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2014 NFL Draft: Updating the Oakland Raiders’ 5 Biggest Needs

The Raiders' Updated Top 5 Needs

Denarius Moore
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Even after a strong showing during free agency, the Oakland Raiders still need to make a significant splash during the 2014 NFL Draft. There are a number of areas on their roster that must be addressed, which means they can’t afford to whiff on any of their available draft picks. It’s time for GM Reggie McKenzie to put up or shut up.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the Raiders’ updated top five draft needs.

5. Linebacker Depth

Miles Burris
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5. Linebacker Depth

Miles Burris
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The starting linebackers are basically set at this point, but depth can’t be overlooked in Oakland. The Raiders are set with their backup middle linebacker, but boast two young, unreliable No. 2s on the outsides. It never hurts to have extra depth at linebacker, which the Raiders should make sure to find when the 2014 NFL Draft.

4. Developmental Quarterback

Matt Schaub
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4. Developmental Quarterback

Matt Schaub
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After the acquisition of Matt Schaub, the Raiders no longer have a significant need at quarterback. They have their starter for the time being, which means they can use their first-round pick to upgrade elsewhere. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to nab a developmental quarterback at some point. Matt McGloin is nothing better than a career backup and Terrelle Pryor likely won’t be on the team come September.

3. Cornerback

D.J. Hayden
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3. Cornerback

D.J. Hayden
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If the Raiders think the additions of Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown are going to solve all of their problems at cornerback, they have another thing coming. They at least need to use a mid-round pick on a cover man, but might be better off addressing the position in the first two rounds. D.J. Hayden should have a better season as a sophomore, but needs a young, promising cornerback to line up across from him.

2. Right Guard

Mike Brisiel
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2. Right Guard

Mike Brisiel
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The Raiders recently released veteran guard Mike Brisiel, who was already contemplating retirement. That leaves Lamar Mady as the next in line to start at right guard, which isn’t a good thing. Oakland could choose to move either Tony Bergstrom or Kevin Boothe to the right side, but the team might be better off spending a second-round pick on a guard – there should be at least one top prospect available when they’re on the clock.

1. No. 1 Wide Receiver

James Jones
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1. No. 1 Wide Receiver

James Jones
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While the signing of James Jones certainly helps the Raiders’ passing game, it’s far from the solve-all Schaub needs to be successful in 2014. Oakland needs a legitimate No. 1 receiver, which could lead the team to spend their first-rounder on a pass-catcher. Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans could be options, but either way, they can’t continue to rely on Denarius Moore and his painful inconsistency.

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