The Oakland Raiders have the fifth overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and that has them in a position to do a number of things with their pick. While a quarterback seems to be on their list of needs, so too is finding a quality pass rusher and there isn’t one better in the draft that Jadeveon Clowney.
It’s no secret that the Raiders are eyeing Clowney with their pick, but the team has yet to actually meet with the former Gamecocks defensive end and hold a face-to-face meeting. According to Scott Bair of CSNBayArea, the Raiders are hoping to meet with Clowney this week at the Senior Bowl.
The Raiders value face-to-face meetings more than many other aspects of the pre-draft process, and a chance to speak with Clowney early would be of great benefit. As of Wednesday afternoon it was uncertain if the Raiders had met with him yet, but Clowney planned to meet with teams near the top of the draft. The Raiders personnel department will be in Mobile through Thursday.
There’s no saying if Clowney will fall to the Raiders or if the team would trade up to get him. If Clowney isn’t available, it’s likely that the Raiders look at taking a quarterback, but it’s becoming clear that Jadeveon Clowney won’t make it past fifth overall this April.