Draft Needs: Oakland Raiders

Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Oakland Raiders [full archive here].

Season Recap: The unfortunate passing of long-time owner Al Davis brought about a complete overhaul to the front office. New Head Coach Dennis Allen will have trouble adding much support in the upcoming draft with only five selections, the first coming at pick #95.

Team Needs:
1. Nose Tackle: With the likely switch to a 3-4 defense, which signs seem to point to, the Raiders have an opening at one of the most important positions: Nose tackle. The Raiders don’t have a pick until the end of the third round. In the best-case scenario, NT Josh Chapman from Alabama is available at that selection.

2. Outside Linebacker: The other position that is vital to running an effective 3-4 is OLB, which remains a weakness for Oakland. Dave Tollefson was signed from the Giants and should occupy one of the OLB spots, but the other remains up for grabs. Jonathan Massaquoi is an interesting prospect out of Troy and would be a great selection in round three.

3. Tight End: Kevin Boss was signed to a large contract last offseason, but was cut as a cap-casualty. The Raiders need a TE to replace Kevin Boss. Michael Egnew, Ladarius Green, and Deangelo Peterson are middle round prospects.

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