Re-Drafting the Oakland Raider 2012 Draft After the First Half of NFL Season
McKenzie had the unfortunate position of not having a draft pick in the first two rounds of the NFL draft. 94 picks went by until the Raiders got a chance to make a pick. Did he make the right choices with the picks he had?
With half a season now gone, some rookies have made an immediate impact while others have been a disappointment.
3rd Round, 32 Pick (95): DE Frank Alexander
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Reggie McKenzie went to shore up an offensive line that was moving to a new offensive system. While the offensive line is in desperate need, so is the Raiders defense who has been poor against the run and pressuring the opposing quarterback.
Perhaps the Raiders should have gone after DE Frank Alexander. So far this season, Alexander has assisted in 10 total tackles (six solo) and 2.5 sacks. He has also defended against three passes.
While he still is a work in progress, Alexander could fit a key role on Oakland’s defensive line.
4th Round, 34 Pick (129): OLB Miles Burris
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Miles Burris has stepped up and filled a role that was supposed to be held by Rolando McClain. Since being picked by the Raiders in the fourth round, Burris has shined.
With 38 total tackles (26 solo and 12 assisted), Miles Burris (with Philip Wheeler) has become part an inspired part of the Oakland Raiders linebacker unit.
This was a great pick that the Raiders got right, well done Reggie McKenzie!
5th Round, 23 Pick (158): SS Corey White
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The Raiders secondary situation has been a sore spot for a long time. This draft pick should have gone to safety Corey White (who went four picks later to the New Orleans Saints).
The 5’11, 206-pound strong safety has started four games and has 24 total tackles (19 solo). With the lack of depth and injury situation with the Raiders defense, White would be a welcome addition.
5th Round, 33 Pick (168): WR Juron Criner
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While Juron Criner hasn’t made a huge impact in a relatively young wide receiver corps, I think it’s too early to judge Criner too harshly.
This is an offense that has pressed young receivers into starting roles. Because of this, I believe Criner will continue to develop and grow.
What he does need is a seasoned veteran to learn from.
This is a draft pick I would keep.
6th Round, 19 Pick (189): DT Billy Winn
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The 294-pound defensive tackle has started nine games his rookie season, and has 13 total tackles so far this season. In comparison, Raiders pick Bilukidi has had minimal impact while backing up Tommy Kelly.
The Boise State grad has potential and is gaining experience. If he stays healthy, look for big things from Winn in the future.
7th Round, 23 Pick (230): CB Alfonzo Dennard
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What many consider the steal of the draft, Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard has taken over the nickel slot in the New England Patriots secondary and recorded his first interception in an overtime win against the New York Jets.
Some didn’t know Dennard’s name when he was drafted, but Belicheck saw something worth going after.
While he may be a project, Alfonzo Dennard was a diamond in the rough of the 7th round of the NFL draft.
Undrafted Player Raiders Should Have Taken: ILB Vontaze Burfict
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The Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker may have had off the field problems, but on the field he’s tearing it up (55 total tackles, 32 solo).
Teamed with Miles Burris and/or Philip Wheeler and the Raiders linebacking core would be young and aggressive.
Who Would You Have Picked?
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