Raiders add key pieces for Derek Carr


The Raiders have started on the road back to respectability by acquiring a number of good players with blue-chip talent and blue-collar mentalities. First-round pick Amari Coopercertainly embodies this premise as an ultra-talented playmaker with a refined game. Athletic tight endClive Walford (Round 3) figures to be a big body that quarterback Derek Carr can pinpoint between the hashes and down in the red zone, when the field condenses. Defensive tackle Mario Edwards Jr. (Round 2) is viewed as a questionable pick in some circles, but the Florida State standout is a versatile defender capable of lining up inside or outside in a three- or four-man front. He could emerge as the base defensive end in the Raiders' scheme, enabling Khalil Mack to hunt from the back side. If Edwards controls his weight and plays with a consistent motor, he could be the linchpin that allows the Raiders' defense to attack at the line of scrimmage. (Via NFL.COM)

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