I had initially speculated after the combine that Jason Pierre-Paul could be an option. However, after they traded for Kamerion Wimbley, I backed off that prediction. At 6’4″, 255 pounds Wimbley has the size to play defensive end in the Raiders 4-3 scheme, the same position he played in college at Florida State before moving to outside linebacker in Cleveland.
On Tuesday, however, coach Tom Cable stated that Wimbley will remain at strong-side linebacker in Oakland.
That now leaves a gaping hole at defensive end where only Matt Shaughnessy, Greyson Gunheim and Jay Richardson are currently under contract. Richard Seymour will likely return to the mix as well, since the Raiders have placed the franchise tag on him, but there have been reports that he may move to tackle next season.
The Raiders were a strong pass-rushing team in 2009. But Greg Ellis, who tied for the team lead with seven sacks, has since been cut loose.
If Al Davis determines that defensive end is a need Jason Pierre-Paul would have to be near the top of his draft board. JPP is a freak athlete who has been compared by some to Jevon Kearse. There’s no question that it would be a reach to take a player with just one year of D-I experience in the top 10, but ill logic has never stopped Al Davis before.