Raiders Draft Outlook: WR & TE

With Zach Miller firmly established as one of the NFL's best tight ends and the young trio of Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy, and Darrius Heyward-Bey poised to breakout, the Raiders don't view either wide receiver or tight end as a major priority. However, the team might look at some late round guys or potential undrafted free agents to add some depth.

The wide receiver and tight end positions are not a high priority for the Raiders in the upcoming draft. As stated in a previous post, the Raiders are relatively well stocked in the receiving department, and it's unlikely the team will dedicate a high or mid-round pick to a receiver.

While there isn't a marquee name among the current group, you can certainly make the case for tight end Zach Miller, and the young trio of Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy, and Darrius Heyward-Bey are looking to make 2010 their breakout year.

Fans already know what to expect of the Raiders' top duo of Schilens and Murphy. Despite missing half the season, Schilens still managed to rank third in most major receiving statistical categories, and by all reports, will be coming into Fall Camp healthy and ready to go. Murphy was the steal of last year's fourth round and looks to build on a solid rookie campaign.

The wild card of sorts is Darrius Heyward-Bey. Heyward-Bey had a disastrous rookie season, but a lot of that was attributed to an early hamstring injury that slowed his development, in addition to his blazing speed. He still has a ways to go as far as his hands and route running are concerned, but he's still very young and skill position guys, like running backs and receivers, generally have an easier time adjusting to the pro game. A healthy Heyward-Bey might provide the Raiders with the consistent deep threat they have sorely lacked.

Johnnie Lee Higgins, Todd Watkins, Yamon Figurs, and Nick Miller round out the receivers, with Figurs and Miller viewed solely as special teams weapons.

Behind Zach Miller at tight end, the Raiders return Tony Stewart and Brandon Myers. Again, neither wide receiver nor tight end are a huge priority, but if the Raiders do decide to add a piece at either position, it might be at the tight end spot as a seventh rounder or an undrafted rookie free agent.

Listed below are a few names the Raiders might consider:

Wide Receivers

David Gettis (Baylor) 6-4 with 4.47 speed

Chris McGaha (Arizona State) NFL ready and would make a solid slot receiver; think Austin Collie

Pat Simonds
(Colgate) Red zone weapon at 6-6, 222-lbs.

Kyle Williams (Arizona State) Ran a 4.36/40 at the combine while averaging a 4.43; Potential as a return specialist

Tight Ends

Nate Byham (Pittsburgh) Might be the best blocking TE in the draft; would be a nice complement to Zach Miller

Andrew Quarless (Penn State) Great athlete and very durable but has serious character issues

Dedrick Eppis (Miami-FL) Doesn't stand out in one specific area but is solid all around

Jeff Cumberland (Illinois) At 6-5, 251-lbs. ran a 4.46/40 at the Illinois Pro Day, but has poor hands

Jeff Cottam (Tennessee) Huge target at 6-8; might go undrafted

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