McShay Mock 3.0 reax: Raiders

March, 6, 2014
Mar 6
Sticking with the Oakland-needs-a-playmaker storyline, ESPN NFL Insider draft guru Todd McShay has unveiled his Mock Draft 3.0 Insider and adhered to such thinking when it comes to the Oakland Raiders.

McShay has the Raiders selecting Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins at No. 5 overall now, after having Oakland go with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel in his second mock and selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles in his initial mock.

The selection of Watkins, who caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, did come with a caveat, though.

“I think that if Bortles or (Louisville QB Teddy) Bridgewater drops to the Raiders at No. 5 they’d be very happy,” McShay wrote, “but if not they’d love to trade back (I’m not sure that Manziel is what they're looking for at QB). This is a team with holes all over the roster, so being able to trade back and pick up a guy like WR Mike Evans, CB Justin Gilbert or OT Zack Martin later while also stockpiling extra picks would be ideal.”

Makes sense. A year ago the Raiders fell in love with Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden and traded back from No. 3 overall to No. 12 and still got their man. Now, whether Hayden should have been that selection is another topic for another day.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter



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