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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Select Dante Fowler

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The fourth selection is in for the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, and this selection belongs to the Oakland Raiders and their General Manager, DriveableGuide9. The Raiders, like most teams at the top of the draft, can go in any number of directions, and the Raiders took an interesting one here.

With the fourth pick of the 2015 Daily Norseman Community Mock Draft, the Oakland Raiders select. . .

Dante Fowler, defensive end, University of Florida

Here's the reasoning provided to me by DriveableGuide9 as to why he selected Fowler for the Raiders:

The Raiders had the least amount of sacks in the NFL last year (seven) on a defense that was only slightly below average. Fowler is in my opinion the most versatile defensive player in the draft this year. He is quick and is surprisingly good at bullrushing for a player of his size. I think Fowler (261 lbs) needs to add a bit of weight to be a good fit at defensive end in their 4-3 defense but I don't think this should be that big of an issue. I like McKenzie's drafting ability and think he will still be able to fill the Raider's largest need that is wide receiver in the second or third round of the draft. The options at defensive end in the second round will likely be inferior prospects (Preston Smith, Danielle Hunter). Meanwhile I think there will still be good receivers to be had in the second round (Devin Smith, DGB).

My Thoughts

After their selection of Khalil Mack last season, the Raiders go back to the outside linebacker/pass rusher well in this scenario with Fowler. Fowler has the strength to play defensive end in a 4-3 type of scheme, but his real value is going to come from rushing the passer, whether he does that from the front four or slightly more off the ball. He's the sort of boom-or-bust prospect that takes one back to the days of Al Davis running the Raiders' front office, but if Fowler pans out, he and Mack could be the primary building blocks of a defensive resurgence in Oakland. I can't argue with this pick too much, to be honest.

So, what does everyone else think of this selection?

Pick Team General Manager Pick
1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers kwarren3 Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon
2 Tennessee Titans BVB fan Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama
3 Jacksonville Jaguars n s Leonard Williams, DT, Southern Cal
4 Oakland Raiders DrivableGuide9 Dante Fowler, DE, Florida
5 Washington Redskins tep4
6 New York Jets cycloneallnightlong
7 Chicago Bears lateefthetruthspeaker
8 Atlanta Falcons berg03
9 New York Giants thecraphead
10 St. Louis Rams VikesFanatic
11 Minnesota Vikings e.vogel15
12 Cleveland Browns Wayne Joseph
13 New Orleans Saints Austin Blanch
14 Miami Dolphins SkolChad
15 San Francisco 49ers Malte
16 Houston Texans Vikes4lyfe
17 San Diego Chargers MDFDisc
18 Kansas City Chiefs Zach_The_Gamecock
19 Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo) Wayne Joseph
20 Philadelphia Eagles AVeazey24
21 Cincinnati Bengals misterloveSKOL
22 Pittsburgh Steelers Typically Lazy
23 Detroit Lions just_rob
24 Arizona Cardinals Siberia101
25 Carolina Panthers SweetTooth
26 Baltimore Ravens lmoe12
27 Dallas Cowboys paulser21
28 Denver Broncos SpencerN
29 Indianapolis Colts CCNorseman
30 Green Bay Packers CCHOF5yearstoolate
31 New Orleans Saints (from Seattle) Austin Blanch
32 New England Patriots raging_cloner