Oakland Raiders 2013 First-Round Draft Primer, Vol. 3 (Pre-Draft)

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Oakland Raiders 2013 First-Round Draft Primer, Vol. 3 (Pre-Draft)
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Inquiring minds want to know how the Raiders intend to attack the NFL Draft, starting Thursday.

With the 2013 NFL Draft starting tomorrow, have the Oakland Raiders tipped their hand on what they intend to do at No. 3 overall?

During a pre-draft press conference on April 23, general manager Reggie McKenzie stated that he intends to select the best player available, regardless of need.

According to NFL Draft insider Tony Pauline on April 22, the team is looking to buck recent draft strategy (i.e., the Al Davis Decline Years) and go with the "safest" pick available: defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei. 

Of course, much pre-draft hype, particularly this close to the event, ends up being a smokescreen, meant to entice teams to trade up in exchange for valuable additional draft picks.

The difference here is that, surveying various blogs, rumors, and mock drafts in recent weeks, no team besides Oakland seems to covet these two players enough to make a trade seem plausible.

Regardless, for this final edition of my first-round draft primer, I intend to switch up my approach and focus on the Raiders' options should they stay at No. 3. 

I will proceed by identifying players the team cannot choose, could choose, and, finally, should choose.  Then, I will give some closing thoughts on how it should attack the rest of the draft. 

Clearly, though—as I point out in my previous primers (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2)—Oakland's best option is to trade down in the first round and obtain at least one or two early picks.  

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