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The Oakland Raiders have reportedly been eyeing some of the top-ranked receivers. Will they draft one of them?
I’ve found it very interesting that the Raiders are looking at receivers available in the draft. It has been reported that the Raiders have kept a close eye on Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant, Notre Dame’s Golden Tate and Cincinnati’s Mardy Gilyard. Bryant and Tate could be first-round picks and Gilyard is highly regarded as well.
None for these players are expected to go as high as No. 8, where Oakland picks in the first round. The Raiders have the No. 39 pick, which may be too late to get Bryant or Tate. But if the Raiders want a top receiver, they can figure a way to get him.
What’s so intriguing is Oakland’s roster is stocked with young receivers. They have Chaz Schilens (a seventh-round pick in 2008), Darrius Heyward-Bey (No. 1 pick in 2009) and Louis Murphy (No. 4 pick in 2009). Schilens and Murphy have shown they have solid futures ahead. Heyward-Bey was not good as a rookie, but it far too early give up on him.
What Oakland needs is a veteran receiver to help mold these youngsters and produce while they continue to develop.
But perhaps Oakland is not completely sold on its young receivers. I’d be surprised if the Raiders -- who have bigger needs at tackle, quarterback and defensive tackle -- jumped at a receiver early. But one thing we’ve learned from Oakland’s recent drafts is that we should be prepared for anything.
The Oakland Raiders have reportedly been eyeing some of the top-ranked receivers. Will they draft one of them?I’ve found it very interesting that the Raiders are looking at receivers available in the draft.