Kiper hands out Raiders draft grades

May, 12, 2014
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The bar, you could say, was fairly low to begin with when you consider the Oakland Raiders' previous two drafts, not having a pick until No. 95 in 2012, drafting an injured D.J. Hayden in the first round last year and a second-round project in Menelik Watson.

But that does not take away from what Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie seemingly pulled off this time around.

ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr., like so many others, liked what he saw and he gave the Raiders a grade that many fans will like. Insider A lot.

Kiper gave the Raiders an overall grade of B-plus, and I concur. He gave Oakland a B in terms of addressing needs and a B-plus in terms of value.

"Just another smart, sensible draft for the Raiders, where they consistently maximized value and hit some clear needs …wait, did I just write that?" he wrote.

And again, I concur.

The Raiders entered the proceedings with seven selections and left with eight. Their top four picks were so strong and sensible (LB Khalil Mack, QB Derek Carr, G Gabe Jackson, DT Justin Ellis) that the Raiders seemed to reach with their final four in terms of guys with previous character concerns looking for second chances (CB Keith McGill, CB Travis Carrie, DE Shelby Harris, S Jonathan Dowling), and yet, did not hurt the overall grade too much.

"Oakland got better this weekend," Kiper wrote.

"The Raiders added some intrigue late, but this draft should be defined by the balance of talent, planning and immediate help."

And of course, production, which we won't know precisely for a few years.

Alas, on paper, it was a very good draft for a rebuilding team in dire need of one.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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