No matter what NFL Mock Draft you have looked at since January, the Oakland Raiders have been tied to two players: Amari Cooper and Kevin White. For good reason too. Derek Carr had a decent rookie campaign, but it seems like the Raiders are sold on him moving forward so it would make sense to put some weapons around him, right?
Not that it’s an earth shattering move but the Oakland Raiders recently signed Michael Crabtree to a 1 year, $3m deal with a chance for him to earn $2m more in incentives. You can tell by the fact it’s a one year deal, you can tell it’s more of a prove it deal for Crabtree. He’s a couple years removed from a torn Achilles and 2014 was not his best season, you can tell he lost a step but he still caught 68 balls for 698 yards which is decent. Crabtree has great hands and even before last year we knew he wasn’t much of a burner.
The Raiders have the #4 pick and most people have assumed that they will take a WR, but with this Crabtree signing, I’m not so sure that they should. Khalil Mack graded out as the #1 4-3 OLB in 2014 according to Pro Football Focus
Chances are new head coach Jack Del Rio won’t be running a 4-3 in 2015 so I think it would make sense for the Raiders to either give Khalil Mack a tag team partner and draft another edge rusher or go with an interior lineman (might have to trade back which is perfectly fine). Guys like Leonard Williams, Vic Beasley and Dante Fowler Jr. are all options here. I really think the Raiders would also benefit from trading down into the draft. Two years ago, the Raiders were able to trade down with the Dolphins and they still managed to draft the player at 12 that they would’ve drafted at 3 (not sure if that’s good or bad). The Raiders could honestly benefit from having as many picks as possible.
Much like 2014, the WR class is deep. Although I have about six WRs I would draft in the first round, I’m only expecting about 4 to go in the first round (Amari Cooper, Kevin White, DeVante Parker and Jaelan Strong. Oakland also has the 3rd pick of the 2nd round (35 overall) so guys like Dorial Green-Beckham, Nelson Agholor, Breshard Perriman and Phillip Dorsett would all be potential #1 options here.
What do you think the Oakland Raiders should do?