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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.

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  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Tyrann Mathieu in 4th round…..get em Reggie you big dummy
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    What did Mathieu have one rep? Dude is 160 and can barely lift his own weight. Pass.

  • guest123

    The talk of the combine. SMU defensive end Margus Hunt was the talk of the town following his impressive performance. Hunt had a lot of momentum heading into the field-testing, following an impressive weigh-in (6-foot-8 1/8, 277 pounds) and bench press (38 reps of 225). He then proceeded to wow scouts by running a 4.60 40 and posting a 38-inch vertical jump. Hunt is very raw on tape but his size and upside will likely force him into the bottom of the second round.

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    freak athelete with pushing 280 lbs, 81 inch wingspan, basketball type hops. This draft is loaded with freak DE’s.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    DMAC Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Our special teams were a disaster last season. Slot corners are more valuable than never right now.
    Easy solution….

    Draft the honey badger!!!!!!!!
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    Then Bowe or Thomas or CJ lines up in the slot and outweighs mathieu by 75 lbs. And they are way stronger. Pass.

  • DMAC

    I guess most people are happy w/ our dumb ass return men catching balls inside the 5 yd line or starting inside the 20.

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    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Glenny is funny…on one hand last week he criticized Al Davis for things he did the last decade and now he wants to piggyback on Al’s quote on SBs…..hahahahahahaha amazing
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    Huh? Don’t be a clown. I can agree with some things a person says or does, without ageeing with everything a person says or does. I agree with you on somethings. Disagree on others. Not unusual.
    *********************************8

    Yeah but you going to the biggest thing in all of football to use as evidence for yourself. If Al Davis hold no clout based on his last decade then his SB comment should hold the same for you right? He did make that comment during our stench of a stretch in the 2000s…no?

  • guest123

    Then Bowe or Thomas or CJ lines up in the slot and outweighs mathieu by 75 lbs. And they are way stronger. Pass.

    *****

    I agree. Honeybadger is a smaller, weaker version of MM34.

  • xraided

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Tyrann Mathieu in 4th round…..get em Reggie you big dummy
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    What did Mathieu have one rep? Dude is 160 and can barely lift his own weight. Pass.
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    great value in the 4th or 5th round. can return kicks as well… since we know Ford won’t last till preseason… i’d say go for it, although i’m sure the Bungholes will beat us to it.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Glenny is funny…on one hand last week he criticized Al Davis for things he did the last decade and now he wants to piggyback on Al’s quote on SBs…..hahahahahahaha amazing
    ============================================

    Huh? Don’t be a clown. I can agree with some things a person says or does, without ageeing with everything a person says or does. I agree with you on somethings. Disagree on others. Not unusual.
    *********************************8

    Yeah but you going to the biggest thing in all of football to use as evidence for yourself. If Al Davis hold no clout based on his last decade then his SB comment should hold the same for you right? He did make that comment during our stench of a stretch in the 2000s…no?
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    No. That Super Bowl comment came after winning the 1983 Bowl if I remember correctly.

  • The Beeech Diggity Dawg

    KrappyRat’s awake hella early from his late morning nap

    Probably pitched a tent when he saw a new post on his precious blog

    Although that tent would need a lot of help from Viagra, tears and deep, deep prayer

    JUST KEEPIN IT HELLA REAL

  • DMAC

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    DMAC Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Our special teams were a disaster last season. Slot corners are more valuable than never right now.
    Easy solution….

    Draft the honey badger!!!!!!!!
    ==========================================

    Then Bowe or Thomas or CJ lines up in the slot and outweighs mathieu by 75 lbs. And they are way stronger. Pass.
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    Joselio Hanson = Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)

    Did he get abused by Bowe or Thomas or CJ???

  • xraided

    look at the conference MM34 and Mathieu were in. night and day gentlemen.

  • guest123

    It sucked that we lost Jacoby Ford last year so early in the season. (was it preseason? can’t recall)…

    But Ford will be bringing his open field skills we most desperately need on KO’s. If only he stays healthy this time around.

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    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:07 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Tyrann Mathieu in 4th round…..get em Reggie you big dummy
    =========================================

    What did Mathieu have one rep? Dude is 160 and can barely lift his own weight. Pass.
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    So what? As a guy to come in just for coverage on some downs and plays special teams…I dont give a damn about bench press….that doesnt equate to be a valuable guy for your team

  • DMAC

    xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    look at the conference MM34 and Mathieu were in. night and day gentlemen.
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    Thank you
    Instant upgrade to our horrendous special teams
    We need a punt returner people!!!!!

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    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Seymour Bush Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Glenny is funny…on one hand last week he criticized Al Davis for things he did the last decade and now he wants to piggyback on Al’s quote on SBs…..hahahahahahaha amazing
    ============================================

    Huh? Don’t be a clown. I can agree with some things a person says or does, without ageeing with everything a person says or does. I agree with you on somethings. Disagree on others. Not unusual.
    *********************************8

    Yeah but you going to the biggest thing in all of football to use as evidence for yourself. If Al Davis hold no clout based on his last decade then his SB comment should hold the same for you right? He did make that comment during our stench of a stretch in the 2000s…no?
    ==========================================

    No. That Super Bowl comment came after winning the 1983 Bowl if I remember correctly.
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    I’d like to see that…I remember him saying something else

    Nonetheless you stating a QB doesnt win titles….well why do they always show QB records in playoffs and SBs?

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    DMAC…..we on board for Matheiu…..gonna be mistake to pass on him if he is there in 4th

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    I’m scared we will draft Geno….I want Palmer gone but lord I just dont think Geno is all what people make him out to be. Against better teams he wasnt putting up crazy numbers and he had two very good WRs and still couldnt do great

  • DMAC

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    DMAC…..we on board for Matheiu…..gonna be mistake to pass on him if he is there in 4th
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    Great value in the 4th

  • morilla

    The Raiders won’t be drafting at #3.

  • NGRaiderfan

    114.RaiderSam Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    OK, back to football… (male chastity belt WTF?!)

    1 Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU
    2 (via trade with Arizona 3rd overall for the 7th) Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
    3 Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    4 Jordan Hill, DT, Penn St.
    6 Kevin Reddick, ILB, N.Carolina
    7 Manase Foketi, OT, W.Texas A&M
    7 Brandon Bishop, FS, N.Carolina St.

    FA
    JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
    Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame
    Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
    Levine Tollolo, TE, Stanford
    Sam Schwartzstein, C, Stanford
    Braden Hansen, G, BYU
    Abry Jones, DT, Georgia

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    I like that trade. I saw somewhere that cards were goin after alex smith but who knows, as of right now a trade with az our 3rd for their 7th overall and 2nd rounder i’m guessing is you thing (we could probably get more, esp. if geno is there).

    if that were the case i would go:

    1 – Chance Warmack OG Bama
    2 – Alex Okafor DE/OLB – Texas
    3 – Kwame Geathers DT Georgia
    4 – Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
    5 – Sio Moore – LB UConn
    6 – Darius Slay Cb Miss. St.
    7 – Manase Foketi OT W.Texas A&M

    if you wanted to pick a WR i would go with Markus Wheaton from Oregon St. Plished, fast, runs good routes, goos speed (4.45)and strength (2o bench reps), good hands, played well in senior bowl. can probably get him in the 4th

  • NGRaiderfan

    168.DMAC Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:19 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    DMAC…..we on board for Matheiu…..gonna be mistake to pass on him if he is there in 4th
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    Great value in the 4th

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    truth

  • theghostronin79

    The Raiders won’t be drafting at #3.

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    I don’t think so either

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    Morilla Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    The Raiders won’t be drafting at #3.
    ******************************

    Let’s pray

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    NGRaiderfan Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:22 pm
    114.RaiderSam Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:37 am
    OK, back to football… (male chastity belt WTF?!)

    1 Ezekial Ansah, DE, BYU
    2 (via trade with Arizona 3rd overall for the 7th) Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
    3 Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    4 Jordan Hill, DT, Penn St.
    6 Kevin Reddick, ILB, N.Carolina
    7 Manase Foketi, OT, W.Texas A&M
    7 Brandon Bishop, FS, N.Carolina St.

    FA
    JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
    Cierre Wood, RB, Notre Dame
    Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
    Levine Tollolo, TE, Stanford
    Sam Schwartzstein, C, Stanford
    Braden Hansen, G, BYU
    Abry Jones, DT, Georgia

    ========================

    I like that trade. I saw somewhere that cards were goin after alex smith but who knows, as of right now a trade with az our 3rd for their 7th overall and 2nd rounder i’m guessing is you thing (we could probably get more, esp. if geno is there).

    if that were the case i would go:

    1 – Chance Warmack OG Bama
    2 – Alex Okafor DE/OLB – Texas
    3 – Kwame Geathers DT Georgia
    4 – Tyrann Mathieu CB LSU
    5 – Sio Moore – LB UConn
    6 – Darius Slay Cb Miss. St.
    7 – Manase Foketi OT W.Texas A&M

    if you wanted to pick a WR i would go with Markus Wheaton from Oregon St. Plished, fast, runs good routes, goos speed (4.45)and strength (2o bench reps), good hands, played well in senior bowl. can probably get him in the 4th
    ********************************************

    This is more on the line of actually building a team with football players

  • guest123

    Let’s pray

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    go in peace, Glorifying the Lord with your life…

    Thanks be to God!

  • NGRaiderfan

    mathieu benched 4 reps on bench so what he can get stronger, u can’t teach footbal istincts that this guy has. MM34 doesn’t have half the instincts as mathieu. he is always getting abused run or pass. I love his effort but dude has no idea where he is half the time. same goes for most of our dbs. yea he was small, broke the LSU school record for forceed fumbles by the end of his true sophomore season. majority of those FF on defense. playmaker. end of story. Mathieu made plays against SEC, basically nfl talent. he stood out on a team that had morris claiborne, mingo, montgomery, reid, minter, etc. (all probably 1st or 2nd round picks) this guy stood out on the field. that says a lot more to me than bench press reps

  • DMAC

    I’m gone!
    Yall have a good 1

    Go A’s!
    Go Dubs!
    Go Cal Bears!
    Go Raiders!

    Draft the honey badger!

  • guest123

    there’s also this pesky habit of drug abuse with mathieu.

  • xraided

    w0rd DMAC … LSU and a division II school haha!

    the bengals will beat us to Mathieu though. they’ve built their vicious defense from problem childs like Burfict.

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    Guest123 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    there’s also this pesky habit of drug abuse with mathieu.
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    Now that is what is a bit of a concern with him coming to Oakland. Marijuana specifically is a sport out this way more than 99 pct of the places on Earth. The term “420″ was created up here and people walk on the streets smoking out in public. Can Tyrann deal with that? Cali is a drug haven and drugs will be at his disposal

    Now in my view weed aint a drug but still NFL sees it different

  • NGRaiderfan

    178.guest123 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:31 pm
    there’s also this pesky habit of drug abuse with mathieu.

    ================

    been clean for a long time, went to rehab. tested clean at the combine. loves football. i think he’ll do what needs to be done and stay clean. janoris jjenkins had MJ problems, also has 5 kids already before the draft, still went high and was in impact player as a rookie for st. louis

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    NGRaiderfan<——a very good poster

  • xraided

    “Now in my view weed aint a drug but still NFL sees it different”

    very true story

    it is on the ballot to get legalized is it not? was DMN CLOSE to passing too.. give it 1 or 2 more years tops

    with that said, Mathieu will have a problem being anywhere near oakland with all the best grapes in the land at his disposal.

    unfortunately, the NFL thinks greenz are a drug… so he’s scrwed.

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    Xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:37 pm
    “Now in my view weed aint a drug but still NFL sees it different”

    very true story

    it is on the ballot to get legalized is it not? was DMN CLOSE to passing too.. give it 1 or 2 more years tops

    with that said, Mathieu will have a problem being anywhere near oakland with all the best grapes in the land at his disposal.

    unfortunately, the NFL thinks greenz are a drug… so he’s scrwed.
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    Schit he cant go to Niners or Chargers for that matter….and no to Seattle, Denver and when Rams move to LA that will be a concern….west of Mississippi we keepin it lit….like my main dawg the great PlunkHOF!

  • Plunketthead

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:38 am
    Xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am
    “since when is Bryant good? He is a backup….a needed backup for us but he aint some pro bowl talent”

    not probowl but he’s better than any rookie we can get our hands on in the draft IMO … drafting a 3rd overall DT is idiotic …

    but, there are other FA options so i feel ya.
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    Star would have been worth the risk….Floyd will suck….trust me he doesnt love the game of football

    FA NTs is my preference for sure

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    Or Sheldon Richardson is moving up

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    Richardson is 6’4 295…….not a run stuffer…we need a NT not a UT…Houston and Bryant will be the UTs this year

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    I’m still hoping Star, if his medical issues allow it.

    Off to the gym.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Honey Badger wouldn’t just be awesome returning kicks, he would be great at covering kicks and punts as well.

    Or do you guys want to watch a San Diego KR blow past “Missile” Mike for a TD for the 3rd season in a row?

  • xraided

    yea haha! if he’s playing anywhere in the US he’s scrwed

    but, it’s a good test for him either way. Reggie needs to have the Belecheat effect on these high and mighty players that think they can do whatever they want. needs to layith the smack down.

    odds are against us because Reggie like the ‘high character’ (religious) type guys that can’t play football.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Read some reports where Richardson could be the best talent in the whole draft.

    Not a smart dude though. Bad decisions throughout life.

  • DKnight007

    Ansah maybe “raw” but in a draft where no player is really a sure thing and it is basically a crap shoot, why not take a shot at a player with big upside who has not even peaked yet as a football player.

    As long as he has a good head on his shoulders, a good work ethic, and ability to learn what he is being taught and use it on game day..I woukd much ratehr see him be the pick for the Raiders than a short armed 3 tech DT like Floyd.

    I shiver when I think the Raiders may consider drafting Floyd.

    Hate seeing DT’s taken so high on draft day and then they flameout in the NFL.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rodney Smith would be an intriguing late round WR.

    He looked like Chaz out there in the combine, only he didn’t get hurt.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Big game tonight for the Warriors! Pacers playing excellent basketball lately…after a close win vs the Twolves sunday the W’s will need to play better D to just even stay in this game

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Alot of Good looking DB’s to choose from. Raiders need to trade back to get more picks.

    We need at least two DB’s in the top 4 rounds to mold.

    We need at least one of these three guys from the Corners.. Trufant, POYVER out or ORegon State, or Tyrann Mathieu.

    like Mayock said about Tyrann he is not a track or fast guy even though he ran a 4.4.. he is a Pure FOOTBALL PLAYER.. and the kid is fearless he loves to tackle and is a turnover machine. and playmaker

    Trufant is a plays aggresive as well and Poyver had 7 ints

  • xraided

    DKnight,

    that’s why Warmack is the safest pick IMO … who cares how high an OG is taken

    just build our defense with smart, experienced players from FA(ie Wheeler) and draft later round DT’s …

  • guest123

    odds are against us because Reggie like the ‘high character’ (religious) type guys that can’t play football.

    **********

    see I don’t agree with that. There’s nothing mutally exclusive about being a good football player and a POS, as there is being a straight laced religious freak and a crappy player. I know that’s the perception, but it’s not true.

  • DKnight007

    Only DT/NT worth taking at #3 is Star IMO.

    Otherwise McK should be considering taking Werner, Ansah, Joekel, Fisher, Warmack or Geno.

    I think Joekel goes to KC at #1 now though, since it seems they will trade for A Smith.

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    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    Honey Badger wouldn’t just be awesome returning kicks, he would be great at covering kicks and punts as well.

    Or do you guys want to watch a San Diego KR blow past “Missile” Mike for a TD for the 3rd season in a row?
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    Sign me up on the Tyrann bandwagon….its amazing Vegas…some people want football players who can make plays and others want athletes who cant play football in 2013

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Matt Mayock said studying the film Bjorn Werner and Damontre Moore should be late 1st early 2nd round picks.

    Says he sees no explosivness out of them.. just above average. I would agree with that.

    One guy that needs to be a raider is SIO MOORE. OLB.. can play the run.. tackles.. and has pass rushing ability. Plus he plays mad lol

  • xraided

    FAT CHANCE anyone trades with the Raiders. with no star talent dropping to them, teams will stand pat. you think GM’s will want to pay millions more to a prospect they may or may not be a game 1 starter?! i know i wouldn’t. guys like JJ Watt and Clay Matthews were draft in the early teens!