COMMENTARY | After an unpredictable and exciting first night of the 2013 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders landed Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden with the 12th overall pick.
In the process, general manager Reggie McKenzie was able to acquire a second-rounder, something the Raiders desperately needed. Now, after addressing the team's need for a young defensive back, McKenzie must work on fixing the atrocious defensive line.
Last year, the Raiders' front four didn't scare anybody, and with the exception of defensive end Lamarr Houston, Oakland's defensive line is undergoing a complete makeover.
With a draft class loaded so heavily with defensive linemen, Oakland needs to land that homerun hitter to give its line some sort of relevancy.
The Raiders now have the No. 42 pick in the draft after trading down with the Miami Dolphins last night, and here are a few guys they need to consider drafting tonight.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMUSouthern Methodist University is still feeling the devastating effects of the "death penalty" it suffered over 25 years ago. But this year, the Mustangs had an electrifying defensive end from Estonia named Margus Hunt.
At 6'8'', 277 pounds, Hunt is a big, strong body that would make an immediate impact on Oakland's defensive line. Hunt ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and had 38 reps in the bench press.
The Raiders need a disruptor to bring excitement to their anemic defensive front, and with a defensive end that possesses the "freakish" combination of size and athleticism that Hunt has, Oakland needs to take him if he's still on the board.
Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida StateHow could you not love a guy with a nickname like "Tank?" Over the last two months, Tank Carradine's draft stock has risen tremendously, and with good reason.
Carradine is explosive off the snap, and was a pivotal part in Florida State's stingy defense last season. Many mock drafts have Carradine being taken by No. 40, but if Hunt is gone and Carradine is still on the board, the Raiders would get a talented defensive end who knows how to win.
A torn ACL last season set Carradine back during the pre-draft workouts, but his comeback has sparked interest from several other teams.
Kawann Short, DT, PurdueKawann Short was one of the best defensive lineman in the powerhouse Big Ten conference last season. It's even more impressive that he did so while playing for one of the mediocre teams in the conference in Purdue.
Several draft "experts" had Short going towards the end of the first round, which means the Raiders would be getting a solid pick if they were to get him at No 42.
Although Oakland could really benefit from a pass rusher off the edge, Short would give the interior of the Raiders' line a much needed jolt.
Steven Slivka is a Freelance Writer for the Oakland Raiders. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.
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