Oakland Raiders 1st Round Options: 2013 NFL Draft

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Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland was another team that was really bad last year. McFadden again couldn’t stay healthy for the entire year and when he was healthy wasn’t very effective. The coaching staff changed up their blocking scheme and McFadden never seemed comfortable behind it. They had the 5th least running yards in the entire league. While they had the 8th most passing yards in the league they had the 7th worst scoring offense in the NFL. Oaklands defense was middle of the pack this past year, finishing 15th in yards per game, but they were the 5th worst in points per game. However they released and lost a lot of defensive players in the last few days including Richard Seymour, Michael Huff, Phillip Wheeler and Desmond Bryant. On the bright side Sebastian Janikowski and Shane Lechler were phenomenal as always.


Dec 29, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith (12) warms up prior to the start of the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Syracuse Orange at Yankee Stadium. Syracuse defeated West Virginia 38-14. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Geno Smith - Carson Palmer was not terrible last year, but he is getting old now and is due 13 million dollars next year. The Raiders are now under the cap, but they had to release a lot of people to get there. They need a lot of players to put even a semi competitive team on the field. Palmer can’t be in the cards for them for much longer and Pryor hasn’t shown anything to make anyone think he can be their QB of the future. The Raiders have also already been linked to wanting Smith with the 3rd pick in the draft.

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  • Jared Myers

    I’m hoping for either Star Lotulelei or Dee Milliner

    • Blake Meek

      Milliner would be a great pick, they need an elite CB. If Lotulelei’s health checks out he would be a good pick too, but I think he will fit better in a 3-4. Richardson is the best 4-3 DT in the draft IMO.

  • Joe InMaryland

    DIdn’t the Raiders learn from the last QB drafted? I agree with Jared. Get a DT in there and I think if Star passes his medical tests on his heart, it’s a no brainer.

  • Hangtownie

    Shariff Floyd

    • Blake Meek

      I’m not as high on Floyd. He was a mid round prospect when the season ended, not sure why he is a top 3 pick now. Richardson is more versatile and a better player IMO.

  • azt_lan

    Terrell Pryor has shown nothing? Who the hell wrote this bull$hit article? TP has had just ONE start and held his own on that one. First NFL start for Luck-39.2 QBR. First start for RG3-93.8. First start for R. Wilson-27.5, First and only start for Pryor-71.2. TP was more impressive than Luck or Wilson and was closer in performance to RG3 in all their rookie starts! The young man needs a fair shot before anyone can say he’s not a starting QB. These damn sports writers are all kool-aid drinkers. Do some damn research and actually watch the games before writing crap like this.

    • Blake Meek

      I didn’t say Pryor couldn’t be the QB of the future, and 1 game isn’t showing anything. If I’m the Raiders I don’t take Geno, they need to build that D, but to say you don’t take Smith because Pryor played ok in 1 game at the end of the year doesn’t make sense. If he had shown much, he would have gotten more playing time.

      • http://www.facebook.com/garcia.dad Andres Garcia

        Pryor sitting behind Palmer, an established QB, is the reason he hasn’t seen much playing time. Palmer’s injury just gave TP the opportunity to show what he can do. The young man showed quite a bit in that one start. If our QB situation would’ve been that of Indy, Wash or Seattle, things might have already played out differently. I just don’t agree with most writers repeating the same thing about Pryor when he showed in his one start that yes, he can play at this level.