Apr 26, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders first round selection D.J. Hayden and general manager Reggie McKenzie hold up a jersey at the press conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Grades: Oakland Raiders

The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Oakland Raiders did in this year’s NFL Draft.

Draft Picks

  • DJ Hayden, cornerback, Houston — Round 1 (12)
  • Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State — Round 2 (42)
  • Sio Moore, linebacker, Connecticut — Round 3 (66)
  • Tyler Wilson, quarterback, Arkansas — Round 4 (112)
  • Nick Kasa, tight end, Colorado — Round 6 (172)
  • Latavius Murray, running back, Central Florida — Round 6 (181)
  • Mychal Rivera, tight end, Tennessee — Round 6 (184)
  • Stacy McGee, defensive tackle, Oklahoma — Round 6 (205)
  • Brice Butler, wide receiver, San Diego State — Round 7 (209)
  • David Bass, defensive end, Missouri Western — Round 7 (233)

Best Pick: Menelik Watson

For once, the Raiders managed to work the NFL Draft in their favor. They got their main target in the first-round after trading back, but their best move was being able to select offensive tackle Menelik Watson in the second-round, despite an early run of offensive linemen. Oakland got one of the most athletic offensive tackle prospects with unlimited potential. If the coaches can take advantage of Watson’s skills, he will be a long-time starter for the team.

Analysis: It was refreshing to see the Raiders come away from the draft without being the laughing stock of the NFL. They were able to score talented draft picks in nearly every round, and a number of these players could prove to be key contributors a few years down the road.

2013 Draft Grade: B

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft Oakland Raiders

  • Raider Grant

    First draft I’ve been excited about for a long time! Giving Reggie & THE RAIDERS a draft grade of B, but could of been an A. I feel we could have solidified either the offense or defense using first four rounds to stack one side or the other. Overall happy with the way Reggie & staff attacked draft & undrafted free agents immediately after draft. In my opinion wasting a pick on a QB in the 4th round blew chunks; we could have added Barret Jones or two premier running backs in Johnathan Franklin from UCLA or Steven Taylor from Stanford. We blew a major pick in the 6th round as well; no way Latvius Murray was the right pick when we could of had a steal with Kenjon Barner. Barner was close to being in mix for heismen if not for sharing downs with other talent, blowing teams out & 2 poorly coached games by Chump Smelly. Barner is multi talented and could have played the slot,RB, punt & kick off return?????? Would of , could of, should of,but its too late now. Can’t wait for.season too start!!!! Much love Nation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.grady.3386 Paul Grady

    Raiders could have even had a better draft if they would STOP falling in love with players!,.They need a TON of players, and there isnt many that anyone is in love with! They should have traded out of the 13th pick after trading out of the 3rd pick and gotten a darn good CB and another early 2nd round pick at worst,.They also totally messed up by not getting more from Miami,.I really see a bunch of chimps jumping around on tables when I think of the Raiders draft WAR ROOM

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.grady.3386 Paul Grady

    Getting Tyler Wilson was an awful pick!,.He will never be a stud QB in the NFL,.A good back-up at best,.I thought they already had bunch of those?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Martindale/100000581645722 Tim Martindale

      U sleeping on Wilson he’s good

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Martindale/100000581645722 Tim Martindale

    Hellava draft

  • http://www.facebook.com/albert.negretejr Albert A Negrete Jr

    You must be a Dallas fan.