Oakland Raiders' Draft Plans Change with New Additions

Sean ChisickContributor IMarch 24, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 26: Khalif Barnes #69 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game at Jacksonville Muncipal Stadium on October 26, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

So the Raiders finally have made a few small-but-significant splashes in free agency, and the true Raider faithful can finally get some sort of idea as to what "Undead Uncle Al" has in store for the draft this year.

Davis has apparently realized at long last that high-priced free agents will not fix this football team and that a youth movement is the way to go. That being said, the Raiders are still lacking a true No. 1 receiver as well as a dominating nose tackle to help with the porous run defense.

After taking stock of what has happened in free agency with the other teams that pick in front of us and perusing myriad mock drafts, I am a firm believer that Oakland will make one of these two selections: B.J. Raji or Michael Crabtree.

Now, I would truly love for it be Raji—the defensive tackle from Boston College. There are plenty of promising, young, strong, powerful receivers available in this draft class, so if we pass on one in the top 10, we still have a shot at one later.

If Al is truly on this new path, he needs to bring in that huge force in the middle. Our run defense has been the Achilles heel on this football team for quite some time. Also, we are in a division that features three of the best running teams in the league. 

I've said my piece, and as always, am waiting for those comments!

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