With the Oakland Raiders staff having the ability to work with the prospects at the NFL combine this weekend in Indianapolis, they will get a good look at which players stand out. The Raiders hold the number three overall pick in this year's NFL Draft and need to find a future franchise player. As the coaches time players during drills and teach techniques, they will see more than 300 prospects first hand and get a feeling for who they like.
Not all of the top prospects complete all the combine activities. Whether for injury or waiting for a pro day, some prospects opt not to go through all the drills. However, having some many future NFL players in one place to evaluate is beneficial. In the past, the combine has propelled and plummeted prospects due to their performance. With such a high choice for the Raiders in this draft and their picks in the later rounds, the combine offers the opportunity to put their board together.
In the past the Raiders have been obsessed with size and speed. While those are certainly still worthwhile factors to weigh, new general manager Reggie McKenzie wants high character players who fit the Raiders style of play. The Raiders will have a closer eye of the offensive and defensive lines as well as linebackers and defensive backs because they are areas of need.
The schedule for the combine starts on Saturday as special teamers, offensive linemen, and tight ends work out. On Sunday quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers take part. Monday will see the defensive side of the ball put to the test with defensive linemen and linebackers. The final day is Tuesday which is all defensive backs.
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