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FSU DT Everett Dawkins.
Year in and year out over the past decade, one of the Raiders’ top priorities has been addressing the run defense. Defensive tackle is a need once again, but not exactly for the same reason.
As much as the run defense struggled at times in 2012, DC Jason Tarver’s unit really seemed to come together down the stretch. It may not have been reflected in the win column, but the defense played quite well in the last month of the season.
This offseason, Richard Seymour’s contract will void, and Tommy Kelly has the kind of contract numbers that make him a candidate for release. As a result, both of their spots may need to be filled.
Some defensive tackles that could be available in the mid-rounds include the likes of Everett Dawkins (FSU), Bennie Logan (LSU) and Josh Boyd (Mississippi St.).