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2017 NFL Draft: The Oakland Raiders Are On the Clock
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20 Apr 2017 06:14 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr attempts pass. (Image Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2016 Record: 12-4; Finished: 2nd In the AFC West

General Manager: Reggie McKenzie (6th Year), Head Coach: Jack Del Rio (3rd Year), Offensive Coordinator: Todd Downing (3rd Year w/ Raiders/1st Year as OC), Defensive Coordinator: Ken Norton Jr. (3rd Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 6 Overall, No. 7 Scoring, No. 13 Passing, No. 6 Rushing

The Raiders offense made major strides in 2016. On their way to going from seven wins to 12, Oakland’s offense jumped from 24th in total offense and 17th in scoring into the top seven in each category. While Derek Carr is the focal point, an improved O-line elevated the run game to sixth up from 28th in the NFL.

Defense Rankings: No. 26 Overall, No. 20 Scoring, No. 24 Passing, No. 23 Rushing

While the offense was much better in 2016, the defense didn’t see similar development and still needs work if the Raiders are to take the next step this season. A run defense which was slightly above average in 2015 (13th) slipped into the bottom third of the league. Something to consider as the Raiders make their selections next week.

The Five-Year Plan – Record: 30-50; Last Playoff Appearance: 2016; Last Playoff Victory: 2002 Season (41-24 Over the Tennessee Titans in AFC Championship Game)

2015 Draft: (1-14) S Karl Joseph, (2-44) DE Jihad Ward, (3-75) OLB Shilique Calhoun, (4-100) QB Connor Cook, (5-143) RB DeAndre Washington, (6-194) OLB Cory James, (7-234) OG Vadal Alexander

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2016 – (1-14) S Karl Joseph, West Virginia

2015 – (1-4) WR Amari Cooper, Alabama

2014 – (1-5) OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

2013 – (1-12) CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

2012 – (3-95) OL Tony Bergstrom, Utah

Booms:

RB Latavius Murray (Rd. 6—2013)

OLB/DE Khalil Mack (Rd. 1—2014)

QB Derek Carr (Rd. 2—2014)

OG Gabe Jackson (Rd. 3—2014)

CB Travis Carrie (Rd. 7—2014)

WR Amari Cooper (Rd. 1—2015)

Busts:

OL Tony Bergstrom (Rd. 3—2012)

DE Jack Crawford (Rd. 5—2012)

WR Juron Criner (Rd. 5—2012)

CB D.J. Hayden (Rd. 1—2013)

OT Menelik Watson (Rd. 2—2013)

OLB Sio Moore (Rd. 3—2013)

QB Tyler Wilson (Rd. 4—2013)

Additions:

TE Jared Cook (UFA/Signed)

LB Jelani Jenkins (UFA/Signed)

QB E.J. Manuel (UFA/Signed)

OT Marshall Newhouse (UFA/Signed)

WR Cordarrelle Patterson (UFA/Signed)

Keepers:

DE Denico Autry (Re-Signed)

LS Jon Condo (Re-Signed)

OG Denver Kirkland (Re-Signed)

TE Gabe Holmes (Re-Signed)

WR Seth Roberts(Re-Signed)

Subtractions:

S Nate Allen (UFA/Dolphins)

LB Daren Bates (UFA/Titans)

CB SaQwan Edwards (UFA)

CB D.J. Hayden (UFA/Lions)

WR Andre Holmes (UFA/Bills)

DT Stacy McGee (UFA/Redskins)

QB Matt McGloin (UFA/Eagles)

RB Latavius Murray (UFA/Vikings)

LB Perry Riley (UFA)

TE Mychal Rivera (UFA/Jaguars)

LB Malcolm Smith (UFA/49ers)

S Brynden Trawick (UFA/Titans)

OT Menelik Watson (UFA/Broncos)

DT Dan Williams (Released)

2016 Picks: For the third draft in a row, the Raiders will have at least one selection in every round. In addition to all seven of their own picks, Oakland acquired an additional seventh-round choice when they traded Dewey McDonald to the Seattle Seahawks last September. Their first-round pick is No. 24 overall, the lowest they’ve been slotted in Rd. No. 1 since they called cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha’s name with the 31st pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, fresh off their Super Bowl appearance. (Note: The Raiders didn’t have a first- or second-round choice in 2012 or a first-round selection in 2011).

Round 1, Selection 24

Round 2, Selection 56

Round 3, Selection 88

Round 4, Selection 129

Round 5, Selection 168

Round 6, Selection 208

Round 7, Selection 242

Round 7, Selection 244 (from Seattle)

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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