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A couple of Raider scenarios

Obviously we all understand that what we do in the draft will be completely affected by our free agent haul and who's selected in the first 4 picks. I was just thinking about the different ways this could all play out, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong or add something I failed to acknowledge. I believe our biggest needs are QB,DT,DE,OL, and CB, and the positions we aren't desperate at but could look to improve are WR, and LB. I will only concern myself with the positions where we lack starters. The only way we draft a QB at #5 is if Bridgewater, Manziel, or Bortles falls to 5, and I don't see that happening so we'll probably be looking to fill a different need. I'm only going to discuss our first round selection and this is contingent on clowney and the 3 Qb's all being selected in the first 4 picks whether straight up or through trades. Scenario #1 I think the easiest position for us to fill in free agency is going to be defensive tackle because the price tags aren't as high as for DE's and CB's, but with the Raiders probably looking to make a splash on a DE, I think they might save their money and draft a DT. So let's assume the Raiders resign Houston and sign a DE and CB, and decide to look for a DT in the draft, there are a lot of choices but I think we all agree that Donald from Pittsburgh is the one we want. The only way we get him is if we trade back, the safest play would be to make a move with a team hungry for OL help or a WR since Sammy Watkins will be available at our pick, we move back into the 15-20 area, pick up a 2nd and a 3rd, and draft Donald. Scenario #2 The Raiders resign Houston but whiff on a DE in free agency, fill the holes at DT and CB, and are forced to look at a DE in the draft, obviously the dream scenario would be clowney falling to #5, but that's wishful thinking at this point, I don't see him making it past the Rams at #2. While Dee Ford has shown the ability to get after the QB, I don't see him as an every down DE, He'll be a 3-4 outside linebacker. The only other viable option would be Kony Ealy, he's a definite first rounder, has good size and would easily improve our DE position. I believe the same rules apply as far as trading back as in scenario 1. Scenario #3 The Raiders are able to solve the DT and DE positions in free agency but whiff at the CB spot, Dennard and Gilbert are the only sure fire 1st round talents, the Raiders would be wise to trade back just like the previous scenarios and grab either one. Scenario #4 The Raiders make a splash in free agency, we resign Houston, sign a DT,DE,CB and now we can go in any direction we want with the #5 pick, Watkins, Matthews, Robinson, and Mack would all be great value picks. My first choice would probably be Mack, if he's anything like he appears on film, he could be the starting OLB and a pass rush specialist. Watkins would have the opportunity to come in a become a legitimate #1 receiver which would increase the value of streater, moore, and holmes as they would be facing weaker DB's. Robinson and Matthews would provide much needed OL depth with Matthews able to push for a starting spot on at RT, Robinson would be able to slide inside better than Matthews and be an absolute Mauler in the run game. Obviously there are more scenarios that I don't have the time to go through and you don't have the patience to read lol, the reason I didn't include resigning Veldheer is because I honestly think that's a foregone conclusion and both sides will reach a reasonable deal. There's only 1 player I would draft at #5 regardless of what we did in free agency, and that's Clowney. If by some miracle he fell to us at 5, we grab him period, but I have a feeling the Rams are going to take clowney and trade Quinn for a 1st round pick. Their cap situation isn't that great with all the big contracts for Bradford, Jake Long, Chris Long, and Lauranitis. I just don't see any scenario where they're going to be able to afford the price tag for Quinn's extension, he's likely to garner a deal around $15 million a year, they could conceivably replace his production with Clowney and save $10-12 million a season while picking up another 1st round pick.

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