Oakland Raiders needs for Day 3?

May, 10, 2014
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have five selections remaining in the 2014 NFL draft, barring any trades in the fourth round.

At the moment, the Raiders hold the seventh and 16th picks of the fourth round (Nos. 107 and 116 overall) and three picks in the seventh round (Nos. 219, 235 and 247 overall).

And while it would not surprise me to see the Raiders trade back in the fourth round to get back into either the fifth or sixth rounds, they can still address a few needs with their final pick. Oakland director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales said Friday that the Raiders are getting close to turning the page from "staying true to the board" to drafting for need.

So what do the Raiders need as they enter the final day of the draft having already drafted a playmaking linebacker in Buffalo's Khalil Mack, the quarterback of the future in Fresno State's Derek Carr and a road grader of a left guard in Mississippi State"s Gabe Jackson?

Well, the Raiders still have needs on the defensive line, in the secondary and at receiver. Here are four potential targets, then:

Utah cornerback Keith McGill is big at 6-feet-3, 213 pounds, and his long arms make him an ideal fit for press coverage. Still, he only had one interception in two seasons for the Utes.

Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant played opposite No. 4 overall pick Sammy Watkins and is a burner (he ran a 4.34 40-time) and big (6-foot-4, 217 pounds). But there are questions about his hands. Darrius Heyward-Bey 2.0? The Raiders probably need a smaller slot receiver more, someone like South Carolina’s Bruce Ellington, a Jacoby Ford clone from South Carolina who is just 5-foot-9, 197 pounds but ran a 4.31 40.

Cal defensive tackle Deandre Coleman is a 6-5, 315-pound run stuffer who could be a pearl for the hometown Raiders as he injured a knee running the 40-yard dash at the combine and did not work out.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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