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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 2 Prospects the Oakland Raiders Must Target

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Five 2nd-3rd Round Prospects for the Raiders

Jordan Matthews
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Heading into the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders are still in need of some serious help at certain positions. Luckily for them, May 8-11 will provide the perfect opportunity to bring extra talent aboard while also adding some youth to the roster. Will GM Reggie McKenzie continue his strong offseason or crumble on the pressure?

Here’s a look at five players the Raiders could target on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

Cyril Richardson
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Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

Cyril Richardson
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Especially with the recent release of Mike Brisiel, the Raiders could use some help at guard. They signed Kevin Boothe this offseason, and could move Austin Howard inside, but the position is still largely devoid of starting-caliber talent. If Richardon slips to the top of the third round, Oakland would be wise to grab the big, mauling guard who was once considered a first-round talent.

Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Ego Ferguson
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Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Ego Ferguson
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At this moment, 2013 sixth-round pick Stacy McGee is slated to be the starter at nose tackle. While that isn’t the worst situation considering he played well in his five starts as a rookie, the Raiders could use some extra options on the interior. Ferguson is a big, powerful defensive tackle who can push for the starting job and, if anything, provide that always-valuable depth along the defensive line.

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Bradley Roby
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Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Bradley Roby
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Even with their offseason additions, the Raiders still need to add more pieces to their secondary. Obviously, the draft would be an ideal time to do so. While Roby is seen by some as a first-round pick, it’s likely he’ll slide to the second round. If the Raiders are willing to gamble on him, using their second-rounder on the Ohio State product would be a reasonable option to upgrade at cornerback.

Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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Trust me when I say the signing of Donald Penn is not the solve-all at left tackle. The Raiders must find a better starting option on the blindside if they plan on keeping Matt Schaub somewhat protected in 2014. Bitonio is an underrated tackle prospect with a terrific combination of athleticism and power. If Oakland spent a Day 2 pick on Bitonio, he’d likely be starting before long.

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Jordan Matthews
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Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Jordan Matthews
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While the addition of James Jones was a step in the right direction, the Raiders are still missing their No. 1 receiver. None of their current options are reliable enough as playmakers to be depended on to carry the passing game. That’s why the Raiders need to go out and grab a receiver like Matthews, who is extremely consistent and would provide Schaub with a top-tier target.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.