With the 2017 NFL Draft set to start on April 27, the experts at Rotoworld put together the following seven-round Mock Draft for the Oakland Raiders.
Round 1 (24): CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado
Reggie McKenzie loved D.J. Hayden, but had to admit that mistake. It didn't work out. I could see McKenzie viewing Awuzie in a similar light, but actually worthy of a first-round pick. Awuzie offers slot experience, a trait that is difficult to find in higher-end college prospects.
Round 2 (56): LB Jarrad Davis, Florida
The Raiders prioritize athleticism at linebacker, with Heeney, Jenkins, and 2015 free agent signing Malcolm Smith fitting that mold. Davis is definitely a plus athlete. Davis dealt with an injury for a good portion of 2016, but he might be this year's Deion Jones.
Round 3 (88): RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas
The Raiders let Latavius Murray walk in free agency and added nothing to the roster. Foreman is an outstanding fit behind Oakland's lane-clearing offensive line, as he offers tremendous athleticism and big-play ability for a 235-pound back. Let him run through and away from those lanes.
Round 4 (129): EDGE Joe Mathis, Washington
Mathis certainly has his fans in the draft media. Pass rushers are difficult to come by on the third day, but Mathis could be available due to a foot injury.
Round 5 (168): LB Jayon Brown, UCLA
Brown flew under the radar on the all-star circuit, but he’s another linebacker with range.
Round 6 (208): DL Josh Tupou, Colorado
A massive body to help on the interior. True nose tackles are difficult to come by in this class.
Round 7 (242): WR Fred Ross, Miss State
A productive slot receiver.
Round 7 (244): OT Dan Skipper, Arkansas
Skipper is a massive man who will likely land on a practice squad.
ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs for making contact with an official.
He was on the sideline to start a 3rd-down-and-16 play in the second quarter, when a draw was called. Quarterback Derek Carr was stopped quickly, yet Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters delivered a late hit many Raiders didn’t appreciate.
A scuffle ensued, and Lynch ran on to the field to enter the fray. You can’t do that.
It seemed like he was getting between Raiders teammates and Peters, Lynch’s good friend and fellow Oakland native. He made contact with an official during the incident, and seemed to push him before realizing the man was wearing stripes.
He was ejected by rule and forced to leave the field immediately. Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official and will possibly face a suspension.
The Raiders were granted a first down, but ultimately missed a field goal attempt.
Lynch wasn’t active on that drive or the series before, spending that time with his helmet off. The Chiefs were ahead 17-14 when Lynch was ejected. He had two carries for nine yards at the time.
The Raiders are aiming to snap a four-game losing streak as they take on the first-place Chiefs Thursday night under the lights in Oakland. And they will be thin in the middle of their defense.
Cory James and Marquel Lee are both inactive, but a well-known new face is ready to go.
Oakland will turn to veteran NaVorro Bowman, along with two undrafted rookies, Woodson Luster and Nicholas Morrow, to man the middle.
The following players have been ruled out tonight vs. the Chiefs:
Cornerback Gareon Conley
Quarterback Connor Cook
Linebacker Cory James
Linebacker Marquel Lee
Tackle Marshall Newhouse
Defensive End Jihad Ward
Tackle Jylan Ware