Hey Raiders fans. It's officially draft day and I know your collective hearts are pounding in anticipation as to what the Raiders will do with their third overall pick. There is a lot of speculation that has gone one the past few months and it has worked into a lather in recent days and weeks.
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The priority number one for the Raiders is to trade down. They have a LOT of needs and currently hold just seven picks in which to fill those needs. More than half of those picks (4) came in the 6th and 7th round. They also don't currently have a round two selection would be a great pick to have, especially in a deep class like this one.
The Raiders needs can be fulfilled just fine with a trade down in the first round even into the middle of the round. It is far more crucial they collect more picks.
If they can't manage a trade down, they are expected to take a defensive tackle. Most have Florid DT Sharrif Floyd projected as the pick. There are a few people (myself included) who project Utah DT Star Lotulelei and a very small contingency who have them taking a defensive end such as BYU's Ezekial Ansah. Or perhaps even Oregon OLB Dion Jordan.
Even still, projections are just that. The Raiders may just shock us all and take someone no one thought they would take. The top two players in this draft are Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel and Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher. If one of them gets past Jacksonville at number two overall, the Raiders become a trade up destination. But if they don't get the offers they like, they could conceivably take one of either Joeckel or Fisher. It's a long shot but isn't out of the realm of possibility.
We'll know in a few hours. Let's try and pass the time faster by chatting about it.
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