Many pundits were picking the Raiders to finish the season in the NFL’s basement, so even a four-win season could come as a step in the right direction. Particularly when the offensive line fell apart before the season even began. A combination of cap concerns and a lack of past draft picks have left the roster thin -- and without a clear franchise QB. At least now they’ll have a high selection in a well-regarded draft class to try to get the organization back on course.
But where do they invest that pick, which is projected at No. 3 overall based on the current standings?
Todd McShay released his first 2014 mock draft Wednesday, and in doing so identified the biggest areas of need for the Raiders. The most urgent: quarterback, defensive end, wide receiver and offensive tackle. So what direction do the Raiders turn?
Here’s who McShay believes will provide the best fit for Oakland with the No. 3 overall pick