Summary: Brooks Reed has watched his stock rise during the draft process, mostly due to a strong showing at the Combine which lessened concerns he was stuck between being a 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker. I still question if he would work at end, but he is a hard-working prospect. NFL teams often are drawn to guys like him who have a strong motor and high effort level. They are also very interested in anyone who can wreak havoc on the opposing quarterback, which Reed has proven he can do.
Player Comparison: Anthony Spencer. I like this better than the comparison of Clay Matthews, whom Reed could probably be a stunt double for. Spencer was another 'tweener coming out of Purdue with similar triangle numbers, and questions about his ability to change directions and shed blockers. Both players saw their stock shoot way up in their final season although Spencer was more productive in his last year at Purdue.
I have no problems with your mock draft for the Raiders. I'm sure you're aware of the need at MLB, but doubling up on defensive tackles would make as much sense given the lack of pass rush outside of Mack.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.