The Raiders took LSU offensive tackle James Barksdale with the pick acquired from New England.
Defnitely a need-based draft. Stefan Wisniewski and Barksdale for the offensive line, which is being rebuilt. DeMarcus Van Dyke at cornerback, a need with the expected departure of Nnamdi Asomugha.
Barksdale is a third-round pick, so there are issues. Plays to the level of competition, lacks this, lacks that, etc.
The question is how he’ll play, along with No. 125, as opposed to the second-round pick Patriots get next year.