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Currently holding one pick in the first round (No. 5), who will the Oakland Raiders select to aid in their rebuilding?


The 2014 NFL Draft starts now. With the No. 5 pick in the first round, the Oakland Raiders have been linked to just about every one of the top prospects in this years class, in addition to the possibility of a trade.

Without a season above .500 since 2002, the Raiders and General Manager Reggie McKenzie are hoping this is the year they can turn things around — despite having what many believe to be the toughest schedule in the league. Last year's first two picks — DJ Hayden and Menelik Watson — combined to play in just 12 games last season due to injury, so a major focus should be finding someone in the first round ready to contribute immediately.


Round 1

1. Houston Texans — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars — Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

—Cleveland trades the No. 4 pick to Buffalo for the No. 9 pick, a 2015 1st rounder and a 2015 4th rounder

4. Buffalo Bills — Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders — Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

6. Atlanta Falcons — Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

—Minnesota trades the No. 8 pick to Cleveland for the No. 9 pick and a 2014 5th rounder

8. Cleveland Browns — Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

9. Minnesota Vikings — Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

11. Tennessee Titans — Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

12. New York Giants — Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

13. St. Louis Rams — Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

14. Chicago Bears — Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

15. Pittsburgh Steelers — Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

16. Dallas Cowboys — Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

17. Baltimore Ravens — C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

For the rest of the first round, check out our second half open thread.


Best players available

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame