Five options if Raiders trade down in first round
Will McKenzie stand pat?
The Raiders currently hold the No. 14 overall pick. That, of course, could change. General manager Reggie McKenzie could trade up or down in the first round but, given his history, heading south is an exponentially more likely direction. We’ve looked at prospects should the Raiders stay put. They could trade down a few picks and still get someone in their original cluster. Here are some other options if the Raiders trade farther down in the first round...
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
Nkemdiche has had some hiccups during this offseason due to off-field issues and admitted issues with being lazy during games. Nkemdiche is an athletic freak with tremendous potential, someone who could be a dominant pro in the right scheme and a proper working environment. He’s a wild card in this draft, but many expect him to be available into the late teens.
DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida
Bullard is a versatile lineman who can play inside and out, a powerful player with a similar skill set to Mario Edwards Jr. The Raiders need players like that on the line, who can set an edge and do dirty work to allow edge rushers to shine. Bullard’s a bullish player who could be had extremely late in the first round.
S Karl Joseph, West Virginia
Joseph is a first-round talent with an injury issue after decimating his knee early in the 2015 season. He has an insatiable work ethic to go along with great physical attributes and a willingness to hit hard. It’s possible he makes it to the second round, but it seems doubtful he’ll be around for when the Raiders pick then. McKenzie could trade deep into the round and fill a need with talent if he feels confident in Jospeh’s medicals.
CB Artie Burns, Miami
Burns is listed by many as a late first-round pick, a cornerback with size and speed the Raiders are looking for. He’s an option outside No. 14, and still has the confidence and ball skills to perform at the NFL level. He could be an option well into the 20s. It’s also possible Ohio State’s Eli Apple could be available deeper in the first round.
ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
The Crimson Tide linebacker was a coach's dream at Alabama, proving to be a leader and hard worker as a leader in the middle. He’s more of an old-school thumper who might not be a three-down linebacker in the Raiders’ scheme. Quality predraft efforts have showed some versatility, and a trade down might make him worth the fact he could initially be more of a platoon player in Oakland.