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NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders Need to Draft Offense in the Third Round

Tight End, Wide Receiver and Lineman Are Holes that Need to Be Filled

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COMMENTARY | Assuming the Raiders address their defensive line with their second round pick, the offense needs to be addressed in the third round.

Though the majority of their problems lie on the defensive side of the ball, Oakland's offense was nothing to write home about last year.

Carson Palmer, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Brandon Myers are all gone, and as of now, the Raiders offense is led by a very inexperienced quarterback, an injury-prone running back, and a group of wide receivers who have yet to establish themselves in the NFL.

With Greg Olson now running the offense in Oakland, the Raiders need to address the issues that made their offense so one-dimensional last season.

Here are a few options Oakland can work with in the third round.

Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

Brandon Myers signed with the New York Giants in the offseason, which means Oakland needs to add more depth to the tight end position.

Gavin Escobar had a solid combine and has some of the best hands of any tight end in the NFL draft. Although his blocking could use improvement, his consistent hands will make it easier for whoever throws him the ball this year in Oakland.

Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

The Raiders lost their most experienced wide receiver in Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford have both dealt with injury issues throughout their young careers.

At 6'2'', 208 pounds, Terrance Williams is a beast of a receiver. He led the nation in receiving with 1,832 yards on 97 receptions last year; and he did so without Robert Griffin III.

With Moore being the team's No. 1 target next season, picking up Williams would be a great way to improve Oakland's passing game.

Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

The Raiders are still in need of help on their offensive line. Khalif Barnes was non-existent last year as a right tackle, and right guard Mike Brisiel had "major" offseason ankle surgery that will sideline him until training camp.

Dallas Thomas had a consistent college career protecting Tyler Bray at Tennessee and has experience playing all over the offensive line in the most difficult conference in college football.

Thomas' natural position is at guard, and with Oakland moving back to the power-blocking scheme next season, it's uncertain if Brisiel will even be on the team.

Steven Slivka is a Featured Columnist for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.

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