Raiders Still Expected To Consider WRs In The Draft, Despite Signing Michael Crabtree

According to Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report, the Raiders will still consider taking a wide receiver in this year’s draft, even after they signed Michael Crabtree to a one-year contract on Monday.

However, the addition of Crabtree gives them the flexibility to target positions other than receiver at No. 4 overall such as defensive tackle, as they reportedly “covet” USC DT Leonard Williams.

Although they think highly of Alabama WR Amari Cooper and WVU WR Kevin White, Cole mentions that the Raiders could wait until the second round to address the receiver position.

Cole suggests UCF’s Breshad Perriman or Oklahoma’s Dorial Green-Beckham as two players to keep an eye on for the Raiders in the event they pass on a receiver in round one.

Oakland didn’t over extend themselves by signing Crabtree, as Adam Schefter reported that the deal is just a one-year contract worth $3 million that includes another $2 million available in incentives.

As things stand right now, the Raiders’ receiving corps consists of: Crabtree, James, Jones, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes, Kenbrell Thompkins, Jeremy Gallon, Brice Butler and Seth Roberts.

While Crabtree definitely improves the unit, the group isn’t deep enough to persuade them from adding a young receiver at No. 4 overall or in the middle rounds of the draft.


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