Top 5 Impact Offensive Rookies for Oakland Raiders
Top 5 Impact Offensive Rookies
Coming into to the 2013 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders probably had more glaring holes than any other team in the NFL. General manager Reggie McKenzie knew that he had to trade down to accumulate more draft picks, which he did by turning seven picks into ten. On top of the talent acquired through the draft, McKenzie once again signed some solid undrafted free agents who can make a difference this season.
The Raiders' offense was lacking depth at every single position because of the losses of Carson Palmer, Mike Goodson, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Brandon Myers this offseason. Although McKenzie drafted some great players on the defensive side of the ball, he also picked up five key offensive players who can contribute to the Raiders offense right away.
Fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson might be the best offensive player taken by McKenzie this draft. During mini-camp, Wilson has impressed the Raiders coaching staff with his poise and understanding of an NFL offense. As of now, it looks like Wilson will probably beat out Pryor as the No. 2 quarterback on the Raiders depth chart this year. Although Wilson has looked great so far, it is highly unlikely that another rookie named Wilson will beat out Flynn to be the starting quarterback.
McKenzie’s 2013 NFL draft pickups on offense are so deep that Wilson does not even crack the top five of the offensive impact rookies this year. It would not surprise me if there were two offensive starters who are rookies starting game one.
Nick Kasa run blocking tight end
Nick Kasa has a chance to become the starting tight end for the Raiders this year. At worst, expect the former defensive lineman to become a fierce run blocker for the Raiders.
Conner Vernon the Next Rod Streater?
Conner Vernon is the ACC's all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions. Vernon has a chance to become a slot receiver who can have a similar impact that Rod Streater had last year.
Mychal Rivera Starting Tight End on Day One?
If sixth-round pick Mychal Rivera shows he can block in training camp, he will probably beat out slotted starting tight end David Ausberry as a starter for the Raiders.
Menelik Watson Anchor of Offensive Line
Second-round pick Menelik Watson should have the advantage over incumbent Khalif Barnes as the starting right tackle this season.
Latavius Murray Steal of the Draft?
Sixth-round pick Latavius Murray has a chance to become the steal of the 2013 NFL draft. Murray has the rare combination of size and speed that few running backs have. Expect Murray to win the backup running back position and get his fair share of carries this year.