Oakland Raiders: Position by Position 2013 NFL Draft Big Board for Raiders
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The Oakland Raiders' once-anticipated season has quickly turned into one that fans would love to forget about.
The Raiders have been blown out and completely humiliated over the last three weeks and would be last in the AFC West if Kansas City weren't there.
Their failures this year go far beyond talent, yet talent is one of the reasons the team is playing so horribly.
The silver and black has underachieved in every facet of the game, and the Reggie McKenzie era has left the Raiders with more questions than answers. Here is a position breakdown of who the Raiders should have their eye on once April rolls around.
Quarterback: Landry Jones, Oklahoma
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While Geno Smith continues to be the most talked-about quarterback entering this draft, Landry Jones has consistently put up big numbers during his career at Oklahoma.
Jones is now the all-time leader in passing yards in Big 12 history, and has been one of the most reliable quarterbacks in the nation.
He has has come up clutch late big games this season and has helped lead late comebacks against West Virginia and Oklahoma State. He's also been extremely accurate by completing at least 63 percent of his passes over the last three seasons.
Many experts have the Kansas City Chiefs taking Smith with the No. 1 pick in the draft if they get it. This means Oakland will have to go with a guy who is just as good, if not better.
Running Back: Andre Ellington, Clemson
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This year's draft class is extremely weak at the running back position, but Andre Ellington remains one of the best of the bunch.
The senior from Clemson has over 2,200 rushing yards over the last two seasons and has averaged over five yards per carry in all four of his years as a Tiger.
The Raiders' running game has been downright horrible this season and a hot rookie could be a solution to their problems.
Wide Receiver: Robert Woods, USC
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After having a monster season in 2011, USC's Robert Woods had a difficult time duplicating his stellar year in 2012.
He's also had to share catches with the super-talented Marqise Lee which has taken away from his production. Woods has big-play ability and still remains one of the best wide receivers in the nation.
Darrius Heyward-Bey has regressed this year after a career-best season in 2011, and Jacoby Ford has not been able to stay healthy. Alongside Denarius Moore, Woods has the potential to give the Raiders one of the best young receiving tandems in the NFL.
With 26 touchdowns in his last two seasons, Woods is sure to improve any team that chooses to draft him.
Tight End: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
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One of the reasons for Notre Dame's success this season has been the consistency of tight end Tyler Eifert.
Although his numbers are down from the amazing season he had last year, Eifert still has four touchdowns and is averaging over 14 yards a catch. His 6-foot 6-inch, 251 pound frame makes him a dangerous red zone threat.
Brandon Myers has given the Raiders their best tight end production in quite some time, and a two-tight end combination would only benefit them.
Offensive Line: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
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It's no secret Oakland's offensive line is a joke.
Carson Palmer is running for his life every time he snaps the ball, and the running game has also suffered from the lack of production from the offensive line as well.
Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel has been one of the best linemen in the country this season and is a big factor in Johnny Manziel's success.
Joeckel did a solid job stifling the LSU pass defense, which has torched opposing quarterbacks all season long. If the Raiders do draft him, let's just hope he's not another Robert Gallery.
Defensive Line: Barkevious Mingo, LSU
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The Oakland Raiders enter Week 13 tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for dead-last in the NFL in sacks. Even with Richard Seymour and Tommy Kelly, Oakland's defensive line has been completely irrelevant.
Opposing offenses are putting up video game-like numbers on the Raiders, mostly because Oakland continues to struggle at the line of scrimmage.
LSU's Barkevious Mingo gives the Raiders a sense of urgency and quickness off the line that they have lacked the entire season. Mingo is one of the best defensive ends in the country, and could help take some of the pressure off Kelly and Seymour.
In a conference that breeds defensive talent for the NFL, Mingo has stuck out among them all and will give the Raiders' defense a huge boost if they choose to draft him.
Linebacker: Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
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Manti Te'o is simply as good as advertised. He has been the heart and soul of a Notre Dame team that is one win away from a national championship.
Former first-round pick Rolando McClain has been nothing short of disappointing this season and the Raiders must improve on all three levels of their defense.
Te'o not only brings a physical dimension to Notre Dame's defense, he's also the emotional leader. Oakland lacks leadership on both sides of the ball and Te'o has what it takes to be a great linebacker in the NFL.
Not to mention he has seven interceptions this season.
Defensive Back: Dee Milliner, Alabama
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If you looked up the word "pathetic" in the dictionary, the Raiders' secondary would be the first thing you saw.
Oakland's secondary has been torched all season long, and is giving up 248 yards per game through the air. That number gives the secondary justice, especially since Baltimore and New Orleans both brought in their backup quarterbacks against the Raiders.
Dee Milliner is not only a shut-down cornerback, he has big-game experience and would be a huge improvement from the guys playing in Oakland's secondary this year.
Milliner is arguably the best cornerback in this year's draft class and will be a hot commodity in the first round.