While most analysts insist the Raiders
must address the defense with the third pick of this years draft, a closer look at the board leads me to believe McKenzie's best player available policy may serve Oakland well.
With Star Lotulelei, and Jarvis Jones dropping due to health concerns, most analysts have just simply pushed Sarrif Floyd up the board and penciled him in at #3, citing Oakland's needs on the defensive side of the ball. Truth be told you could throw a dart with your eyes closed at the Raiders draft board, and regardless of which player you hit, it could be argued it is a position of need.
Do the Raiders really have to go defense with the third overall pick? With several of the top defensive prospects rapidly decending down draft boards, and most analysts assuming Werner will go #2 to the Jags, would Oakland be better served simply taking the best player on the board? Whether it be a offensive lineman, a defensive lineman , a linebacker , or a defensive back, the argument can be made they fill a position of need.
If Oakland took a tackle like Joeckel, or Fisher at 3, would that be such a bad thing? To say Oakland's pass protection was poor last year would be an understatement. Denver already attacks the edge with Miller, and Dumervile. Now rumor has it Manning is trying to convince Freeney to join the mix. A tackle capable of handling a speed rusher on both sides of the offensive line may help. If Warmack is there would Oakland be wrong to take a player some consider to be the best lineman in the draft, and plug him in the hole between Veldheer and Wisniewski? Just because Oakland has needs on the defensive side of the ball does not mean they will pass over the best player on the board to fill a need. Regardless of who Oakland takes at three it is obvious there will still be work to do in free agency.