It is upon us the NFL Draft and that yearly question what will the Oakland Raiders do with their 1st pick? As stated previously, it is almost impossible to believe what you hear from the Front Office & Coaches. We heard from Head Coach Lane Kiffin today and he provided some information but of course nothing definite. He spoke of the the Raiders being open to a trade down due to lack of overall draft picks in this draft. Here's my take on what I feel the Raiders should do on draft day:
1st round: DE Chris Long - University of Virginia
4th round: DT Ahtyba Rubin - Iowa State
6th round: SLB LeRue Rumph - North Carolina State
7th round: WR Patrick Carter - Louisville
7th round: OT Duane Brown - Virginia Tech
There is a strong possibility that Al Davis wants RB Darren McFadden to be a Raider which would replace the above mentioned pick of Chris Long. There is a strong possibility that the Raiders could trade out of the 4th overall pick with a team that wants to trade up. If the Raiders trade out and remain in the top ten the Raiders could target USC DT Sedrick Ellis or OLB Keith Rivers and receive and additional draft pick or two in the 2nd or 3rd round. If a team wants to trade up it will be an expensive endeavor for that team. It must be said that a great player can be found anywhere in the draft. Enjoy the Raider Draft and the entire sports weekend!