While they search for a quarterback, the Raiders also needed to work on their defense. They drafted Buffalo’s Khalil Mack with the 5th selection overall in the first round of the draft. Mack is perhaps the safest bet out of all drafted players this year to be a great pro. To further shore up their front seven, the Raiders drafted big defensive tackle Justin Ellis from Louisiana Tech in round four. Too add depth to their secondary, the raiders drafted three defensive backs late.
In the 4th round they selected Keith McGill, a cornerback from Utah. With their first selection in the seventh round, they selected Travis Carrie from Ohio, and with their third selection in the seventh round, they selected Jonathan Dowling from Western Kentucky. They also needed a big interior offensive lineman, so they selected Gabe Jackson from Mississippi State in round three. Jackson is said to be best in a phone booth, which is exactly what you want from an offensive guard.
The Oakland Raiders were founded in 1960 and are one of the most tradition-rich teams in the NFL. The Raiders have won their division 15 times. They have won their conference five times- 1968, 1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002. They have won the Super Bowl three times as well, 1976, 1980, and 1983. However, they have fallen on hard times recently. Many blame that on late owner Al Davis, who refused to surrender control of the team to someone more qualified at the time. Many are hoping the new leadership of the aforementioned Reggie McKenzie will be exactly what the team needs.
After a decade-plus of wandering around in the wilderness, the Oakland Raiders are finding their way out, having become one of the NFL's rising young teams. They have a rising star at quarterback in Derek Carr, and one of the league’s best young pass rushers in Khalil Mack.
They entered the 2016 offseason with loads of cap space and draft choices. Specifically the Raiders needed to work on their defense. In round one they took Karl Joseph, a safety from West Virginia. Expect him to start from day one. In round two they selected Jihad Ward, a defensive end from Illinois, expect him to be brought along slowly as he switches from playing a 3-4 in college, to a 4-3 in the NFL. In round three they drafted another defensive end, Shilique Calhoun, from Michigan State. Expect him to play from day one unlike Ward. Overall, the Raiders had a solid draft, and could very well win the AFC West in 2016.