With Hue Jackson taking over as head coach, it's time for Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders' scouting staff to bring in some quality players to further improve the resurgent Raiders.
Most in Raider Nation would agree the most pressing needs for the Raiders are offensive guard, offensive tackle, and center. Of course there are more needs than this, but I'll focus on these three, most critical areas.
There is no better way to evaluate a college player than to watch him play in live game action. The 2011 Senior Bowl will provide that very opportunity for the Raiders' staff this Saturday.
Some of the players I profile in this article are playing at the Senior Bowl, some are not. However, they are all rated to be drafted somewhere between the second and fifth rounds. This means they should be available for the Raiders to draft with either their first (2nd round) or second (4th round) pick.
Now for some working assumptions:
1. Florida Center Mike Pouncey will be taken in the first round and not be available for the Raiders.
2. Oakland will the draft picks they already have, and they will not make a trade that moves them up into the first round.
Here's a look at only some of the offensive linemen I feel Davis and the staff should be watching very closely...