Friday, April 26, 2013
Raiders help roster with quality picks
By Bill Williamson
The one time that it is good to have a roster full of holes is during the draft. No matter where the Oakland Raiders focused on adding players, it was at a position that helped.
The Raiders added two more players who have a chance to help Oakland now and in the future.
Oakland took intriguing tackle Menelik Watson of Florida State in the second round. The English import is raw, but has big ability. Many scouts think Watson can play left tackle, but the Raiders already have the solid Jared Veldheer at the position. I think Watson will get a chance to fight veteran Khalif Barnes for the right tackle job. Watson was a right tackle for the Seminoles.
An offensive line core of Veldheer, Watson and center Stefen Wisniewski bodes well for the future.
In the third round, Oakland took Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore. He is a solid outside linebacker that does everything well. I see him having a productive starting career. The Raiders signed three veteran linebackers and they have second-year linebacker Miles Burris, who started as a rookie. Moore won’t be pushed to start as a rookie, but if he earns it, he will find playing time.
The Raiders added Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden yesterday with the No. 12 pick. I like all of these choices. Oakland is starting the rebuilding process and all three of these players have a chance to be part of team's long-term plans.