PFF draft board: Oakland Raiders

Analyst Jon Abbot takes a pick-by-pick look at the 2016 draft prospects that best fit the Raiders' needs.

| 8 months ago
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PFF draft board: Oakland Raiders


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 franchises using our draft rankings and evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second-, and third-round picks, along with a team-specific draft board (at the bottom of this article) that includes every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Oakland Raiders:

Round 1 (14th overall)

Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi St

Jones is PFF’s best interior pass-rusher in the draft. He would pair well with Dan Williams on the inside and Khalil Mack on the outside (and eventually Aldon Smith). The Raiders’ pass-rush would be one of the most formidable in the league for years to come.

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Receiver isn’t necessarily a need for the Raiders, with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree performing well with Derek Carr last season. However, if players of need are taken ahead of Oakland, and they are unable to move down for better value, then Doctson’s size, speed, body control, and yards-after-the-catch ability make him and Cooper a dangerous pair.

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Alexander is the best press-man-coverage corner in the draft. There are knocks on his size at only 5-foot-9, but Sean Smith will take the bigger-bodied receivers, and as a pair, they would be well-suited in press-man coverage.

Round 2 (44th overall)

Hassan Ridgeway, DI, Texas

Ridgeway recorded the fifth-best pass-rushing productivity among interior D-linemen in the draft, along with solid production in the run game. He could develop into a solid overall DT to pair with Dan Williams.

Kevin Byard, FS, Middle Tennessee State

With Charles Woodson retiring and no great replacement on the roster, Byard presents the best option as a single-high FS in the draft.

Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Mississippi

A solid corner in both man- and zone-coverage, Reed fits the mold for an NFL corner, both physically and athletically.

Round 3 (75th overall)

Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State

Linebacker comes in as one of the areas of greatest need for the Raiders, but without great value at the top half of the first or second round for LBs, Perry represents a solid LB-prospect that wont flash, but is a sure tackler and will make the plays he needs to.

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

On the surface, the Raiders seem fine on the edge with Khalil Mack, Mario Edwards, and Aldon Smith. However, Edward’s injury sustained at the end of last year and Smith’s suspension leaves the second edge spot on the roster up in the air at the start of the season.

Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Howard would be a pick that is all about potential. At over 6-foot, 200 pounds, his biggest concern is getting beat deep too often, but if he does figure it out, he has some of the highest upside of any corner in the draft, and would give the Raiders two big-bodied CBs on the outside.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardOakland Raiders Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Myles JackLBUCLA62
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State33
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State74
DeForest BucknerDIOregon25
Jared GoffQBCal46
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss57
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville88
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson119
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1210
Corey ColemanWRBaylor911
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1012
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2513
William Jackson IIICBHouston1514
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3015
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2116
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2317
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1718
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1319
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3420
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3320
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1922
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1423
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2623
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2025
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3725
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2227
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1628
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3929
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1830
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2731
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3532
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3233
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4033
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2435
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2836
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5937
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5737
Eli AppleCBOhio State3139
Su'a CravensLBUSC4839
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6141
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4342
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4142
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4442
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5445
Jeremy CashSDuke5345
Darron LeeLBOhio State8147
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6847
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3849
Ryan KellyCAlabama4250
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7151
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4551
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4651
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5854
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5155
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7656
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5257
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5557
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7059
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4760
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6061
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7462
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4963
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8664
Willie HenryDIMichigan9965
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6466
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6266
Joshua GarnettGStanford5068
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5669
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7970
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6771
Darius LathamDIIndiana8472
Connor CookQBMichigan State7573
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6374
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9775
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8075
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8275
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State7378
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10879
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2980
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6681
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10281
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8381
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9184
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina9684
Devin LucienWRArizona State9284
Braxton MillerWROhio State9884
Vonn BellSOhio State9088
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3689
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8790
Christian WestermanGArizona State8591
Matt IoannidisDITemple12492
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8993
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7794
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10195
Joe DahlOTWashington State11296
Austin HooperTEStanford12597
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11998
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8899
Spencer DrangoGBaylor107100
Matt SkuraCDuke128101
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State94101
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65103
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State114103
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138105
Jake McGeeTEFlorida123106
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky109107
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78108
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M69109
Demarcus AyersWRHouston150109
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118111
David MorganTEUTSA153112
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93113
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M182113
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas126115
Austin BlytheCIowa203116
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145116
Devon CajusteTEStanford174118
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132118
Tavon YoungCBTemple115120
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180121
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173121
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State157123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95125
Devontae BookerRBUtah103126
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230127
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222128
Cody KesslerQBUSC106128
Will ParksSArizona100130
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110131
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105132
Daniel LascoRBCal141133
Jack AllenCMichigan State122134
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162135
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146136
Jayron KearseSClemson120137
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104138
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131139
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140140
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111141
Max TuerkCUSC113141
Jihad WardDIIllinois159143
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130144
Artie BurnsCBMiami144145
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151145
Keanu NealSFlorida176145
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135148
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137148
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116150
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117150
Byron MarshallWROregon121150
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136153
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129154
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187155
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185155
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188155
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148158
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160159
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163159
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142161
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186162
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192162
Terrell LathanDITCU167164
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161164
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166164
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165164
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156164
Kevin HoganQBStanford143169
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149169
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154169
Nick VigilLBUtah State205169
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179173
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127174
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204174
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209174
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168177
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170177
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175177
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178177
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177177
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155182
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194183
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197183
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134185
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200186
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171187
Corey TindalCBMarshall172187
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181187
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195190
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196190
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158192
Ryker MathewsGBYU164192
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201194
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206194
Blake MartinezLBStanford198194
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139197
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133198
Cody CoreWROle Miss184198
Kenny LawlerWRCal193198
Alex LewisOTNebraska183198
Joey HuntCTCU189198
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210203
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211203
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207203
T.J. GreenSClemson217206
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215206
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190208
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169209
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199210
Teddy RubenWRTroy212210
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152212
Ian SeauEDGENevada219213
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220213
Ted KarrasGIllinois213215
Connor McGovernGMissouri202215
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221217
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214217
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218217
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216217
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233221
Deion JonesLBLSU250221
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235223
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228223
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191225
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208226
Mike RoseEDGENC State223227
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244227
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246227
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234227
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240227
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248227
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224233
John TheusOTGeorgia231233
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232233
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241233
Jake BrendelCUCLA245233
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249233
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242233
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225233
Jalen MillsCBLSU247233
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226233
Charone PeakeWRClemson229233
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236233
Trevor DavisWRCal239233
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227233
Boston StiversonGKansas State237247
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238247
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243247
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147250
  • raider_harvey

    Why are there QBs on this draft board?

  • codered5

    Why would the Raiders draft a 4-3 defensive end (kevin dodd) when they have a gaggle of 3-4 outside linebacker types (smith, irvin, mack)and pff’s own roster shows them as a 3-4 team.

    • Samuel Charles

      i think they’re still a hybrid

      • Brad

        Yeah they play a hybrid, but it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense to invest a high draft pick on a DE unless they truly believe Edwards’ neck injury is career-threatening.

        That said: Kevin Dodd in the 3rd round? Yes please.

        • codered5

          Yes and I would take dodd that late and play him at corner if I had to. I don’t get this hybrid stuff. After the 2nd game all I saw was 3-4 and the subpackage that all 3-4 teams use where the olb’s turn to de’so. That is not 4-3 simply because 4-3 requires 3 linebackers and subpackage only has 2

  • Brad

    If Doctson is not a need (at all) and he’s rated 12, why would the Raiders draft him when WJIII, Karl Joseph, and M Alexander all fill HUGE needs and are rated 15-17?

    Why no attention to Safety at all, except the guy who plays the exact same position as the Raiders’ only Safety, Reggie Nelson?

    • Mike Riley

      If its anything like Reggie’s modus operandi then they’re going BPA. I don’t agree w/ the pick at 14, but understand sticking to your board.

      • Brad

        I don’t think that’s been Reggie’s M.O. at all, at least not since taking over the Raiders. The picks from the first three rounds each of the last two seasons, for which he has rightfully been applauded, were all major needs: Mack, Carr, Jackson, Cooper, Edwards, and Walford.

        Of those guys, only one was BPA (Mack), and last season he opted for Cooper over the guy most considered the best overall player in the draft (Leonard Williams).

        • Mike Riley

          No they were all BPA. Carr included was BPA according to his board. Reggie & Mark Davis were at every single public workout Carr participated in & liked him so much above all the other qbs that there was talk of them taking him at 5. Since Reggie comes from the Ted Thompson school of drafting, he didn’t panic & trade up to get him. He stood pat & took him at 36.

          Also Cooper was BPA since there was talk about Leonard Williams having a shoulder issue which caused him to slide to 6. You can say they drafted for need but that’s not true at all. He sticks to his boars, even with Hayden back in 2013. He was considering drafting him at 3 before trading back to 12 when he saw he could regain the 2nd rd pick they lost in the Carson Palmer trade.

          Its a fact all players happened to fit a need but when your first two years are being used to tear down your roster including eating $50 million in dead money you don’t have a lot of talent to work with. When the previous regime doesn’t provide you with any assets after reading away 1st rounders in 2011 (Dick Seymour), 1st, 2nd & 3rd rounders in 2012 for the Palmer trade & he asks to be traded since he acknowledges a deconstruction going on before even rebuilding its pretty overwhelming. In fact after cutting most of the big contracts, some of which never started anywhere else (Stanford Routt, Kam Wimbley, Mike Huff, Darrius Heyward-Bey, & Tyvon Branch for example) you have needs everywhere. When you’re finally trying to rebuild your roster from the ground up you need sure fire talent at the top & cant afford to reach for need. On a team that was 8-24 his first two seasons its easy to assume they were drafting for need but in reality they were drafting BPA & happened to fill needs in the process.

          • Jesse Gardner

            @Mike Riley- exactly. What seems like drafting for need because of a lack of talent across the roster was actually drafting BPA, as Carr was no doubt rated just behind Mack, which thankfully worked out for us. When looking at two diff prospects who are both highly rated you look at who will help the team most, which is why Cooper got the nod over Williams, who would have been a luxury pick, not unlike what the jets made him, ergo them shopping Wilkerson.

  • Jesse Gardner

    First off Dodd will not be available in the third. Like the Jones pick so long as Elliot isn’t there, who has to be first on Reggie’s big board, he’s just too good of a runner/blocker for RM not to take him if there. If Jones is gone then Lee should be next BPA, and if he’s gone then Reggie should take any trade to move back, there’s no one left that justifies the 14 pick. Cash/Thompson/Booker/Henry should all be in play in the second, with Green being a solid third round prospect. For some reason PFF wants us to take at positions were mostly loaded at, there’s literally no reason to take a corner in the first half of the draft. Smith is top 20, same as Amerson, who will no doubt improve with an actual offseason with the team. TJ Carrie in the slot with Thorpe and McDonald as depth is a very solid stable of corners, better then 80% of the league anyway. Def need starter quality talent @ safety though, first off in case AllenNelson aren’t effective (they came from a very similar system and should have no problems transitioning) or injury, so I could see RM doubling up early. Even though Henry isn’t a good compliment to Murray, I think RM would take him as an upgrade over Murray since Henry fits the power style of our offense, which would make Murray the East/West running compliment we would need, something i think Murray is much better suited to. Our offense would be unstoppable w/Elliot, Henry, or even Booker, so Reggie has options in pretty much all of the first 3 rounds. Jones, Henry, Green… Elliot, Nkimdiche, Booker…. Lee, Henry, Green…..all excellent drafts that would push us into the playoffs.

  • Sonny Kirkendall

    How can anyone say bosa who lacks the bend to get around the edge and will end up a defensive tackle in the nfl. Is higher on the board than Myles Jack who would make the most dominant mlb in the league if Jaylon Smith hadnt been hurt. Id take both of them over bosa who has bust written all over him.

  • Bill Yendle

    Good write up, but why is Goff on the Raiders board?