I thought it might be a nice idea to see what types of moves people think would serve as both long and short term positives for the Raiders. I think it will help show where we as a fan base want to go with the team identity.
1. Get bigger via the draft.
- Physical football teams can win by imposing their will on the other team through physical force. Unfortunately, we do not have many guys who can do this at the moment. I would like to see use bring in Mike Evans in Round 1, Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the 2nd, and Daniel McCullers in round 3. These are guys that can play immediately, and can physically dominate due to their size advantage.
2. Explore a trade for Sam Bradford (if St. Louis is taking calls)
- This one is speculation. Bradford may or may not be falling out of favor in St. Louis. The first round of the draft will let us know for sure. If the Rams take a QB, Reggie should see what it would take to get Sam Bradford in a trade. While he hasn't been as productive as he was projected out of college, he has been a solid starter, and still has great arm talent. Long term, if we can find a way to protect him, he may turn his career around. It is definitely worth exploring if the price isn't too high. (In the event that they take a QB in round one, the market may be weak for Bradford due to his salary, and I am hoping for a similar deal to the Jason Campbell trade, a 4th round pick). I am likely dreaming here, but it doesn't hurt to give them a call.
3. Take risks late in the draft.
- Football knowledge is great in any prospect, but teams hire coaches to instruct players. We must have faith that they can, and take physical specimens late. These are the guys that are most likely to become something special, because you can teach a player how to run a route/read defenses/play man coverage, but you can not teach them how to be bigger, faster, and stronger (at least not by a large degree). I believe RM has a bit of this philosophy in him, based on the Stacy McGee and Latavius Murray picks last year (BTW, I am really optimistic about both of these guys long-term).
Hopefully I didn't do too awful here. I am excited to see what types of ideas you guys have.