With the NFL draft less than three weeks away, it's a mystery as to whom the Oakland Raiders are going to select at No. 3 overall.
Rd. 1, Pick 3, #3 Overall: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Rd. 3, Pick 4, #66 Overall: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
Rd. 4, Pick 3, #100 Overall: Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
Rd. 6, Pick 4, #172 Overall: Steven Means, DE/OLB, Buffalo
Rd. 6, Pick 8, #176 Overall: Nickell Robey, CB, USC
Rd. 6, Pick37, #205 Overall: Jake Stoneburner, TE, Ohio State
Rd. 7, Pick 3, 209 Overall: Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta State
UDFA Rookie Signing: Montel Harris, RB, Temple
(Subject to change via trades)
There are very few guys Oakland should consider with the 3rd overall pick. That being said, it might be in their best interest to trade back and add more depth in the draft, as they do not have a 2nd nor 5th round selection as of today in the upcoming draft. Few guys who come to mind who Oakland might select at #3 are DTs Shariff Floyd and Star Lotulelei, DE Barkevious Mingo and DE Ezekiel (Ziggy) Ansah.
Some people suggest Oakland should consider taking CB Dee Milliner (Alabama) or DE/OLB Dion Jordan (Oregon) at #3, but few things concern me as to why they should leave the two alone.
With Milliner, a lot of people argue that he is the best cornerback in this class, but that can be disputed given the depth of Corners and constant different changes of rankings for Corners in the upcoming draft. Also, one can argue that Notre Dame saw some flaw in his game that made them throw at him so often in the BCS National Championship game. Either that, or they just wanted to go to (TE) Tyler Eifert early and often, and Milliner just so happened to be in the vicinity. Another thing is we have seen little film on him back pedaling, something that is key for Raiders Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver, who runs many different schemes. Had this still been Al Davis’ Raiders, Milliner would have been the ideal cornerback, for his brilliant job of being effective in press-man coverage. But being that is the case, they should let Milliner go elsewhere and take a couple of corners later in the draft, for there will be plenty still around.
Dion Jordan is one of the best overall athletes in this draft, standing at 6’7” and having the ability to cover TEs, as well as WRs in the slot, while also bringing an edge rush presence in getting to the QB. But being that at Oregon he was a 3-4 OLB, it still is not a given that Oakland will move to that defense. We saw the massacre that occurred in Oakland named Rolando McClain when they tried to take a 3-4 LB and move him to a 4-3 backer. But granted, Jordan is an OLB and McClain was an ILB; hoping to draft Jordan with the intentions of slapping him at DE could lead to problems as we have seen little of him playing with his hand in the dirt. Jordan deserves the perfect fit on a team, and if Oakland is not moving to a 3-4, then they should not draft him, for he can bring more to the table with a team that is running a 3-4 based defense.
If the Raiders can trade out of that 3rd pick and somehow get a 2nd round pick in return, that scenario would probably be in their best interest.
A young team aspiring to rebuild, Oakland could use all the picks they can get, therefore not relying solely on Free Agents; you get to get your guy at a younger and cheaper rate, and help mold him into becoming the character you want to see him be.