It’s been a while since we’ve done a mock draft, so I thought it would be fun to do one for the Raiders again. I’ll be doing seven rounds, using the mock draft machine from The Draft Network.
Round 1 – Pick 17 – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Linebacker, Notre Dame
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah projects as an impact defender at the NFL level. There’s an undeniable level of explosion to his game that helps Owusu-Koramoah mask the limitations of his game on account of his stature. An ideal match from a team perspective would be one that wants to stay in their base defensive personnel at a higher than average rate, where Owusu-Koramoah’s versatility can shine brightly against spread sets. There’s plenty of experience playing as a pressure player up the middle and even as a pseudo-third safety who is walked outside the hashes and taking man-to-man reps against wide receivers from the slot. Owusu-Koramoah took a big step forward with his game in 2020 and was in several contests the best football player on the field—he moves at a different speed than his teammates and his instincts to find the football and make big plays is undeniable. The more you watch, the more you love. Just don’t ask him to play a traditional stack role or attempt to work him as the MIKE linebacker for sustained, optimal success.
Round 2 – Pick 48 – Dillon Radunz – Offensive Tackle, North Dakota State
Dillon Radunz aligns at left tackle for the Bison offense. Relatively speaking, he plays with good overall athleticism with regards to body control and balance. In the run game, he is excellent. He has a nasty disposition as a run blocker and wants to maul you. He can improve his proficiency at getting on moving defenders at the second level, but there’s nothing alarming in this regard. He remains upright and demonstrates instances of good lateral redirect agility. He has the frame to gain more mass and bulk, which should make him more effective.
Round 3 – Pick 79 – Tommy Togiai – Defensive Lineman, Ohio State
Ohio State defensive tackle Tommy Togiai projects as a high-level run defender along the defensive interior in the NFL. Togiai offers natural leverage with his build and frame, which allows him to sit under the pads of blockers with consistency. That leverage advantage is paired with nifty hand usage and really good lateral mobility for his stature—giving Togiai a prominent presence along the line of scrimmage on both interior runs and plays that are strung out into the numbers. He’s not the longest interior defender, but he’ll still find plenty of success shucking blocks with his hand usage and feel for blocks; even falling back onto his short-area mobility to out-maneuver blockers when he’s hit with leveraged down blocks or pin and pull. Togiai’s ceiling as a pass rusher isn’t great, but he does have enough quickness to threaten gaps in single-gap penetration opportunities. Ideally, he’s an early-down defender who cedes reps to more dynamic threats and designated pass rushers at the pro level. With that said, he has the feel of a starting interior defender.
Round 3 – Pick 80 – Shaun Wade – Cornerback, Ohio State
Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade will be a hotly contested prospect after seeing his fair share of successes and failures with the Buckeyes program. Wade burst onto the scene as a dynamic freshman and starred in a nickel corner role for a Buckeyes secondary that was loaded with talent throughout the course of his first two seasons in Columbus. But Wade’s junior season saw a transition to the perimeter and a fair share of struggles with life on the outside, calling into question whether or not Wade can play on the boundary and whether or not he’s destined for a role as a nickel or safety. Based on Wade’s 2020 play, a transition to strong safety feels like a safe bet to maximize his athletic skills, length, and hitting power…
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