Sep 15, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) warms up prior to the game against the Furman Paladins at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Draft Rumors: Oakland Raiders deciding between Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack


The NFL Draft is right around the corner and teams still aren’t exactly sure who they want. Part of the indecision comes from the fact that no one really knows how things are going to shakeup, but draft strategies are starting to be sketched in pencil by mostly everyone.

For the Oakland Raiders, the No. 5 pick is still up in the air as any number of players could be available when they get called to the podium in May. According to beat writer Vic Tafur, the Raiders are currently high on both Sammy Watkins and Khalil Mack.

Of course, there’s no saying that either Watkins or Mack will be on the board at No. 5 which highlights the confusion and anxiety about this draft class. It’s being called a ‘deep’ class because it’s exciting to mock the picks but the excitement seems to be coming from confusion and not the talent.

Tags: Khalil Mack NFL Draft 2014 Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins

  • Giovannoni

    Hard choice.

    • Sherman Stewart

      yeah, we could still get a stud at 37.

  • KloverJane

    I hope we get the player we want. I.e. The best one that’s still there. We really need a break. And he better rule the field! The autumn wind…

  • http://oreillyauto.com bigROC209

    If both are available I’d take Sammy Watkins over Khalil Mack. Sio Moore, Nick Roach, and Kevin Burnett were solid last season. You don’t get many opportunities to draft such a dynamic playmaker like Watkins.

    • Sherman Stewart

      Burnett is on the last year of his deal, Mack would be a nice replacement for him, an upgrade imo.

    • Ecade

      Big Mac will draft Mack he was in Green bay when they Drafted Clay Mathews he saw first hand the Impact he made for the team . The Raiders Needs to get stops 3 and outs good field position for the offense makes its easier to score points .. Defense wins game/championships ..

  • gdubb

    Watkins is more nfl ready at this point then mack.RM and DA have to will now or will be fired.

    • Tina Martin

      We need a dynamic reciever and missing out on jackson wont feel so bad

      • Lar Dog

        Problem could be that Watkins could be taken by Cleveland at #4. Evans looks like an interesting talent as well.

        • gdubb

          I like evens too

      • gdubb

        I agree with you tina

    • Ecade

      Mack is More NFL ready than Watkins , Pass rushers makes more impact on the game .

      • gdubb

        I agree to disagree.

        • Ecade

          You’re Right lets get into shoot outs with Peyton and Rivers ..

        • Ecade

          How did that high powered Offense do in the Super bowl ?

          • gdubb

            They did as good as the choke master did.manning always choke it’s not something new..but anyways I like watkins he a can catch he’s fast tough physical. something the raiders haven’t had since Tim brown.besides raiders already signed 3 defensive ends and already have good Lb’s

  • jose pizana

    Mack….defense wins championships.

  • disqus_t7stiJd681

    Barr..defense wins championships !!

    • Scout Hayes

      Trade back. Take Barr and pick up an additional R2 pick.

      • netraider

        Barr or Aaron Donald.

  • AF AF AF

    Clowney, Watkins, Mack

  • erik

    Any three top qb’s under shaub to learn for a while or watkins we can still draft oline after the first pick we need a great pair of hands not decent enough to get by we havent had tim brown in a long time watkins will be a tim brown i hope we dont waste another pick on a qb if its not in the first round

    • netraider

      Schaub will be riding pine by week 7. He will not miraculously reinvest himself.

    • Lar Dog

      I agree. Deep WR draft, but Watkins is #1 for a reason. We need a new Timmy. I think he will be a special player

  • netraider

    Take Mack. It is a waste to take a WR at #5 in the deepest WR draft in more than a decade. quality WR starters will be available in round 2. If Mack is gone trade back for a second round 2 pick and take Aaron Donald in the first. Then take best CB and WR in round 2.

    We need D to be competitive in the AFC West against Manning, Rivers and Smith. Are D was 29th in ppg last year and lost several games by not being able to make 4th Q stops. Offense was top 10 ppg last yesr and better with Matt. With the changes made and a 2nd/3rd round WR we should be able to score. But consider that if we used every pick on Offense we still would not be able to out score Peyton, et al. We need to stop them first.

  • Joe Hinerman

    Let’s start using our heads. wr & lb are two of three positions that oak is ok at. Why would you use your top pick on them?? We really need QB, Matt s, may or may not end up doing well. Would you be willing to bet 2015 season on it? Ol, cb next.