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Top Five Players the Oakland Raiders Should Look at Following NFL Combine

Team Needs Strong Picks in This Year's Draft

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COMMENTARY | Now that the Oakland Raiders have gotten to see the studs and duds of the NFL Combine, it's time for the front office to make some decisions come draft day.

As it stands, the Raiders are without a second and fifth-round pick, so general manager Reggie McKenzie needs to make the most of the picks he does have.

Here are five players the Raiders must have on their radar on draft day.

Ziggy Ansah, BYU, DE

Ziggy Ansah's draft stock has been soaring for a while now, and his solid performance at the combine deserves some serious consideration at No. 3.

Defense will be the Raiders' top priority in this year's draft, and a strong pass rusher is something they desperately need.

Ansah ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the combine. He's 6'5'', 271 pounds by the way.

That's a lot of man coming at you at a very fast rate. He is more than worthy of the No. 3 overall pick.

Tyrann Mathieu, LSU, CB

Even after going a year without playing competitive football, the Honey Badger can still be a solid athlete.

Though Mathieu had a very poor showing in the bench press, he ran a 4.50 40-yard dash and had a 36-inch vertical jump at the combine.

Not bad for a guy who's only 5'9''.

No doubt Mathieu impressed the scouts, but it's unlikely he goes higher than the third round. His off the field issues are a serious concern, which makes him a risky pick. But, it wouldn't be the Raiders if it wasn't risky.

Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT

Sharrif Floyd has been rumored to be one of the top picks in this year's draft after an excellent combine.

He didn't have stellar numbers at Florida, but he's proven to be one of the most athletic defensive tackles in this year's draft.

With Richard Seymour out the door and Desmond Bryant putting up crazy mugshots in Miami, it's uncertain who the Raiders will use to play defensive tackle next season alongside Tommy Kelly.

Floyd could be that guy.

Jamar Taylor, Boise State, CB

Boise State's Jamar Taylor was one of the best competitors in his entire group during the combine.

He ran a 4.39 40-yard dash and had 22 reps in the bench press. He's a strong, physical cornerback who isn't afraid to make a play on the ball.

After an impressive combine, it wouldn't be surprising to see Taylor drafted as high as the second round.

The Raiders are currently without a second-round pick, but don't be surprised to see McKenzie make a trade to get a cornerback with their second pick.

Leon McFadden, San Diego State, CB

Along with Jamar Taylor, San Diego State's Leon McFadden was one of the best cornerbacks in the Mountain West Conference.

McFadden had a solid showing at the combine after a 4.54 40-yard dash and a 34.5-inch vertical jump.

Projected to be a third-round pick, McFadden would be a great option if Mathieu or Taylor are off the board. The Raiders must get a young player to help change the culture of the defense.

Leon has that playmaking ability, and another McFadden couldn't hurt the team.

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

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