Oakland Raiders Rumors: Taylor Lewan the Team’s Top Option in the NFL Draft?

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With the NFL draft just a couple weeks away, the Oakland Raiders are narrowing their list of candidates to be draft at the No. 5 slot. Many have speculated the idea of taking a quarterback, a wide receiver and even an offensive lineman. So which offensive lineman should they take in this year’s draft if they do decide to go to that route?

According to multiple sources, the Raiders are far more interested in issue-plagued Taylor Lewan than the other two offensive linemen that everyone thinks should go in the top five and easily should go before Lewan.

Lewan had his issues on and off the field while with the Michigan Wolverines. With serious attitude problems that got him in trouble with the law in an investigated assault, Lewan raised many red flags to NFL scouts and teams looking for a staple for their offensive line for future years.

Greg Robinson of Auburn and Jake Matthews of Texas A&M have both graded out far better than Lewan, but it seems as if the Michigan star has just as high of a ceiling as any of them.

Many predict him to go anywhere from the 10th pick on, but if the Raiders snag him at No. 5, they could be making a huge mistake and quite of a reach.

Well, he does have the Raider attitude, smashing guys helmets into the ground after plays and taking cheap shots every now and then. Oh, that’s what Oakland is trying to veer away from? Probably a good idea to avoid Lewan then.

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  • Dewight Mitchell

    good fit doe

  • Dewight Mitchell

    Aaron Donald ?

  • David Sieradzki

    Please no, Raiders. Taking D.J. Hayden with his health risks a year ago 12th overall was something I thought was borderline insane. Taking a guy with as many character concerns as Lewan does at 5 would be about equally as crazy.

  • rob

    The Raiders have no intention of taking Taylor with number 5. This is merely a planted smoke screen. There is a decent chance that Matthews goes number 4, as such, the Raiders are laying down the bait as they will trade down with a team wanting a starting offensive tackle.

  • rob

    The Raiders really want Donald unless Watkins or Mack is available at number 5. I doubt either will be available, thus the Raiders will set up a trade down scenario with probably Tampa Bay or Atlanta etc (or maybe even the Giants), take Donald and grab an additional third round pick (or second depending on how far they trade back). There are starting guards and/or centers (if they take Marcus Martin from USC, for example) available in the second (or third) round. They can always move Wiz back to guard where he did a good job a few years back. The other second round pick should be a receiver; again, there will be two or three playmakers available in the second round, especially at #36. Overall, there is no reason why Reggie cannot orchestrate a very good draft with these picks.