Problem Facing The Oakland Raiders? Their NFL Draft In 2010.

Austin SwaimContributor IDecember 29, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansa Razorbacks throws a pass over Rahim Alem #84 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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2010's Free Agent class is not strong. Oakland has no more 2011 1st round picks to trade away for Richard Seymour (who better resign). Basically, they have 8 picks in 2010's draft to fill 8 holes on the team. The first 4 will be crucial for Al Davis not to screw up. But, the problem in getting an impact starter is that we were too GOOD this year. Hopefully, Oakland will end that 11+ loss streak, or at least that is what Denver, Miami, and Pittsburgh fans hope, which leaves us at 6-10. Brucey Gradkowski (I call him that because of The Longest Yard's Scrappy Character) is an amazing backup, but not a playoff starter. That said, Rex Grossman made the Super Bowl. So, I believe the way to go is get a QB in the first round. Before we bring up JaMarcus Russell, I was against drafting him. I wanted to trade down for Brady Quinn, but at least Quinn works hard. Anyway, Oakland may have 4 ways to go with the 1st round.

1. Draft Clausen if Todd McShay is right and he drops.

2. Draft Bradford by trading down 5 spots for a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

3. Draft Ryan Mallett somewhere, hopefully trading down.

4. Draft Terrence Cody and get fellow SEC grad Jevan Snead in Round 2. 

But, knowing all Davis, the most likely is Ryan Mallett. Mallett is a young sophmore from Arkansas who lead the country in passing quietly. Clausen, #2 in passing in '09, will most likely be selected #1 or #5 overall to the Browns or Rams, even though it breaks my black and silver Irish-loving heart. Bradford has been rumored to Buffalo or Washington.

That leaves Mallett, a projected Workout Warrior. Mallett can throw as far and hard as Russell without stopping at In and Out Burger between throws. Mallett is a good kid who wants to play. He left Michigan after his freshman year because he wanted to play pro football, not spread college football. Mallett works hard and loves the game like Gradkowski. I would bet anyone if he had great combine numbers, he will be an Oakland Raider come draft day.

In round 2, Carlos Dunlap will be there. I am positive of that because of his recent DUI.Bad pasts do not scare the Raiders. (See Janikowski and Darren McFadden). Dunlap is a well known SEC player that led Florida in sacks after Derrick Harvey left. Dunlap could move to Linebacker, but most important a DE acqusition would allow Seymour to move inside and help out Joesph and Tommy "No Pants" Kelly. 

Two good early picks could leave Al Davis to work his magic at late rounders. For some reason, he is the best at that. It is like playing Madden and sorting the 40-Yard Dash Time column and picking the fastest guy. But it works (See Murphy, Schilens, Shaugnessy, and William Joseph). I tell everyone we are a QB away from the playoffs, and we are.