2014 NFL Draft: 5 Day 3 Prospects the Oakland Raiders Must Target

Five 4th-7th Round Targets for the Raiders

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With the 2014 NFL Draft just around the corner, the Oakland Raiders will be looking to add some depth during the late rounds. Many players available on Day 3 are hit-or-miss type of talents, but there are still plenty of starters just waiting for an opportunity. That’s why the Raiders need to make the most of their available Day 3 picks.

Here’s a look at five players GM Reggie McKenzie could be calling on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

Adrian Hubbard
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Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

Adrian Hubbard
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While Oakland is set with their two starting outside linebackers, depth is never a bad thing. Plus, Kevin Burnett is an aging veteran who might not have too many seasons left in the tank. Hubbard is an intriguing talent who hasn’t quite lived up to the billing. He’s got good size and plenty of athleticism, but hasn’t put it all together. A late-rounder could be worth the risk with this project.

Trai Turner, G, LSU

Trai Turner
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Trai Turner, G, LSU

Trai Turner
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The Raiders are still desperate for depth along the interior of the offensive line, especially with the recent release of Mike Brisiel. The offseason addition of Kevin Boothe will help, but is far from the solve-all. That’s why bringing aboard a talent like Turner in the later rounds makes sense. He’s a driven, athletic player who needs a lot of polish. The potential is there, though, for him to develop into a starter.

Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

Keith Wenning
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Keith Wenning, QB, Ball State

Keith Wenning
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Plain and simple, Matt Schaub isn’t the long-term answer at quarterback. Matt McGloin is nothing more than a career backup, and Terrelle Pryor might not even be on the team when the 2014 season gets under way. Wenning, however, has a bright future as an underrated quarterback prospect. Although he lacks ideal size, he’s a proven winner with an outstanding football IQ and an NFL-caliber arm.

Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford
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Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford

Tyler Gaffney
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The Raiders’ top two running backs are aged and injury-prone. Not a good combination in the NFL. While there’s some promise in Latavius Murray, a team can never have too many quality running backs. Gaffney isn’t a game-breaker, but he’s a tough, durable runner who can catch passes out of the backfield and pick up the blitz. His versatility makes him worth a fourth- or fifth-round pick.

Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

Cassius Marsh
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Cassius Marsh, DE, UCLA

Cassius Marsh
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In today’s NFL, you can never have too many playmakers at defensive end – the Seahawks proved that last season. The Raiders signed some veterans to man the edges this season, but both offer little long-term value. Bringing aboard an aggressive, well-rounded defensive end like Marsh would be a great move for the Raiders, who need to find players their fan base can get behind.

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