The draft is a mere 4 days away. The raiders are amidst a rebuilding situation. Fortunately RM has the proper insight to make it a relatively short one. Or rather finally end it( it could be argued that we've been rebuilding for the last 10 years.
The draft has a vast amount of options and possibilities. The raiders have become one of the most difficult teams to predict, due to the major overhaul this past year. Something like 11 players remain from the 2011 season.
Obviously trading down and stockpiling more Picks is the best possible outcome. the jets recently acquired the 13th pick. And Levi suggested that they could become major players in trading up, but I don't see it that way.
The raiders are projected to have 9 new starters on defense. So it is there number one need. And a majority of fans and analysts suggest picking Floyd with the 3rd pick. However, Charles casserly an analyst for the NFL Network brought up an interesting point. The nature of the game is changing. It's a passing league and there is less of an emphasis on big defenders who can lay the wood. Pass defenders or finesse players. The top pass rushers in the draft are tweeners. In between LBs and DEs. Jordan Mingo jones all hover around that 240 to 260 range. Appropriate size to be LB but not to hod up against the run as well. Against the behemoth 330+ Tackles. U remember that Veldheer pic a couple weeks ago. He would destroy dion Jordan in the running game. And all the prototypical pass rushers are fitting that same mold.
He would be better utilized in a 3-4. The 3-4 allows the strong pass rushers like ware smith and Suggs so anyways. This is where this hybrid defense that DA is imploring is really just a transitionary until we get the necessary personnel to permanently switch to a 3-4. A scheme Floyd would not be utilized in. So he's out of the question in my scenario. D. Jordan to me goes 2. Further making it a necessity to trade down. Levi also brought up the point of Miami going up. And I believe it is the logical conclusion. The dolphins NEED a LT. They've had the opportunity of giving up a 2nd to the chiefs for a while and have not capitalized. Likely because they would simply prefer Fisher over Albert. The raider NEED to trade down to at least get one potential plug and play player in the draft. The raiders would almost give away the 3 to get the opportunity for a good player. So the price of Albert and fisher are virtually the same. Another possibility would be the lions with the 5th pick. If they were willing to part ways with their 2nd. We would gladly jump at the chance.