In the NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders seem to be one of the most unpredictable teams, but given the team's drafting history it is known that they have a knack for drafting players who they invite to private workouts or show interest in prior to the draft.
Last year, Darius Hayward-Bey, Michael Mitchell, and Louis Murphy were all invited to private workouts at the Raider facility and they were all drafted.
So far this year the Raiders have shown interest or invited a few prospects to the facility thus far.
Here is a list of players the Raiders have attended personal workouts for or invited to the Raider facility for private workouts.
QB: Sean Canfield, Oregon State. Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee. Mike Kafta, Northwestern.
OL: Matthew Tennant , Boston College. Maurkice Pouncey , Florida. Marshall Newhouse ,TCU. Nic Richmond, TCU. Kevin Haslam, Rutgers.
WR: Golden Tate, Notre Dame. Leroy Vann, FAMU. Trent Guy, Lousiville.
RB: Curtis Steele, Memphis
LB: Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State. Dekoda Watson, FLorida. Jerry Hughes, TCU.
DB: LB/S Stevie Brown, Andrew Sandejo, Rice. Chad Jones, LSU
DL: Tyson Alualu, Cal. Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington.
Though this list is likely incomplete, a few things stick out.
The Raiders have worked out three QBs yet none should be expected to make an immediate impact. They have also worked out three defensive backs, and not one plays corner.
And they have only worked out two D-linemen, neither of which would be able to fill the Raiders need at DT.
Interestingly, a lot of the prospects are offensive linemen so it is safe to say the Raiders will draft at least a few of the big guys in this draft, which would be a positive change.
In 2004, the Raiders drafted two offensive linemen: Robert Gallery and Jake Grove. In the five years that followed they only drafted two: Chris Morris and Mario Henderson.
It is also interesting that the Raiders showed interest in three QBs considering they have three or four QBs on the roster and are "reportedly" in the market for another one.
Here's a look at what could happen this year in the Raiders' draft.
Had your heart set on an offensive tackle? Too bad.
Comments from Tom Cable suggest the Raiders are actually happy with Barnes and Henderson. Plus the Raiders are yet to show any interest in a single first round offensive line prospect.
You think this is too big of a reach? Again, too bad.
Last year, the Raiders passed on four or five of the draft's best receivers to pick the guy they wanted, Darius Hayward-Bey.
This year the Raiders make a similar reach, passing on higher-ranked DTs for one of the biggest players in the draft, Terrence Cody.
The Raiders ranked 31st in run defense last season and the first step to fixing that is adding a big run-stuffer to the middle of the Raiders defensive line.
Mt. Cody will demand a double team in the run game which would result in other D-linemen facing more favorable single block matchups and allowing linebackers to flow to the ball easier.
With Terrence Cody clogging lanes in the middle, teams will be forced to run outside and the middle of the defense will no longer be an option.
Apparently, the Raiders aren't happy with Satele and Morris at center, because they've shown interest in both of this year's top centers: Maurkice Pouncey and Matthew Tennant.
Pouncey will likely be gone so the Raiders will take the next best thing in Matthew Tennant.
Since the loss of Jake Grove, the Raiders O-line has struggled because they no longer have an answer for the opposition's nose-tackles.
Upgrading the center position is a priority both for the run game and maintaining a pocket for the QB to step up into to pass.
Again, upgrading the interior O-line is top priority for the same reasons mentioned in the last slide.
John Jerry is arguably the most powerful and dominant guard in the draft and if he is drafted in the third or fourth round, like experts expect, he may be the steal of the draft.
Chris Morris is just too small to hold up and Cooper Carlisle is too small and too old.
Pairing Jerry with Robert Gallery at the two guard positions would do wonders for the Raiders run offense.
Jamar Chaney is known as a "weight room beast."
At the combine he was the fastest linebacker, posting an official 4.54. At his pro day he even further impressed, running a 4.45 and a 4.48. He also posted 26 reps in the bench press and a 39-inch vertical. All very impressive for a 6'2", 241 pound linebacker.
Given his eye-popping measurables he is undoubtedly on the Raiders radar as they thought enough of him to invite him to the Raiders facility for a private workout.
He could play inside as well as outside linebacker and with his speed he can chase down nearly any running back in the game.
Though the Raiders are not ready to give up on JaMarcus Russell, they are weary of the QB situation.
So as a backup plan and added insurance, they draft a young athletic talent in Mike Kafka.
He is an intelligent and accurate QB with decent arm strength. At the East-West Shrine game he increased his draft stock not only by having a great game and throwing the game-winning TD, but by how quickly he adjusted to taking snaps from behind center.
He may not be ready to contribute just yet but given time he could be groomed on the sideline and develop into a great NFL QB.
Comments from Tom Cable suggest the Raiders are happy with Mario Henderson and Khalif Barnes holding down the two tackle spots.
But the team still needs depth, so they bring in this mauler from TCU.
Richmond is a very versatile O-linemen who has played guard and both tackle positions. He will likely settle in at RT second in the depth chart.
What? You think we already have too many speedy return specialists and track stars who aren't very good receivers? Well think again.
So what if scouts said he had poor practices at the Texas versus the Nation game.
So what if he wasn't invited to the combine.
So what if some expect him to go undrafted.
These are the Raiders we're talking about.
By many accounts he is considered the fastest player in this year's draft.
At his pro day scouts clocked him as fast as 4.22.
If Al Davis has got wind of this kid I would be surprised if the Raiders wait until this late in the draft to grab him.
Manase Tonga is not only a great lead blocker he is also a short yardage specialist.
Barring a full recovery from Oren O'neal the Raiders lack a true lead blocking FB.
Tonga could be a great asset opening up lanes for the likes of Michael Bush and Darren McFadden, as well as carrying the ball himself to convert short yardage situations.