2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Oakland Raiders, No. 5

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Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (2)

2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Oakland Raiders, No. 5

Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) scores a touchdown in the first half of the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Griffin:

The Raiders appear to be in “win now” mode considering their recent free agency signings that average well over the age of 30. Reggie McKenzie seems to be the most under qualified GM in the NFL, but he makes a smart pick here, sort of. After signing Schaub they aren’t looking to develop a QB and spend the fifth overall pick on a project. The Raiders have lacked a true offensive weapon ever since the Rich Gannon era and Watkins provides instant explosiveness on offense. This team needs a star and Watkins fits the mold. Watkins isn’t the tallest wide-out, listed around 6’0” tall, but he is an absolute physical monster. His speed and strength was put on perfect display against OSU in the Orange Bowl this past year and he displayed toughness playing through most of the game with a busted leg. 

William Oberst:

 I don’t think Manziel is a fit for Oakland, as there were reports the Raiders had Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr ahead of Manziel on their draft board.  Watkins is the can’t miss receiver in this draft.  His speed and play-making ability will be too much for the Raiders to pass up.

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  • Kevin Lurker

    Thanks for the article. IMO..Schaub investment means no QB@#5. Watkins is a freak however WR class is deep. Tackle? We have just signed Penn and Howard. What we don’t have covered is DT and CB. Again CB is deep. Ideal is to trade down. If we stay…Donald is a disrupting force right up the middle!

    • Joshua Huffman

      Agreed with all of this.