Grading the Draft: All 32 Teams
I'll use this thread to talk about each team's draft as I get around to them. Starting with the Oakland Raiders. I'll get around to talking about the prospects that went undrafted afterwards.
#95 Overall -- Tony Bergstrom / OT / Utah
Solid pick here. He was my #10 overall guard prospect and had a 4th round grade on him. The Raiders didn't reach much for Bergstrom here. As soon as I saw him measure in at the Senior Bowl with those 31 3/8" arms, the first thing I said was that he's getting kicked inside. Grade: B
#129 Overall -- Miles Burris / OLB / San Diego St.
Burris was my #15 overall 4-3 OLB prospect and had a 6th round grade on him. He essentially played the 'whip' linebacker position in Rocky Long's defense where he had no gap responsibility most of the time. His job was to blitz off the weakside almost every snap and chase down plays behind the line of scrimmage. Not experienced in coverage. I thought they reached here for Burris, but at least it's not a 1st round kicker. Grade: C-
#158 Overall -- Jack Crawford / DE / Penn St.
Crawford wasn't on my draft board. He's fairly new to football, and none of his athletic ability translates to the football field, to the point of being benched. I don't like this pick at all. Grade: F-
#168 Overall -- Juron Criner / WR / Arizona
My #15 rated WR in the class of receivers that I project as having #2 type WR upside in the NFL, and I had a late 4th / early 5th round grade on Criner. The Raiders made a decent pick here and may have found themselves a potential starting caliber X-receiver down the road. Grade: B+
#189 Overall -- Christo Bilukidi / DE-DT / Georgia St.
This kid was my #25 overall rated DE, and my #9 overall rated potential 5-technique that could draw some interest as a 3-4 DE. I had him higher than a few of the more overhyped prospects at his position. If you're not a fan of I-AA Georgia State, or didn't watch the contest between Georgia St. and Alabama in in 2010, then you wouldn't have any idea who this kid is. He really caught my attention in that game and stood against a supremely talented Crimson Tide squad last year. Developmental player with great upside and proved to me that he could play against elite competition, and looked good at the Players All-Star Classic. I like this pick. Grade: B+
#230 Overall -- Nathan Stupar / OLB / Penn St.
I didn't have Stupar on my draft board. Slightly undersized nickel package type linebacker... but it's the 7th round. Grade: C