Jan 24, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders watches his players during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Dennis Allen, Raiders Staff Leads North Squad Into Senior Bowl

Today the Raiders coaching staff led by head coach Dennis Allen will take the North team into action against the South in the Senior Bowl. For the Raiders’ staff it’s been a week of practice but more importantly it’s been a week of getting an up close look at future NFL players.

The upcoming draft is a crucial one for Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders. After last year’s very minimal draft that didn’t have Oakland on the clock until the end of the third round, this mark McKenzie’s first foray into the draft waters as the Raiders pick third overall.

While you won’t likely see anyone Oakland will consider using that third pick on in action today there are plenty of other prospects Coach Allen and company have had the great pleasure of coaching that could fit nicely in Silver and Black.

Cornerback is certainly a position of great need for Oakland so make sure to keep your eye on Washington’s Desmond Trufant a cover corner with an NFL bloodline. Another member of the North’s defensive backfield who could become a Raider if things go well on draft day is USC safety T.J. McDonald who also has an NFL pedigree thanks to his father’s years of service in the pro game.

Of course there are also holes on the offensive line that must be filled so make sure to focus on Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. Despite playing for a non-BCS school Fisher is among the top prospects in the draft at tackle.

Then there are intriguing talents like Michigan’s Denard Robinson who will be featured in a multitude of ways the most obvious of which is wide receiver.

And those are just some of the players the Raiders staff has been working with. On the other side of the ball the South will also have plenty of prospects sure to catch the eye of the Oakland brass and perhaps make an impression that will be felt on draft day.

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