By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on April 18, 2014
Ever since Reggie McKenzie became the Oakland Raiders' general manager, the NFL Draft has been a bit of a disappointment. McKenzie has failed to bring in a ton of young talent thus far, and unless he turns things around in the 2014 draft, McKenzie could find himself out of work very soon. That said, this year's draft has plenty of talent, and McKenzie could finally hit on a draft class.
These are the five names Raiders fans need to know.
One of the most overlooked receivers in the entire class, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews has all the talent to succeed at the next level. Denarius Moore hasn't exactly been tearing it up as the Raiders' top option, and by picking up Matthews, the team is giving new QB Matt Schaub a great, young target.
Pat Sims isn't really a guy you want starting in the middle of your defensive line. Aaron Donald, on the other hand, is exactly the type of player you want causing havoc at the defensive tackle position. Donald is an explosive pass-rusher, and his potential is limitless in the Raiders' scheme.
There's no doubt that the Oakland Raiders need some major help in their interior offensive line. Anthony Steen isn't usually mentioned among the top guards in this year's draft class, but five years from now when evaluating this draft, Steen could be the best guard to come out of this class. The Raiders and Raiders fans would be wise to remember Steen's name come draft day.
Charles Woodson isn't getting any younger, and at age 37, it would be wise for the Raiders to find his replacement. Ed Reynolds is a ball-hawking free safety who plays with the physicality scouts love. Reynolds would be a great replacement for Woodson in a few seasons.
Personally, I believe in both Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin as potential starters down the road. But it seems as though the Raiders aren't quite as high on their young signal callers and are likely to select a quarterback in this year's draft. Garrett Gilbert out of SMU isn't going to be an early-round pick, but his arm strength and potential make him intriguing.
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