Originally posted on Thoughts from the Dark Side  |  Last updated 5/2/13
CB DJ Hayden College Weight Height Houston 190 lbs 5’11 40 time: 4.40 3 cone: N/A Short Shuttle: N/A Vert: 33.5’ Broad: 10-0 Bench: N/A Positives Negatives Great plant and drive ability Health a question Versatile in multiple coverages Could use work on tackle ability Fluid hips Average press strength at the LOS Natural Ball hawk Lacks ideal height Breaks to the ball in the run and passing game Will he return to the player he was? Summary: If healthy and back to his old self, DJ Hayden has all the tools to be a lockdown no.1 CB in the NFL. Reggie McKenzie and his staff seemed to think he’s back, selecting Hayden at 12th overall. With natural ball skills, slick coverage ability and great feet, Hayden should be a starting CB from the day the Raiders season starts.     OL Menelik Watson College Weight Height FSU 310 lbs 6’5 40 time: 5.29 3 cone: 8.31 Short Shuttle: 5.01 Vert: 24.5’ Broad: 8-7 Bench: N/A Positives Negatives Multi-sport athlete Raw technique Good Feet Low football awareness Nice punch of the snap One year wonder Natural Mover Over extends at times Mean streak Weak anchor Summary: Raiders have lacked a good right tackle for a long time and selecting Watson could finally fix that. The Raiders can either plug him in straight away (I think picks in the first 3 rounds should be immediate starters) or play him at guard. The rumor is that Coach Sparano banged the table in the war room trying to get the Raiders to draft the imposing Menelik and he’s in comfortable hands under one of the best O-line coaches in the league in Sparano.   LB Sio Moore College Weight Height UConn 245 lbs 6’1 40 time: 4.65 3 cone: 7.49 Short Shuttle: 4.31 Vert: 38’ Broad: 10-7 Bench: 29 reps Positives Negatives Jack of all trades Can get eaten by bigger blockers Above average athlete Niggling Injuries Relentless Motor Off the field issues Great awareness and instincts Could improve shedding technique Can holdup in Coverage Aggression could get him flags Summary: My favorite pick of the Draft, I like Sio’s potential as a WILL/LEO role in Allen and Tarver’s defense similar to that of Von Miller in Denver. Moore is versatile LB who can rush the passer, cover TEs and plug gaps in the run game. I believe Sio Moore will be a starting linebacker this season and perhaps a star in the future.   QB Tyler Wilson College Weight Height Arkansas 215 lbs 6’2 40 time: 4.95 3 cone: 7.22 Short Shuttle: 4.39 Vert: 28’5 Broad: 9-4 Bench: N/A Positives Negatives Toughness Injury issues Gunslinger attitude Inconsistent Good zip and velocity Sloppy mechanics at times Reads defenses well Bad footwork under center Great College Production in SEC Weak Ball Security Summary: Wilson has all the tools to be a franchise QB. He has his mechanical issues but most of those are fixable; plus he dealt with a ton of diversity at Arkansas, having no OL(in the SEC!) and a WR corps that hurt more than helped with multiple drops. With a good camp, Wilson could very well take over the starting QB spot over Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor.   TE Nick Kasa College Weight Height Colorado 270 lbs 6’6 40 time: 4.71 3 cone: N/A Short Shuttle: N/A Vert: 31.5’ Broad: 9-5 Bench: 22 reps Positives Negatives Great size and frame Raw blocking technique Good vertical speed for a TE Body Catcher Fast learner Not a route runner yet Can play special teams Needs some offensive awareness Hard running ball carrier Inexperience at the position Summary: Nick Kasa fills a need at TE after the loss of Brandon Myers to the Giants. Kasa has a lot more potential then Myers did coming out of college however he’s also more raw, having only played TE for one year. If the staff can continue the progress he showed in college at getting acclimated to the position, Kasa could be a steal.   RB Latavius Murray College Weight Height UCF 225 lbs 6’3 40 time: 4.38 3 cone: 6.81 Short Shuttle: 4.36 Vert: 36’ Broad: 10-4 Bench: 22 reps Positives Negatives Elite speed Runs with high pad level Receiving threat Injury prone Competent blocker Too big to run low Finishes runs Played against lower competition Strong ball carrier Average between the tackles Summary: When watching film on Murray, I instantly think Darren McFadden. Murray has a crazy combo of size and speed. I don’t know if Murray can play running back in NFL because he runs very high and his large size makes him easier to bring down. If he doesn’t work out at RB, however, he could line up as H-back, Wide Receiver etc. similar too Raiders FB Marcel Reece.   TE Mychal Rivera College Weight Height Tennessee 245 lbs 6’3 40 time: 4.81 3 cone: 7.71 Short Shuttle: 4.43 Vert: 31’ Broad: 9-4 Bench: 17 reps Positives Negatives Versatile Could improve Football I.Q Natural hands catcher Lacks Strength Willing blocker No Explosion of LOS Reads zones well Average size and speed for position Good Body Control Needs to show more in passing game Summary: Raiders further loaded the TE position with the selection of Rivera. Rivera moved all over as a Tennessee Vol, playing in a variety of formations in-line and out wide, making him a versatile prospect that could line up at H-back at times letting the Raiders move Reece around.   DT Stephen McGhee College Weight Height Oklahoma 295 lbs 6’3 40 time: N/A 3 cone: N/A Short Shuttle: N/A Vert: N/A Broad: N/A Bench: N/A Positives Negatives Size for 3-tech position Character concerns Good get off at the snap Little college production Runs to the whistle No combine or workout   Off the field issues   Lacks finish Summary: McGee was a surprise pick as not draftniks had a “draft-worthy” grade on him. McGee did not go to the Combine or have a Pro day leading up to the draft and he had multiple character/off the field issues in college which makes it even more surprising the Raiders chose to pick him in the sixth round. I’ll be stunned if McGee makes the final 53 man roster.   WR Brice Butler College Weight Height SDSU 215 lbs 6’3 40 time: 4.36 3 cone: 6.70 Short Shuttle: 4.40 Vert: 39’ Broad: 10-9 Bench: N/A Positives Negatives Prototypical size and speed Build up speed NFL pedigree Not a natural hands catcher Good catch radius Average route runner Physical Lack of production Good Work ethic Weak blocking skills Summary:  Another surprise pick for many (especially with many Raiders fans calling for players like WR Da’Rick Rogers or a pass rusher), McKenzie stuck with his board and went with Brice Butler. While he has all the measurable for the NFL, he is a raw prospect, However, the sixth round is the time to select the raw athletes that have potential to grow, like Butler. Butler is son of former NFL DB Bobby Butler.     DE David Bass College Weight Height Missouri Western State   265 lbs   6’3 40 time: 4.84 3 cone: 7.07 Short Shuttle: 4.33 Vert: 30.5 Broad: 9-7 Bench: 20 reps Positives Negatives Nice college production Not amazing athlete Good hand use Played against lower competition High Motor/Leader Small array of rush moves Solid football awareness Tight hipped/Stiff Explosive off the snap Tweener Summary: Reggie decided on taking a pass rusher right at the end of the draft, instead of addressing that need earlier.  I like Bass but I thought there were better prospects that could be had, earlier, over some of the other players. Bass has ability to play OLB and DE so he could be used as a joker-type rusher the same as DE Andre Carter was last year in Tarver’s multiple front defense. Bass is a good practice squad nominee.  
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