We all know the Raiders need help just about everywhere on the field. Many have given the Raiders the label of “worst roster in the NFL”. So don’t be surprised if you see any number of potential prospects linked to Oakland between now and the start of the NFL Draft in April.
Being that this draft is defense heavy at the top and the Raiders have been defensively deficient for a decade there is no limit to the many possibilities available to Reggie McKenzie with the third overall pick.
Today ESPN draft nerd Todd McShay tabbed Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner as Oakland’s pick in his latest of many more mock drafts to come. Most mockers have Oakland looking to shore up the D-line with their top pick but there is no doubt cornerback is a position in need of urgent attention.
Last year despite not having a pick until round three the Raiders took a look at Milliner’s former college teammate Dre Kirkpatrick. Ironically the Cincinnati Bengals used the pick they acquired from the Raiders via the Carson Palmer robbery trade to select Kirkpatrick 17th overall in 2011.
Since Nnamdi Asomugha left Oakland for the nightmare in Philly the Raiders have had nothing but terrible production from the countless corners that they’ve stranded on the island. Last season saw the Raiders once proud heritage of quality corners bottom out.
Milliner is by every account the top corner in the draft which means he’s a sure fire first rounder barring anything happening between now and April. As we know the combine process will weigh heavily on just how his draft stock goes but it’s far from a reach for Oakland to take him third.