Oakland Raiders Round 1 Big Board Ahead of the Combine

The 2014 NFL Scouting Combine is just a few days away, giving Oakland Raiders fans across this great nation something to look forward to.

For Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, this year's draft is incredibly important.

Not to take away anything from years past, but thanks to an influx of cash—the Raiders have generated an estimated $61.5 million in cap space—Oakland finally has a chance to shore up the structure of this roster in 2014.

Examining all of the "top" prospects heading into this weekend's combine, now's the time to piece together the ultimate Raiders Round 1 big board.


1. QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

No matter how you land on the whole franchise quarterback issue, the fact is Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater is the most NFL-ready QB prospect in this year's draft.

Breaking down his abilities on film, Bridgewater's poise in the pocket and ability to dissect a defense from various formations makes him a compelling target for McKenzie and the Raiders. 

San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Vic Tafur reiterated that point, telling Bleacher Report that he believes Bridgewater is the only QB Oakland's top brass would go after in Round 1.

A confident, gritty maestro navigating inside the pocket, there's no doubt that Bridgewater is a guy who could bring a sense of stability back to the Raiders organization.

Not having a noteworthy signal-caller spin the football in the Bay Area since Rich Gannon back in 2002, the Silver and Black faithful would be enamored by Bridgewater from the moment his name was called on May 8.


2. WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

The last time the Raiders passed up on an "elite" wide receiver prospect, the guy they let slip through their hands ...

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