Five predictions for the Raiders draft

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I have said over and over that this is one of the least predictable drafts in recent memory. Because the draft is so deep, but also because for the first time in years, there is no consensus on who the number one quarterback is. Because it is the most important position in the NFL, the quarterback position often helps shape how the top of the first round goes.

But while the first round will be very unpredictable and NFL fans should be ready for a wild ride, there are some generalities that can be predicted for every team. So while I swore I not going to make predictions because of the crazy nature of this year’s draft, well… you know… I lied.

So here are five general predictions about how the Raiders draft will go:

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  • TJA

    James: I mostly agree with your comments contained in your article. I wish to add my non expert input about this years draft. The media and experts have fallen in live with this years WR prospects . Please be reminded every year a few WR prospects dazzle the writers and even coaches. However, like the QB position this is one position where there are no gimmes . By example, last year you guys were falling all over C. Patterson and Tavon Austin. They are and will he nice NFL players. Possibly the same for Watkins and Evans. But to say these two prospects are can’t miss, is irresponsible in my judgment. What happens the first time these cats run across a fella named Sherman or another fella named Revis?? Come on man !! Get real . This is and will be the NFL. No sure things in the NFL. To suggest WTkins and Evans are number one receivers without playing an NFL down is not wise. Let’s let it play out before anointing these guys .

  • TJA

    James: I mostly agree with your comments contained in your article. I wish to add my non expert input about this years draft. The media and experts have fallen in live with this years WR prospects . Please be reminded every year a few WR prospects dazzle the writers and even coaches. However, like the QB position this is one position where there are no gimmes . By example, last year you guys were falling all over C. Patterson and Tavon Austin. They are and will he nice NFL players. Possibly the same for Watkins and Evans. But to say these two prospects are can’t miss, is irresponsible in my judgment. What happens the first time these cats run across a fella named Sherman or another fella named Revis?? Come on man !! Get real . This is and will be the NFL. No sure things in the NFL. To suggest Watkins and Evans are number one receivers without playing an NFL down is not wise. Let’s let it play out before anointing these guys .

  • ljc

    There is no real need for a QB to be drafted. Shabb can mentor McGloin and the third stringer.

  • Jerry

    Do they want to bet their future on Schaub being successful? No Way. Draft a QB with #5 to sit behind Schaub until he fails. Then at least we have hope for the future when he does. If we wait until Round 2 teams will jump ahead of us like they did last year and we were stuck with Wilson. How did that work out? If you are counting on McGroin then why pick up Schaub? He will fail again too. Take Manzell or Bortles at #5 and you have a better chance to be drafting again next year even after a brutal schedule.

  • TJA

    Agree with Jerry !! Roll the dice with a QB!! Nothing to lose everything to gain!! Riverboat gambler mentality!!!