The Oakland Raiders played a horrible season of football in 2012, and most NFL experts will tell you that Oakland houses the worst roster in the league. Of course any Raider fan can attest to the horrible situation Al Davis left behind. A situation that is currently keeping General Manager, Reggie McKenzie, very busy. After cleaning house for the second time McKenzie finally has a chance to cash in on some draft picks. The question is, what will the Raiders do when that day comes.
With the number three overall pick in the draft, Oakland has the opportunity of hiring an instant impact rookie. However, there are huge holes in just about every position on Oakland’s roster. The first that comes to mind is defensive tackle. McKenzie sent Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour packing, leaving a huge hole filled by the free agent signing of Vance Walker? Clearly this position needs to be filled. Fortunately for the Raiders, the 2013 draft is full of talent on the defensive line. Sharif Floyd or Star Lotulelei could become instant starters on Dennis Allen’s defensive line.
The defensive line is looking rough, but so is the secondary, linebackers, and offensive line. Bottom line, the depth chart in Oakland is as sketchy as Tyrann Mathieu at a drug test. Leaving Raider fans to wonder, will Reggie McKenzie trade out of his number three pick?
The Minnesota Vikings are a prime candidate for making the trade. With two late first round picks it makes sense for the team to trade up for a sure fire starter. The Raiders might find themselves in a position to fill more then just one hole on their defense. It is my belief that Reggie McKenzie is set on getting his team here, and drafting two solid defensive lineman to build a future upon.
Of course McKenzie could always use one of those picks on a linebacker or a cornerback. Then again solidifying the defensive line will also take much needed pressure off of those two units. Who knows, at this point it is all speculation and anticipation. I for one will be counting the days down to the ever awaited NFL draft.