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Oakland Raiders mailbag: Could Raiders bypass Leonard Williams?

Weekend mail call:

Casey from San Diego wants to know if I think the Oakland Raiders would take USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams if he is available at No. 4.

Bill Williamson: In a word, yes. I think Oakland would do backflips if Williams fell to them at No. 4. While anything can happen on draft night, I’d be completely shocked if Williams is bypassed by Oakland if he is on the board at No. 4. I have gotten the sense Oakland is extremely high on Williams and he is the player the Raiders most covet.


Roberto from California wants to know who will be the next former Raiders elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

BW: I think both quarterback Ken Stabler and wide receiver Cliff Branch could get some consideration through the senior committee at some point. Others who clearly deserve consideration are quarterback Jim Plunkett and coach Tom Flores. The Raiders have seen punter Ray Guy get enshrined last year and receiver Tim Brown will join him in Canton, Ohio, this summer. But there’s no doubt there are still plenty other former Raiders who are deserving of election as well.


Charlie from Phoenix wants to know who could be possible draft trading partners for the Raiders at No. 4.

BW: I think that is still developing. But I think potential partners could include the Jets (No. 6), Chicago (No. 7), Atlanta (No. 8), St. Louis (No. 10), Cleveland (No. 12, No. 19), Miami (No. 14) and Philadelphia (No. 20). Like most draft trades, it likely won’t heat up until the pick is on the clock.