Raiders draft outlook: Wide receivers

Raiders draft outlook: Wide receivers
April 19, 2013, 1:30 pm
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Robert Woods was Second-Team All-Pac 12 last season, and was First-Team in 2011. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Potential-wise, the Raiders' wide receiver corps seems young enough and fast enough, even with Darrius Heyward-Bey cut. But potential means nothing if they don't reach it, right?

Yes, Rod Streater was a revelation as an undrafted rookie, but he's more of a chain-mover than a game-changer ala Denarius Moore, when he's right, both physically and mentally, and Jacoby Ford, who has missed 24 games over the past two seasons due to injury.

The jury is still out on Juron Criner, who was supposed to be a red-zone threat, though any of his issues may have been an offense-wide deal, rather than on him. We continue our position-by-position series on the Raiders' draft outlook with a look at the wide receivers…

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Who's here: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford, Juron Criner, Travionte Session, Isaiah Williams

Draft needs: Oakland needs a true No. 1 receiver. And with the No. 3 overall pick, the Raiders would be in prime position to grab one. Thing is, there's not a Calvin Johnson in this draft. Or a Larry Fitzgerald. Or an Andre Johnson. The receivers don't figure to start moving until the mid-teens anyway, so if the Raiders are able to trade back, perhaps they take a look then.

Good fits: The Raiders were impressed with the speed of Texas' Marquise Goodwin, a diminutive burner who caught five passes for 44 yards in the Senior Bowl and is in the mold of Ford as a receiver/returner. But enough to draft Goodwin high since he's projected as a third-rounder? Same with Michigan's Denard Robinson, making the switch from quarterback and seen as a low fifth-rounder.

Oregon State's Markus Wheaton, meanwhile, is projected to go in the second round and he caught four passes for 47 yards at the Senior Bowl.

Here's an intriguing thought -- USC's Robert Woods, who stole the show at the Trojans' Pro Day from quarterback Matt Barkley. Woods is not a burner, but is a pass catcher who reminds many of Green Bay great Donald Driver. And we know of Oakland' general manager Reggie McKenzie's affinity for Packers, past and present. I kid. Kinda.