How serious is the Raiders latest interest in Ohio State LB/DE Vernon Gholston? The word in league circles is that the Raiders may have their eyes on Gholston, who has seen his stock in many mock drafts rise a great deal over the past few weeks. Gholston would probably take over the role of Jay Richardson at right defensive end if the Raiders took him with the fourth pick.
All along it seems like the Raiders have been leaning towards taking breakaway running back Darren McFadden, and that still may happen as well. Mostly it will come down to need, and while usually Al Davis makes the team take skill players that can make a difference, Gholston could improve the team in greater ways. Plus don’t forget the team already has a solid starting RB in the resigned Justin Fargas.
Site ProFootballTalk.com says that if the Raiders do pass on McFadden, it would open the door for the Cowboys to jump into the mix and take their two first-round picks (22 and 28) and move up through a trade with the Pats or Jets to select the back, which is who Jerry Jones has wanted from day one.