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While all eyes in the national media seemed to be on the quarterback position and whether the Raiders would be looking at replacing Derek Carr Bo Jackson Jersey , most of us local folks weren’t buying into the hype...."While all eyes in the national media seemed to be on the quarterback position and whether the Raiders would be looking at replacing Derek Carr, most of us local folks weren’t buying into the hype. There were other positions that needed to be addressed and the quarterback talk was a lot of noise. But if you were among those wondering about the Raiders plans for Carr, their draft gives him the vote of confidence that he is their guy.As those who follow this team as closely as we do, we all have our ideas of what the Raiders should do with their draft picks. And inevitably at the end of it all, we’re left wondering how certain positions went either without enough of a priority or unaddressed altogether.There are only so many picks that can be expected to come in and contribute right away. Typically that’s players who were chosen on the first two days. But sometimes players take a bit later suggest they could have an early impact as well.The first round, the team used their three top picks on clear areas of need. They filled the gaping hole at defensive end with the addition of Clelin Ferrell. Likewise for the running back postion with the addition of Josh Jacobs. Then, finally, it was the safety position that got an influx of talent with the addition of Johnathan Abram.That was three of what figured to be six major needs on this team. The other three being linebacker, tight end, and guard.With one of their final three fourth round picks, they selected tight end Foster Moreau. That selection does little to fill the void left by the departed Jared Cook. Any tight end who could possibly do that was long gone by the time day three rolled around. The most notable among them was Iowa’s Noah Fant who was gone in the first round before the Raiders could select him at 24.What this leaves the Raiders with as their top option is Darren Waller, who the team signed off the Ravens practice squad late last season. The Raiders think very highly of Waller despite his having just 4 starts in 4 NFL seasons. After the draft, Mayock said Waller would the Raiders “displaced Y” and made an interesting comparison for him.“I was talking to Waller upstairs today,” said Mayock. “Boy, I thought we almost drafted…a minute I looked at him and shook his hands I thought it was Noah Fant. You know, from a height, size perspective, he looked very similar and he’s a very athletic kid.”As for Moreau, he will be looked to as a blocker first and foremost with hopes to contribute some as a receiver in two tight end sets.“What we think we found is a tight end that can put his hand in the dirt and block number one,” Mayock said of Moreau. “Number two, we think he’s a little bit better athletically than most people think. And number three https://www.raiderslockerroom.com/authentic-antonio-brown-jersey , we think he’s a great compliment to Waller.”What of linebacker, though? Well, this wasn’t a very strong draft at the position. After Devin White and Devin Bush in the first round, there was a significant dropoff in talent at the position. But even in the later rounds, the Raiders went away from the position, opting instead to double up on pass rusher with the selection of Maxx Crosby and cornerback with Trayvon Mullen in the second round and Isaiah Johnson in the 4th round.Late in free agency, the Raiders signed both Vontaze Burfict and Brandon Marshall to one-year deals. They were insurance signings mostly, and the Raiders will be cashing in on that insurance at very least to give them two proven starting options atop the depth chart heading into camp.Guard was a head-scratcher. They had many chances to add one in this draft who could come in and battle to be the replacement for the departed Kelechi Osemele. The one question was how much they liked Denzelle Good, who started three games at right guard late last season. Apparently the answer is quite a bit, because they ignored the guard spot completely in this draft and now Good is the team’s top option.“I mean he has been [the starter] all offseason and I would imagine if we lined up today, Tom would probably have him there,” Mayock said of Good. “You know, he played pretty well at the end of last season. I’m not sure, you know, he’s going to have to prove to us that he’s the long-term answer. He had some initial success at Indy (Indianapolis Colts) at tackle. He wasn’t able to sustain it. You know, so we need him to be consistent. I mean that’s going to be his challenge because he has the natural ability and size to be a starting guard in the NFL but he’s got to sustain it and be more consistent.”Even with Mayock saying Good has to prove he can be the guy, not adding any talent from the draft makes that task a lot more a clear path. Barring any surprise contender, there isn’t a lot standing in his way of holding onto the job come the season. And the Raiders seem pretty ok with that.Follow @LeviDamienFive key match-ups for Raiders vs Broncos We’re just one game into the season, but that season opener can either make a team feel on top of the world, or trying to claw their way up from the bottom. The Broncos are feeling the former and the Raiders the latter right now. Even though the Raiders lost to one of the best teams in the NFL and the Broncos beat one of the worst, a win is a win. And after this week either the Broncos will be undefeated and the Raiders winless Womens Derek Carr Jersey , or both will be back to .500. These key match-ups could very well decide which scenario we will be looking at come Sunday night. Kolton Miller vs Von MillerThe Millers will play a major role in this game. The Raiders want Derek Carr to be aggressive and go deep. They even brought back Martavis Bryant to stretch the field. But in order to do that, Carr will need time to let Bryant and company get down the field. The rookie Miller keeping the elite Miller from destroying Carr from his blindside on the rush will be the key to allowing that to happen. And not getting Carr killed back there would be good too.Derek Carr vs GhostsLast week Carr looked good early on. The first drive was great. And they were ahead at the half. They couldn’t get anything going in the third quarter, but the game was still tied 13-13 nearing the end of the quarter. Then on third and 2, Carr was sacked by Michael Brockers. And the Rams would finish the game on a 20-0 run. When the Raiders got the ball back to begin the fouth quarter, they went three-and-out. On that third and five, Carr quickly looked for receivers, and unable to find anyone, turned and threw the ball away from a clean pocket. He was spooked and there was no one there. The same thing happened on the next third down, this time third and seven. Except this time he didn’t throw it away, he threw a bizarre lob pass right to linebacker Cory Littleton.When he got the ball back after that interception there was just 3:15 left in the game with the Raiders down 26-13. On the fourth play, he threw a pass in front of Jared Cook on a shallow cross and it was picked by Marcus Peters and returned for a touchdown. That is a monumental meltdown. And it was seemingly tied to simply getting sacked. There will be plenty of pressure in this game. The Broncos sacked Russell Wilson six times last week. Derek will probably be sacked a few times as well. But there will also undoubtedly be times where he will have a pocket from which to throw. He CAN NOT waste those windows of opportunity by hearing footsteps where there are none. The Rams don’t even have a strong outside pass rush. The Broncos absolutely do. Amari Cooper vs Chris Harris JrJon Gruden made it clear this week he wants Amari Cooper to see the ball come his way when he gets open. Derek Carr said he doesn’t want to force it into him. Something has to give. If AC/DC is to have a revival in Denver, Coop must break open on Harris. That will be no easy task. Harris is a three-time Pro Bowler and was an All Pro as recently as 2016. He defended more passes in the opener (2) than Coop had catches (1).Coop got open at least 5-6 times against the Rams’ All Pro cornerbacks. He can do it against Harris and company. If he doesn’t, the Raiders offense will sputter and die again.Rodney Hudson vs Domata Peko Even at 34 years of age, Peko is one of the league’s better nose tackles. Getting Marshawn Lynch going in this game will depend on finding space up the gut where Peko makes his money. Hudson is known for his pass blocking, while his fellow interior linemen Kelechi Osemele and Gabe Jackson are more known for their run blocking. Games like this will give Hudson a chance to show he can also road grade. If he loses those battles inside, the Raiders will lose the ground advantage. and long situations where the Broncos pass rushers can go to work. Melvin/Conley vs Sanders/ThomasDon’t be fooled by the numbers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas put up last season. The QB situation in Denver was a travesty last season and their numbers took a hit because of it. Both are just a season removed from putting up over 1000 yards each and heading to the Pro Bowl. And now they have a quarterback in Case Keenum who can get them the ball.If you needed a sign to prove that, you got it last week when Sanders caught 10 passes on 11 targets for 135 yards and a touchdown. While Thomas caught 6 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks don’t have the secondary they once did. The Raiders also have a rebuilt secondary. There were some good signs last week Gareon Conley and Rashaan Melvin were a step up from the duo of Sean Smith and David Amerson. But Conley and Melvin still gave up some big plays that cost the team late in the game. Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp are very good receivers, but not nearly as talented as Thomas and Sanders. Follow @LeviDamien

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