2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for Oakland Raiders

2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly for Oakland Raiders

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After signing a bunch of notable free agents, the Oakland Raiders have a nice group of veterans on this team. Having a nice draft would give Oakland the combination of youth and experience that is so valued in today's NFL. Here are five NFL Draft prospects who could be sleeper targets for the Raiders.

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5. Dri Archer

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5. Dri Archer

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Speed kills, right? Dri Archer is the fastest player in this entire draft class. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Archer turned a ton of heads. He was excellent in the cone drills and his 40-yard dash was lightning-quick. Archer projects as a Danny Woodhead-type of player at the next level. He has solid hands and he would be a good change-of-pace back in Oakland's offense.

4. Pierre Desir

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4. Pierre Desir

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I had a chance to talk to Pierre Desir, and I'm one of his biggest fans. Desir could've gone to bigger college football programs, but he elected to stay home and be near his wife and kids. Desir worked part-time jobs during college, and he shows the work ethic needed to be a good NFL player. He has long arms and a tall frame for a cornerback. Pair that with his great ball skills, and it is easy to see why Desir is garnering a lot of attention.

3. Martavis Bryant

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3. Martavis Bryant

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At 6-foot-5, Martavis Bryant happens to run a 4.42 40-yard dash. His combination of size and speed is perhaps the best in this draft from the receiver position. He is a bit of a body-catcher, but Bryant has the potential to be a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Sammy Watkins stole the spotlight in Clemson's offense, but Bryant could very well be a better receiver than Watkins when all things are said and done.

2. Caraun Reid

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2. Caraun Reid

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The Raiders haven't had a good defensive tackle in what feels like in years. Plug in Caraun Reid, a versatile defensive tackle who will find his niche right away in the NFL. He has a proportional body and leg power that allows him to drive into offensive linemen when the ball is snapped. He is quick and fast, and he would be a starter right away in the middle of Oakland's defensive line.

1. Aaron Murray

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1. Aaron Murray

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Aaron Murray is becoming a hot topic around the league. Although he tore his ACL this past season, Murray was a four-year starter for the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC. He has a strong arm and shows good patience in the pocket. He is small for a quarterback, but he is one of the smartest signal-callers in this year's draft. If the Raiders wait until the middle rounds to draft a quarterback, Murray would definitely be a smart pick.


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