Raiders 2014 draft class
No. 3 for GM Reggie Mckenzie
The 2014 NFL Draft is Reggie McKenzie’s third as the general manager of the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders entered the draft with eight slated selections, one in the first, second and third, two in the fourth and three in the seventh.
Round 1, Pick 5 (5) -- OLB Khalil Mack
The Raiders selected OLB Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. Mack (6-foot-3, 251 pounds) is considered by many to be one of the top defensive players available. He left Buffalo University with the NCAA FBS career record for tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). He was a four-year starter for the Bulls after only receiving two scholarship offers out of high school -- from Liberty University and Buffalo.
Round 2, Pick 4 (36) -- QB Derek Carr
With the fourth pick in the second round, the Raiders selected quarterback Derek Carr. The Fresno State product led all of FBS with 454 completions, 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns a year ago. The three-time team captain left college with a 24-15 record and 12,843 career passing yards. According to Insider Scott Bair, "Carr is expected to sit back and develop behind veteran starter Matt Schaub. He’s slated to be the quarterback of the future."
Round 3, Pick 17 (81) -- OG Gabe Jackson
With their third pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected mammoth offensive guard Gabe Jackson of Mississippi State. Jackson started 52 career games for the Bulldogs, twice earning first-team All-SEC as a lineman. He didn’t give up a sack in either of his final two seasons. “Jackson will be allowed to develop into a strong interior presence as seasons progress,” according to Insider Scott Bair.
Round 4, Pick 7 (107) -- DT Justin Ellis
The Raiders started the third day of the draft by staying in the trenches, selecting Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Justin Ellis. The 334-pound Ellis started 25 games for the Bulldogs, tallying 102 career tackles. "Ellis should provide depth at a nose tackle spot currently occupied by Pat Sims," according to Insider Scott Bair.
Round 4, Pick 16 (116) -- CB Keith McGill
25-year-old cornerback Keith McGill was drafted next by the Raiders with their second fourth-round draft pick. A junior college standout, he had 12 pass breakups and an interception while at Utah. He is physically gifted at 6-foot-3, 211 pounds and considered a developmental prospect. “The Raiders hope he can develop into an impact player in 2015. He could also transition to safety,” says Insider Scott Bair.