When the Raiders turn the page toward Day 2, the team still needs to fill holes. As a result, these rounds represent yet another chance for Oakland to snare more talent. Below, five players that could step in and help right away.
Harold Landry, Edge (BC)
Although Bruce Irvin will occupy the bookend DE spot this season, the Raiders need to look toward the future. In that case, Landry fits the need for a quality edge rookie. Blessed with phenomenal bend and acceleration, Landry could apprentice while getting a feel for the pro game. In addition, he could see snaps in subpackages early.
Derrius Guice, RB (LSU)
With Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin in tow, you would think Oakland would not look at another back. Then again, Lynch and Martin are either nearing or past 30. On the other hand, Guice offers an explosive complement that could eventually supplant Lynch as the starter.
Originally slotted as a first rounder, Hurst’s medicals became a hotly contested matter for GMS and front offices. However, one thing that most agree on is Hurst’s ability to disrupt the interior and provide pressure. With limited production at the three-technique, the Raiders could use Hurst to provide inside push. Additionally, his medicals probably do not faze the Raiders. If the team selected DJ Hayden coming off a heart trauma, Hurst will remain a viable option.
Before Round 1, Michael Silver stated that Gruden is hell-bent on protecting Carr. Granted, the 2017 Raiders lacked consistent tackle play at both spots. A player like Noteboom fits the Tom Cable linemen preferences. First, he is mobile, athletic and does not play stiff. As a result, he would jump ahead of the remnants of the Mike Tice selections. Noteboom possesses the kickslide and agility to meet the waves of AFC West pass rushers.
If the speculation is to be believed, Maurice Hurst’s heart issue could be dire. In that case, FHSU tackle Nathan Shepherd would provide an immediate punch to the Raiders. First, notice Shepherd’s active hands. As a result, Shepherd splits the guard and crushes the pocket. With Mack and Irvin on the outside, the Raiders need an interior force to prevent passers from climbing the ladder. Instead, Shepherd could force passers outside.
After a wild first round where the Raiders drafted a project OT in Kolton Miller, nothing appears out of reach.