2013 NFL Mock Draft: 5 Gems the Oakland Raiders Should Target in Middle Rounds

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: 5 Gems the Oakland Raiders Should Target in Middle Rounds
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Dennis Allen

The 2013 NFL Draft will provide the Oakland Raiders with some much-needed upgrades across the board. 

That is, if they can draft the right players. 

After finishing 4-12 in their first year under head coach Dennis Allen, Oakland is in the process of revamping its coaching staff and improving a team that struggled on both sides of the ball in 2012.

Without a second-round pick, which went to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for Carson Palmer a couple of seasons ago, it is imperative that the Raiders draft wisely in the middle rounds and address their wide variety of team needs.

Though it is no secret that the Raiders could use a dominant pass-rusher, there are plenty of other areas that require some touching up.  

Cornerback, offensive guard and defensive tackle all stand out as additional positions for which Allen must seek upgrades if he wants to improve on his 2012 campaign.    

While it is unlikely that the Raiders would be able to score all of these draft gems, Allen and general manager Reggie McKenzie should take a good look at each of them.

All five players would provide Oakland with significant value and upside in the 2013 NFL Draft.  

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