2014 NFL Draft Quick Peeks: Oakland Raiders


The Oakland Raiders were an easy team to pick on in 2013. They’ve seemingly been rebuilding forever, and picks like JaMarcus Russell, Darius Heyward-Bey, and the oft-injured Darren McFadden haven’t hurried the process. The Raiders will try to return to relevancy starting with the fifth overall pick in the draft.

Who Should They Pick?: The Raiders are another team with multiple options which help the team, but Jadeveon Clowney would be a no-brainer if he were there. They could use a dominant pass rusher to offset an offense that isn’t likely to score a lot of points.

Who Will They Pick?: If the Raiders want to help the offense, then they can either draft a quarterback, or give their existing quarterback better weapons. Adding Sammy Watkins gives them the biggest playmaker in the draft. He’ll look nice in silver and black.

Backup Plan: If quarterback is where the team wants to go, they could elect to go after a playmaking passer like Johnny Manziel. This would likely be a divisive pick for Raider Nation, but if he hits his ceiling, the pick is a homerun.

Darkhorse: Whether or not Derek Carr qualifies as a darkhorse is up for debate. He brings a lot of the physical traits NFL teams desire, but his poise and pocket presence are questioned by some. If he’s there at pick five, Oakland might decide to take that shot.

Trade?: The Raiders would love to add Clowney, but with so many needs, aren’t likely to move up. If they get the right offer, and aren’t set on one of the quarterbacks, they could trade back and pick up extra selections.


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