2018 Draft: Round 2 Targets

Let’s just ignore the selection at 15 overall for now.

I don’t want to talk about it, and honestly, I’m not quite sure when I’ll be ready to talk about it.

Instead, let’s open the old big board up, and see what talent and value may present itself heading into Round 2:

Below are the top options left on (my) board; I’ll put the player’s ranking inside parenthesis. Who’s making it to 41 overall (assuming Oakland keeps the pick)?

IDL Maurice Hurst (8)

I suspect the fall for 2018’s premiere interior defensive linemen will continue through Round 2, and perhaps even Round 3 and beyond. We’re told that he may be a Day 3 player now due to the medical “unknowns”. But, from what I have access to, he’s still a top talent. Value will be had wherever he may land.

RB Derrius Guice (9)

We saw both Rashaad Penny (27 to Seattle) and Sony Michel (31 to New England) go before the draft’s RB2 in Derrius Guice. There was much made about his “personality” and “background” leading up to the draft. I see a runner who’s talent-level is close enough to Saquon Barkley; a true difference-maker at the next level. He’s a top 10 player.

EDGE Harold Landry (10)

I’m going to assume the slide was for medical reasons. At this point in the draft, I imagine the value is starting to line up. Raiders could still use help on the edge, despite Bruce Irvin’s position change.

RB Nick Chubb (17)

My RB3. Tested impressively at the Combine. We know what his early impact was at Georgia, and showed plenty of flashes to close out his career post-injury. I’m still banking on that high-end, do-it-all option out of the backfield. Oakland could have their successor to Marshawn Lynch as early as Round 2, or maybe even into Round 3?

CB Isaiah Oliver (19)

This year’s CB2 is a heck of an athlete. For the Raiders, I imagine that he’d push new cornerback Rashaan Melvin right away. Despite the veteran additions via free agency, Oakland’s needs younger, more talented, and higher-upside options heading into the season.

CB Quenton Meeks (26)

Another option at cornerback, and one of the more intelligent players in this year’s class. I have him as a first-round prospect, but he may slide well into Round 3, more realistically. He’s already been picking the brain of one of the great’s in Richard Sherman. Iron sharpens iron.

TE Mike Gesicki (27)

The former-Nittany Lion is the only tight end from this year’s class that was carrying a first-round grade for me (TE1). He’s the freakiest athlete at the position since 2006 Vernon Davis. Imagine adding him to an offense that already consists of Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson, and now Martavis Bryant (yes, that happened Thursday evening as well). All the touchdowns.

SS Ronnie Harrison (28)

As we know, the Raiders’ front office (see: Jon Gruden and Tom Cable) made the conscious decision to pass on Derwin James at 15 overall. Ronnie Harrison plays a similar role, and is versatile in his own right, so this pick may present some enticing value. Then again, passing on the aforementioned James may signal their trust and willingness to move forward with last year’s second-round choice, Obi Melifonwu.

EDGE Josh Sweat (29)

Much like Harold Landry, medical’s are probably the cause for Sweat’s slide down draft boards. His eventual selection, alma mater aside, would feel very Mario Edwards Jr.-ish. I think these are players that, coming out of school, didn’t really hit the ceilings that they were capable of. Josh Sweat carries a 95th percentile SPARQ score and would fill arguably the Raiders’ biggest position of need.

LB Jerome Baker (37)

Considered undersized by many, I came away impressed with Baker’s obvious athleticism on the field. He moves around effortlessly compared to other linebackers, and would answer some questions in coverage for the Raiders (an area that we know has been exploited often). Build does not deter him; one of the more relentless players I watched and re-watched this offseason.

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10 thoughts on “2018 Draft: Round 2 Targets

  1. We need to address the CB position. It would be perfect if Jackson fell to us but not sure he’ll be there. Please stay away from Hurst, did we not learn our lesson from Hayden?

  2. Can’t believe the pick WTF Thats a Gruden /Cable move ! Just as retarded as McKenzie’s picks ! Let me see #95 #91 #21getting sued #20 #55 ex Raider #88 ! We need to hit on the early rounds ! How are you still employed ! ?

  3. Raiders seemed to like Arden Key quite a bit. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him plucked at #41 should he be available.

  4. What are you complaining about regarding Miller? With Denver taking Chubb, this just adds to the need to protect Carr. Every team in our division has a nasty pass rush. And McKenzie’s last 4 drafts have been so bad outside of a few stars, that it became necessary for Gruden to essentially start the rebuild over to some extent. Our roster was obviously not as close to the 12-4 team from 2 years ago as we thought. Vegas knew it last year and the Raiders went out and proved the roster was crap. Football 101… protect your franchise QB.

    What good is a sexy pick or great D when you can’t move the ball. Doesn’t anyone remember what happened against Texans in the playoffs without Carr? Hell, even the Patriots had the same idea when they took Wynn. So you know more than Bellichek and Gruden?

    1. The argument isn’t so much who they took, but where they took him. They could have gotten Miller or a similar talent in the 2nd or 3rd rounds. In the meantime, they passed on elite defensive playmakers. What good is protecting Carr if he never has the ball because our defense is so inept at stopping opposing offenses?

    2. The problem is that Miller is soft, doesn’t finish blocks. Considered a project. Should’ve taken Edmunds or Fitzpatrick. Both fill areas of high need. We could’ve gotten a OT with a nasty attitude in the 2 or 3. This is the worst pick since Jamarcus

  5. They’re gonna mess up this draft I guarantee you. That first round trade 10 for 15 and draft an OL when all those LB and DL out there SMH.

  6. The football brains (MacKenzie and Gruden) know more about evaluating NFL talent then any of us but it sure seems like Kolton has too many critics panning him. One one side our offense could be better, keeping the defense off the field. Having the Steelers WR is a bonus, but he had what 600 yards and 2 TDs? Those are not impressive numbers. We desperately need LB, DT and CB help. Those 4th stringer free agents are camp bodies waiting to be cut.

  7. Kolton seems young, raw and athletic.. imo give the kid a few years at RT and let him develop a little bit more physically (strength coach earn your pay!) then move over to LT when penn is deemed done. Needs- dual threat RB, CB and DL.. Ronald jones? Oliver?

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