As it stands the Raiders have four tight ends on the roster one of which hasn’t played football since he was in high school and another that was a wide receiver in college. The player with the most experience of the group is Brandon Myers and he hasn’t shown any indication that he’s ready to become a full-time starter.
Cleary tight end is a position of need in some way. Between Myers, David Ausberry and Richard Gordon the Raiders have one very athletic tight end that can block and makes plays. Problem is not many teams are running triple tight end sets these days so something has got to give. Hoping Andre Hardy will become the next Antonio Gates isn’t a reliable plan for the immediate future.
The Raiders haven’t given much of an indication that they’re looking at tight ends in the draft but you’d better believe if the right prospect is there to be had he’ll be getting a call from Reggie McKenzie.
If Al Davis were still running the silver and black show you could bet his best jumpsuit that Oklahoma’s James Hanna would be on the Raiders radar. Hanna has the build of an NFL tight end. He’s got the athletic ability to match many of the top receiving tight ends in the game. Problem is he doesn’t have the production to match his skill set. That is one of the biggest reasons why this intriguing prospect isn’t rated much higher than the 5th round at absolute best. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t blossom at the next level. Here is the book on Hanna.
James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma
Strengths: An impressive athlete that has been clocked at 4.42 in the 40-yard dash. Capable of making tough catches, good at making adjustments in the air.
Weaknesses: Not much of a blocker. Limited production in his two years as a starter. Runs fast but doesn’t necessarily play fast. NFL linebackers will pose a problem for Hanna who struggled against tougher competition in college.