The experts at Rotoworld.com graded all 32 NFL teams following the NFL Draft, which concluded Saturday with the Raiders selecting seven players.
1 (14). West Virginia S Karl Joseph
2 (44). Illinois DE Jihad Ward
3 (75). Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun
4 (100). Michigan State QB Connor Cook
5 (143). Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington
6 (194). Colorado State LB Cory James
7 (234). LSU OG Vadal Alexander
Overview: Joseph solidifies a suddenly imposing Raiders pass defense that will field two long, physical press corners (Sean Smith, David Amerson), 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson, Oakland's new first-round safety, and the Khalil Mack-Bruce Irvin edge-rush tandem, which suspended Aldon Smith should join eventually.
GM Reggie McKenzie attacked a needy front seven with each of his day-two picks, before surprisingly trading up for Cook near the top of round four.
With 4.49 speed and 124 college catches, Washington could give Oakland early passing-game contributions behind Latavius Murray, who has struggled in that area. James has a future on special teams and Alexander is a phone-booth mauler.
Since a painfully slow start to his tenure as GM (e.g. D.J. Hayden, Mike Brisiel, the Rodger Saffold blunder, losing Jared Veldheer, Matt Flynn, Matt Schaub, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore, Tyler Wilson, LaMarr Woodley), McKenzie has caught fire and stayed hot this draft weekend. I'd expect as many as five players from this class to become early contributors in Oakland.
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