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Old 29.01.2015, 12:06 PM
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Default 2015 Draft.. what do we need

I know its pretty easy to sit there and say what we need to get everything replaced, but what should be priority in this draft?

Do we start to shore up our aging defence? Now we still have Woodson for another year, should we use him to mentor some young talent?

I think personally the defence can wait for now, its not brilliant, but I would love to improve the offence a little, give Carr some weapons to work with..

Or on the flip side, what should we wait for the free agency for? Are there any that will be free agents you think would be a good fit?
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Old 29.01.2015, 12:19 PM
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Cop out answer, but a lot will depend on what we do in free agency. Cutting the dead wood like Schaub, Woodley and MJD will give us close on $70million to spend. It goes against Reggie McKenzie's MO but I think this year is the time to make an effort to go after a couple of top tier free agents, now that we have a good few pieces (Carr, Mack) to build around and a coach who actually knows what he's doing.
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Old 30.01.2015, 05:23 PM
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I'm not sure Del Rio is a player magnet TBH and I think a dose of realism in which Free Agents are actually likely to get to the open market is needed. I also think there are a few already on the squad that I'd like to see us keep.

For me resigning Stefen Wisniewski is a priority. I'd like us to go after a WR but I think Torry Smith more our level than Cobb, Thomas or Bryant (all of which are staying put if they have a brain). What about Jordan Cameron?

JPP from the Giants could be interesting on D and I like what I've seen from Pernell McPhee, although I'm not 100% on scheme fit.
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Completely agree with this. I think if we can pull in a couple of good names this will elevate the consensus opinion about the Raiders. We are slowly getting credit for having some good young prospects, but some established names would help take us to another level. Suh, D. Thomas, Maxwell - any single one of those would be huge.
As far as the draft goes, free agency dependant. Round one I wouldn't mind dropping back (within the top 15) and picking up another second. If we stay at 4 I would personally like to land either Williams or Cooper given how high the pick is. I don't like Gregory's motor so I'm hoping we steer clear of that selection. Primarily hoping RM sticks with consensus prospects like last year and doesn't try any surprise selections - because we know how those invariably go.
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As already mentioned FA will determine where we go in the draft but the main needs of the team as I see it are as below. Hopefully a couple of the top needs and all of the secondary needs will be taken care of before the draft. Then go BPA after sorting out the remaining at the beginning of the draft.

Top needs
WR – Need a difference maker, period.
MLB – Can’t rely on Roach after last year’s concussion. There is not a single other recognised MLB on the roster.
DT – Need a 3T to go alongside Jelly.
DE – Need added pass rush from the position without having to move Mack down.

Secondary needs
RB – DMC& MJD likely cut.
RG – Push Howard out to RT where he belongs.
C – Wiz potentially gone in FA.
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As already mentioned FA will determine where we go in the draft but the main needs of the team as I see it are as below. Hopefully a couple of the top needs and all of the secondary needs will be taken care of before the draft. Then go BPA after sorting out the remaining at the beginning of the draft.

Top needs
WR – Need a difference maker, period.
MLB – Can’t rely on Roach after last year’s concussion. There is not a single other recognised MLB on the roster.
DT – Need a 3T to go alongside Jelly.
DE – Need added pass rush from the position without having to move Mack down.

Secondary needs
RB – DMC& MJD likely cut.
RG – Push Howard out to RT where he belongs.
C – Wiz potentially gone in FA.
So first thoughts after the draft...

WR - Check, Cooper & Crabtree plus Carr's old buddy at Fresno State Josh Harper probably a long shot to make the squad.
MLB - Check, Curtis Lofton signed to start with Rookie Ben Heeney probably backing him up.
DT - Check, Dan Williams will clog the middle all day long with a decent pash rush to boot.
DE - This could of been solidified more especially in FA but Mario Edwards should start here on 1st & 2nd down at least. The other rookie Max Valles is a project and most likely for us to hide on the PS if we think we can. Mack will still see some work at DE this year.
RB - Check, Helu and Richardson along with the likelihood of Reece seeing more RB time suddenly makes this a reasonably crowded backfield.
RG- Big ?, Will Rookie Jon Feliciano hit the ground running or will we have to see Barnes on the field for one more year?
C - Check, Pro Bowl Centre Hudson signed making us stronger whilst weakening the Chiefs

Add to this a couple of quality backups in Smith & Ponder, a new starting FS in Allen, Rookie TE Clive Walford who should be in a direct competition with Rivera for a starting place, Rookie Andre Debosse as a specialist KR / PR and a project in Dexter McDonald who I could see making the squad as the fourth CB. I gotta say things are looking really good!

Could the draft have gone better? Probably yes but not by much. Add to this a very good FA though and all of a sudden I can hardly see a position on the roster that doesn't have good competition. Special Teams should be greatly improved as a result.

This off-season gets an A- from me.
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Completely agree with this. I think if we can pull in a couple of good names this will elevate the consensus opinion about the Raiders. We are slowly getting credit for having some good young prospects, but some established names would help take us to another level. Suh, D. Thomas, Maxwell - any single one of those would be huge.
As far as the draft goes, free agency dependant. Round one I wouldn't mind dropping back (within the top 15) and picking up another second. If we stay at 4 I would personally like to land either Williams or Cooper given how high the pick is. I don't like Gregory's motor so I'm hoping we steer clear of that selection. Primarily hoping RM sticks with consensus prospects like last year and doesn't try any surprise selections - because we know how those invariably go.
Love this offseason. This year was even more vital than last - in that was imperative that we build on the promise that last year flashed. RM has done a superb job with free agents. Rather than taking the big name route in the first few days, as I had at first hoped, he secured a host of strong, reliable starters. Draft aside, the roster has so much more depth and so many less holes. This approach allowed RM to target talent in the draft. Cooper was both sensible and exciting as a selection, with Edwards a hybrid DL, who can help solidify against the run and offer some rush potential. This pick has been criticised by many but I like Edwards in strengthening our DL. Walford is probably on par with Cooper for me in terms of how impressive the choice was. Very refreshing to see us improve an area that some might expect a lowly team to get by on. A move like Walford will help Cooper and Carr, whilst keeping the chains moving more frequently - something we were very poor at last year.
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Not really sure on drafting Mario Edward with the 2nd round pick; it a bit like the Watson draft a few years back and he still on the bench.....Edward was picked by some scout to go in the 4th round, so I think it a wait and see thing here...

The Raiders have improved this off-season; but how much, I am not sure
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