Pre-Draft Needs: DT, ORT, OLT, DE, QB
Round 1-Rolando McClain/LB - Veteran LB Kirk Morrison wasn't coming off of a good season, so it wasn't a surprise that they wound up trading him. To replace Morrison, the Raiders selected McClain with their first-rounder. He'll come in and start this season. McClain was one of the few difference makers at the linebacker position available for this year's draft. The only issue is whether McClain has good enough coverage skills to be a three-down linebacker.
Round 2-Lamarr Houston/DT - Oakland had to address this position high in the draft. They were able to do that with Houston, who should challenge for a starting job right away.
Round 3-Jared Veldheer/OT - Standing just over 6-8, Veldheer is a huge developmental prospect with a big upside. He may have to perform as a backup for his first two seasons, but Veldheer figures to develop into the team's future at left tackle.
Round 4-Bruce Campbell/OT - Campbell is another raw prospect who needs a lot of work with his technique. He'll spend at least his first season as a backup.
Round 4-Jacoby Ford/WR - The small but speedy receiver moved up draft boards after two great 40-yard dash during the NFL Combine. Ford figures to compete for a role as a special teams returner this season and as a fourth or fifth receiver.
Round 5-Walter McFadden/CB - McFadden figures to compete for a dime role as a rookie.
Round 6-Travis Goethel/LB - The undersized defender will get a chance to compete for a backup job at MLB or SLB.
Round 7-Jeremy Ware/CB - Ware will compete for a role as the team's fourth or fifth cornerback.
Round 7-Stevie Brown/S - He's likely practice squad bound.
Defensive End - Veteran DL Richard Seymour is playing on a one-year deal and typically plays both end and tackle. What this team lacks is a few top-end pass rushers.
Defensive Tackle - They came into the draft with no depth at all at this position. They came out of it with one good developmental prospect in Houston. The Raiders still need to add one more young interior defensive lineman.
Quarterback - New starting QB Jason Campbell's contract was extended through 2011, but who is future signal caller at the position? When was the last time the Raiders actually developed a quarterback who they drafted? You might have to go back more than 20 years to find that guy.