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Oakland Raiders: Top Five First-Round Picks at Seventh Overall

David RichardsonSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2009

These are, in my opinion, the top five first-round picks for the Oakland Raiders, who have the seventh overall pick. So, whatever the top six picks are will change the Raiders' pick.


No. 1: Jeremy Maclin

The Missouri Tigers' WR would definitely fill a need for the Raiders, as the WR spot was awful last year, with not many changes this offseason. Johnnie Lee Higgins would be a much better receiver as the No. 2 than No. 1, and Chaz Schillens is a better No. 3 than No. 2.

With Jamarcus Russell's strong arm (huge understatement) and Maclin's speed and ability to get open, the opposing defense would respect the pass, helping the run.

No. 2: Michael Oher

Oher is a great tackle who could fill the Raiders' LT problem, switching "Super" Mario Henderson to RT.

With Oher's protection, Russell would have more time to make better passes. Or give McFadden more running space.


No. 3: Jason Smith

Same explanation as Oher, a need the Raiders have that could be filled by Smith.


No. 4: Rey Mauluga

Many people think Mauluga is overrated, but it's not true. He is a great LB who could play MLB, while we switch Kirk Morrison to OLB, where he is much better. Mauluga could help fix the run-stopping problem in Oakland.

No. 5: B.J. Raji

Another player who could help fix the Raiders' run-stopping problem is Raji, a good nose tackle the Raiders could definitely use.  

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