As the NFL season reaches its conclusion the offseason is grinding towards its peak. With the third overall pick in the 2013 Draft the Raiders will have plenty of options to help improve a dismal defense.
Each week our draft experts here at FanSided are cranking out a new mock and this week they’ve got Oakland selecting All-American defensive end Damontre Moore from Texas A&M.
Moore is a versatile lineman capable of lining up with one hand in the dirt or standing depending on the scheme. He led A&M in tackles a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by an Aggie lineman in two decades.
With the Raiders needing serious help generating a pass rush and defending the run Moore could be the ideal fit even though previous mocks singled out Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei as the third overall selection. However if Dennis Allen is looking to shift towards mixed defensive fronts including a possible conversion to the 3-4 then Moore provides more possibilities as he’s capable of lining up all over the field. Of course Lotulelei could be an ideal nose tackle in the 3-4 as well.
Let’s not forget the Denver Broncos found one of the game’s best pass rushers down in College Station as Von Miller has become an absolute force in the NFL. Could Moore be in the same mold? That’s a risk someone is likely to take in the top 10 of the 2013 draft whether it’s the Raiders or not.
As the evaluation process shifts into high gear in the coming weeks we’ll keep you posted will all the draft knowledge you can handle.