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Friday, May 9, 2014
Options aplenty for Raiders in second round

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have the fourth selection Friday (No. 36 overall) to begin the second round of the NFL draft and many see them striking with Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr.

It would make sense in that he could use a year or two to learn at the knee of starter Matt Schaub, but with the Raiders liking their current QB room of Schaub, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards, it might even be more sensible to draft for immediate need. Or, to simply trade back for more picks since the Raiders are barren in the fifth and sixth rounds.

The Raiders seemingly nailed it with an impact player in drafting linebacker Khalil Mack in the first round at No. 5 overall. Might there be another such immediate impact player to be unearthed at No. 36?

Since Oakland did take a defensive player first, we’ve constructed a fan poll with solely offensive positions/players for you to vote on. But there are also some potential difference-makers on the defensive side of the ball the Raiders could eye early today, such as defensive tackles Louis Nix III, Ra’Shede Hageman and Timmy Jernigan, and cornerbacks Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Keith McGill and Phillip Gaines.

Vote for which position group you think the Raiders should target with their second-round pick.