Gone should be the days of reaching for talent to help the Raiders win a Super Bowl. Enter the days of just getting getting it right in the 2010 NFL draft. Oakland recently started to make good picks in the middle and late rounds of recent drafts, while making huge strike outs with their all important low 1st couple picks.
Al had the opportunity to pick up top caliber OT's just last year in the draft but passed for speedy butter fingers WR Bey. Last year the opportunity to focus on the largest area of concern, the O and D lines could have provided Al his franchise LT & Center in Michael Oher and Max Unger respectively and at least an upgrade on the DT position by picking up DT 6-3 325lbs Terrence Knighton or DT 6-1 310 lbs Roy Miller a highly productive rookie the Buc's picked up.
Leaving us this year to focus on the OT, MLB, OG, FB, CB and posibbly picking up a QB along the way.
What Al really needs to do is draft:
1)OT Trent Williams/Anthony Davis
Raiders need competition at both OT spots and bringing in Williams will only raise the standard across the O line.
2)DT/NT Terrance Cody
Much needed Size to help plug the run defense as well as take up multiple blockers to free up LB's in run support.
2)OC Maurkice Pouncey
Raiders make up for not drafting these positions in last years draft and instantly solidify the O-line and relieve several back ups from starter roles.
3)MLB Sean Lee / Brandon Spike
Sean Lee is rated as one of the top ILB picks because of his instincts to get to the ball but lacks the kind of strength Raiders are looking for and because of slow 40 times Oakland is able to land Brandon Spikes who has the size needed to plug the middle.
3)DT/NT Geno Atkins / Lamarr Houston
Addressing the Offensive side of the ball was key in the success of whom ever the QB is going to be.
4)OG Mitch Petru
Top run blocking OG is also desperately needed on the right side.
4)FB Garrett Graham
FB Oren O'niel has legitimate durability issues and Marcel Reese is a converted WR with a suspension this up coming year.
5)ILB Phillip Dillard
6)DE Albert McClennan
For much needed competition and depth.