Offseason Needs: Oakland Raiders

1. Quarterback
The Oakland Raiders could survive another year or two with Carson Palmer if they upgrade the talent around him. But it is definitely time to begin the search for his replacement. And no, Terrelle Pryor is not the answer. Geno Smith may be an option with the third pick, but they are more likely to hold off and take a developmental prospect in the second or third round.

2. Defensive Line
Unrestricted free agent Richard Seymour will be too expensive to bring back. Desmond Bryant, who emerged as a quality starter this season, is also set to hit the market. The Raiders will likely try to bring Bryant back, but some big changes are definitely coming on the defensive line. This will likely be a position they address in the first round with Damontre Moore, Bjoern Werner or Star Lotulelei.

3. Cornerback
Michael Huff ‘s transition to cornerback worked better than expected, but he’ll be 30 in March and isn’t a long-term answer at the position. To make matters worse, nickleback Joselio Hanson is also set to become an unrestricted free agent. The Raiders could potentially take Dee Milliner with the No. 3 pick to address this need.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Team Needs 3 Comments

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3 Responses to Offseason Needs: Oakland Raiders

  1. george

    Dude the Raiders don’t have 2nd 3rd or 4th round picks…

    • Ryan McCrystal

      Dude, sometimes teams trade for extra draft picks.

  2. Matt

    The Raiders own a 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th and two 7ths (CURRENTLY). They are likely to receive at least one compensatory pick in the 5th or later. Raiders will try to trade down in the first, if not, the 3rd and possibly 4th for more picks. Pretty deep draft.


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