Here’s a recap and analysis of the players the Raiders took in the 2013 NFL Draft:
D.J. Hayden, cornerback, Houston – first round, 12th overall – Reggie McKenzie trades down to get his guy. Seen as the cornerback of the future. Will compete with Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins to start.
Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State – second round, 42nd overall – Extremely athletic but still equally raw as an offensive lineman. Raiders need help across most of the line, so it helps scouts say he can play multiple positions. Also used to be a boxer. Always good to have if you ever needed to punch someone in the nose.
Sio Moore, outside linebacker, UConn – third round, 66th overall – Had 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season. NFL Network’s “draft experts” raved about him. He says he’s the “best linebacker in the draft.” Well, he’s certainly the most confident linebacker.
Tyler Wilson, quarterback, Arkansas – fourth round, 112th overall – Fills a need at quarterback. Potential QB of the future. (Note the emphasis on “potential.”) Probably would have been a higher draft choice if Bobby Petrino didn’t crash his motorcycle on a joy ride of love. Meantime, Matt Flynn saw the Raiders drafted a Wilson and probably thought, “COME ON. NOT AGAIN.”
Nick Kasa, tight end, Colorado – sixth round, 172nd overall – Fills a huge need. Converted defensive lineman. Still raw as a tight end. Excels at blocking.
Latavius Murray, running back, UCF – sixth round, 181st overall – Raiders are thin at running back, the position that always leaps in importance whenever Darren McFadden makes his annual trip to the injured list.
Mychal Rivera, tight end, Tennessee – sixth round, 184th overall – More of a receiving tight end than Kasa. His sister stars on “Glee.”
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Stacy McGee, defensive tackle, Oklahoma – sixth round, 205th overall – He’ll be in the mix at the revamped defensive tackle position. Has an ugly rap sheet that includes an arrest for weed (a college student with weed? ZOMG, BURN HIM AT THE STAKE), a six-game suspension and a DUI while having a suspended license before a bowl game.
Brice Butler, wide receiver, San Diego State – seventh round, 209th overall – Played three seasons at USC before transferring to SDSU for his senior season. Ran a 4.36 40 at his pro day. Al would be proud.
David Bass, defensive end, Missouri Western – seventh round, 233rd overall – Raiders get an extra pass rusher. 6-foot-4, 262 pounds. Set a school record 40.5 sacks in his career at the D-II school. Needs to work on technique but is quick off the ball.