Raiders interested in SEC Draft prospect

The Oakland Raiders went to the NFL Combine with a laundry list of ideas on how to make their team better – one of those areas is defensive end where they want to increase production.

They had just 34 sacks in 2006 – 18th in the league. While they led the league in passing defense, they also had the fewest passing attempts against in the league – imagine how good it could be with another force coming from the other side. has confirmed that the Oakland Raiders met with Florida defensive end Ray McDonald at the NFL Combine.

McDonald, who suffered a knee injury in 2005, is fully healthy and ready to take his game to the next level in the NFL.

"I wanted to show them I am a top guy and one of the top defensive guys in the country," McDonald said of meeting.

At 6-foot-3, 276-pounds, McDonald is a force against both the run and in pass rushing. This past season he took the majority of his snaps playing inside, stopping the run and pushing the pocket.

While he can play inside at defensive tackle, the Raiders would prefer to keep him at end where he can use his speed to get around the edge and contain the run with his solid push.

McDonald had a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl – breaking up passes in the flat and showing good burst around the edge.

The Florida alumni collected 36 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks last year – again from the tackle spot.

But his burst says he can make a lot of plays off the edge – helping bookend Derrick Burgess on the other side.

While he did not work out at the Combine, thanks to a bout of food poisoning that caused him to drop weight, McDonald came across well in interviews. He will work out at his Pro Day this month.

As for what the Raiders would get if they drafted McDonald:

"They will be getting a great player who can stop the run and rush the passer," McDonald said confidently.

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