Here are some late-Day two draft notes from Alameda:
The Raiders didn’t get the chance to draft inside linebacker Roquan Smith and they did not add one in the second day of the draft
Does that mean NaVorro Bowman is on his way back?
The Raiders made a previous offer to him. But he remains a free agent. Clearly, the plan was to revisit it after the draft, it is highly unlikely the Raiders will find a middle linebacker in the final day of the draft who they can immediately pencil in as a starter.
Plus, it doesn’t seem like Bowman has much interest elsewhere. Perhaps a pairing could be on the horizon after the draft if both sides are so inclined.
The Raiders have had eight trades involving this draft so far. Five of those trades have come during the draft. With six picks Saturday, expect more action by Oakland.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden was his typical funny self when he spoke to the media Friday night. He sarcastically apologized to anyone who didn’t like his draft. Chucky loves it. At this point, that’s all that matters.
Third-round pick Arden Key said he has top-five talent. But he did own the mistakes that dropped him all the way to No. 87. The Raiders love Key and think he can be a pass-rushing difference maker. But he has to stay focused on the game, stay healthy and is clean off the field.
The Raiders surprised both second-round pick P.J. Hall and third-round pick, tackle Brandon Parker, both said they were not expecting to be picked so high. Parker said he was told he would be taken between the 3rd-5th rounds. Oakland gave up three picks to make him the first pick of the third round.
Don’t be surprised if 2017 picks, tackles David Sharpe (fourth round) and Jylan Ware (seventh) have a card time making this team. Clearly, Gruden and offensive line coach Tom Cable want better players at tackle. Vadal Alexander could be in trouble, too.