The Oakland Raiders have an opportunity to significantly improve their team in the upcoming draft by selecting a franchise-type player that can be a force in the league for years to come.
The Raiders’ brain trust, headed up by Tom Cable and Al Davis, has done extensive evaluations on the draft prospects and analyzed the holes that need to be filled on the team.
Factors that have been considered include those described in my article, "Developing an Effective NFL Drafting Strategy."
With the seventh pick they need to take the player who has the greatest potential to help transform them into a playoff-caliber team.
This player may not necessarily fill the team’s biggest needs positions, which are arguably defensive tackle, defensive end, and a No. 1 wide receiver, but this would be an added bonus.
At the same time, the top pick should not be a player in a position where the team already has great strength, such as running back, quarterback, and cornerback.