Oakland Raiders 2014 NFL Draft First Round Prediction

‘Twas the night before draft day (not the Kevin Costner movie) and the Raider Nation awaits, what choice is it that Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders are going to make?

Don’t worry, I’ll stop rhyming, but before we get along, no more waiting until May in the future please, why the hell did we have to wait so long?

I’m sorry for not being around for a little bit. Instead of writing a bunch of nonsense and speculation, I would like to think that you are smarter than that. I’m not going to write a stupid story about nothing just to get page views.

However, what I WILL do is this—without further ado, I present to you, what I, Erik Bartlett, your new favorite fresh on the beat Raiders reporter believes your team is going to do (damnit, that rhymed too!).

With the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders will select Sammy Watkins, WR from Clemson. If he’s not there? Well then my friends, I predict that they will trade down.

Watkins is the surest prospect in the draft. He fills a need for the Raiders and it makes sense. Raiders fans would be ecstatic and the Raider Image will be overflowing with people preordering jerseys as much as the sewage in the coliseum bathrooms.

If he’s not there? I do not see any reason for the Raiders to keep the pick when there is more value in acquiring more picks in a depth filled draft. Yes, I’m the same guy that said the Raiders should take Johnny Manziel and believe in Johnny Football, however, we now know that the team isn’t interested and realistically he’s not coveted by the Raiders.

However, Watkins and somehow winding up with a Teddy Bridgewater and a Derek Carr in the second round would be an EXCEPTIONAL haul. If Watkins is gone, assuming the Raiders were to acquire additional second and/or third round picks, they could hypothetically trade back later into the first round to secure their services while also drafting a key player (Odell Beckham, anyone?) as well.

ERIK’S PICK: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

IF A TRADE DOWN: WR Odell Beckham Jr, LSU and QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

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