Raiders will need to alter draft approach

Posted April 15, 2011 @ 4:31 p.m.
Posted By Eli Kaberon

In recent years, the Raiders' draft strategy has included a heavy focus on trading picks for veteran players. A first-rounder for WR Randy Moss in '05. An '08 second-round pick for CB DeAngelo Hall. A first this year and a fourth in 2012, respectively, for DT Richard Seymour and QB Jason Campbell. Due to the labor dispute, the option of trading for players won't be available this year, as teams are barred from moving players under contract. Instead, the team will only be able to swap picks for other picks. In all likelihood the team will need to make all of its own selections, which may end up being a good thing. Oakland had a very successful draft last season, which netted several impact players that contributed greatly to the offense, defense and special teams. The Raiders have seven picks in this year's draft and could use more difference makers, especially in the secondary and on the offensive line.