Las Vegas Raiders 7-Round Mock Draft
Las Vegas finds themselves suddenly a team in transition after trading away franchise quarterback Derek Carr and signing Jimmy Garoppolo.
This draft class is an important one as they currently have the No. 7 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. In addition, the Las Vegas Raiders have plenty of draft capital with 12 total selections. Head coach Josh McDaniels would like to come out of draft day with a future starting quarterback, offensive line help with a right tackle specifically, and possibly help at linebacker, cornerback, defensive line, and defensive back.
This is a team with a lot of needs and whoever the Raiders add this 2023 offseason should have a chance to make an impact from Day 1.
- Round 1, Pick 7
- Round 2, Pick 38
- Round 3, Pick 70
- Round 3, Pick 100 (from KC via NYG)*
- Round 4, Pick 109
- Round 5, Pick 141
- Round 5, Pick 144 (from ATL)
- Round 5, Pick 174
- Round 6, Pick 204 (from DAL)
- Round 6, Pick 214
- Round 7, Pick 220 (from ARI)
- Round 7, Pick 231 (from NE)
2023 NFL Mock Draft: Latest 2023 Las Vegas Mock Draft Preview
Las Vegas trades as much as anyone, and since the Raiders currently have 12 picks, one would expect the Raiders to get very active on the phones.
Remember: This is the team that traded away Pro Bowl Linebacker Kahlil Mack and traded for Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams. In this mock draft for the Raiders, we play the role of Las Vegas Raiders GM Dave Ziegler and make all 12 total picks, though. They’ve been rumored to have interest in cornerback Christian Gonzalez and two offensive tackles in the form of Paris Johnson Jr and Peter Skoronski. They’ve also been linked to QBs and several linebackers who could help out Maxx Crosby and the defensive unit.
Let’s see what they end up with!
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Las Vegas Raiders Mock Draft 2023
Round 1 (No. 7 overall Draft Pick)
Pick: Will Levis, QB Kentucky
In this draft scenario, Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, and Anthony Richardson were all taken. General manager Dave Ziegler could address the quarterback position, and their first-round pick is the best way to do it.
The Raiders would be playing with fire if they choose to pass on the position with the 7th pick. Levis is a risk for sure, but he can get the ball downfield and has the athleticism and toughness to survive in the NFL. Rumor has it at least one NFL GM has him as the top quarterback in the class. While that seems a little rich, Levis would have been the top quarterback in last year’s draft and could learn behind Garoppolo in an attempt to be ready to start in 2024. He would also give them two capable QBs if Garoppolo was to get hurt again.
Round 2 (No. 38 overall)
Pick: Cody Mauch, IOL North Dakota State
The Las Vegas Raiders hold another premium pick with No. 38 overall. They’ve been linked recently to Mauck, the small school prospect whose stock seems to be on the rise. He has the versatility to possibly start at right guard as a rookie and help create holes for Josh Jacobs. If you look at any consensus mock draft recently, Mauch is as popular as any pick for the Raiders this offseason.
Round 3 (No. 70 overall)
Pick: Tucker Craft, TE South Dakota St
After trading Darren Waller to the Giants, the Raiders looked at players like Donald Parham in free agency, but settled on OJ Howard and Austin Hooper to form a tight-end committee.
With a solid NFL combine, Craft is moving up the charts and would offer more of a long-term solution at the position. This would be a solid pick in the third round, all things considered. Craft was a beast at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Round 3 (No. 100 overall from NYG)
Pick: Gervon Dexter, DL Florida
Dexter needs more experience and work on his foot speed, but he’s clearly a solid athlete with a physical profile that leads many to believe his best football is yet to come. Even better, he performed well in the SEC against the nation’s best competition. Dexter could add some needed beef to the front line.
Round 4 (No. 109 overall)
Pick: Garrett Williams, CB Syracuse
In this exercise, Williams would give the Raiders two defensive players in a row here in the middle of the draft. If we were to do a Mock Draft 2.0, perhaps we would focus on another position of need. However, these two fell to us and would make for high-value picks in rounds three and four. The Raiders need corner help and Williams would be a good start.
Round 5 (No. 141 overall)
Pick: Kendre Miller, RB TCU
Vegas used the franchise tag on Josh Jacobs this past season but has little behind him on the depth chart. While Miller may never be a true bell cow runner in the NFL, he profiles as a solid change of pace back at the very least and would provide solid depth behind Jacobs, as well as a very important insurance policy should Jacobs leave next year.
Round 5 (No. 144 overall from Atlanta)
Pick: Trey Palmer, WR Nebraska
The Raiders could use some more help at receiver with little behind Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers. If Palmer was to fall this far, he would make for a nice value selection in round five. He’s raw and needs refinement, but he set the Nebraska single-game record with 237 receiving yards against Purdue and has some serious talent.
Round 5 (No. 174 overall)
Pick: Dorian Williams, LB Tulane
Williams’ stock has been soaring after he rocked the scouting combine with the 5th-highest athletic score at his position, according to NFL Next Gen Stats. He needs a ton of refinement and coaching but has the production and talent to become a solid starter in time.
Round 6 (No. 204 overall from Dallas)
Pick: Daniel Scott, S California
Scott is an interesting case as he’s another player who doesn’t have elite production on tape, but his physicality and athleticism are inarguable. In Round 6, you just don’t find perfect prospects. Still, Scott could be a diamond in the rough, and the Raiders have enough draft picks to take some chances.
Round 6 (No. 214 overall)
Pick: Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB UCLA
Speaking of taking chances, the Raiders could be wise to take a shot on DTR, a crazy athlete who has some NFL ability but needs a lot of work. If Levis wasn’t to work out, Thompson-Robinson would be a solid dart throw as a player who has a high ceiling and low floor.
Round 7 (No. 220 overall from Arizona)
Pick: Carter Warren, OT Pittsburgh
Warren is a better pass protector than run blocker right now, but he could grow in this area in time. The need at tackle is still evident for this team as they passed on the position multiple times in this mock. As such, they double-dip with their final pick.
Round 7 (No. 231 overall from New England)
Pick: Raiqwon O’Neal, OT UCLA
A former Rutgers transfer, O’Neal has experience at left tackle and experience in blocking for mobile QBs, as well. He’s raw as a prospect, but he could become a solid depth piece at the very least in time.
2023 Las Vegas Raiders Mock Draft FAQ
When is the NFL Draft?
April 27th-April 29th
What are the biggest Raiders draft needs with four picks inside the top 100?
Conventional wisdom says they need a new signal caller as well as help at receiver and on both lines.
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