Raiders most-pressing needs, candidates for No. 3 pick


The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Here is a list of 10 potential players the Raiders might target with their first-round pick:

QB Geno Smith, West Virginia – Incumbent starter Carson Palmer will be 34 next season and third-year player Terrelle Pryor hasn’t played enough to give the Raiders a firm idea on whether he is a long-term option. It’s also conceivable that the Raiders will cut or trade Palmer before the draft and turn over the reins to a young quarterback. Smith passed for 42 touchdowns last season, while being intercepted only six times. He is considered the most likely of all the quarterbacks to be taken in the first round.

OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M – He dominated some of the game’s top pass rushers in 2012. He is an outstanding run blocker, though he still needs work on his pass protection. If Joeckel makes it past the first two picks, the Raiders will be tempted to select him and begin the process of fortifying their offensive line.

LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia – His play is likened to that of Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller. Jones recorded 14 ½ sacks in 2012 and played some of his best football against highly ranked opponents. There are those that question Jones’ work ethic and commitment in the weight room.

DT Star Lotulelei, Utah – He has it all, according to everyone that watches him play: size, power, speed, strength and explosiveness. He played well against top-tier competition and placed himself in contention for a top-10 pick. This is the kind of player the Raiders need in light of Richard Seymour’s departure and the lack of an imposing figure in the middle of the line.

DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State – He plays fast, is relentless and oftentimes draws double-teams. The Raiders lacked an imposing pass rusher since Derrick Burgess left several years ago. Werner’s skill set is precisely what the Raiders are looking for right now.

G Chance Warmack, Alabama – Regarded by some as the best guard prospect in a long time. He validated the praise with a great showing in the national championship game. He figures to be an immediate starter in the NFL and he could take over for aging left guard Cooper Carlisle.

DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M – He recorded 12 ½ sacks in 2012 and thrust himself into the discussion about potential top-10 picks. Also, don’t rule out the fact Moore played at the same college as Raiders coach Dennis Allen. So, Allen won’t have any difficulty getting an air-tight scouting report on Moore.

LB Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana State – By some accounts, Mingo had a disappointing 2012 season. Still, there are those that view Mingo as a very productive outside linebacker, especially in a 3-4 scheme. He has superior speed and the kind of body that can handle substantial weight gain if a team views him as a defensive end.

OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan – His stock soared after a great showing in practice the week of the Senior Bowl, as well as in that game. He dominated the competition at his level and is experienced at both tackle spots. He’s someone that Raiders no doubt will consider if Joeckel is gone within the first two picks.

LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame – The Raiders are very high on Te’o, though they are like most teams now in trying to gauge how much to factor in Te’o’s fake girlfriend story and his horrendous showing in the national title game against Alabama. Te’o is a tremendous leader, instinctive player and very solid against the run and pass – he had seven interceptions in 2012.

Here are the five positions of need for the Raiders as they approach the NFL draft:

Offensive tackle – Khalif Barnes is eligible for free agency, and the Raiders aren’t sure if second-year player Tony Bergstrom is a long-term solution at right offensive tackle.
Defensive tackle – Richard Seymour is gone. Tommy Kelly might be a salary-cap casualty. Regardless, the Raiders need big-time help in the middle of their defensive line.
Defensive end – The Raiders are in sore need of a reliable pass-rusher off the edge. There aren’t any promising candidates on the roster.
Cornerback – It’s likely that the starting cornerbacks for the Raiders next season aren’t even on the roster yet. This position has to be addressed.
Wide receiver – The Raiders still don’t have a No. 1 receiver. It’s also possible that Darrius Heyward-Bey won’t be back next season unless he accepts a massive pay cut.


Steve Corkran

  • xraided

    shrek HAHA! McGinger!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Oh snap.. Holmgren Front office. REGGIE GM/ football scouting etc

    next year GRUDEN?? HC?? lol they are setting up show for that

  • xraided

    BigMac wouldn’t hire him if he thought he would take his job … i think Mike is done with GM’ing as well… money talks though!

  • xraided

    well calm down there Allday,

    he hasn’t gotten hired yet. he probably needs his assistance on more than just player evaluation. if that were the case, i’d have serious doubts on McGinger’s ability to draft/run a team!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    What exactly is he gonna lead? business side of things or what?

  • xraided

    hellifino! more details will unfold in the coming days if he’s hired.

  • xraided

    he’ll be the ‘passing game coordinator’ lol

  • DKnight007

    290.ron69 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    A mock a could do some back flips with.
    1.- DE Dion Jordan
    3.- CB Tyrann Mathieu
    4.- MLB Jon Bostic

    3 instant starters with playmaking potential

    I like this.

  • DKnight007

    289.xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:49 pm
    yes DKnight, glad to have you on the band wagon of Geno! haha!

    everyone had the same suspicions about Wilson… that’s why he dropped to the 3rd. look how that turned out… we need a read option QB(not named Pryor) right now!

    this CP3 contract situation needs to shake itself out though. it would be a very telling sign if we dropped Carson.. hard to make everyone believe that we’re going with Pryor and aren’t going to draft a QB.. so pretty much the second Carson hit the open market, Jax’s phone will be ringing off the hook

    I’m not on the Geno bandwagon….just looking at possible options at #3.

    Yes, I think geno should be considered….if he interviews well and is smart and has good head on shoulders and good work ethic.

  • DKnight007

    283.xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:42 pm
    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:31 pm
    I think Geno can be just as good as Russell Wilson…potentially if his head is on straight.

    Geno has most of tools necessary to be successful.


    he absolutely does

    it comes down to coaches as well. Kaep caught on fire so quick because of Harbaugh and his staff. unforunately, we can’t even come close to what they have in coaching as they do across the bay. hard to argue otherwise

    same with Russell in SEA.

    Yep. It comes to good coaching and coaches and OC’s utilizing the strengths of their QB’s.

    I think Geno can be just as good as Wilson and Kap!

    Same skill sets and Geno is even more of pocket passer, good accuracy, can make all throws, and he can run the read option as well and is mobile.

  • xraided

    you’re on board that he would be a good draft pick. that’s where i’m at. not that HE MUST BE A RAIDER NOW! could be a smoke screen that we’re interested at the moment. that’s what i’m sayin by we’ll see how this Carson contract situation shakes out first.

  • cwolfman
  • mikomcfadden

    Steve Corkran is the worst.

    From his outlandish guarantees that failed, his love of Greg Knapp, his saying that good football players (McFadden) thrive in any running system (including zone–a fact disputed even by McKenzie), and this recent post without Shariff Floyd and the inclusion of T’eo, a prospect, if anything, that might plummet to the 2nd or 3rd round, Cork has shown his arrogance without any track record of insight is suspect at best and his articles are a waste of time.

    Get Jerry back in here or, even better, Poole. Poole has always called it as it is.

  • Duffman

    The Raiders are not going to take a QB, especially an iffy one at the #3 spot. If so they should fire Reggie immediately. Pryor and their other young talent should have been able to play more once they were mathematically eliminated, Thanksgiving?

    They need the best DT or DB whoever gets to #3. They should not take a RT at #3 because a RT is not deserving of a 1st rd pick. Valdeer is playing well at LT. They should move Wisnewski back to LG and resign Parrsons to play center. Resign Barns to play RT and Bergstrom should be the backup at RT and G. They need defense.

    They should not get rid of McClain- let him play Weakside Backer behind the DT. He will excel there. The kid from SDSU can play the Mike.