The Oakland Raiders find themselves in an interesting place when it comes to the tight end position. Second year player Mychal Rivera had an impressive rookie campaign and as a 6th round draft pick, he still has a lot of potential to build on. In addition, the Raiders have Nick Kasa, a converted defensive end who needs a lot of work but who can also be a contributor and David Ausberry, a fourth year player who showed great promise as a pass catcher ijn his first two seasons before being injured and missing all of 2013.
If Ausberry can stay healthy he would make a great second tight end along with Rivera in a two tight end set while Kasa has shown himself to be an above average blocker who can help fill in when a blocking tight end is needed. Theoretically, the Raiders could be set at tight end for a number of years if these three continue to develop.
But in the meantime, should the Raiders look into bringing in a veteran tight end to solidify the position?
The free agent class is full of talented options even after you consider the fact that there is no way New Orleans allows Jimmy Graham hit the market. With names like Jermichael Finley, Dennis Pitta and Scott Chandler, the Raider would be remiss not to at least take a look. There is some decent talent in the free agent pool and if a veteran guy comes at a good price, it may help the young group of tight ends develop while also improving play at the position in the short term.