Ideally, Oakland would prefer to trade down two or three spots and pick up Thomas, netting the extra picks to help a team that has a number of areas that need improvement.
Thomas tore a ligament in his knee last year while playing defensive end – that's right, defensive end. He came back and had another strong season for the Badgers in 2006.
The Raiders could use a man of his talents along the line, moving Robert Gallery back to right tackle. Thomas is considered a strong run blocker and a developing pass protector that could be a cornerstone for a franchise.
He is a player that will be in high demand at the top of the NFL Draft board, already meeting with Detroit and Cleveland.
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