2010 NFL Draft Oakland Raiders Mock Draft: Unpredictable
Trying to figure out an Oakland Raiders mock draft can be best described by Forrest Gump when he is talking about a box of chocolates. You never know what you are gonna get.
Normally you try mapping out the Raider's needs, and what players are rated the highest and what picks make the most sense.
Then a sudden epiphany occurred.
This is the Raiders we're talking about, you can't do that. So here goes the most unpredictable Raiders mock draft you've seen, and possibly the most accurate.
With the Eighth pick the Raiders choose . . .
With the Raiders only tagging Kirk Morrison with a 3rd round tender, it suggests that the Raiders are ready to move in a different direction.
The Raiders last three first round picks have been on offense, and the shift will move to the defensive side of the ball.
Expect ESPN and the NFL Network to once again be surprised when the Raiders pass on the obvious pick and go with McClain.
He is a dynamic player, from a championship team. Al Davis loves guys from the East side of the country, and loves playmakers.
He'll fit in great with a new starting linebacking crew that might include, Kamerion Wimbley, Rolando McClain and Trevor Scott.
The Raiders picked who? Pick 39
Griffin who most people thought would be off the board by now, has dropped and the Raiders want him.
He ran one of the fastest 40 times for a defensive lineman and put up 32 reps in the bench press.
Those are the types of numbers that make you a Raider especially if you are a defensive end.
The emergence of Matt Shaughnessy made the Greg Ellis release easy. Don't be surprised if Richard Seymour sees more playing time in the interior.
Griffin will add to a young rotation of defensive ends and will learn from Seymour.
Trade announced: The Giants have traded the 46th pick . .
The Raiders trade Kirk Morrison, a fifth rounder and swap third round picks with the Giants. Then proceed to draft
This move will be considered as a reach by the Raiders. Fellow Bleacher Report Writer, Ramone Brown, mentioned that Tennant has visited the Raiders, and the Raiders draft people they work out.
He will be drafted as a center, meaning that Chris Morris or Samson Satele might be making a move to guard.
This will be the Raiders' way of addressing the offensive line.
With the 76th pick (Acquired with Giants trade)
The Raiders address the need for a defensive tackle with the 76th pick of the draft. Thomas has the size the Raiders like, and he has the ability to come in and make the Raiders defensive line better.
Fourth Round Magic
The Raiders have found some pretty good players in the fourth round in the last few years. They have found solid starters in Michael Bush, Tyvonn Branch and Louis Murphy.
Snead had a lot of hype entering his Junior year. His numbers were down, but the talent around him wasn't great either. The Raiders could benefit from his down year, and claim him in the 4th round.
He would make a good insurance policy in case JaMarcus Russell doesn't work out. Bruce Gradkowski isn't the long term answer, and Snead could learn a lot from the guys on the sideline.
Fifth Round Pick 158 (From New England)
I credit this choice once again to Ramone Brown who brought it to my attention that he was visiting with the Raiders.
He is a big athletic guy, and was worked out by offensive line coach Jim Michalczik. He will help infuse youth and depth to the Raiders offensive line.
Seventh round Al Davis Picks
The seventh round is a little hard to predict. But look for the Raiders to add a WR, RB or a lineman with their two picks. The players will most likely be big, fast and strong guys that haven't done much in college, but the Raiders like their build and potential. Sounds like their first round picks.
Predicting picks for the Oakland Raiders isn't easy so give credit to all the writers who try. They might be better served trying to predict what will happen in 2012.
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