The Oakland Raiders haven't had a winning season since 2002, but they actually retained head coach Dennis Allen and are giving him an opportunity to build the team as he sees fit. Now the question is: how he would see fit to improve on a 4-12 record and keep his job after 2013? Could it be by adding a pass-rusher from LSU?
Barkevious Mingo is a junior that will be the "freakish athlete" at the top of the draft. Yes, that does sound like it's right around the Raiders' wheelhouse. The 6'4, 240-pound linebacker with speed possibly in the 4.40-4.50 range could immediately help a unit that had just 25 sacks last season. Dane Brugler of CBS Sports mocked Mingo to the Raiders at the no. 3 overall selection and had this to say:
The Raiders have a lot of beef on their defensive line, but need to add more speed to get after the passer, ranking 31st in the league in sacks (25.0) this season. Mingo has the athletic skill-set and potential that will be enticing for Oakland.
Lamarr Houston led Oakland with just 4.5 sacks. The Raiders were ranked 28th in scoring defense, 20th against the pass and 18th against the run. A devastating pass-rusher in the front seven could change that immediately.