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Raiders Better Served Trading Down In Draft

Reggie McKenzie needs some serious help. He’s got more salary cap problems despite all the cleaning done last summer. He’s without a second and fifth round draft pick and he’s got way too many holes to fill on the roster.

Unlike last year, the 2013 NFL Draft isn’t top heavy with franchise changing talent. Of course I say that now knowing that it is absolutely impossible to predict the draft. Keeping that in mind perhaps McKenzie does have his eye on someone he knows for sure will be a fixture in Silver and Black for years to come.

But my Raider senses tell me McKenzie would be better served by trading the third overall pick in order to slide back in round one while gaining more picks in the draft if not the first round all together.

Many of Oakland’s needs are on defense and as much as Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei looks the part of a dominant defender he alone cannot cure all that ails the Raiders. Defensive tackle, just about every linebacker position and cornerback are all positions of need. Take another look and you’ll see that’s about the entire defense.

On the other side of the ball the Raiders need help in the trenches, must start thinking long term at quarterback and still don’t have a legit #1 receiver.

McKenzie arrived with the reputation of having a good eye for talent. His first year in Oakland showed some of that prowess with rookies Miles Burris and Rod Streater showing real potential in their first year of pro ball. Streater was an undrafted gem the likes of which many GM’s can hang their hat on if said player develops into more than just a contributor.

No matter McKenzie’s approach on draft day at least he’ll have much more to work with this time around. His first foray into the NFL’s lottery was made possible only by the compensatory picks handed out by the league. But no matter the circumstances 2013 is crucial for McKenzie and his job status. Mark Davis showed some of his father’s feistiness this past season and there’s no telling how much time the current regime has to show progress.

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