Oakland Raiders

Raiders trade back twice, reach for Jon Feliciano in fourth round

The Oakland Raiders traded back twice in the fourth round, dropping back 22 slots to get picks in the fifth and seventh rounds, then dropped back another four spots in order to get another seventh round pick. Yet after trading back twice, many believe the Raiders’ fourth round pick was still a reach. Many had guard Jon Feliciano as a seventh round or later talent.

The NFL Draft is a funny thing. There is so much hype and buildup and many believe that the rankings by websites like ESPN are the bible. But every year we see guys taken way before expected and way after expected, especially on day three. Feliciano is a guy who was taken way before most expected, so there is obviously some concern. The hope is that the Raiders saw something that others missed in Feliciano.

In college, Feliciano was a solid starter and played well all four years. He is seen to have physical limitations that make him a question mark at the next level. He is a so-called “high motor” guy and so far that has allowed him to play well. It is yet to be seen whether that motor will be enough to make up for a lack of athleticism in the NFL.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Raiders offensive line coach Mike Tice got along well with Feliciano which is a good sign that Reggie McKenzie is listening to his coaches when making picks. The team has a need at right guard, so we’ll likely get a good look at Feliciano right away. However, if Feliciano really is a seventh round talent, the Raiders still have a big need at right guard.

What is Bay Area Sports Guy?

It is the top independent sports site covering the teams that play in the best sports region in the United States. BASG is not an ordinary fan blog. It is a place where sports news is broken and analyzed by writers with access who are not afraid to question the status quo, writers who also produce original content in the form of videos, photographs and podcasts.

Questions/Comments? Email basg@bayareasportsguy.com
Fill out my online form.

Copyright © 2017 - Bay Area Sports Guy. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy Terms of Use and BASG Shop Terms

To Top