Defensive end is arguably the biggest need the Raiders have and have had for many years. And the new regime has made little to no efforts to fix the problem through the draft. That must end in this draft. Pass rush is vital to the success of this team and indeed any team. And right now, it's Justin Tuck and... Benson Mayowa and C.J. Wilson. That won't strike fear in many opponents.
To add that element of fear off the edge by someone not named Khalil Mack, these are the players who would be ideal for the Raiders and the rounds they could show interest in them.
Nate Orchard, Utah - Rd 2
Orchard finished last season with the second most sacks in college football last season (18.5). He also added 23 tackles for loss (19 solo). And he put up those numbers going up against Pac-12 opponents each week. In total he had an astounding 55 quarterback pressures with 7 QB hits. And if you think this 6-3, 250-pound defensive end is one dimensional, his 84 combined tackles (54 solo) says otherwise. He is projected to be on the board when the Raiders pick at 35 overall and if he is, they would snag the defensive end they desperately need.
Trey Flowers, Arkansas - Rd 3
No defensive end in this draft graded out higher in every category by College Football Focus than Trey Flowers. He had the highest pass rushing productivity with 61 pressures and six sacks on 329 pass rushing snaps. He also had the highest PRP on third down 28 pressures and 4 sacks on 117 snaps. And to show how well-rounded he is, he had the second highest run stop percentage with 54 tackles (43 solo) and 35 stops on 289 snaps. He also had 19 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, helping him to be named second team All SEC. The 6-2, 270-pound Flowers is capable of being an every down starter at the NFL level and would be a fantastic value in the third round.
Deion Barnes, Penn State - Rd 5
As a redshirt junior, he has already graduated. The 6-4, 260 pounder is a bit of a project but he has all the tools to develop into a serious pass rush threat in the NFL with the right coaching. He had 6.0 sacks last season with 13 tackles for loss. In total he had 41 pressures. Where he struggles some is against the run, but again, the physical ability is there.
Zack Wagenmann, Montana - Rd 6
Putting up 17.5 sacks and 25 tackles for loss is impressive even at the FCS level. That's the kind of production and potential worth taking a shot to see if he can bring it to the NFL level. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive end has put up great numbers for the past three years at Montana and those numbers have improved every season for a 3-year total of 37.5 sacks, 188 tackles, and 60 tackles for loss.