall pick
Kasa (6-foot-5 7/8, 269) was actually a defensive end until halfway through his junior year. As a senior, he caught 25 passes for 391 yards (15.6 YPR) and three touchdowns for the Buffallos.
At the Combine he performed well with good speed for a tight end. He is a bit of development player but has tremendous upside due to his size-speed combination
The Raiders lack a talented tightend on the field, he might not be the top receiver on the field, but Kasa comes to Oakland with the willingness to block and will get his touches come fall.
Raiders selected Central Florida RB Latavius Murray with the No. 181 overall pick
Murray adds to the mix of backs in Oakland that back-up injury prone top running back Darren McFadden.
Murray out of Central Florida rushed 198 times for 1,106 yards (5.59 YPC) and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He was a high-scoring back throughout his career, reaching pay dirt on 43 occasions. He becomes a multidemesional back on the field as he gifted as a pass receiver as well.
Murray stock soared with his outstanding 4.38 forty and 1.48 ten-yard split at the Knights' Pro Day. He has the versatility and will be a short-yardage pounder and/or West Coast-type fullback with the Raiders
Murray will compete with Rashad Jennings and Jeremy Stewart behind Darren McFadden in Oakland.
Raiders selected Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera with the No. 184 overall pick
Rivera caught 36 balls for 562 yards (15.6 YPR) and five TDs with the Vols last season. Expect him to compete for a special teams position but like Kasa he may also see some field time for the Raiders.
Raiders had the chance to select three additional sections later in the day.
- Oklahoma DT Stacy McGee with the No. 205 overall pick
- San Diego State WR Brice Butler with the No. 209 overall pick
- Missouri Western State DE David Bass with the No. 233 overall pick