Raiders News: Mel Kiper mocks Luke Goedeke in Las Vegas
Everyone and their mom posts a fake draft these days, but there are a few analysts whose NFL fake drafts carry more weight than others, and Mel Kiper and Todd McShay are among them.
These two teamed up to release a fictional three-round draft where they went over the top 105 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft and alternated who made each selection. Kiper ended up picking the Raiders and sent Central Michigan offensive tackle Luke Goedeke to the desert, and the selection is explained below.
“The Raiders have only one choice in the first three rounds, and they need to find the right tackle to at least compete for the starting position. Clearly Alex Leatherwood, their 2021 first-rounder, is better at guard. Goedeke started 26 games at right tackle in college.
The former Chippewa is an impressive run blocker, having posted a 94.3 PFF stroke lock grade last season it was the third highest rating among offensive tackles. Moreover, it only allows seven squeezes and no bags in 2021.
However, Goedeke has a long history of injuries having missed all of 2020 with a torn ACL and a handful of games this year as well. Moreover, he was injured at the very beginning of the senior bowl workouts and practically missed all week.
When it comes to rankings, Goedeke is 125th on NFL Mock Draft Database and 166th on The network project, so the 86th overall pick might be a bit rich for the Central Michigan product. Here again, PFF has him 62nd overall and Kiper is the godfather of the industry and the Raiders could use someone with experience in the right tackle.