2014 NFL Draft: 5 Last-Minute Oakland Raiders Rumors to Know About

5 Last-Minute Raiders Draft Rumors

Mike Evans
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With the 2014 NFL Draft now less than a week away, the rumor mill is churning out nonsense so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. That makes it difficult to differentiate fact from fiction. Can we rely on the latest rumors, or will draft day disprove most of what we’re hearing? Well, at least when it comes to the Oakland Raiders, no one will know for sure.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five last-minute Raiders rumors you need to know.

Ronald Powell a late-round target for Raiders

Ronald Powell
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Ronald Powell a late-round target for Raiders

Ronald Powell
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Throughout the pre-draft process, the Raiders have shown significant interest in Powell, a pass-rush specialist out of Florida. He recently visited with the team, and could be one of their late-round targets on May 10. The Raiders added several veteran defensive ends to the fold this offseason, but Powell could be an intriguing project considering his explosiveness and speed off the edge.

Denarius Moore could be shipped in draft-day trade

Denarius Moore
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Denarius Moore could be shipped in draft-day trade

Denarius Moore
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The Raiders are set on upgrading the wide receiver position this offseason, and will likely target a top pass-catcher early in the 2014 NFL Draft. That, however, could be a bad sign for one of their better – yet inconsistent – receivers currently on the roster. Moore has been rumored to be on the trade block, and could become part of a draft-day deal that helps upgrade the Raiders’ passing game.

Raiders won’t skip on elite receiver at No. 5

Sammy Watkins
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Raiders won’t skip on elite receiver at No. 5

Sammy Watkins
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One way that could spell Moore’s definite departure is if the Raiders land a top-tier wide receiver in the first round. Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are considered the top two receivers of the 2014 class, and at least one could be available when the Raiders are finally on the clock. While No. 5 might be a bit high for Evans, the Raiders are expected to take whoever is available.

Trade down not out of the question for Oakland

Reggie McKenzie
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Trade down not out of the question for Oakland

Reggie McKenzie
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If their top receiver targets are off the board at No. 5, the Raiders could opt to trade down. They did exactly that in 2013, moving from No. 3 to No. 12, picking up extra picks and drafting D.J. Hayden in the process. It’s unknown at this time if they have a particular mid-first-round prospect in mind, but if they don’t like their options at No. 5 or get an offer they can’t refuse, don’t be surprised to see Oakland move down.

Taylor Lewan also an option at No. 5

Taylor Lewan
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Taylor Lewan also an option at No. 5

Taylor Lewan
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While wide receiver is considered their top target, the Raiders might also spend their first-round pick on an offensive tackle. They lost starting left tackle Jared Veldheer via free agency, and can’t depend on Donald Penn as their long-term starter on the blind side. Even if Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews is available at No. 5, the Raiders are believed to favor Lewan, and could decide to take the Michigan product in the first-round.

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