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Top Priority in the April 2013 Draft

Looking at this year's 1st round the odds of teams moving up to draft a top QB prospect aren't likely. The draft is defense heavy and many will wait for one of the top prospects to land where they pick and be happy with what they get. This makes it very likely Oakland will stand pat and stay at pick #3. Manti Teo looked like a bust vs Alabama and made Alec Ogletree apologists think he may be the better long-term option. While ILB is definitely a need, drafting one 3rd overall is considered reaching and Teo isn't Patrick Willis, he may not even be Luke Kuechly who was drafted 9th last year. While offense looks to be very important considering the run offense finished 30th in yards and tied with San Diego for last with only 4 rushing TDs and it would certainly help the 30th ranked red zone TD %, OGs normally don't go 3rd overall. Thus this leaves defensive line. Oakland was ranked 30th in sacks (25 total) and 30th in sacks per attempt at 4.54%. Compare that to divison - winner Denver who was 2nd overall with 8.51% sacks per attempt. This stat improved somewhat over the last 3 games rising to 9.30% but again two of those games were against the eager to scramble Cam Newton and the lowly Chiefs. Also proving Oakland's D-line scared no one, QBs completed a 30th ranked 65.97% of their passes. While its unlikely Morris trophy winner Star Lotulolei will be available this leaves many great DEs to grab at #3. Over the next 3 months. get used to the names Bjorn, Damontre, and Jarvis since they will be on many Raider Nation war room big boards.
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