It’s draft time! We’ve had our experts tell you who will be drafted where, but now it’s time for you to throw on your GM cap and decide for yourself. Each day we will present an argument for each player and why the respective team should pick him. Then, it’s up to you. You make the pick. The next day, we will compile the results, and you can see who is off the board. Disagree with all of the options? Be sure to write in your pick below in the comments section. OK, let’s get into it. The Oakland Raiders are on the clock.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie’s offseason has been criticized for several reasons.
After allowing talents like offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Lamarr Houston to walk via free agency, he gave Rodger Saffold a lucrative deal, which ended up in a failed physical.
McKenzie, then, traded for quarterback Matt Schaub and re-tooled his defense with aging veterans such as Lamarr Woodley and Justin Tuck. If that wasn’t enough, he gave an aging veteran in Maurice Jones-Drew a three-year deal. With holes aplenty, the Raiders and McKenzie must knock the NFL Draft out of the park. So, who will the Raiders take with the No. 5 pick?
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
Bridgewater flourished in offensive coordinator Shawn Watson’s pro-style system at Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound gunslinger has been knocked for his slender frame, but his accuracy on intermediate and underneath routes is exceptional. While he had a lackluster pro day, several draft analysts note that he’s the most polished quarterback in this year’s class.
Auburn OT Greg Robinson
Although the Raiders invested in the offensive tackle position in March (Donald Penn and Austin Howard), Robinson has the ability to play at a Pro Bowl level for years to come. The 6-foot-5, 332-pound monster is light on his feet and can effortlessly handle a wide array of speed rushers.
Buffalo LB Khalil Mack
Despite not having an immediate need at outside linebacker, the Raiders are in a position to draft the best player available. Mack would be a major building block on a defense, which could use an impact playmaker.
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans
If Evans is selected No. 4 overall, it would likely be tabbed as a reach, but the Raiders need a playmaker on the outside. Denarius Moore, James Jones and Rod Streater are serviceable talents, but Evans would give Schaub or whomever assumes the QB position a major deep threat. Think Vincent Jackson.
UCLA LB Anthony Barr
Barr is versatile enough to play either outside linebacker or defensive end. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound monster, would be able to learn under some proven veterans and give the defense a big-play threat.