By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on May 14, 2014
Although they improved tremendously in the offseason, the Oakland Raiders still have some holes to fill. The Raiders brought in a bunch of good players in free agency and in the draft. With a ton of cap space remaining, the Raiders have the flexibility to improve their team even more before the start of the 2014 NFL season. Here are five moves the Raiders have to make now that the 2014 NFL Draft is over.
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The Atlanta Falcons drafted Texas A&M's Jake Matthews even though they already had Sam Baker. While he was injured last season, the Falcons clearly are going in a different direction. Donald Penn was a good signing by the Raiders, but Baker is a better option at the left tackle position. It wouldn't hurt to trade away a late-round draft pick for an experienced tackle.
To add to their dynamic offense, the Detroit Lions drafted UNC's Eric Ebron in the first round. This means that Brandon Pettigrew will see less snaps. The Raiders don't have a three-down tight end on this team, and Pettigrew would be an instant upgrade over Mychal Rivera. Pettigrew is also a proven commodity across the league.
While they plan on using him at guard, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Notre Dame's Zack Martin in the first round and it won't be long until Martin makes the transition to play right tackle. That makes Doug Free expendable. Although he hasn't been consistent since his 2011 season, Free has experience playing left and right tackle.
The Raiders drafted Derek Carr in the second round and it may not be a bad idea to bring in his brother, David, either. While he has been a bust since being drafted No. 1 by the Houston Texans in 2002, David Carr has made a living around the NFL as one of the league's best backups. Matt Schaub is a nice stopgap solution, but Derek Carr will be the starter in only a matter of time. His brother would help him greatly.
Although they signed James Jones in free agency, the Raiders should still be in the market to add a receiver. Andre Johnson recently stated how his time in Houston may be running out soon. The Raiders could use Johnson, as he would bring another dimension to a growing offense. If the Raiders trade for Johnson, their offense suddenly becomes a dangerous one.
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