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NFL Draft 2010: Should the Oakland Raiders Consider Taking Jimmy Clausen?

Old AccountSenior Writer IApril 6, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish walks the sideline during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With the NFL Draft two weeks from this Thursday, more speculation continues to rise within the first round.

Will the St. Louis Rams select Sam Bradford with the first overall pick? How will the Donovan McNabb trade impact the top 10?

Up to this point, the Donovan McNabb trade has had a glaring effect on prospect Jimmy Clausen.

In recent weeks, Clausen seemed to find himself jumping into the top five with the Washington Redskins. However, it is highly doubtful now with McNabb in tow that Washington selects a quarterback in the first round.

Now, Clausen's stock remains unknown. The Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills are the likely candidates at this point. Many believe that if Clausen slides past Buffalo, he will fall into the middle or late part of the first round.

We may have to start considering the Oakland Raiders as a possibility, though.

With the eighth overall selection, the glaring need for Oakland is the offensive line. Names such as Trent Williams and Bruce Campbell come to mind when dealing with Oakland.

Yet, most know by now the uncertainty of any selection Al Davis makes. According to ESPN's Mel Kiper, "the money given to JaMarcus Russell would not prevent finance issues for the front office."

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So to put it in simple terms, Kiper is saying the Raiders should select Jimmy Clausen. Clausen is a California native, and Kiper believes Clausen would be a perfect fit for the silver and black.

I don't feel Clausen should be selected by the Raiders, however. First and foremost, the Raiders need to upgrade their offensive line immensely.

Maybe at this point in time I am standing up for JaMarcus Russell. There is not one successful quarterback in this league that does not have a left tackle protecting their blind side.

Take the Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher for example. Having fallen late in the first round, the Ravens selected Oher despite other needs at receiver and tight end.

Now, look how that selection has panned out. Without Oher, Baltimore's offensive line would be average at best.

The Raiders can throw any quarterback behind center next year. It will not make much of a difference unless their line can be upgraded through a draft that has plenty of solid linemen.

Also, the Redskins might have given a warning to the rest of the league on Jimmy Clausen.

Not even 24 hours after visiting with the prospect, Washington turned and dealt for Donovan McNabb.

Clausen has questions about his physical game (arm strength), along with his maturity and cockiness.

Some look to Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, whom people compare his attitude to.

It is rare to find a player like Rivers, whose questionable attitude drives him to be a better quarterback.

The best bet for the Raiders may be to select anyone but Jimmy Clausen.

There are other needs to be addressed on this team before the Raiders find their identity at the quarterback position; whether for the next year, or the next 10 or more seasons.

Matt Miselis is an NFL Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com.

Follow him on twitter: http://twitter.com/MattMiselis

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