2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Raiders
Most of the country still has not heard about Mack's ascension to the top of the MAC, but they will soon enough when he is drafted very early in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Mack is a highly intelligent, athletic and instinctive player with almost no flaws in his game, whether he is defending the run or pass. Elite speed. Reads and reacts very quickly and can get up to speed rapidly to make plays. Seems to be one step ahead and one beat faster than every other defender. Experience all over the front seven and could feasibly play any LB spot in 4-3 or 3-4. Can take on blockers very well and dislodge himself through great use of hands. Rips and slides into open space well in traffic.
Versatile coverage abilities. Can man up or face up TEs with ease. Could go up against Jimmy Graham or Rob Gronkowski with equaled athleticism and strength. Still working on man coverage skills, which is one area he'll need improvement. Rushes the passer well and stays relentless when battling blockers one-on-one.
Works really hard in pursuit. Relentless on the backside of a play. Looks to get in the mix every play. Unreal range against the run. Quick and relatively agile. Foot speed is very good.
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In a quarterback-hungry NFL, it seems every QB prospect under the sun receives some brief attention as a potential first rounder. Carr is currently the rising QB du jour. Will his hype fizzle like Ryan Nassib in 2013? Or will his stock continue to rise like Ryan Tannehill in 2012 or even Christian Ponder in 2011?
Carr is the younger brother of former No. 1 pick David Carr and followed in his brother's footsteps to Fresno State. Carr benefited from playing in Fresno State's prolific offense against lesser competition. Scouts will be monitoring him very closely over the next few months as some even project him as a possible Top 10 pick.
Carr shows good on-field leadership and intelligence. Played out of the shotgun, so he will need some grooming when it comes to playing under center, taking drops, reading the defense, etc. Did show an above-average ability to go through progressions. Plays under duress poorly. Rushes throws. Abandons technique and did make some questionable decisions with the football. Accuracy is below-average. Above-average arm strength. Deep ball lacks necessary velocity.
Moves well laterally in and out of the pocket. Average feel for the rush. Pulls trig... [Read More
This tough as nails run blocker should hear his name called early in the 2014 NFL Draft. Jackson is a thick, pile-mover with enough athletic footwork to thrive in a zone-blocking scheme as well.
He is one of the top two or three interior linemen in this draft class. Very powerful and heavy-handed. Good girth and can anchor down well. Has enough upper body strength to simply overpower defenders if he makes a small mistake. Some throw around the word that he bends at the waist, but that appeared to be more of a stamina issue than a technique problem. Really good burst off the line.
Drives into his opponents. Really great balance for his size. Maintains a low center of gravity. A bit slow in recognizing twists. Quick enough to get to the second-level and lay down huge blocks on smaller defenders.
Aggressive in doses. Energy seems to ebb and flow at times later in games. May be better off losing 10 pounds.
Jackson projects as a mid to late second round option in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Keith McGill is a long athlete blessed with height and above-average speed for the position. Could transition to safety but has some experience at corner as well.
Good fluid hips and footwork. Straight line speed is very good. Played a lot of press man in college. JUCO All-American before arriving with Utah. Missed the entire 2012 season due to a shoulder injury that did not get rehabbed properly. Decent football instincts. Aggressive hand work and will scrap with his opponents. Above-average range and closes on the ball well. Just enough speed to recover on missteps.
Can shed blocks. Enough length to cover No. 1 receivers. Still has a lot to learn with technique and when to open up his hips. Big hands and long arms. Some off-the-field red flags (DUI in 2012).
McGill projects as a third round prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft.... [Read More
A year ago, Henderson's stock was sky high, but he has come back down to earth due to concerns about his ability to keep weight off and play up to his potential. Numerous off-the-field concerns must be overcome to carry him any higher than the middle rounds.
At a hulking 6-foot-8, Henderson has hard-to-find size, length and power. A wide-bodied player who can excel as both a run and pass blocker. Shown flashes of elite footwork, but breaks down too easily at times. Technique can go out the window. Sets the edge and makes life difficult for speed rushers around the edge. Can absorb a lot of contact versus bull rush. Needs coaching up to clean up technique and it wouldn't hurt for him to lose 10 pounds.
Average pre-snap reads. Few issues against stunts and misdirection. Lacks the ideal finisher's mentality. Needs to mix it up a bit more and play with a more consistent tenacity. Average mobility. Long-terms concerns about back problems
Enough lateral agility to play in a zone-blocking scheme. May be better off on the right side. Excellent at the second level and destroys linebackers and defensive backs with ease. Pad level is hit or miss. Must learn to play with more discipli... [Read More