Jon Feliciano to the Oakland Raiders: Full Draft-Pick Breakdown

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is alternating good and bad picks during the 2015 draft. After a solid third-round choice, Raiders brass made a far reach for Jon Feliciano in the fourth round.

What’s troubling is the Raiders initially held the No. 102 overall pick but opted to trade back twice, finally landing in the 124th spot. Essentially, McKenzie passed on Tre’ Jackson (New England Patriots, 111th overall pick), Arie Kouandjio (Washington Redskins, 112th overall pick) and Jamil Douglas (Miami Dolphins, 114th overall pick), and Josue Matias (Florida State) was still available.

Feliciano might have impressed the Raiders front office, but he would have been available in the sixth or seventh round. Both and projected Feliciano as a seventh-round pick or an undrafted free agent, but the Raiders picked him up in the fourth round.


Another head-scratcher from Raiders headquarters. Feliciano doesn’t even project to be a solid NFL starter because he lacks consistency and may struggle with more athletic defensive tackles.

Here’s’s Lance Zierlein’s input on his weaknesses:

Pear-shaped with short arms. Will lunge after second level targets rather than stalk them. Doesn't play with strong hands and hand placement can be a mess at times. Hands will slide off strike point rather than latch on. Ducks head and loses sight of target on cut blocks. Confined to phone-booth movement.

On a brighter note, Feliciano can handle DTs who simply use brute force up the middle in an attempt to pressure the quarterback.’s Ryan Booher delves into the positives in Feliciano’s game:

Feliciano is at his best moving people in the run game. His ability to steer his man once he is latched on is impressive, his strength shows up in this regard. He does a...

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