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Could Michael Pittman Jr. Elevate Raiders WR Group?

We are inclined to believe the Las Vegas Raiders will improve their wide receiver position in April’s NFL draft. Would Michael Pittman Jr. be worth a look as a possible upgrade?

The Raiders wide receiver corps is an enigma, which route should they take? Free agency could certainly provide some help but the draft might offer potential game changing talent. Pittman, by way of USC, could certainly help the Silver and Black and whoever ends up the starting quarterback.

One roadblock to drafting Pittman will be if he’s still available to them after the first round. Let’s say they pick one wide receiver with the 12th, then go defense with other selection or vice versa. If that’s the case, adding Pittman in the second or third round would be optimal.

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However, Pittman alone would not necessarily upgrade the Raiders instantly because he’s more of a possession receiver and the Raiders need help with a deep threat. On the other hand, Pittman’s six-foot-four frame and 219 pounds combined with his excellent hands (which were on full display versus Utah) would be a welcome addition in Gruden’s dink and dunk offense.

If Pittman’s there after the first round, it would befit general manager Mike Mayock to give his quarterback this talented possession receiver. Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network summed up Pittman’s catching abilities best when he described his hands as “bear paws.”

This one should be an easy pick for the Silver and Black, but what are your thoughts on Pittman, Raider Nation? Let us know in the comments below.

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