By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 3, 2014
After failing to sign many big-name free agents, the Oakland Raiders will need to draft some quality starters for the upcoming season. With around a month left until the draft, many rumors are starting to come about across the league. I will show you five Raiders rumors that you need to be aware of as the draft nears.
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According to sources, the Raiders wanted to draft Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd in the 2013 NFL Draft. After not selecting either of them, the Raiders may look to address the interior part of their defensive line in the early rounds. A player who comes to mind is Dominique Easley. The Florida product would be a top-10 pick if it weren't for his ACL injuries. Easley would be a good player in Oakland if his knees hold up.
Tajh Boyd said in an interview that the Raiders have the most interest in him. Although he had an excellent college career at Clemson, there are doubts about his future in the NFL. Boyd has a strong arm, but his throws tend to go everywhere. Many believe the Raiders will draft a quarterback early in May's draft. But if they like Boyd, the Raiders could wait until round six to select him.
The Raiders have a ton of needs, and taking the best player available would be a smart idea because they can fill one of their numerous holes. Options like Blake Bortles or Greg Robinson could be available when the Raiders are on the clock, and both could be starters in Oakland for a very long time.
According to Todd McShay, the Raiders want to trade down in May's draft. This should come as no surprise because the Raiders can stockpile draft picks by moving down. The problem with this is that most teams will want to do this because this draft class is extremely deep. Oakland has a lot of voids, and moving down would be a smart idea.
According to David White of the Fresno Bee, the Raiders have a huge man crush on Derek Carr. The Fresno State product played college football close to Oakland, and it doesn't come as a surprise to hear their interest in the gunslinger. Many believe Carr has the strongest arm in the draft, and he played in a pro style offense in college. Carr at No. 5 may be a reach, but if you find your guy, it doesn't matter if you reach for him.
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