With the NFL draft just one week away, the league enticed its fanbase Thursday with the release of the 2013 regular-season schedule. For the Raiders, the schedule officially begins Sept. 8 in Indianapolis against last year's No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck and the Colts.
However, before the regular season, there's still the matter of this year's draft, which could help fortify a Raider roster that still has as many holes as a pack of Life Savers. As the process to next Thursday has taken place, I personally have had a pair of mock drafts.
The first was just before the Super Bowl and the second in mid-March. Since then, the Raiders were awarded a sixth-round compensatory pick (205th overall). Essentially, the situation is the same. The team has needs in multiple areas (CB, DE/OLB, OG, OT, QB) and only four selections in the first 172 picks.
So how does GM Reggie McKenzie go about further fortifying a roster he stripped down to rebuild? Here's what I'm thinking.