Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/24/13
The Oakland Raiders took the words "Black Hole" literally when they analyzed their roster, because no one was getting out alive. With notable releases such as; Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Huff, Rolando McClain and Carson Palmer being traded to the Arizona Cardinals, the Raiders were truly in a rebuilding phase.For the first time in Raiders history, they will have the third overall pick in the NFL draft. Let's hope that they get this one right because they don't have a second round pick due to the trade with the Cincinnati Bengals acquiring Palmer. With all the trade rumors going around with teams such as the 49ers, Chargers and Dolphins willing to trade up to their position, they won't being doing that unless they receive an extremely large offer.We all know that Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel will be taken as the first two picks (probably in that order), so what direction do they go? "I think you try and draft the best player, and fill that need down the line," said General Manager, Reggie McKenzie.Dion Jordan has such an exceptional amount of athleticism, the sky is the limit for this twenty-three year old from Oregon. He moved to defense in 2010, where before he played wide receiver and tight end. He's played everywhere on the defensive front seven, but mainly he's had a hybrid defensive end/strong-side linebacker role.Being all around on the field has inevitably lead to him having spectacular awareness for where the ball is. He has such a terrific first step, affronted burst off the edge and extensive reach to finish off the play.Jordan is such a remarkable athlete, with an exponential amount of potential and is truly an authentic top-five pick.
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