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5 First-Round Targets for Oakland Raiders in 2015 NFL Draft

Five 2015 First-Round Talents the Raiders Should Target

Amari Cooper
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Even after rebuilding their roster this offseason, the Oakland Raiders could be headed for another disappointing campaign in 2014. They have a ton of unproven players, while several of their starters are past their primes. There’s a good chance that it won’t be pretty for the Silver and Black this upcoming season.

That’s why we’re taking an early look at players the Raiders could target in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Cedric Ogbuehi
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Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M

Cedric Ogbuehi
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Unless the Raiders are satisfied with Donald Penn at left tackle, they’ll be looking to add a legitimate starter on the blind side next offseason. Seeing as they’ll likely have a Top 5 pick, Oakland could target an elite tackle like Ogbuehi. The Aggie is extremely athletic for his size, and shows excellent ability as both a run blocker and pass protector. Talk about an upgrade for the Raiders.

Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Leonard Williams
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Leonard Williams, DT, USC

Leonard Williams
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In terms of athleticism, Williams is about as rare as defensive linemen come. While there are still some rough edges that need to be smoothed out before the USC product is ready to wreak havoc in the NFL, the potential is there for him to develop into an annual Pro Bowler. Given his size/speed combo and ridiculous athleticism, the Raiders would be wise to circle his name for future consideration.

Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Shilique Calhoun
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Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Shilique Calhoun
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Don’t get me wrong – Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley were both solid offseason additions. They aren’t, however, long-term answers at defensive end. The Raiders need a young, explosive defensive end who can consistently make quarterbacks uncomfortable. Calhoun still has some work to do in terms of technique, but his physical tools and athleticism make him an intriguing Top 10 option for Oakland.

Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Andrus Peat
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Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford

Andrus Peat
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Assuming they do land in the Top 5, Oakland has a couple of options to fill the need at left tackle. If Ogbuehi is gone or they aren’t sold on his abilities, the Raiders could look to Peat to take over for Penn. Although he will only have two years of starting experience if he enters the 2015 NFL Draft, Peat is an elite physical specimen with the well-rounded ability and intelligence to be a cornerstone tackle in the NFL.

Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Amari Cooper
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Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama

Amari Cooper
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For years, the Raiders’ offense has lacked a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver. Unless one emerges this year from their crop of young talents, Oakland could be looking towards the draft to find their next top target. Cooper has the size and speed to be a star in the NFL, but there are still some concerns that he can translate his game to the next level. This upcoming season will give him an opportunity to prove doubters wrong.

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