2014 NFL Draft Strategy Breakdown: Oakland Raiders

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Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings (27) is tackled by New Orleans Saints outside linebacker David Hawthorne (57) in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Off-Season Losses
During this off-season the Raiders picked up a lot of players off of free agency, however at the same time, they had to dump a lot of players to make room for their new acquisitions. Among RB Rashad Jennings, the Raiders’ OT  Jared Veldheer, DE Lamar Houston, DT Vance Walker, OT Tony Pashos and WR Jacoby Ford have all pursued and gained work in cities other than Oakland. Among their biggest losses would have to be RB Rashad Jennings and DE Lamar Houston. Last season in the absence of RB Darren McFadden, Jennings played lights out, rushing for 733 yards and six touchdowns on 163 attempts for a 4.5 yards per carry average in 2013. Yet despite Jennings’ great play, Jennings ended up going to New York to play with the New York football Giants. It still to this day confuses me why the Raiders decided to go with injury-plagued McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew over Rashad. Rashad (in my estimation) proved that he was able to be a full-time starter and carry the offensive load. However, the Raiders must have though otherwise after giving McFadden a contract extension. And for DE Lamar Houston, he played also very tough football last season for the Raiders with 69 total tackles and 6.0 sacks (lead the team). Although those losses in personnel were pretty big, the Raiders were more than able to accommodate those losses with new and better players.

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  • http://www.cummingchiropracticmedspa.com/ Michael Klein

    At #5 the Raiders are going to have to be ok with taking OL -G Robinson or Matthews, or trade out of the pick. As much as I would love for Clowney, Mack or Watkins to be available I don’t think they will.
    Anyone outside of the top 2 OL at that point would be a stretch. We don’t need another reach pick like Hayden, DHB etc. We need a proven player who we can depend on for years.
    I would probably prefer Mathews with his lineage and the fact that Sparano is probably the best coach we have and he can develop him into a great lineman.
    All you have to do is review our draft history to see how poor we are at drafting including Mckenzie, bottom line don’t screw this up. We will know after the first pick if Mckenzie is going to get fired with Dennis Allen at some point during or after the season. Don’t trade out of the pick and pull another “boner” like last year.
    We need real players who can contribute NOW! not projects, reaches & fantasies.