Oakland Raiders must use No. 3 pick on defensive player

By Josh Walfish
Russ Isabella- USA TODAY Sports

There is only one way to address the issues on the Oakland Raiders defense, the NFL Draft. There should be no discussion about which side of the ball Oakland will address with the third pick, the question is who to pick.

With all the issues with Rolando McClain last year, there is sentiment that the Raiders should take Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones if he is available. Jones would certainly give Oakland a leader at linebacker and be a major upgrade at linebacker. There is an argument to be made that the linebackers are theoretically the weakest unit on the team even though they were not the worst last season. The defensive line has a lot of talent, but underperformed last year and the linebackers over-performed to some extent in 2012. Jones would address those concerns in the linebacker and help the Oakland run defense.

There is also many fans who want general manager Reggie McKenzie to use the pick on Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei. The big man would certainly fill a void on the defensive line which struggled mightily last season. He would help replace some of the veterans like Richard Seymour, who has definitely on the downside of his career. Lotulelei will eat up defenders and will play a large role in improving the Oakland run defense. Oakland’s defensive line was the worst unit on the team last season and it would make sense to address that in the draft.

Either player would be a good choice for the Raiders, but it should be painfully obvious Oakland must draft a defensive player in the first round. There are too many holes on the defense to address solely with free agents and no pressing need on offense that warrants using such a high pick on that side of the ball especially with no one of value at the slot.

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