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There are several options at running back Emmanuel Lamur Jersey , wide receiver and tight end the Raiders might explore with their first four picks...."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Raiders StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Raiders NewsYahoo Raiders Team PageYahoo Raiders ReportYahoo Raiders Depth ChartYahoo Raiders TransactionsYahoo Raiders PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Silver Mining 4/21: Should Raiders target any offensive skill players in the 1st round?New,86commentsPDTShareTweetShareShareSilver Mining 4/21: Should Raiders target any offensive skill players in the 1st round?John David Mercer-USA TODAY SportsRaiders News Should the Raiders draft an offensive skill player early?There are several options at running back, wide receiver and tight end the Raiders might explore with their first four picks.Mike Mayock's Thought on Raiders' Last Three First-round Draft Picks - NBC Bay AreaLet's take a look at what then-NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock wrote about the last three first-round picks by the Raiders.What will a real (not a mock) Mike Mayock NFL draft look like for the Raiders? - Oakland Raiders Blog- ESPNMayock is less than a week from his first real draft. Here's what he might do based on how he has evaluated in the past.Boom or bust: Some best, scariest options for Raiders' first-round picksThe Raiders have three first-round picks -- but some of those could thrive, and others -- well ...Tough start to Oakland Raiders' schedule could have them in early hole - Oakland Raiders Blog- ESPNThe Raiders get a crack at Khalil Mack in London and will host the Jags in their final home game in Oakland.AFC West 2019 NFL draft: Final mock draft roundup for Chiefs at pick No. 29There's a clear consensus in this roundup...Tyrann Mathieu wants Chiefs to draft LSU CB Greedy WilliamsTyrann Mathieu isn't worried about tackling when it comes to Greedy Williams.Ed Oliver and the Denver Broncos would be a dream pairing - Mile High ReportThat means the dream probably wonít happen, but at least for a few more days thereís still hope it comes to life.Joe Flacco says he'll prove he's the starter whether Broncos draft a QB or not - Denver Broncos Blog- ESPNThe Broncos could very well draft a QB with the No. 10 overall pick. 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Be careful what you believe as the NFL draft looms, because what you hear is not necessarily rooted in truth.NFL draft: Breaking down the top four QBs ó flaws and allIf you are an NFL executive and are in need of a quarterback, the Class of 2019 has a chance to provide four starters ó just one for today in Kyler Murray, and three others for tomorrow.2019 NFL draft position rankings: offensive line | SI.comIt's a defense-heavy draft, but there are some reinforcements coming on the offensive line.NFL Draft: Donovan McNabb hasnít forgotten Eagles fans booing him on draft day 20 years ago | ĎTheyíll regret that momentí - nj.comFormer Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was drafted 10 years ago and famously was booed by Philadelphia fans at the event in New York.Raiders season preview and predictions from the Silver & Black Pride staff Preparations for the Raiders 2018 season opener against the Rams are officially underway today. Opinions seem to be fairly wide ranging with regard to this yearís team, so we decided our season preview will be a team effort here at Silver & Black Pride. Here are the takes of the staff on what they expect from the Raiders this season.Tyler J SmithRecord: 10-6The Raiders have had a ton of roster turnover from last season, but for the most part (with one obvious exception) itís been positive. The Raiders have added a big weapon on offense in the form of Jordy Nelson as well as Kolton Miller, who could develop into a quality tackle. But itís on defense that the Raiders have drastically improved. Khalil Mack is gone. Added are rookies PJ Hall, Maurice Hurst and Arden Key and free agent Tank Carradine. Together, those guys will hopefully be able to match or exceed Mackís sack totals. The secondary is vastly improved with a healthy Gareon Conley Tahir Whitehead Jersey , Rashaan Melvin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and Marcus Gilchrist. The Raidersí schedule this year isnít as difficult as in recent seasons, and new coaches Jon Gruden and Paul Guenther are vastly more competent at coaching than their predecessors. Grudenís competence in the general manager role isnít off to a promising start, but the Raiders should be able to get it done and contend for the playoffs.Tyler GreenRecord: 9-7There is no doubt that the Raiders are worse off without Khalil Mack, as he is arguably the best defender in the NFL. That being said, this is still a team that has some talent (Bruce Irvin, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Kelechi Osemele, Rodney Hudson, Gabe Jackson) and should be much improved from a coaching standpoint. If the three rookie defensive linemen play well, the Raiders could end up with a winning season with what should be one of the easiest schedules the team has seen in years. Evan GroatRecord: 8-8I was much more optimistic two weeks ago when I thought a 10-6 record was possible. After the trade of Khalil Mack, release of Martavis Bryant, and listening to Jon Gruden talk about how this roster has ďmany holesĒ to fill I no longer feel as confident. If Jon Gruden doesnít believe this team is ready to win right now, then why should I?The Raiders will be earning plenty of frequent flyer miles this season, topping the NFL with 31 Tank Carradine Jersey ,716 miles traveled. The Raiders also have the NFLís oldest roster, which includes (at the moment) 29 new faces on the 53-man roster.Even with the loss of Khalil Mack, the Raiders will go as far as the right arm of Derek Carr will take them. I believe the Raiders might be a year or two away before being ready to be a major player in the AFC playoff picture.BD WilliamsRecord: 8-8They say you lose a game for every rookie starter. The Raiders have 5 or 6 players destined for big roles who have never played an NFL season before. But then how many games do you lose after trading Khalil Mack?Gruden has vastly improved the coaching staff and for that reason the Raiders have a shot at a winning record. But the amount of new faces also means this team will take time to mesh. The margin for victory in the NFL is so narrow, Gruden only made it harder on himself after dealing Mack. Playoffs is too high of an expectation, especially when all AFC West teams are a threat. That being said, fans should notice that the Raiders are fighting harder and in more games during the 4th quarter than last season. Ryan LiptonRecord: 9-7Going through the schedule I came up with nine wins for the Oakland Raiders. However, that seems a little high to me. Not sure if that is because of the atrocity that was trading Khalil Mack this past week, but I still see Oakland improving in 2018. The defense should be improved from last year, even without Mack, just because of the coaching that Paul Guenther brings. On offense, it is the same idea. There is no Downing, but instead Jon Gruden. As such, I think Carr is going to have a very good year. This team should be dominant on offense, like what we saw in 2016, it just depends if the defense can keep up and force turnovers to help win close games. But I think this team hovers around 8/9 wins. A few lucky bounces and maybe they get to double digits. But a few unlucky bounces and it could be a six or seven win season. Marcus Allen KrauseRecord: 9-7Though I donít see the Raiders quite making the playoffs this year, I do still believe that they will be a competitive team. They absolutely need to handle business at home where they have one of the more favorable home schedules in the league. They also have games against San Francisco and the LA Chargers that could easily have an equal number or better of Raiders fans in attendance despite being away games. With what should be an impressive offense under Jon Gruden with QB Derek Carr, they have a chance to win a fair amount of games this year as long as Gruden and Carrís chemistry is as good as advertised.I worry about a slow start in the aftermath of the big trade but I still feel confident that the Raiders will have an above .500 record at 9-7.Phliip RobinsonRecord: 10-6This offense has been closely guarded under Jon Grudenís lock and key. What will it look like Rashaan Melvin Jersey , will they be stout at both tackle positions? The offense will have to win most games, clearly by trading Khalil Mack, Gruden signified he expects to score a lot of points. Why else would he forsake the defense? DC Paul Guenther and Defensive Backs coach Darryl Ansley should vastly improve a secondary which went nearly 11 weeks without an interception. The AFC West is wide open, 10-6 should challenge for the playoffs, if it doesnít win the division outright.Levi DamienRecord: 6-10I could break this down more, but for the sake of brevity letís do this like an equation. I had the Raiders at 9-7 this offseason. Mainly because I expected them to be better than before based on the coaching changes, but I wasnít going to aim too high because Derek Carr had by far his best season the only time he had the same coordinator two seasons in a row. He has another new coordinator (Gruden, not Greg Olson) so I expect it will take a season for him to really get clicking. Since then a few things have happened. The tackle situation got real scary, Martavis Bryant ó who was supposed to upgrade the receiving corps ó is gone, and, of course Khalil Mack was traded. The tackles are going to lose this team a game (hopefully not getting Derek Carr injured in the process), Bryant would have been the hero on at least one big game-winning TD pass, and Mackís ability to be the closer is worth two games. Thatís 5-11. But I figure Gruden will pull out a secret heís been hiding to win one back. And there you have it, 6-10.Follow @LeviDamien
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