By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on April 28, 2014
Unfortunately for their fans, the Oakland Raiders haven't been good in years. The last time the Raiders made the playoffs was in 2003. It's been more than 10 years and Raiders fans deserve better. This year's draft class boasts some great players, but there are potential busts too. Here are the five worst-case scenarios for Oakland's first-round pick.
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Aaron Donald is this year's best defensive tackle. He has small arms and he is short in stature, but Donald was one of college football's most notable players in the past two years. Donald projects as a great "quick-twitch" 3-technique at the next level. That is a position of need for Oakland, but drafting him at No. 5 would be a bit of a gamble.
Mike Evans has been rising up draft boards as of late and many can tell why. At 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, Evans looks the part. He possesses strong hands, and he has long arms that allow him to go up and make a play on the ball. You can't teach height, and Evans already has a great combination of size and skill. Even after signing James Jones in free agency, the Raiders could use another receiver. At No. 5, however, Evans would be a big reach.
Anthony Barr was a freak during his time at UCLA. He could get after the quarterback with ease and get around the edge to stop run plays too. Barr has a lot of potential, but it is yet to be seen what type of scheme he will fit in with an NFL team. Barr has a lot of positives, but he is undersized to play defensive end in the 4-3.
Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews are without a doubt the best offensive tackles in the draft. Behind the two of them is a guy who many may be sleeping on. After a dominant 2012 season, Lewan decided to come back to Michigan, which would ultimately hurt his draft stock as he had a subpar 2013 season. Although they signed Donald Penn in free agency, the Raiders have a need for an offensive tackle. Lewan has a lot of baggage coming with him too.
Yes, the Raiders signed Matt Schaub in free agency, but he could very well be a stopgap for a year or two. The Raiders will likely draft a quarterback early in this year's draft, and a player like Johnny Manziel could be a target. Manziel would inject a lot of energy into this offense, but many question how his game will transition to the NFL. Waiting until Day 2 to draft a quarterback would be a smart idea for Oakland.
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