6 Hidden Gems the Oakland Raiders Should Have Noticed at the Combine

The Oakland Raiders find themselves with another top-five pick in the upcoming draft. Whoever they end up selecting, it's crucial that they get it right. But for a team so short on reliable talent, Oakland's selections later in the draft will be just as important.

Selections in the first two rounds are the easy part. There are no guarantees, but these players are more of a known quantity. The key is finding those hidden gems later in the draft, and the NFL combine provides the perfect opportunity to separate the true prospects from the pretenders.

Oakland knocked it out of the park last year with post-Round 2 selections that included Gabe Jackson (third round), Justin Ellis (fourth round) and TJ Carrie (seventh round). All three players went on to play important roles as starters in their rookie seasons.

For the Raiders, the challenge is to once again find immediate contributors throughout the draft. The team has to look beyond the big names and find under-appreciated talent in unexpected places.

Here's a look at six prospects the Raiders need to take a much closer look at in preparation for the draft.

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