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Are The Raiders Set At Wide Receiver?

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Louis Murphy #18 of the Oakland Raiders catches the game winning touchdown with nine seconds left on the clock while playing the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Oakland won the game 27-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIApril 14, 2010

     With the draft just a week away, the Raiders have several opportunities to add talent to the roster.  There are many positions of need, and some believe that wide receiver is one of those positions.

     The receiver corps has a lot of depth:  DHB, Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, Johnie Lee Higgins, Todd Watkins, Yamon Figurs and Zach Miller is a threat to catch the ball as well. 

     But the WRs lack the talent to be a great group.  Louis Murphy led the way with 34 catches for 521 yards and 4 TDs with another TD stolen on the immaculate incompletion against the Chargers.  Heyward-Bey was a flop with 9 catches for 124 yards and 1 TD.  But the wild-card is that Chaz Schilens, the go-to-guy in training camp, was lost to a poorly diagnosed injury in training camp and he missed half the season.  Upon his return, he had 29 catches for 365 yards and 2 TDs. 

    Some say go sign Terrell Owens.  Some say that Al Davis will draft Dez Bryant despite a bad 40 time.  Since Brandon Marshall was traded to Miami, I think a trade for Ted Ginn could be possible if the price is right.  Is Plaxico out of prison yet?

     So do the Raiders need help at WR?  I think that with the potential of Murphy and Schilens, and the lack of a star in free agency, the Raiders are good to go for 2010.  But if Schilens gets banged up again or Murphy doesn't imrpove from his rookie year then the Raiders will be back in the market.  I haven't given up on DHB yet, but he has a lot to prove after that rookie year. 

     My depth chart for the WRs:  Murphy, Schilens, Higgins, DHB, Watkins, Figurs. 

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