Well Raider Nation, the NFL Draft is almost here and I know we all have a few players who we think would help our beloved team turn things around. I have my list of players that I think would help and a few of them happen to be from Alabama. Nick Saban's Crimson Tide had one of the very best defenses in all of college football. Here go a few players that played a key part to that dominant defense and can do the same for the Silver & Black.
The obvious picks are MLB Rolando McClain and DT Terrence Cody. We all know what they bring to the table. We'd have to use our first pick if we want McClain. I think he'd help solidify our defense but too bad he didn't have a "WOW" type of workout otherwise he'd be high on the Raiders/Al Davis big board.
Terrence Cody would fill a huge hole the Raiders have had. We haven't had a DT that is a space eater that big Mt. Cody is. As you can see in the article pic, it takes two men to block this monster of a man. We haven't had a solid run defense since the days of guys like Sam Adams and Ted Washington. Terrence Cody would free up everyone around him to make plays on the ball. If he is there in the 2nd round he'd be a steal. I also wouldn't mind if we had to trade up to get him.
CB Kareem Jackson is player that could come in and contribute right away. Nick Saban's defensive backs are some of the most NFL ready players. He is very good in man coverage, which is what the Raiders run 90% of the time. He is aggressive at the line of scrimmage and knows how use his hands to throw off the WRs timing. He ran a 4.41 at the combine and has the ball skills to make QBs pay when they challenge him. He also has good size at 6'1" 193. He has 156 career tackles, a forced fumble, and five INTs with returns of 51 and 79 yards. He is projected to go in the 2nd round and possibly sneaking into the bottom of the 1st. If Al Davis is impressed don't be shocked if he uses the 39th pick on Kareem Jackson.
Javier Arenas held down the other CB position for Alabama. Here are his very impressive stats from last season: 71 tck, 12.5 tck4loss, 5 SACKS, 5 INTs. He doesn't have the ideal height at 5'9" but had 26 reps of 225 lbs and is built well at 197 lbs(like Bob Sanders). This is what Mel Kiper Jr. had to say about him, ".... a good football player, a tough kid, an excellent punt returner,...." He had a pick against Florida and two in the National Championship game. He also has seven career punt returns for touchdowns. Only 5'9" but he's one of those "BIG" players that makes big plays in big games. He's projected to go in the third. He'd be a good value pick in the third considering he can play CB and return punts.
Well just thought I'd share my thoughts with you, Raider Nation. What do you think? Which player(s) would you like to see in the Silver & Black?