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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Select LB Roquan Smith at No. 10

Jon Gruden looks to bolster his defense in his first season back with the Raiders.

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With the tenth pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Oakland Raiders select...

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

The selection and write-up were made by makeaplay59:

This is a guy who just makes plays. I can picture Jon Gruden saying “this guy, he’s a football player, man!”

His football IQ is off the the charts. He puts in the preparation to be able to diagnose tendencies and always be around the ball. His most appealing trait is that he is an outstanding finisher as a tackler.

He is a 3 down linebacker who never has to come off the field. I think he best fits inside, but can play the Will at an elite level too. He can make tackles for loss in the run game, as well as perform more than adequate in pass coverage. He has elite speed, and at 6’1”, a frame to add a few pounds. He will be a true difference maker, and I see him making multiple Pro Bowls.

I envision Gruden wanting a leader in the middle of his defense, and he has the smarts, vision, and athletic ability to quarterback their defense for years to come. He should be the leading tackler with 100+ for years to come (and they won’t be D’Qwell Jackson tackles 8 yards down the field).

Pokorny: “Many project Smith as the top linebacker in this year’s draft. I don’t have a pulse on what the heck Gruden is going to do, transformed from an older era of football to present day. Derek Carr and the Raiders’ offense took a big step back last year, but maybe adding Smith to a front seven that includes Khalil Mack can take some pressure off the offense.”

The Miami Dolphins are up next, led by Swagnasty.

2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Grimflick QB Lamar Jackson
2 New York Giants Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Baker Mayfield
3 New York Jets jclark22 DE Bradley Chubb
4 Cleveland Browns Keyser Sozze CB Denzel Ward
5 Denver Broncos poultman RB Saquon Barkley
6 Indianapolis Colts Browns95 OG Quenton Nelson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Chicago Bears Ostate84 LB Tremaine Edmunds
9 San Francisco 49ers Mudville DE Marcus Davenport
10 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59 LB Roquan Smith
11 Miami Dolphins Swagnasty QB Josh Rosen
12 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg QB Sam Darnold
13 Washington Redskins Maul Poleski S Derwin James
14 Green Bay Packers Darth_Batman DE/OLB Harold Landry
15 Arizona Cardinals Brocolis154033 QB Josh Allen
16 Baltimore Ravens Fluke_on_target WR Calvin Ridley
17 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DT Vita Vea
18 Seattle Seahawks OhioCityBrownsBeliever CB Mike Hughes
19 Dallas Cowboys Topanga Jeff OG Will Hernandez
20 Detroit Lions clefan4lif DT Taven Bryan
21 Cincinnati Bengals Robo Dawg OG Isaiah Wynn
22 Buffalo Bills a2342432a WR Christian Kirk
23 New England Patriots unoservix OT Kolton Miller
24 Carolina Panthers mrwhitman WR D.J. Moore
25 Tennessee Titans troy145 DE/OLB Arden Key
26 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Da'Ron Payne
27 New Orleans Saints Legoman0721 LB Lorenzo Carter
28 Pittsburgh Steelers xfl2001fan LB Leighton Vander Esch
29 Jacksonville Jaguars kizer america LB Rashaan Evans
30 Minnesota Vikings pt_999 OT Mike McGlinchey
31 New England Patriots Matt Wood TE Mike Gesicki
32 Philadelphia Eagles Adam Rice OT Connor Williams
33 Cleveland Browns fjblessi DT Maurice Hurst
34 New York Giants anthszabo RB Derrius Guice
35 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 DE Sam Hubbard