With the second pick of the day, the Raiders started to build their offense around their young franchise quarterback.
4) Oakland Raiders
GM - zstrout
Pick - Amari Cooper, WR (Alabama)
The debate here is whether it's Cooper or White that go number four. At 6'1 Cooper has the height to go up and catch the ball on most defenders in the league, and the natural instincts to be able to come down with it. He is not the most physically gifted receiver in the draft, but much like Torry Holt and Marvin Harrison, he can straight play the wide receiver position. He is a good route runner, not great, and needs to work on drops. He is a good starting point for this offense, which already has a young talented quarterback. Oakland needs help on both the offensive and defensive line, much like the Giants, but the need for a playmaker is more apparent.
This is a pick that could go either way. If the Raiders go for a receiver -- which seems likely -- then their choice will likely be between White and Cooper. The decision might depend on how loudly Al Davis' voice echoes through their War Room. But I think Cooper is the right choice. Though White's size and speed would mesh well with Carr's rocket arm, Cooper's polish and razor sharp route running will be a big help all over the field for the young quarterback.
All The Picks!
No. 1 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) -- Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State [Full story]
No. 2 (Tennessee Titans) -- Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon [Full Story]
No. 3 (Jacksonville Jaguars) - Leonard Williams, DL, USC [Full Story]
No. 4 (Oakland Raiders) - Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama