Silva: Tom Cable Could Have Strong Influence On Raiders First Pick

Rotoworld’s Josh Norris and Evan Silva teamed up for a first-round mock draft this week and had a few interesting thoughts on the Raiders.

To start, they both projected the Raiders will draft UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller with the 10th overall pick.

The reason they’re convinced Miller will end up in Oakland is offensive line coach Tom Cable and his influence on Jon Gruden.

“Apparently, Tom Cable, their new offensive line coach, loves [Miller],” Silva said. “Jon Gruden has been listening to his assistants early in the offseason. [He] allowed Rich Bisaccia to overhaul his special teams room. So he’s trusting these guys that have been in the NFL while he was away.”

Miller has been linked to the Raiders on a few occasions in the past week, most notably by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, who says Miller is the top offensive tackle on several draft boards.

Just a guess, but this one feels like a bit of hot air.

The Miller pick (at 10) seems like a stretch and so does the idea that Cable will convince Gruden to take a project at left tackle so early in the draft.

If the Raiders trade down in the first round, maybe ‘Kolton Miller to Oakland’ becomes a little more believable, but not buying the idea of Miller to the Raiders at pick 10.

This one one looks and smells like a thick plume of draft smoke.

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8 thoughts on “Silva: Tom Cable Could Have Strong Influence On Raiders First Pick

  1. I think that Cable will get the tenth of the Raiders 11 picks, not the 10th overall!!! But I have been wrong before!!! Roquan Smith is smart enough to learn the Raiders scheme year one and he would contribute really fast!!! I would draft him or Landry at #10!!! OT in later rounds.

    1. Draft Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds or Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick, but not an OT. Defense is a big need, OT is not, especially if Kolton Miller is a project OT, not a day one starter.

      Landry is a 3-4 OLB/DE. Stay away…if it has to be a DE, make it Marcus Davenport, but I still say Smith, Edmunds, James or Fitzpatrick.

      1. So a 35 year old LT coming off season ending injury that required surgery a month or so ago and won’t be ready for a few months plus an open competition @RT with a couple of late round picks leading the way doesn’t sound like a big need to you? Its easily the least talented position on the roster.

        1. I also been saying exactly the same thing throughout the draft process. I also felt DT was a huge need. With such a poor OT draft Oakland had to pull the trigger early at OT.

          Fortunately both positions were addressed early and often. Mo Hurst will be a steal in the draft. Just need to get our small school guys to get aboard quickly and Arden Key was a possible top 5 pick after 2016 season. He is another diamond in the rough.

  2. That would be a shocker at #10. Don’t see it though. Not with a potential choice of Smith, Edmunds or Ward out there. Maybe a trade to the latter third of the 1st and the Raiders take a tackle.

  3. There’s a possibility that Smith, Fitzpatrick, Edmunds, and James are all gone and I think Rashaan Evans MLB from Bama is as good as any other LB in the draft.

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