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Athletic Florida DT Sharrif Floyd hasn't shown he can gain sacks.
Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
For weeks, Floyd has been virtually a consensus pick among mock drafters to join the Raiders.
Multiple media reports have touted his athleticism, his fit as a 4-3 defensive tackle, and his character in rising up from a troubled upbringing.
All that said, I still don't think he can rush the passer.
That is a critical skill that Oakland needs to add in this draft, and it should be telling that Floyd amassed only 4.5 sacks in 37 games (26 starts) as a collegian.
has indicated that Milliner has had five recent surgeries, including a March shoulder procedure that could prevent him from on-field action until training camp.
There is solid depth at cornerback in this year's draft, meaning that the Raiders don't have to commit a high pick to a potentially injury-prone prospect.
The wisest move for the team would be to either move down and take Milliner, thereby getting better value for the risk, or wait until the third round and later to draft possible replacements for Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter in 2014-15.
Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End/Linebacker, BYU
Ansah's rare mix of speed and bulk makes him a Rookie of the Year candidate if he can overcome his lack of experience and adapt to the pro game.
If. And's that probably the main reason Oakland, drafting conservatively, wouldn't select him.
That could be a mistake.
In theory, Ansah would fill two big needs for the team next season and beyond: (1) an explosive pass-rusher; and (2) someone who can play both 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker at a high level, allowing the team to experiment with both schemes.
But is Ansah the next Vernon Gholston, a physical marvel who can't produce at the next level? Quite possibly.
If he pans out, though, he could be the next Julius Peppers, a transcendent, unstoppable force that takes the pressure off a work-in-progress back seven.
Dion Jordan, Defensive End/Linebacker, Oregon
Jordan is something of a smaller version of Ansah, albeit with more grooming.
He offers versatility in theory, but I'm concerned that his tall, lean frame (6'6'', 248 lbs) makes him less likely to get the power and leverage to consistently beat starting NFL tackles.
Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
Oakland would be justified in selecting Fisher, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel or even Oklahoma's Lane Johnson, if and when the Chiefs and Jaguars pass up one of them.
The Raiders don't have a quality right tackle, and the franchise's best teams have emphasized having an excellent offensive line.
My qualm with such a pick, however, is that that the team will be able to select a difference-maker at a position of greater need.
Further, there are plenty of mid-round tackles the team can select to replace Khalif Barnes in the near future.