Double K's Take: 2015 NFL Draft 2015 - Oakland Raiders...


                                                                                                 The Raiders finished last season on a positive note, beating quality teams like their cross bay rivals the 49ers. They saw the emergence of their 1st franchise QB since Rich Gannon and they found themselves a beast of a back in Letavious Murray. On the defensive side ILB Mack turned out to be worth the 4th pick in the draft. The veterans on the squad made sure that this team was competitive every game. But they were still lacking one piece…a #1 wide receiver. They found that in this years draft…


R1 P4 WR Amari Cooper (6’1” 211lbs Alabama Crimson Tide) – Cooper was the center point of the Crimson Tide offense that was lead by former Raiders HC Lane Kiffin. Cooper was a strong and well rounded wide receiver and was easily considered one of the best wideouts in the draft. The Raiders picked him because it made sense they needed a young wideout to pair with their franchise QB Carr and they found it in Cooper…


R2 P3 (35) DT Mario Edwards Jr (6’3” 279lbs Florida State Seminoles) – Even though most of Raider Nation wanted the Raiders to go defensive with the 1st round pick they went with offense. But getting Edwards early in the 2nd round the Raiders got themselves a steal of a talent that can come in and help out immediately. I don’t think he will be getting defensive ROY, but he will be top 5 at season’s end. Long term he should help the Raiders become one of the NFL’s top defensive squads…


R3 P4 (68) TE Clive Walford (6’4” 251lbs Miami Hurricanes) – When you start getting into the 3rd or later round you are looking for potential starters down the road. The Raiders hit the mark and found themselves one in this draft. I watched this kid play a couple of games over at Miami and I can say that this kid is a beast, and he will easily become a favorite target of current Raiders QB Derek Carr…

                                                                                                     With the addition of these three players on the Raiders offense and defense should see some great strides in the upcoming season. Now lets temper those expectations and say that the Raiders are a Wild Card team at best and they are a few years away from truly competing for a Super Bowl, but compared to where they were just 3 years ago they will have made grand strides toward that goal…

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