The way I see it, Roach and Burnett should have both been in the Pro-Bowl over players like Clay Matthews (41 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles), Von Miller (30 tackles, 5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles), and Jerod Mayo (55 tackles and 1.5 sacks). Again, it pays to play for a winning team.
Well enough of my soapbox about the Pro-Bowl snubs, let’s talk future. The Oakland Raiders currently have draft selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and three 7th round picks (Terrelle Pryor trade with Seattle Seahawks factored in #247). That brings the grand total to 7 picks. The Raiders could afford to stick with the 5th overall pick and not trade down, but I believe that GM Reggie McKenzie would like two more picks (a 2nd & 5th, or 2nd & 4th) before this draft is said and done. That’s why I believe he will trade down from the #5 spot.
Look for the Raiders to be picking up DT’s, CB’s, OL, a QB, a WR, LB’s, and DE’s. Two additional draft choices would be beneficial to the Raiders, especially considering the depth of talented players in 2014.
Strengthening our LB corps will be crucial to the Raiders, especially considering the age of Kevin Burnett. Hopefully his brother Kaelin Burnett can fill his shoes, but another talented play-making LB from the draft would make more sense. I also see the Raiders focusing on the secondary by adding a S and CB to compliment the ranks. Let’s face it, Charles Woodson can’t play forever.
The improved defensive front of the Raiders is going to aid the secondary and LB’s in 2014. Look for a top 15 defense this year, if not top 10. That’s the way I see it, go Raiders!