Plan of Attack for the 2012 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders

Free agency is waning down and the Draft is just a handful of days away.  It’s time to sit down and go over every teams free agent acquisitions and losses, along with their team needs.   Using that information  we will figure out a Plan of Attack for the 2012 Draft for each team.  We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and work our way down one day at a time, to the Indianapolis Colts and the first overall pick.

OAKLAND RAIDERS                                               

Team Needs: OLB, TE, OL, WR                                                                      

Free Agent Acquisitions:  CB Ron Bartel, OT Khalif Barnes (resigned), G Mike Brisiel, G Cooper Carlisle, CB Pat Lee, CB Shawnte Spencer, DE Dave Tollefson

Free Agent Losses: CB Stanford Routt, RB Michael Bush, TE Kevin Boss, QB Jason Campbell, RB Rock Cartwright, C Samson Satele, WR Chaz Schilens, DE Trevor Scott

Round 1:
Potential Targets:
Pick pissed away in Carson Palmer trade.

Round 2:
Potential Targets:
Pick traded away in last year’s draft.

Round 3:
Potential Targets:
OLB Terell Manning, OLB Sean Spence, OLB Nigel Bradham, OLB Keenan Robinson, G Joe Looney, G James Brown, G Adam Gettis,  WR Ryan Broyles, WR Jarius Wright, WR Chris Givens, DE Oliver Vernon, DE Tyrone Crawford, DE Cam Johnson, TE Ladarius Green, TE Michael Egnew

Plan of Attack:  The Raiders don’t  pick until the very end of the third round due to Hue Jackson’s foolish trade for Carson Palmer, and Al Davis’ wheeling and dealing last year.  They have some areas that need to be addressed.  They need some more depth at wide receiver, could use another guard, and also another defensive end.  There are two positiosn where they need to find immediate help, and that is at tight end and outside linebacker.  The Raiders lost Kevin Boss in free agency and don’t have a good pass catching tight end currently on the roster.  They would likely take Lousiana-Lafayette’s Ladarius Green if he were available or could go with Michael Egnew from Missouri.  Egnew is just strictly a pass catching tight end who will need a lot of work learning to block.  The Raiders let Wimbley walk and are now in need of a starting outside linebacker.  They could look at Terell Manning if he’s still on the board, or Miami’s Sean Spence.  Spence is a little undersized but is a hard worker with great speed and would be a good value pick with the last choice in round 3. 

 

 

 

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