Raiders draft preview: 3 players Oakland could draft at No. 4
by Ross Jones
The Oakland Raiders hold the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL Draft. In our continuing series, FOXSports.com takes a look at their roster post-free agency and delivers a plan of attack for the last day in April.
In an effort to restore the "Just win, baby" days of old, the Raiders welcome nine new players to Alameda via free agency and the Jack Del Rio era is in full swing.
After finishing with a 1-5 division record, sustaining a handful of injuries to key players and absorbing the biggest blowout in franchise history at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, 52-0, in Week 13, it couldn't come soon enough. The Raiders, though, have a couple building blocks as quarterback Derek Carr and linebacker Khalil Mack showed flashes in their rookie seasons. Now, the front office must build around them.
Needing a boost in firepower, the Raiders should address a punchless running game and the wide receiver position. Carr threw nearly 600 times and wasn't helped out with any balance in the backfield. And while Latavius Murray showed signs, if he doesn't evolve into an every-down back, newly signed Trent Richardson can't be trusted, either.
Defensively, the Raiders could stand to add another qualified pass rusher.
By adding former Chiefs center Rodney Hudson, the Raiders were able to brace for the loss of Stefen Wisniewski. The four defensive ends on the team are Justin Tuck, Benson Mayowa, Shelby Harris and Denico Autry.
Positions of need: WR, RB and DE
Three options to consider
Kevin White, WR: White displayed blazing speed in the 40-yard dash and was ultra-productive during his senior season in Morgantown, hauling in 109 receptions for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns. "I would love helping that organization get back to the top," White told FOXSports.com earlier this month. "A lot of guys would say they don't want to go there because they haven't won a lot, but I want to go there because I want to help turn the organization around."
Amari Cooper, WR: Some have projected White to have the higher ceiling than Cooper, but the former Alabama product is as polished as they come. Other than the single-season and career records Cooper set at Alabama, he has a unique skillset that translates immediately to the next level. The 6-foot, 211-pound target is a gifted route-runner, which allows him to get open, and has terrific ball skills.
Shane Ray, DE: You can never have too many impact defenders. Ray, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, led the conference in sacks and tackles for loss. Ray plays with great burst and leverage and would immediately upgrade the Raiders' D.
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