The Oakland Raiders come into the 2013 draft with needs at most every position. The Raiders, under second year GM Reggie McKenzie, continued to clean house this offseason by allowing a number of starters in 2012 and earlier seasons to leave via free agency and by releasing other starters outright.
The Raiders seem likely to target defense early in the 2013 draft as they are returning only one player on their starting defensive line, DE Lamarr Houston and and one linebacker from last year, WLB Miles Burris.
McKenzie is a firm believer in taking the best player available, not filling positions of need, which complicates trying to accurately mock the Raiders. McKenzie, in a pre-draft press conference on Tuesday, reiterated this philosophy.
McKenzie told the assembled media, "The key is drafting the best player. I don’t think you can draft for need, especially in the first round. I think you draft the best player. You try to fill that need down the line."
Read on for picks the Raiders may target in the 2013 NFL draft.