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Oakland Raiders Top Options in 2015 NFL Draft

By Edited Jun 12, 2016 0 0

The Silver and Black have several needs to fill this off-season and despite plenty of room under the salary cap, the front office will look to make a big impact on the roster through the draft.

With the fourth overall pick in April, taking another quarterback is unlikely, leaving McKenzie and his staff to look in another direction. Khalil Mack made a good impression after a solid rookie season, but adding another pass rusher is a good idea playing in the AFC West.

Randy Gregory of Nebraska is a solid option as the youngster has the size and speed to play defensive end or outside linebacker. The versatility he would give would help the teams poor pass rush, but also add a player that will help in run defense.

Shane Ray is another option in round one. The former Missouri Tiger has left school with the record in sacks and is another player that could play multiple positions. While the offense is still a concern, adding defensive players that can help keep points off the board is a must if the team wants to start winning football games.

Middle linebacker is another need, especially considering Miles Burris did little to prove himself as a solid starter last year. UCLA Bruins youngster Eric Kendricks was a monster last year, creating several turnovers and making big plays all year. With his combination of speed and play making abilities from the inside, Oakland could have one of the youngest front sevens in the league next year.

The Raiders will probably use the third round to finally find some help for young quarterback Derek Carr. The wide receivers on the team are average at best and with the NFL now a pass happy league, help is needed.

Ohio State speedster Devin Smith isn't big, but he makes plays, something this offense has lacked for several years. Smith could help stretch opposing defenses and that will only help this poor offense. 

Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary is another option. The Raiders don't have a target in the middle that scares defenses, but adding a pass catching big man who has great hands, could be just what his offense needs to start scoring more points.

With so many holes throughout the squad, even the middle and late round picks are important. This is one team that could become one of the youngest in the league, especially if all seven picks make the roster. While youth doesn't usually relate to winning, past mistakes from the front office need to be fixed and spending millions on a couple of veterans isn't a good long-term option. 

McKenzie will also use free agency to add more talent to the roster, but the Oakland Raiders need a solid foundation and that will start by taking some great young players in the 2015 NFL Draft. With a bit of luck and some hard work over the next few months, next season could produce a winning record and some hope for the fans and the organization. 

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