The Oakland Raiders don’t have the best receiving corps in the league, but they decided not to spend some of their higher draft picks on a wideout. Then, with 208 players off the board, the Raiders finally selected a wide receiver.
Oakland selected San Diego State wide receiver Brice Butler with the 209th overall pick in the draft. Butler caught 24 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns in 2012, averaging a stellar 14.5 yards per catch. Butler caught a pass in his last 11 games, and he averaged two catches per game. While Butler isn’t a star, he should add some nice depth. Butler has experience against top-notch competition, as he began his college career at USC.
Many expected the Raiders to take a wide receiver in one of the first three rounds, but they waited until the seventh round to make their move. Now, it’s Butler’s turn to justify Oakland’s decision to wait on taking a wide receiver.