2010 Oakland Raiders: Big Expectations For The Number Eight Pick

Elias Trejo@@Elias_TrejoSenior Analyst IIApril 22, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Punter Shane Lechler #9 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders are picking in the top ten for the fourth consecutive year. The last three first round draft picks have failed to make a significant impact in their first year.

The Raiders more than ever need this years pick to perform right away. Tom Cable has stated that this pick must be an immediate starter from day one, and he is right.

While the previous three first round picks may be facing the pressure of avoiding the bust label, this years pick doesn't have the option to be a bust.

When you look at what position the Raiders need to draft this year in the first round only three make sense. An offensive tackle should be a top priority, but a MLB and CB also could be a good option.

While a DT is a big need for the Raiders, there isn't one outside of Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh that would be considered worthy of a top 10 pick.

An offensive tackle that can play and be successful right away would be the ideal situation for the Raiders. Not only will it end a bad streak of first round picks that don't perform in the first year, but it would also improve the chances of each one of those previous three picks to succeed.

Cable and Al Davis are under a lot of pressure to get this pick right if the Raiders are going to turn things around. Perhaps the person under the most pressure to succeed in 2010, is the guy chosen with the eighth overall pick.

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