A lot of conversation has been had about Oakland’s running back situation, but unless the team gets better in run defense, they won’t be able to reward their championship caliber offense with enough wins.
Malik McDowell has taken his share of criticism surrounding mostly effort concerns.
If millions of dollars won’t motivate a young man, then what will?
I don’t know, but hopefully Oakland does. The former Spartan is an elite talent and if they love him enough, they’ll move up to grab him.
It’ll put more pressure on him to perform as the team forks over a third-round pick in the package to move ahead of the likes of Detroit and the Giants who also need help up front.
With the sixth-round pick the Raiders get from Tampa to even out the point values a bit, Derek Carr will be happy to see a talented and underrated receiver headed his way.
Malachi Dupre might have been a star at the college level if it weren’t for limited success from LSU’s quarterbacks, and I see plenty of potential in him.
I’ve heard the same thing you all have, the Buccaneers like their offensive line group. Since this is the time of year to disbelieve a little bit of everything you hear, I’m going to pretend the Bucs know they need interior line help.
Do they need first-round interior line help? Maybe not. Still, Forrest Lamp is a top-shelf talent with versatility oozing from his tape.
The next pick may be the most surprising of all.
One great thing about grabbing an extra mid-round pick is the opportunity to take someone at a position maybe others didn’t expect.
The last time the Buccaneers took a quarterback in the third round, he became the highest regarded back-up in the NFL and may just get this team a compensatory pick next draft season.
Nate Peterman has been one of my favorite sleeper quarterbacks in this class, but he’s risen a bit since I first started quietly pulling for him.
Grab him here, and Tampa essentially gets a mid-round back-up quarterback for the price of a sixth-round pick.