Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

What Will the Raiders do on Draft Day


December 2, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie (left) speaks to a Cleveland Browns staff member before the game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Tags: Oakland Raiders

  • Josh

    There is nothing wrong with the offensive line. It was the offensive coordinator last year that made them look bad. And we have picked up some solid linebackers and dbs in free agency. The only positions we need help are dline and a couple more corners couldn’t hurt. And then on offense its all about the qb play and off McFadden stays healthy. I would like to see a big dt and de pickup in the draft and a corner. A big rb late in the draft would be a good idea to help with short yardage plays do McFadden doesn’t have to get beat up to much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JimDoggIvy JimDogg Ivy

    We need a Right Tack. If Barnes is there Flynn, or Pryor will get killed.

  • blaque

    We need to get de or dt in the draft first round..trade 3rd pick for fist and second round pick and get the best safety available…hope the new oc can get the job done he as the weapons..who can stop 4 wide with dmc and Reese in the back field both can block and have great hands…with Tp at qb threating defence with his run abilities..wow

  • yeduthun

    Mr. Ling, your Tyrann Mathieu comment was uncalled for! Anyone trying to overcome an addiction needs support & not some wise ass comment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elliot.lopez.7 Elliot Lopez

    I agree Josh O Line was not the problem as much as the scheme. That being said drafting Joekel, Fischer or even Chance Warmack could give us a dominant O Line like we had during the John Gruden years.