NFL Draft 2014 : The Oakland Raiders Must Draft WR Sammy Watkins

The Oakland Raiders need playmakers on offense and after whiffing on DeSean Jackson, who signed a deal with the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, it's clear that the position of greatest need is wide receiver.

Fortunately, the 2014 NFL draft is chock full of talented pass-catchers, but none are more talented or ready to step in and make an immediate impact than Clemson's Sammy Watkins. 

When the Philadelphia Eagles released Jackson, who is from Los Angeles and tore it up near Oakland as a California Bear, many thought his roots would lead him back to California and the cap-rich Raiders.

Jackson went to Washington early Monday for a meeting with the Redskins, who had no intentions of letting the dynamic receiver leave without a contract. Persistence—and partying with the boys—worked out, as the 'Skins and Jackson agreed to a deal, which Jackson confirmed with this Instagram pic.

Once Jackson was no longer an option, the Raiders again found themselves in need of a receiver who can stretch the field and make big plays. Free agent acquisition James Jones from Green Bay is a touchdown machine in the red zone and a solid, reliable receiver, but he is not fundamentally a big play guy.

With Watkins in the fold, opposing defensive coordinators would lose their hair deciding who their No. 1 corner should cover in the Raiders new-look offense.   

Watkins going to the Raiders makes sense, but is by no means new thinking. Rob Rang of has had Watkins being drafted by the Raiders for some time, but his most recent mock draft has the Raiders drafting Johnny Manziel. After his stellar Pro Day, Manziel has rocketed up some draft boards. In fact, Sports Illustrated's Doug Farrar has Manziel going to Houston with the No. 1 pick in his most recent mock draft. 

With Jadaveon Clowney and Manziel tearing up their pro days and seemingly cementing...

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