Fans GM Reggie McKenzie has lots of work ahead of him these next few days heading into the NFL draft. Mainstream media believes they can influence the Raiders staff and Raider Nation to go one-way but the Silver and Black are strong. McKenzie and coach Allen and their staff will make the right decisions for the teams future in any direction they may choose. Below is look at what direction they may go if they decide not to trade their picks.
1-3. Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Oakland finished next-to-last in the league in sacks last season. Enter Dion Jordan, arguably the top outside pass rusher in this year’s draft. But as amazing as the draft is the Raiders can land the favorite here, DT Sharif Floyd out Florida as well or decide to trade down to pick up more picks later in the draft.
Alternative Pick: OT Eric Fisher Central Michigan
3-66 Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
Just the third player in Division II history to be recognized as a three-time All-American, Williams earned an opportunity to prove himself against the nation's elite at the Senior Bowl and turned he turned heads. Allen and his staff get a needed run stopper they and Williams will blend in very well in Oakland hybrid defensive attacks its exactly what he’s built for.
4-100 Will Davis, CB, Utah State
This off-season, Davis was on coach Allen’s team during the Senior Bowl and Allen has been following Davis ever since, at the NFL Combine and on Utah State's Pro-Day, where on each occasion Davis has excelled. Davis had an excellent Senior season and finished with a total of (21) passes defended, (16) passes broken up and (5) interceptions, while finishing up with a total of (56) tackles. He might be a sleeper pick and an answer as a starter in the Raiders' secondary.
6-172 Jeff Tuel, QB, Wasington St.
The Raiders seem to have ruled Matt Flynn as the franchise quarterback for now but Tuel would be an excellent choice for the Raiders, as a backup, if they are not Terelle Prior fans. Tuel is a system quarterback and can blend into Dennis Allen's offense quite well once developed. Allen and his staff got familiar with Tuel during the Senior Bowl week in February.
6-176 Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State
The Raiders were scouting Otten, long before everyone saw him flash the crowd at the Senior Bowl. He may have missed the combine drills due to a serious staph infection, but the Raider staff were able to see more of what he was made of on campus at San Jose State's Pro-Day. The team’s staff was impressed but weren’t alone, as others around the NFL saw his solid tight-end skills. With him healthy again, he’s been able to show his quickness and great blocking skills that will take him far in his career in the NFL.
6-209 Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stoney Brook
A riser to watch this year at the draft, is RB Miguel Maysonet, out of Stony Brook, who had an impressive Pro Day. He’s being compared to last year's draft sensation, Alfred Morris. The Raiders would like their offense built around Darren McFadden and the running game and another force in the backfield would be welcomed.
7-205 Ray Polk, S, Colorado
Polk excited scouts on his Pro-Day, despite not getting an invite to the combine, due to the injury he suffered to his ankle earlier in the season. Now at 100%, he is ready to go and certainly made a name for himself at his Pro-Day with great numbers for safety and he worked well with the scouts, who ran the position drills with him. He ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds and if he were at the combine, that would place as one of the top at safety. Prior to his injury with the Buffallos, he was a tackling machine in the secondary and in 2011 he racked up 69 total tackles in 11 games. But let’s not ignore the fact that his father Raymond Polk played for the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders and was drafted in the same class in 1985 as current GM Reggie McKenzie, which means that he is a virtual lock to play for the Oakland Raiders.
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