Raiders, Broncos ignore big needs

April, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Co. -- The Oakland Raiders and the Denver Broncos didn't address some of their most glaring needs very well in the draft.

At the NFL owners' meeting in March, Oakland coach Tom Cable said the tackle position was Oakland's greatest need. He said he thought a starting tackle could be obtained in the first three rounds. However, Oakland did not draft a tackle.

The Raiders reached for receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Mike Mitchell in the first two rounds. Still, there remains a need at tackle.

It looks like Oakland's starting tackles will be free-agent pickup Khalif Barnes and Mario Henderson. Barnes signed for one year and he didn't live up to his potential in Jacksonville. Henderson started to produce late last season.

Meanwhile, Denver added just one player to a front seven that needs major work. Tennessee's Robert Ayers will play a hybrid defensive end/linebacker role. Denver coach Josh McDaniels said Sunday that the Broncos will still try to add to the front seven.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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