Raiders: Top 3 positions to target in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft

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1. Linebacker

It feels like we’ve been saying this for years — mostly because we have — but the Raiders desperately need help at linebacker. This isn’t a new problem, but it likely is the most pressing.

After years of addressing the position in half-hearted ways with mid-round draft picks and cheap free-agent signings, it’s about time the Raiders make a move for an impact player in the first round.

And much like the other two positions, they should have the opportunity to do so.

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The best option as of right now is expected to be Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray. Murray is a true modern-day NFL linebacker with blazing sideline-to-sideline speed and perhaps the highest motor in his class.

There’s a chance he’s off the board by the time the Raiders first pick, however, which could lead them to make another decision. Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons is more of a hybrid safety/linebacker but at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, he should be more than able to hold up at linebacker.

Then there’s Alabama’s Dylan Moses who has been on the radar of many NFL Draft enthusiasts for a couple of years now. Moses has played some edge rusher as well but has the coverage skills and tackling ability to play full-time linebacker.

As of now, those are likely the only true first-round targets but perhaps players such as Oregon’s Troy Dye, Boise State’s Curtis Weaver, or even local Cal product Evan Weaver could rise up the rankings by the time April comes around.

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Regardless, there remains no more pressing need on the team than at linebacker and the Raiders would be wise to address the position early.