Oakland Raiders: 5 2013 NFL Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Interest Raiders
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Oakland is 21st against the run and 27th against the pass. Not good at all.
The Raiders need major work on their defense next season, and luckily for them, this year's draft is loaded with defensive talent.
Let's take a look at five picks the Raiders should entertain when they draft in April.
Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB (Georgia)
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Georgia's Jarvis Jones is not only one of the most impressive defenders in the SEC, he's one of the most impressive defenders in all of college football.
Jones brings the speed and toughness the Raiders lack on the defensive side of the ball, and he would be a huge asset to a disappointing Oakland defense.
Jones has 12.5 sacks on the season and recorded his two biggest sacks of the year against Alabama in the SEC championship game.
What's more impressive is that Jones had four games with at least two sacks in 2012. That is something the Raiders desperately need.
Star Lotulelei, NT (Utah)
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It's no secret that the Raiders defensive line has been a major disappointment this season.
Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour have been at the front of the struggles, and the interior line has suffered greatly because of their poor performances.
Star Lotulelei has been one of the most impressive defensive linemen in the country and is the anchor to the Utah defense.
His five sacks this season are more than Kelly's and Seymour's combined. The Raiders really can't get any worse on the defensive line.
Dee Milliner, CB (Alabama)
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As of today, Oakland's pass defense is ranked 27th in the league. There are only five teams in the entire league who are worse at defending the pass than the Raiders.
Dee Milliner is a proven SEC corner who has shown up on the biggest stages. Now he's playing in the BCS National Championship Game.
Oakland desperately needs help at the cornerback position, and Milliner is the best cornerback in this year's draft.
It makes sense.
Manti Te'o, LB (Notre Dame)
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The Raiders are improving at the linebacker position, but they still need work.
Rolando McClain has been a bust since Oakland drafted him No. 8 overall in 2010, and he has baggage to go along with his poor play on the field.
Manti Te'o brings a physical and emotional leadership that the Raiders desperately need. As of now, there is no true leader on Oakland's defense, and that is a reason why the unit is so dysfunctional.
Te'o was the runner-up for this year's Heisman Trophy, and he's playing in the BCS National Championship Game as well. He has the explosiveness of a defensive end and the agility to cover the best wide receivers in the league if needed.
The Raiders need a player like Te'o to help right their sinking ship.
Bjoern Werner, DE (Florida State)
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The Raiders have gotten very minimal production from their defensive ends this season, and it has shown on the stat sheet. Opposing quarterbacks have picked their defense apart.
Bjoern Werner is one of the best defensive ends in this year's draft and has been the most important element to Florida State's defense.
Werner has 13 sacks this year and has recorded at least 3.5 sacks in two of those games.
If the Raiders are forced to play with Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour as their defensive tackles next year, at least Werner can bring some explosiveness off the end.