Moving down for extra selections seems like the popular choice for the Oakland Raiders. Here is why they should not do it.
Matt Schaub and Justin Tuck lead veteran-laden roster
Looking at the Raiders roster as it stand, is it better than it was when the offseason started? The defense has a wealth of new faces such as Justin Tuck, LaMarr Woodley, Antonio Smith and Carlos Rogers. Meanwhile Matt Schaub led a series of additions to the offense joined by James Jones, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Donald Penn. On paper the team is better but for how long? The thing to remember about teams built through free agency is they tend not to last very long. That is why the team needs to have a productive 2014 NFL draft. So few of their picks in recent years have panned out for one reason or another, continuing a streak of seasons without playoff football since 2002.
Khalil Mack and Greg Robinson offer elite potential
It is for those reasons that the Oakland Raiders front office must seriously reconsider moving down from the #5 overall pick. GM Reggie McKenzie believes in the Green Bay-style of thinking where its building through the draft. Naturally like any man in his position he feels having more picks can only be a good thing. That is a nice theory but isn’t always the best course of action. One thing to remember is it takes stars to win in the NFL. Superstars. Frankly the Raiders don’t have any. Their first round pick from 2013, D.J. Hayden was largely a bust in his first year. The same can be said for every first round pick dating back to 2004. This team needs a difference-maker badly, and the chances of finding one by moving down decrease with each spot they fall past. On the other hand if they were to stay at #5, true it would not net them the extra picks but it would give them a clear shot at elite level talents like Khalil Mack and Greg Robinson. Those are the kinds of players teams get built around, kinds of players the Oakland Raiders don’t have.
Here’s hoping the men in charge can convince McKenzie of the same.