Round four – Darnell Bing
A safety in college, the Raiders will move him to linebacker in the pros. It will no doubt be strange for him to lineup at a new position but he is a hard-hitter who has some definitive skills in coverage, which will aid him on the weakside.
Bing has played in big games and knows what it takes to win. His on the field savvy and attitude for falling into round four should fuel him to be the best he can be as a Raider.
Getting this type of quality player in round four was easily the best pick of the day.
Round six – Kevin Boothe
This is an upside pick. Boothe is a talented player that has the athleticism to dominate but lacks the overall technique to put it together.
He has long arms and could push for playing time provided he picks up on the teachings he is given. With the struggles in the running game last year, they get a player who helped Cornell rank eighth nationally in rushing yards per game.
Solid coaching and a former lineman in Shell saw the attributes that could make this pick a steal.
Round seven (A) – Chris Morris
A smart player who was enrolled in the master’s program at Michigan State, Morris is a blue collar player that has the ability to long-snap.
He is a versatile player having played both center and guard and with the Raiders struggling inside last year, Morris could be a valuable option off the bench.
Getting Morris in the seventh round can only be a plus for Oakland.
Round seven (B) – Kevin McMahan
The last pick in the draft hopes he is anything but irrelevant. The problem he has is playing a position that is very deep in Oakland.
He has good speed that is coupled with good height but there are concerns about his ability to make consistent catches. Getting to learn under a Hall of Fame coach could bring out the best in McMahan or solidify his draft position.
Taking a flier on a prospect with visible talent this late was a no-brainer. Asking him to be a number five this year may be a reach but he has game-changing speed if he can harness his abilities.