The Oakland Raiders have the 24th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here is who Todd McShay has them taking in his second mock draft of the offseason.
Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders will go on the clock in the 2017 NFL Draft with the 24th overall pick in the first round, barring any trades. It’s early in the offseason, but between all the different analysts out there, we’ve already seen a ton of different players being mocked to the Raiders at this spot.
ESPN’s Todd McShay has released his second mock draft of the 2017 class, with his first being in December. At that time — December 13 — McShay had the Raiders selecting Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan.
At 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Davis’ best fit is at weak-side linebacker. He’s an explosive athlete with great range who profiles as an every-down player in the NFL. He could also play middle linebacker if he bulked up a bit. Oakland has needs at both positions and could use a Kwon Alexander-type player like Davis at the second level.
The selection of Davis in this mock may very well be both the best player available, as well as filling a major need. Although there are several quality players still left on the board, such as Cam Robinson, Tim Williams, Tre’Davious White, Quincy Wilson and Haason Reddick.
Plugging Davis into the middle of the defense would be a coup for the Raiders. He has top-notch instincts, which is a must for any linebacker hoping to perform at a high level. Davis’ ability to read and then react is amongst the best in the entire draft class, if not the very best.
In run support, Davis has proven to be quite the presence, which would be a much welcomed addition to Oakland’s front seven.
McShay’s pick has continued an obvious theme of mock drafts for the Raiders so far this offseason — defense. Daniel Jeremiah and Mel Kiper both recently released mock drafts, and they each had the Silver and Black picking a player on the defensive side of the ball.