Raiders draft primer: Day 3

Raiders draft primer: Day 3
May 9, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant is still on the board. (USATSI)


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ALAMEDA -- The Raiders have a long day ahead. They have five picks over four long rounds (right now, anyway) to end the 2014 NFL draft.

There are several needs the Raiders need to fill over the last day, but the list of immediate-impact players has decreased significantly after 100 selections.

The Raiders probably won’t fill needs to their complete satisfaction with the remaining picks, so they must decide where they can get the best value.

That’s where the overall draft board comes into play. So does the Raiders current roster.

The Raiders must certainly weigh these issues at receiver. There are some selections with positive upside remaining -- Clemson’s Martavis Bryant comes to mind -- but are they better than the young players the Raiders already have? Would they rather line up with Andre Holmes, Denarius Moore and Rod Streater alongside veteran free-agent acquisition James Jones? Is that group better than any of the remaining draftees they could add to it?

There were plenty of playmaking receivers at the top of the draft, but quarterback Derek Carr was too tempting at No. 36 overall.

[RELATED: Carr availability alters Raiders draft strategy]

Are there better impact players at different positions? Those are the tough choices that must be made on the fly.

There are certainly players who could provide solid depth and grow into bigger roles. That list could include Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds, Clemson’s Bashaud Breeland and Utah’s Keith McGill.

There are certainly other players at other spots who could fit in -- special teams play becomes particularly important in these late rounds. The Raiders have been good at mining such finds, even in undrafted free agency.

The Raiders traded down in the third round to pick up an extra fourth-round pick. Don’t be surprised to see the Raiders trade down again to get picks in the fifth or sixth round after previsouly trading those choices away.

[RELATED: Raiders trade down in third]

Here are the Raiders remaining choices:

No. 5: OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
No. 36: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
No. 81 (from Miami): OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.
No. 107:
No. 116 (from Miami):
No. 219:
No. 235:
No. 247 (from Seattle):