Oakland Raiders Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Amari Cooper

There’s one player who will likely be available for the Oakland Raiders at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NFL draft and should be selected without hesitation, and his name isn’t Leonard Williams.

NFL analysts and fans often fall too deeply in love with overused adages and trends to realize why certain winning formulas work and others don’t.

Trending techniques and strategies are often replayed in highlights and repeated through hot-topic discussions, but are exceptions to these trends ineffective?

Mel Kiper Jr.’s latest mock draft on ESPN.com has USC defensive end Williams headed to the Jacksonville Jaguars at third overall.

By debunking a few myths, let’s break down why Raiders fans shouldn’t sob themselves to sleep if Williams is selected before the Raiders hit the clock and why general manager Reggie McKenzie should select Alabama wideout Amari Cooper with the fourth overall pick.


Myth No. 1: Defense Always a Priority Over Offense (Unless It’s a QB)

When building a franchise contender from the pits of mediocrity, analysts point to the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers as billboard advertisements for defensive prowess overall.

However, when you look at how both teams were designed during their Super Bowl runs, it’s clear an equally dynamic rushing attack significantly factored into their success.

Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch has contributed to at least half of the Seahawks' physical play style. This isn’t to diminish the Legion of Boom, but the defense is aided by steady ball control utilizing ground attacks from Lynch and a mobile Russell Wilson. 

The Raiders aren’t designed to preserve the defense and sustain offensive drives like the Seahawks. Trent Richardson could be the type of player Lynch is to Seattle, but Derek Carr isn’t a run...

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