To start out the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders were in a great spot to do whatever they wanted to try and plug in holes and wisely decided to trade down out of the number 3 spot to the 12th pick, by trading with Miami and picked up the 42nd pick as well, to replace the 2nd round pick they lost in the Carson Palmer trade.
With the 12th selection, the Raiders selected cornerback D.J. Hayden out of Houston. (B-) , Great pick with a high injury risk..
Hayden's senior season was cut short by a ruptured inferior verna cava, a potentially fatal blood-vessel injury that limited him to nine games in 2012. However, the star corner was recently cleared medically by all 32 teams and his stock had skyrocketed over the last two to three weeks.
This was an excellent move by Reggie McKenzie and the front office, as they got the guy they wanted, who was regarded as hands down one of this year's top corner backs and added much-needed additional draft picks in the process.
With pick 42 the Raiders selected offensive tackle, Menelik Watson from Florida State (A-) Watson has great athletic ability and will start right away at right tackle for the Raiders, were he will plug in a major hole on their offensive line.
With pick 66, the Raiders selected Connecticut LB Sio Moore. (A) He'll come to the Raiders as a powerful pass-rusher and was the best available player on the board at the time he was selected and was outstanding pick up.
Moore comes into Oakland after racking up a team-high 15.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, and 11 pass breakups, at outside linebacker for the Huskies last season.
Moore is a lethal pass rusher with excellent versatility and the talent to play essentially any linebacker position. Moore will fit right in where the linebacker core needs it the most and will compete for a starting job.
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 received even more talent. 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 and the team did.
Raiders selected Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson with the No. 112 overall pick. B-
Wilson finished with a career completion rate of 62.6 and a 52:26 TD-to-INT ratio.
Wilson's accuracy 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.
Their next pick came in the beginning of the first round when they selected one of two tight-ends.
Raiders selected Colorado TE Nick Kasa with the No. 172 overall pick B
The Raiders lack a talented tight end on the field and although he may not be the top receiver on the field, Kasa comes to Oakland with the willingness to block and will get his touches come fall.
Central Florida RB Latavius Murray with the No. 181 overall pick.
Murray adds more depth to the mix of backs in Oakland that back-up injury prone top running back Darren McFadden.
He 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 the end zone on 43 occasions. He is also a multidemesional back on the field, as he is a gifted pass receiver as well.
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 and 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
Not really much to disappoint GM McKenzie and his crew did exactly what they came to do in the Draft modify and fill in the roster with talent and good character players with the willingness to get on the field and be a Raider.
Raiders Draft Grade: B
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