Who would start for Raiders before draft picks selected

Who would start for Raiders before draft picks selected
April 25, 2013, 8:30 am
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Rod Streater caught 39 passes for 584 yards and three touchdowns last season. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Welcome to Christmas in April, NFL-style. The Raiders have basically been on the clock with the No. 3 overall selection since the season ended and whether they make the pick or are able to trade down for more picks will determine the roster going forward. A glance then, before the Raiders make their first pick, at what their starting lineup should look like before a single player is drafted…

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OFFENSE

QB Matt Flynn -- He enters OTAs as the starter. Reggie McKenzie said so himself.
RB Darren McFadden -- The offense will run through him, as long as he's here and healthy.
FB Marcel Reece -- A few inches taller and he'd be illegal.
TE David Ausberry -- Probably has to fend off a drafted tight end.

Offensive line
LT Jared Veldheer -- Will he have competition in the form of a drafted left tackle?
LG Lucas Nix -- Or does last year's top pick, Tony Bergstrom, get the nod on this side?
C Stefen Wisniewski -- He says he's a center, not a left guard. So there.
RG Mike Brisiel -- The ZBS specialist has to adapt to the power scheme now, or defer to Bergstrom.
RT Khalif Barnes -- By default at this point, especially if the Raiders draft a tackle.

WR Denarius Moore -- Needs to find same chemistry he had with Carson Palmer with Flynn.
WR Rod Streater -- Chain mover is jewel of McKenzie's first class of undrafted rookies.
Slot WR Jacoby Ford -- Has missed as many games as he's played in over past three years.

4-3 DEFENSE

Defensive line
DE Lamarr Houston -- Suddenly the elder statesman on D-line.
DT Pat Sims -- Antsy vet looking to prove something.
DT Vance Walker -- See Sims, Pat.
DE Jason Hunter -- Does coach Dennis Allen see some Elvis Dumervil in Hunter?

Linebackers
WLB Miles Burris -- Will be interesting to see how he responds to a year of experience.
MLB Nick Roach -- The most intriguing offseason signing thus far this offseason.
SLB Kevin Burnett -- He plays hard…and hits harder.

3-4 DEFENSE

Defensive line
DE Lamarr Houston
DT Pat Sims
DE Jason Hunter

Linebackers
OLB Kaluka Maiava -- Has a nose for the ball and will actually push Burris for WILL linebacker in 4-3.
ILB Miles Burris -- Said he was open to moving inside; here's his chance.
ILB Nick Roach
OLB Kevin Burnett

Secondary
CB Tracy Porter -- Visions of his Super Bowl pick-6 against Peyton Manning have to be dancing in Allen's head.
CB Mike Jenkins -- Physical, big corner has a chip on his shoulder.
FS Usama Young -- Versatility -- he's played everywhere in the secondary -- a big plus.
SS Tyvon Branch -- One of only two guys left in Oakland from four years worth of drafts (2006-09). McFadden the other.

SPECIAL TEAMS
LS Jon Condo -- His worth proved by concussion in last year's opener.
PK Sebastian Janikowski -- Swan song for SeaBass, who's entering contract year.
P Marquette King -- Might be fittest punter in league, but still has to work on consistency.
H Terrelle Pryor -- Flynn could also hold, but why risk your starting QB here, especially when Pryor is more versatile?
KR/PR Jacoby Ford -- Says the surgically-repaired foot is ready to go.