Raiders 7-Round Mock Draft: Las Vegas adds two Oklahoma superstars

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Round 4, 121st Overall: J.R. Reed, S, Georgia

Las Vegas could benefit from adding some depth at safety after the departure of Karl Joseph. J.R. Reed is a bit one-dimensional, but could carve out a nice career if used in the proper manner.

He should not be relied upon as a primary option in coverage. His lack of range and average skills as an athlete would make him a common target of opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks.

However, Reed was able to establish himself as an exceptional run-stopper during his time at Georgia. He was at his best when he was allowed to play in a safety/linebacker hybrid role, with an emphasis on playing near the box.

The modern NFL is increasingly occupied by these types of hybrid players. This makes Reed worth a flier in the fourth round.

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Round 5, 159th Overall: Rodrigo Blankenship, K, Georgia

It’s difficult to find legitimate difference-makers at this point in the draft. While the Raiders could utilize this selection to gamble on a player who could provide depth at a skill position or one of the lines, the biggest impact would be made by adding a new franchise kicker.

Now that the Sebastian Janikowski era is officially over, the team has been without a reliable leader for their special teams unit.

Last year’s starter Daniel Carlson hit just 73.1 percent of his field-goal attempts (26th in the league) and scored a meager 91 total points (25th among kickers). It is clear that Las Vegas has one of the worst kicking units in football.

Adding Rodrigo Blankenship would give the team a young option with noteworthy upside. He is widely considered to be the top kicker in the draft and boasts considerable kicking power.

Gauging how a kicker will translate to the NFL is always a difficult task. However, Blankenship’s proven success at Georgia, combined with his overall consistency (he hit 93 percent of his attempts under 40 yards) makes him worth a look at pick No. 159.

Note: If Blankenship is drafted before this selection, Utah State kicker Dominik Eberle is another reasonable option. The team could also look to move down and take him in the next round.

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