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We've gone over the Raiders draft outlook for each position over the past two weeks. Now, with the draft a few days away, let's put it all together and figure what they need most. The best player available could tweak priorities -- outside linebackers are No. 6 on this list, and the Raiders could select OLB Khalil Mack at No. 5 overall -- but it gives an outline of what the Raiders need to succeed now and in the near future.
1. Wide receivers
-- The Raiders lack a true game-changing receiver to lead a solid corps. Snagging one would electrify the passing game and the fan base.
2. Defensive linemen
-- The Raiders added veteran talent, but don’t have the depth to form a pass-rushing rotation necessary to keep quality quarterbacks off balance. They could use multiple selections on this group, at end and tackle, in the earlier portions of the draft.
-- The Raiders need a No. 4 corner this season and starter of the future to play opposite 2013 first-rounder D.J. Hayden. An aggressive, physical corner would shore up an important position group in a pass-happy division. If this player can contribute right away as a return man, that would be a real bonus.
-- The Raiders have a quarterback of the present in Matt Schaub, but would like to start developing a passer for the future now, without the stress of having to start right away.
5. Offensive linemen
-- The Raiders beefed up along the line -- that includes veteran left tackle Donald Penn, who signed a two-year deal with all guaranteed money in 2014 -- but they could use a long-term solution protecting the blind side. They could go for a left tackle at No. 5 if Watkins and Mack are gone and trading back doesn’t work out.
6. Outside linebackers
-- Though strongside linebacker Sio Moore was the rookie of the year in 2013 and has a bright future ahead, the Raiders certainly wouldn’t pass on a game changer like Khalil Mack if he’s available at No. 5. Weakside linebacker Kevin Burnett is in a contract year and replacing him might be a priority.
-- The Raiders could use a successor to free safety Charles Woodson and support for strong safety Tyvon Branch.
8. Middle linebackers
-- The Raiders are set with Nick Roach running the defense, but they could use a backup. And middle linebackers generally make for good special teams players. Helping that unit certainly wouldn’t hurt.
9. Running backs
-- The Raiders seem flush now, but might want to add a lower-round pick to develop in time. Not a high priority though.
10. Tight ends
-- The Raiders drafted two tight ends in last year’s draft. Given the rookie production of Mychal Rivera and the potential of Nick Kasa, hard to see them stocking up again.
-- With so many needs, Raiders don’t need to burn a draft pick on a snapper, punter or kicker.