Compensatory Picks & Pre-Draft Visitor

The NFL revealed on Monday which teams would receive compensatory picks in the upcoming April draft, and the Raiders won big. Because they lost the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery & Thomas Howard to free agency last season, they are now owners of compensatory 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks. This injects hope into an previously barren draft; Oakland had only two picks (5th & 6th rounders) going into Monday, so this news gives new GM Reggie McKenzie a punchers chance of finding quality, NFL starting talent at multiple positions.

Such talent might include Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman. The Raiders have reportedly scheduled a pre-draft workout with the stout defender. Chapman comes from a great defense, and was a key cog for the national title-winning Tide. He would offer Oakland a true nose tackle, a position currently lacking on the roster. This would allow new head coach Dennis Allen to implement his desired multiple-look defense. Look for the team to bring in more potential defensive starters for workouts.

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