Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE
Could the Oakland Raiders address a significant need along the defensive line in the 2013 NFL Draft?
The Super Bowl has wrapped up, and now all 32 teams in the NFL can concentrate on some of the important upcoming events, such as the Scouting Combine in late February, the beginning of the free agency period, and of course, the 2013 NFL Draft in April.
For the Oakland Raiders, the season has been over for a long, long time. They didn't have a playoff berth, and in fact, were nowhere near such a thing. They ended up with one of the worst records in the NFL, and have the No. 3 pick in the draft with which to try and improve.
Does any team need to address the front seven more than the Raiders? Star Lotulelei didn't put up impressive numbers this season at Utah, but he faced consistent double teams and proved to be dominant at the point of attack. He has scheme versatility and a world of upside.
Oakland definitely needs some serious help up front. They have almost no pass rush to speak of, and they have some serious trouble stopping the run. Matt Shaughnessy had a down year and Richard Seymour could be on his way out.
Picking at No. 3, it's dangerous to just go with a need and possibly pick a player too early, but luckily for the Raiders, the top-end of the draft is almost always ripe with prime defensive line talent. Lotulelei fits the bill, and could immediately start somewhere on Oakland's line.