The Oakland Raiders hold the 4th overall selection in the 2015 draft. Interim head coach Tony Sparano went 3-9 after the team started 0-10 to start the year. Jack Del Rio was brought in as the team’s new head coach for the 2015 season. Del Rio comes over from Denver where he was the defensive coordinator the past three seasons. The team was looking to be aggressive in free agency with the boatloads of money they had available. However, they missed out on most of their top targets and were only really able to add center Rodney Hudson from Kansas City. Heading into his 2nd year under center look for Derek Carr to make more strides after a solid rookie campaign. Randall Cobb was a top target of the Raiders, but they failed to sign him during the free agency frenzy. The wide receiver position is definitely an area of need with James Jones as the only real viable threat. Look for the Raiders to address that need during the middle rounds of the draft due to the depth once again at the wide receiver spot in this year’s class. The defensive line is where I believe the Raiders will target for their first choice. Veteran Justin Tuck seems to be the top dog out of the group which is not saying much as Tuck’s play has declined recently. The inside tackles include free agent signing Dan Williams from Arizona and 2nd year player Justin Ellis. This is a glaring hole that I suspect the Raiders including new head coach Jack Del Rio will want to address early. With the 4th pick in the Birds Scoop 2015 Mock Draft the Oakland Raiders select…
Leonard Williams- Defensive Tackle (USC)
Williams has a rare mix of quickness and size that will make him a terror to block inside for most offensive linemen according to scouts. This should be a no brainer pick for the Raiders if Williams is on the board. Especially since he would fill a gaping need on the inside and the defensive line as a whole. He would arguably be the best player on the defense to go along with Charles Woodson and last year’s rookie Khalil Mack. Jack Del Rio and new defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. from Seattle would have to be thrilled with the selection of Williams. If there is one knock against the USC product it’s his size working against him in terms of leverage which is crucial at the NFL level. However, Williams is so physically gifted he often doesn’t let this occur. Wide receivers Kevin White and Amari Cooper were in play for this pick, but passing up on Williams would be foolish for Oakland. The depth of the wide receiver class allows the Raiders to address the position with either their 2nd round pick or later on in the draft. Expect new offensive Bill Musgrave, who spent last year with the Eagles, to feature a power running attack with Latavius Murray, Roy Heluand Trent Richardson (don’t laugh). This will keep the hits off Derek Carr and simplify the passing game. Back to Williams, I’m sure he would be a welcome sight for Raider Nation as they saw him dominate not too far away at USC during his college career.
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