Here we go again, Raider Nation.
Another year of anticipating whether Al Davis will have a moment of clarity and hit a home run in the draft rather than squander top picks.
I say top picks because despite popular perception, the Raiders have done well in later rounds, but they have had some high-profile blunders.
Well, in this day and age of the NFL, many fans give up on players after half a season, when the reality of the NFL is that most NFL players still need two to three seasons of playing before they can be adequately assessed.
This, though, is my mock draft for the Raiders, in which I don't account for all the variables of what others teams might do and simply write out what I think would be a good draft haul for the Raiders.
The Raiders need help on defense and offense, but I think the priority should be the offense and protecting the quarterback.
The offensive line has been shaky to say the least. I have believed for several years that the Raider defense gets a bad rap because the offense has been inordinately bad, which puts an unusually high amount of pressure on the defense.
In the headline, I stated rounds 1-5 because rounds 6-7 are usually (not always) a crapshoot. But anyone who has studied the winning teams in the NFL knows that the fourth and fifth rounds will make or break a team.
1. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Some in Raider Nation may be dreading the idea of another Terrapin with the top pick, especially one that is a workout warrior. Nonetheless, many in the league have been raving about Campbell as a potential beast at left tackle, which means that Al Davis would not be alone in coveting this young tackle.
2. Brian Price, DT, UCLA
It was a tough call here. The Raiders badly need a guard and defensive tackle. If Price is still on the board, the Raiders would be wise to take Price, rather than option two in guard Jon Asamoah.
Price seems to have all the makings of a pass-rush force from the interior, and right now, the Raiders need pass rush help in spades.
3. Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
Right now, Asamoah is underrated as an early third round pick. He might not be available at this point, and so the Raiders would likely need to trade up—possibly back into the second round—in order to select Asamoah.
Asamoah would fit nicely at right guard and could fill in on the left side in the event that Robert Gallery gets hurt.
3. Adam Ulatoski, OT, Texas
Ulatoski would give the Raiders a versatile prospect at right tackle to compete with whomever else the Raiders have.
That could be Mario Henderson in the event that the Raiders select an offensive tackle with the top pick.
Either way, the Raiders need depth at right tackle, and Ulatoski fits the mold.
4. Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa
Angerer is likely to slip to the early fourth round, and I would hope that the Raiders take a flier on him.
If there is one thing about former Hawkeyes, it is that they understand the game thanks to coach Kirk Ferentz.
The Raiders might need to trade up a few spots if Angerer is still on the board in the fourth round.
5. Brandon Carter, OL, Texas Tech
What's not to like about Carter if you're a Raider fan? Carter has a reputation as a "wild man" that would be right at home amongst the Black Hole.
Based on what I've read, Carter understands that the "crazy image" is just a way of getting pumped up and psyching out the opponent.
I wouldn't project Carter as a starter, but the Red Raider would make a good backup for a line that has had injury problems.