Raiders could get pick of litter on defense

April, 23, 2013
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Perhaps the Oakland Raiders will have the entire defensive side of the ball at their disposal when the No. 3 over pick rolls around in Thursday night's NFL draft.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the word around the league is left tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher are expected to go in the first two picks. Jacksonville had been heavily connected to Oregon pass-rusher Dion Jordan with the No. 2 pick.

If the Jaguars go for a left tackle, it would benefit the Raiders. Oakland has needs all over the field, but I think it needs to look at defense first. Having a chance to pick any defensive player on the board would be beneficial for Oakland.

Both Jordan and Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd would be interesting picks for Oakland. In that case, the Raiders may want to root for the Jaguars to take a left tackle so this scenario unfolds.

In other AFC West notes:

In an Insider piece, former NFL general manager and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian thinks the Raiders have the first “pivot point" of the draft trade market Insider with the No. 3 pick. Raiders want to deal it.

In a procedural move, Denver punter Britton Colquitt signed his restricted free-agent tender.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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