I would love to have premier, big-name players like Michael Crabtree, Brian Orakpo, or B.J. Raji—but if they aren't available, where would we go then? Who could possibly fill the voids that dot the Raiders' roster from head to toe?
There are plenty of athletes who are waiting in the wings to produce for our unsuspecting franchise.
- 300 lbs.
- 4.98 40-yard dash
- 28 reps
- 31" vertical!!
He is a great athlete with decent size and enough speed to put pressure on the QB. Missed three games in the '08 season but recorded six sacks with 18 tackles for a loss.
Helped UConn win the Big East rushing title in '08. Only allowed 6.5 sacks in his two years as a full-time starter. Very strong with decent agility. He will be a starter in the NFL.
Has shown ability catching the ball, but had a majority of his stats coming from running the ball. Incredibly explosive, going from 0-60 as though he was an agile cheetah, hunting its prey. Can be a legit receiver if mentored correctly.
The anchor of the formidable Ohio State defense is somehow lower ranked than the two "workout warriors" Clay Matthews and Brian Cushing. If he would fall into the second round, he would be a steal.
In my opinion the most overlooked player in the '09 draft, sitting in the shadow of James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins.
At 6'1" and 239, he is a physical freak according to his pro day:
- 4.51 40-yard dash
- 30 bench reps
- 37" vertical
If he goes anywhere but the first, which he will, this will be the biggest steal of the draft. Future Pro Bowler.
An absolute behemoth of a human being. He is 6'7", 350 lbs. Even though he was disappointing on the bench, he plays stronger than he is and will move any DT willing to give him the challenge.
The only question is how he will fare against quicker DTs.
The only reason he is not the No. 1 DT in the draft is him missing three games and the lack of an effective counterpart. He will step in and be a real hole plugger.
6'6", 217 lbs. He is one of the best receivers to come out of FSU, but with a lack of good speed, he is overlooked. But he is undoubtedly an interesting prospect.
Nic Harris is a 6'3", 230-lb. safety, a Taylor Mays without speed. This guy could be a real banger if moved to SS. Because of a 4.8 40, his stock immediately moved him to the five to six round range.
I think that we might get one of these guys in the draft. I would like to see these dudes in Oakland!