Raiders draft outlook: specialists

Raiders draft outlook: specialists
April 13, 2013, 9:30 am
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The Raiders coached UCLA punter Jeff Locke, a projected seventh-round pick, in the Senior Bowl in january. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Raiders Draft Outlook
Specialists
Cornerbacks
Safeties
Outside Linebackers
Inside Linebackers
Defensive Lineman
Offensive Linemen
Tight Ends
Wide Receivers
Running Backs
Quarterbacks

The Raiders currently have seven draft picks -- the No. 3 overall selection, a third-rounder, a fourth-rounder, three picks in the sixth round and a seventh-rounder -- so as general manager Reggie McKenzie continues his rebuild of the roster, picks are at a premium. Even if he is able to trade down and pick up more selections. As such, you'd expect the Raiders to fill out the roster with more position players than specialists. Now, then, we kick off our position-by-position series on the Raiders' draft outlook with a look at the specialists…

Who's here: Placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, punter Marquette King, longsnapper Jon Condo, returner Jacoby Ford.

Draft needs: Not much, other than a few camp legs, which can be picked up at a better bargain in the form of undrafted free agents. The Raiders are pretty much set at special teams. Because even as six-time Al-Pro punter Shane Lechler left for Houston via free agency, his heir apparent was already on the roster last year in Marquette King. Sebastian Janikowski, a first-round pick in 2000, is entering the final year of his contract -- he is due $3.8 million in base salary with a cap number of $5.1 million -- as is long snapper Jon Condo -- making $1.2 million in base salary, a cap number of more than $1.3 million. Hard to see the Raiders using a draft pick on a kicker. And if Jacoby Ford's foot is healthy -- he says it is -- he'll return both kickoffs and punts.

Good fits: Can't see the Raiders using a valuable pick a specialist, but it is interesting to note who the Raiders coached at the Senior Bowl back in January. That would be Oklahoma State placekicker Quinn Sharp, who is projected as a sixth-round pick, UCLA punter Jeff Locke, projected as a seventh-rounder, and Hawaii longsnapper Luke Ingram. Texas receiver Marquise Goodwin returned a pair of punts, as did Oregon State defensive back Jordan Poyer, and USC defensive back T.J. McDonald and UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin each returned a kickoff.