Out of curiosity, do you like any of the DE/LB type players? The Jones, Moore, Mingo players who could excel in either a 34 or 43?
No question in my mine; Draft Te'o! We need a difference maker on the defense, and he's as good as it gets. You either start at the line or a MLB...
3-13... we need to pick Manti Te'o the best defensive player in the Nation. Great leader on and off the field, makes guys around him better. Brings high energy to the field and gets his teammates pumped.
^ we need to trade down 5-6 spots and take bpa. We can upgrade any single position on the team.
^ we are not taking teo at 1 or 2. no way no how.
I NEVER want to watch the Raiders lose, especially to the Chiefs next week. But being 3-13 will be much better for us on draft day than winning this one game. I can’t stand the Chiefs though. Maybe it is a good time to test the waters with Pryor. If he does well we could possibly get a draft pick for him. If he does poorly we can either spend more time developing him or just cut our losses. For now we have someone good enough at QB. Carson can hold the QB spot for a few years while we fix our defense.
I would be happy if Te’o was our pick. Hopefully he can be a defensive playmaker the Raiders desperately need. If he’s not our guy, we can get a few picks when a team wants to trade up for him. Te’o available when the Raiders are up to pick is a no lose situation for us. Hopefully 3-13 is enough to have him available when it’s our turn to pick.
I believe in Reggie and DA! Knapp has to go though.
I will be pleased with Star, Teo, and Moore in that order. I am crazy high on Star.
Geno Smith has field vision, looks off safeties, displays good accuracy, good arm strength and good mobility.
He's a little small and his college performance - numbers aside - hasn't been great.
He is NOT JaMarcus, however, and he's quite possibly worth the #1 overall pick.
Get used to the idea of Smith as a potential Raider, IMO.
I'm thinking the 'edge rusher' gives the Raiders a chance to exhibit versatility, which is what Allen wanted. Mingo is athletic enough to run down Oregon RB's - I'm betting he could be asked to drop into coverage in a 3-4 alignment.
If I'm Reggie, I'm looking for an edge rusher in this draft. If not in the first round, you'll certainly need one somewhere on the board.
I would rather have the Raiders address the O-line by replacing Cooper and/or Barnes. Palmer and DMC need time and holes to make plays, and this years squad has really under preformed. I think that they should address the defense in FA with stop gap players like Freeney who most likely will get cut.
There will be a lot of good free agents next season just of the Jets squad alone.