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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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  • aig-raiders

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard
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    Please pass on this mofo. I’m a frikin couch potato/wknd warrior and I can rep more than 12 at 225. This kid is supposed to be a DE in the big league in his physical prime and maxed out at 245. He’s a lazy fkcer.

  • Marks hair

    star has a heart problem. He’s not a top 5 guy anymore

  • theghostronin79

    Yep, if we’re able to trade back, grab Jordan and a 2nd rounder, it would be a victory.

  • aig-raiders

    correction – maxed out at 12 reps…not 245

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:15 pm
    Moore is not going to be the pick of Raiders…he is dropping like a fly.

    When Te’o is drafted by a good team like Pats, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Bears….he will wind up being a better football player than D Moore though.
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    Let’s make a bet on that….Manti is a super closet case that cant handle pressure

    Dmoore will by far have a better career than Manti…he was badly exposed vs Bama and it will be worse in NFL….He lost 15 pounds and looked slower than ever

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Aig….you obviously havent watch him play in college….most bloggers on here dont look at college football unless a big game is on

    These other guys yall are touting werent big producers

    You can lift more? Ok so why dont you go head up vs that guy in a physical feat of strength contest….guy would work you over and you know it

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Its funny someone brought up Mitchell stregnth regarding Mathieu.

    I remember a year ago watching LSU games on saturday twitter atheltes including mitchell.. nfl guys would all be saying how much of a Playmaker Tyrann Mathieu was..

    The kid would get INT’s , Forced fumbles on bigger running backs.. swat the ball out of Qb’s on blitzes.. PR Td’s to the house.

    Ford is not a Punt Returner he is a Kick Returner. Now mayock said todays combine pretty much has Mathiue going 3rd to 4th round. One team will reach, probaly the Saints, LIONS, BEngals, or PATS

  • guest123

    I’m the biggest RoMac hater on this board. Would love to trade him away for a bag of chips. Still I’d rather have RoMac than Manti TeO. RoMac’s jogging is faster than TeO’s sprint.

  • Marks hair

    Geno ran well.. I don’t see all the problems people have with him.. smart kid reads defenses well pretty accurate passer big arm.. whats the problem? he looks a thousand times better than Gabbert did last year..

  • DKnight007

    244.Marks hair Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:11 pm
    the problem with 3 is it’s not a great trade slot unless maybe Gino slides and somebody really wants him.. most likely we’lll take someone on the D line. Jordan or Floyd fits best. both can play 43 or 34

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I want D Jordan ahead of Floyd….easily.

    If Geno falls to us, there might be a chance at a trade down than lets hope the Browns and Zona will consider trading up for him to the #3 spot.

    McK may yet consider Geno at #3 though. Depends on how his private interviews, workouts and knowledge of the game and boardwork go.

    If Raiders take Geno, then the OC Olsen and OL coach Soprano need to make sure to work the offensive system around Genos talents!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    funny you guys didnt watch on tv last night when they talked about guys who didnt have good combines and ended up being very good football players

    and bill polian said the guys who didnt do so hot at combine can redeem themselves at pro day and no one will talk about the combine…..go figure

  • DKnight007

    259.Marks hair Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    Geno ran well.. I don’t see all the problems people have with him.. smart kid reads defenses well pretty accurate passer big arm.. whats the problem? he looks a thousand times better than Gabbert did last year..

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Agreed. The Jags should without a doubt consider picking Geno. He is a better prospect than Gabbert and I would not be surprised closer to draft time, the word gets out Jags like Geno.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Geno is overrated to me….couldnt beat any top flight defenses…..dont like his touch on alot of passes….not in love with his deep ball…it reminded me of Jamarcu’s Russell in college. I think he can be okay in time but at 3? I dont see it

  • DutchRaider77

    Ford is not a Punt Returner he is a Kick Returner.

    _______________________________________________

    Why?

    Johnnie Lee Higgins was a Punt Returner, but not a kick returner (Per JMAC)? They are like the exact same size.

  • DKnight007

    Geno has a far better work ethic and head on his shoulders than JaBustas Russell.

    Big difference.

  • aig-raiders

    B,
    I lift so I know it is not hard to lift 225lbs with reps. This kid is supposed to be an athletic freak. We’re not talking DB here. this kid is supposed to be a Dlineman/LB. NO I have not watched any film on him likeyou but I have serious problems with guys like him that can’t lift. Normally, i prefer squatting as the most important aspect of football strength but bench pressing shows a bit about your upper strength as well. 12 @ 225 is weak for a Dlineman at 6-4 245lbs.

  • logic82

    Just in case everybody hasn’t read about it:

    “Over the next two years, Brady will make $33 million. Which is $3 million more than the $30 million he was due to earn under the prior deal.

    And he gets $30 million of it now.

    Less money, indeed.”

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Tyrann Mathieu‏@Mathieu_Era Twiter

    Games are won on the field not the weight room… #Playmaker

    Love that quote from Mathiue. Wise man. Sometimes Al had a hard time with this kinda thing.

  • DKnight007

    263.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    Geno is overrated to me….couldnt beat any top flight defenses…..dont like his touch on alot of passes….not in love with his deep ball…it reminded me of Jamarcu’s Russell in college. I think he can be okay in time but at 3? I dont see it

    ^^^^^^^^^
    I think it all depends on how he does in private workouts and interviews. Teams will want to see his feel for the game with board work and if he can read defenses and make adjustments.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Ford is not a Punt Returner he is a Kick Returner.

    _______________________________________________

    Why?

    Johnnie Lee Higgins was a Punt Returner, but not a kick returner (Per JMAC)? They are like the exact same size.

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    wow the reason was coaches didnt want to tire him out.. and they wanted him to focus on running correct routes. Plus have more chance at injury

  • xraided

    DT @ #3 IS ELRETARDO!!! how many have worked out over the years? i’ll wait…

  • aig-raiders

    Geno is overrated to me
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    This we agree 100%. He sucked in his most important game.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Work ethic can do so much….but you better have the talent…Couch and Akili Smith….hell even Cade McNown and Matt Leinart work hard lol

    Fk all that work ethic….for a QB you need something special as far as skill set and mental levels to really succeed along with intangibles….with Geno I cant see it

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Steve Corkran‏@CorkOnTheNFL

    Redskins and Seahawks nailed it by adding two quarterbacks last season. Again, sole priority is finding a long-term quarterback, at any cost

  • DKnight007

    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.

  • aig-raiders

    Tyrann Mathieu‏@Mathieu_Era Twiter

    Games are won on the field not the weight room… #Playmaker
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    He’s a db. Weight room doesnt coutn for him.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    DT @ #3 IS ELRETARDO!!! how many have worked out over the years? i’ll wait…
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    Wow I had this argument on the blog a few years ago….ppl called me crazy…but Star I woulda gambled on…Floyd is a hell no tho…richardson too

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    corky on twitter seems like he has changed his stance on Palmer.. thinks he could be gone by this year. I wonder who he has been talking to?

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    corky on twitter seems like he has changed his stance on Palmer.. thinks he could be gone by this year. I wonder who he has been talking to?
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    Dont tease us Palmer haters like this…we wanna have hope of a halfway decent 2013!

  • tonedeezy

    the combine is going on, and all corky can do is repost his already-posted stuff from the tribune?

    at least BSPN is reporting that Nnamdi ate his lunch in his car…

  • DKnight007

    277.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:34 pm
    Xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    DT @ #3 IS ELRETARDO!!! how many have worked out over the years? i’ll wait…
    ****************************

    Wow I had this argument on the blog a few years ago….ppl called me crazy…but Star I woulda gambled on…Floyd is a hell no tho…richardson too

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    Yep. I am dead set against drafting any DT within the top 5 also….let alone top 3.

    Almost always turns out to be a bust or a player with very little impact and ends up flaming out in the NFL.

  • xraided

    yea B@uce it’s just insane. taking on guards and tackles in the college level is just worlds different to the strength and speed of the NFL level. takes them A LONG TIME to get accustomed to. hardest position to learn getting to the pro level

  • xraided

    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.

  • DKnight007

    Yeah Star I would consider at #3, cause he is a beast, but not some short armed 3 tech like Floyd or Richardson at #3.

    No way!

  • xraided

    DT/NT = FA = best value!
    you get experience, something that’s sorely needed in that position if you want to fix the front lines. that’s why i like Sopaga as a hole plugger. just ask Willis and Bowman as he frees them up, just the same as Justin Smith does for them on the edge.

  • xraided

    Star would be a the safest DT i agree. but not with a 44% working heart… pass!

  • 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, but he can run the read option as well and is mobile.

  • raiderfankirk

    Cork is on Crack if he thinks Te’o is #3. Inside LB better be Olgatree.

  • xraided

    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

  • ron69

    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

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Someone brought up a good point in FA.. under the radar type guy but is TOUGH, and PHYSICAl.. LB rotation guy and SPecials dude

    Kaluka Maiva from the brown was a good player at USC often overshawdowed by Clay mathews, Cushing and Malugua

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    gregg rosenthal‏@greggrosenthal

    On a positive note: No DB catches the ball more naturally than Mathieu

    Retweeted by Tyrann Mathieu

    I get tired of our DB’s dropping all the INTS like Branch

  • Plunketthead

    Holgrem in talks to join the Raiders?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    NFL‏@nfl

    Deion Sanders: ‘Tyrann Mathieu will be a baller in the NFL. Immediately.’ http://on.nfl.com/Mathieu #NFLCombine

    someone gonna take a chance on this guy.. y cant we have a playmaker?? I loved ASO but he was never a playmaker just locked down the half the field which was good.

    C-WOOD was our last Playmaker i believe.. anyone agree?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bill Williamson‏@espn_afcwest

    Breaking news: #Raiders talking to Mike Holmgren about possible leadership role.

    Retweeted by Levi Damien

    Dayum.. how many guys we need ?? LMAO

  • xraided

    ‘leadership roll’ ? what kind of made up crap is that?! make him HC! make DA the cheerleader.. haha

  • xraided

    that would be freakin awesome though

    he’ll help BigMac draft correctly in the war room.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    We need more Dbacks that play with a chip on their shoulder.. kinda like Mitchell.. but Mitchell is just an average player

    I think Reggie is probaly leaning on Mike holmgrans opinion about Geno SMith maybe?

  • Al_is_theraiders

    lmao…now mike holmgren is coming to get rid of shrek…do it mark do it!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Bill Williamson‏@espn_afcwest

    #Raiders They are looking for strong leader for organization. Reggie McKenzie would be safe.

    Still dont know what this means