The 2015 NFL Draft is less than a month away, and that means that every diehard Oakland Raiders fan is starting to build their arguments for who the team should select with the #4 overall pick. There will be plenty of options available to Reggie McKenzie and the crew when they're finally on the clock, but there's one USC defensive standout we're just not sold on as a fit for the Silver and Black. Here's 3 Reasons Why The Oakland Raiders Should NOT Draft Leonard Williams.
1. What about Amari Cooper? Kevin White?
Unless the 6'5", 291-pound defensive end has a dynamic wide receiver inside him just waiting to bust out, it feels counterproductive to second-year QB Derek Carr's progress to bypass a potential franchise receiver in either Alabama's Amari Cooper or West Virginia's Kevin White. If the Raiders don't pull off a massive trade to bring home a #1 wideout, they'd be better served taking their pick of the litter in the Class of 2015.
2. The eye test
Williams is physically gifted, we'll give him that. However, he's been known for lapses in his passion and focus on the football field -- the direct opposite of what new head coach Jack Del Rio will be looking for from his young squad from training camp on into the season. There's just not much to Williams' tapes from USC to suggest the necessary fire to really justify the #4 pick.
3. Hall of Fame potential vs. Hall of Fame results
Some have gone on record and claimed that Williams possesses true NFL Hall of Fame potential. However, he posted 80 tackles and 7 sacks in 2014 -- good, but not great numbers -- and wasn't really the game-changing, dominant force that many think he'll grow to be. For a Raiders team looking for an immediate impact, waiting on Williams to bust out of his cocoon doesn't feel like the way to go.
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