2010 Oakland Raiders Mock Draft: Post Combine
There will no doubt be surprises this year, as the draft is deep. Some rookies will rise and some will take the inevitable plunge of doom into the late first round/second round range.
This year's class of rookies promises to be one of the best draft day classes ever because of a possible uncapped season in 2010 combined with the revolving idea that there may well be an NFL rookie salary cap in 2011.
Another contributing factor to the outstanding rookie class is that many of last year's junior stars decided to return to their respective schools for their senior seasons.
I'm all about it. There will be first round talent in the second round this year, second round talent in the fourth, and I'm loving every minute of it.
There are needs-galore for a team that has been known lately for their losing ways and lost much of the respect they had gained during a time which they were the most winningest team in the NFL, a period that lasted about 30 years, back when they were a proud franchise.
One thing is for sure: It will be hard to flop with the first round choice this year. Almost every player on the board has a good-looking future in the NFL.
Round 1, Pick No. 8
Offensive Tackle Bruce Campbell had a strong NFL combine, turning many heads with his freakish body.
He solidified himself as Al Davis' favorite with his performance.
One scout at the combine said Campbell looked like he had been carved out of stone. He has the physique of a Greek god, and he is full of one of Al's most coveted intangibles: potential.
It would not be the first time Davis over-rated a player from Maryland, either. Actually, come to think of it, it would not be the first time recently.
However, he sure could do worse with our first pick than this guy. Campbell will be a good fit on the Oakland Raiders' offensive front five...eventually.
Whether by tackle or by guard, I'm becoming more sure every day that Campbell is this year's "Al Davis Special".
Round 2, Pick No. 8
Some say Taylor Mays was made to be an Oakland Raider. The general consensus is that he was on Al Davis' radar last year before he returned for his senior season at USC.
Currently, there are two safeties rated higher than Mays on most scouting draft boards: Eric Berry from Tennessee and Earl Thomas from Texas.
If Mays does end up being one of the players who slips down the draft board, there is no doubt in my mind he will not make it past pick 40, and if he hits the mid to late 20s in the first round, the Raiders may be calling to see who will trade with them so they can get back into the first round and get another one of Al's guys.
Perhaps the Chargers swap picks and pick up Michael Bush.
Mays may slip because of his decreased production this year, and safety does not appear to be a need for Oakland right now.
However, Mays is only about nine pounds away from playing linebacker, and with how versatile the Raiders are on defense with players like Trevor Scott, Richard Seymour, and Mike Mitchell playing multiple positions, Mays could add yet another dimension to John Marshall's defense.
Round 3, Pick No. 8
Cam Thomas is a defensive tackle out of North Carolina. AT 6'4" 331 lbs., he is just the right guy to plug the gaping holes that have perplexed this team's run defense over the past three years.
His stock is on the rise ever since the Senior Bowl.
His head coach, Butch Davis, comes from a background of NFL defensive coaching, so the Tarheels' defense is very much pro style.
And Thomas likes getting his nose dirty in the middle of that defense.
"I love Guerilla warfare baby," he said, "That's where you earn your stripes. I got my stripes. I can anchor that whole thing. Not everybody can play that position."
You have to admire the guy's attitude.
Round 3, Pick No. 22
A relatively unheard of inside linebacker from Iowa whom most people are overlooking, he is projected to go around the fifth round, but I expect he will sneak his way right into the late third round with the Oakland Raiders.
Angerer is a little bit small, but he has great instincts and a real knack for causing turnovers. To add to that, he has great pass coverage skills and could end up taking over for potential free agent loss Thomas Howard.
He is a solid tackler whose on-field presence reminds me some of Bill Romanoski.
He is a high motor player who is able to create things with his tremendous on-field instincts and athleticism.
Round 4, Pick No. 8
This FB/TE from Pittsburgh opened some eyes at the combine this year, posting a great 40 time, as well as a good bench press, vertical jump, and board jump.
If Dorin Dickerson can add about 10 pounds, he could be that perfect candidate to play fullback for the offense, and he has the hands to be a great outlet in the passing game.
With his speed, he will have no trouble getting to the second level in blocking schemes for Cable's offense.
Al will love his speed, and the fact that he comes from a pro style offense will help make his pro transition a smooth one.
It's a little bit high to take a FB/TE prospect, but I expect him to be another player whose stock will rise before the second day of the draft.
Round 5, Pick No. 8
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is a little known cornerback from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. On Jan. 8, he was selected to play in the East-West shrine Bowl game, which is predominately reserved for players from Division I.
Owusu has great size, 6'1" 205 lbs., coupled with good speed in the 4.38 range on a good day.
I don't think it's a great CB class this year, and the fact that the Raiders play predominately man to man coverage with their CB means that you have got to have a guy who can be physical at the line of scrimmage.
Sometimes you have to dig deep to find the right guy to fit your scheme, and Owusu could be that diamond in the rough from this year's class.
During his career, he recorded seven touchdowns in the special teams return game for his school.
He received a combine invite this year, but was unable to participate because he was having surgery on a shoulder injury he suffered back in Nov.
Round 5, Pick No. 22
Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson impressed scouts this week with his arm strength in an attempt to prove he can make all the throws.
He ran a 4.71 40 yard dash, which ranked third amongst the QBs at the combine.
He is a two year starter who could evolve into a good pocket passer if given the right opportunity.
He is able to get the ball out of his hand quickly, not allowing for defenders to get a jump on his passes.
He needs work though, because he has a tendency to force passes and throws more interceptions than he should.
He plays with good athleticism and can extend the pocket and throw on the run. He'd be a good project QB for Oakland.
Round 7, Pick No. 8
The Raiders' "Mr. Irrelevant" for 2010 will be Marshall Newhouse, an offensive tackle from TCU who projects well as an interior lineman at the next level.
6'4" and 319 lbs. and big hands make him a decent seventh round draft choice for Oakland.
Newhouse should be able to bring competition into the Raiders' front five, and with a solid football background, he could have a bright future.
He comes from a winning program, so that too is a plus.
During the East-West Shrine game, he lined up all along the offensive line during practices and generally outworked his opposition, making himself out to be a good projecting O-lineman.
His versatility makes him a solid seventh round draft choice.