Looking For Tight End Help

Prior to last year's draft the Oakland Raiders traded a fourth-round pick to the St. Louis Rams for tight end Roland Williams.

While Williams provided the team with a solid blocker at the position, he was unable to replace Ricky Dudley as a receiving threat. Shannon Sharpe recently visited the Raiders, but the Seahawks and Broncos also have a strong interest in signing him and it could turn out to be a pricey proposition. The closer we get to the draft, the more it becomes likely that the Raiders will address their tight end needs through the annual selection process.

With two picks in the first round of this year's draft the Raiders could be looking to add a tight end with one of those choices. Miami's Jeremy Shockey is expected to be the first tight end selected in this year's draft, but the Raiders would probably have to trade up ahead of the Seahawks and maybe the Giants to get him.

Colorado's Daniel Graham isn't the receiving threat that Shockey is, but he might be the better overall player. The Raiders have him rated as a late first rounder and he could provide them with the receiving threat they were missing at tight end last year.

While Graham is 6'3" and weighed in at 248 during this year's combine, Washington's Jerramy Stevens is a mammoth 6'6" 265 and we all know how the Raiders love those Huskies.

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