Every member of Raider Nation has an opinion as to what players Al Davis should take on draft day. Most fans are agreed that Oakland needs to improve the offensive line, defensive line, and middle linebacker positions.
However, I still see a lot of fans that are clamoring for a quarterback, cornerback, and defensive end. This makes no sense to me.
Yes, the Raider's quarterback position is in disarray. And yes, the secondary could use some more talent and speed. But, neither of these should come before the offensive line and run defense is addressed.
The following is my take on what positions the Raider's should avoid drafting.
There are some good tight ends available in this year's draft, but none that are good enough to warrant burning a draft pick on a position that is already stacked!
Zach Miller, Brandon Myers, and Tony Stewart are a great group of young tight ends. The Raiders don't need to add anything to this position. If Al Davis does, it will be a huge waste of a draft pick.
Golden Tate and Dez Bryant are good players and might be worthy of a first round pick, but not for Oakland.
Chaz Shillens, Louis Murphy, Darius Heyward-Bey, Todd Watkins, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Nick Miller, Jonathan Holland, Paul Hubbard, and Yamon Figurs are all on the Raider's roster.
Murphy and Shillens are very productive and Heyward-Bey is poised to have a break out season. Add them to the reliable Todd Watkins, the explosive Higgins, and a shifty Nick Miller, and the Raiders have a decent group of young wide receivers already.
That's nine wide receivers!
Does this team really need 10?
One position I hear a lot associated with the Raiders is Safety. I don't understand this.
Michael Huff, Tyvon Branch, and Mike Mitchell played well last year and using the eighth overall pick for Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, or especially Taylor Mays would be a massive waste of a top 10 pick.
There are a lot of good defensive ends in this year's draft. Everson Griffen of USC, Jason Pierre-Paul of South Florida, and Derrick Morgan from Georgia Tech are all good players, but the Oakland Raiders don't need any of them.
Just because they're good, doesn't mean the Raiders should draft them ahead of players at positions of need.
Richard Seymour, Matt Shaughnessy, Jay Richardson, Trevor Scott, and Greyson Gunheim are all listed on the Raiders roster as defensive ends. If you add Kamerion Wimbley as a potential player at the end spot, it is clear that defensive end is a position at which the Raiders need no help.
Jimmy Clausen is the name I've heard the most from fans as a potential draft choice of the Raiders. This idea is ridiculous for a lot of reasons.
Clausen may or may not be a good player in the NFL. What he most certainly won't be is an Oakland Raider. Al Davis has a history of not picking a position that he has been burned by in recent history.
In 1997 Al Davis drafted Darrell Russell second overall. His off-the-field issues meant that Russell didn't work out. Davis hasn't drafted a defensive tackle in the first round since.
In 2007 Davis drafted JaMarcus Russell with the first overall pick. We all know how that's working out. I don't see Davis taking a quarterback that high again anytime soon.
The biggest reason I feel that the Raiders shouldn't pick another quarterback is simple math. This team has five quarterbacks on the roster, none of whom are starter quality. Do the Raiders really need a sixth player that isn't ready to start?
Drafting a quarterback at this point would be counter productive and hold back the development of the team even more than drafting JaMarcus Russell already has.
Please, Raider Nation, stop falling in love with the back-flips, the rocket arm, and the 40 times! That kind of thinking is what got the Raiders to this point!
Ultimately, the Oakland Raiders have so many holes to fill in the draft this year that taking any of the positions I mentioned in this slide show would be a mistake.
The offensive line must come first. No quarterback in the world can be successful from their back-side, looking through their ear-hole, or worse yet, from the training room!
The defensive line should come next. If the defense can't stop the run, opponents will control the clock and the Raider offense won't have a chance to score.
Overall, every need the Raiders have can be filled in this draft. The talent is there and, if done correctly, this draft could set the Raiders back on the right track, and back to respectability.
Will it happen? We'll know by Saturday evening!