OAK­LAND RAIDERS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - AFC WEST -

Grade: D

Jon Gru­den and Ve­gas’ fu­ture team looked com­fort­able gam­bling. The first six picks are ter­rific ath­letes, and all but Hurst re­main raw. Nel­son (knee) and Hurst (heart) have med­i­cal is­sues; Key and Mar­tavis Bryant (ac­quired for No. 79) bring char­ac­ter con­cerns. It all feels like too much risk, and Oak­land’s leaky de­fense still needs more help at line­backer and cor­ner­back.

Best pick

Mau­rice Hurst might be the best player Oak­land took in the whole draft. No­body knows how the heart ir­reg­u­lar­ity, found dur­ing a phys­i­cal at the com­bine, will af­fect his fu­ture, but his slide gave the Raiders great value and a much-needed in­te­rior rusher.

Up­side pick

Bran­don Parker is long and a ter­rific ath­lete for the po­si­tion but needs time to de­velop. If Tom Ca­ble can pol­ish this gem prop­erly, he could be a fu­ture star.

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Hurst

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