Oakland Raiders 2012 Draft Needs--Are They What We Think They Are?
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Since: May 07
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#1 Dec 26, 2012
I say Trade somebody for a second round pick and somebody for a 3rd round pick (Darren McFadden, Rolando McClain (who seems likely gone no matter what), or somebody else). There should be a good FA running back available if we lose McFadden and FA may be the better bet for a good Corner too. This draft seems strong in linemen (both sides) so I think it's in our best interest to build our lines in this draft.
Round 1) OT Luke Joekel or MLB Manti Teo...These two seem like the best all around players in the draft this year that seem likely to fall to us and we could definatly use either one. DE Deomantre Moore and G Chance Warmack could be useful here too, but I see Moore being gone before we are up but Warmack might be there for us.
Round 2 (if we get one)...I do not see any of the 4 listed above falling to us this late, but one guy that is a potential first rounder that I can see falling into our lap in round 2 (if we get one high enough is OT Jake Matthews, who has been playing RT in college and would probably benifit us more since RT is our most pressing need on the OL. I'm sure Joeckle could fill this void if we drafted him, but if we go defense in round one then this would be a logical pick for us.
Rest of the draft should be best available player that can help us the most...whether it be OL, CB, LB, RB, or even a QB to learn behind Palmer.
#2 Dec 26, 2012
Again, I do not get the concept of trading McFadden. It is like Woodson leaving and have a number of good years with Green Bay. They were top picks for a reason. McFadden is not the issue. It is Knapp. Both Bush and McFadden did not do well during Knapp's first stint, so why is it a surprise that McFadden in the second sting. Again, why didn't McKenzie/Allen look at the history before making their decisions. Keep McFadden; trade Knapp.
#3 Dec 26, 2012
Having a front row seat, Teo is a good player, but he is on a well-coached team with other solid pieces on Defense. The Raiders are not well coached on Defense, so taking Teo at #3 overall (if that is where the Raiders pick) may not have the impact or value people would be hoping for. O-line pick is okay. It seems a rushing DE or stout DT make work also.
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