Last mock draft I had Jimmy Clausen to the Raiders at #8, predicting a Campbell fall to Round 2. But multiple things have changed for the Raiders. They just signed QB Kyle Boller, a pretty young QB still, to the Raiders, which nearly eliminates the possibility of Clausen or even LeFevour. Also, everyone except the SF Chronicle's David White keeps hearing Al Davis and others believe that Bruce Campbell is not a good enough player at #8, and they felt that WR Heyward-Bey "was in the class" of Crabtree and Maclin. Campbell, according to multiple sources, is not "in the class" of even Charles Brown of USC. With the chances of Okung or Bulaga (nightmare for Raider fans--another Iowa LT) being there being slim to none, that leaves to prospects. Let's role.
With Campbell off the Raiders list along with Bulaga and Okung, Williams and Anthony Davis are really the only two that make sense. Williams ran amazing at the Combine, only a few points off the athetic freak Bruce Campbell. The thing Raider fans direly need is tape on these players that we draft. That hasn't been the case since 2005 with Fabian Washington, whom is a stud corner for the Ravens now. Williams was solid, better than Loadholt in 2009. Williams has tape maybe even Okung cannot match, and we really needed a BCS experienced senior coming to the Raiders.
A quick note: Al Davis is not stupid. He realized the production from DHB last season, and he heard the criticism for it. Davis will be motivated to prove himself, such as he did in '07 and '08 when we drafted the Kiper called "Franchise". Yeah right. Davis wants to be popular and I'm 100% sure Tom Cable has told Davis Williams has the tape and is almost a surefire prospect.
If Brian Price makes it past 32 with the Champs, which he might do with NewO needing receiver help, he will be a Raider. While having an average combine, he was quietly slipping down from possibly the G-Men at 15 to the Second Round. Run stuff this guy does. He is a great athlete for a guy built to stop the run. Another thing Al Davis might consider from him is that he went to UCLA. The Raiders love to pick Pac 10 Close-to-Home guys, like Nnamdi Asomugha and Tyler Brayton (even though he was Big 12, he was close to Colorado). Brian Price is a 15th pick Prospect that we may get at 39. How is he falling then? He is a strict 4-3 DT, and there isn't a need for those anywhere but Detroit, Tampa Bay, and Oakland.
With Morrison signing his tender, clearly he was sent a message about how no one wanted him. Anyone seems to leave Oakland with an opportuinty, and I guess he had no where to go. Morrison's best position is OLB, and Chaney here is a strict MLB that is a tackling machine. Chaney could start from Day 1 like Morrison did out of college, and really no one could run on us in division. Our Front 7 would be Above-Average, which is all that is needed to beat the AFC West's suddenly putrid running games.
See how I have him listed at C? Well, according to Nfl.com's Offensive Lineman Prospect Review, most scouts believe Mike's intelligence and good upper body strength have him fit at a great center in the NFL. Of course he could play guard, which is really an easier version of center, but center is a much bigger need for the Raiders than guard. Cooper Carlisle is old, but still productive. No, Chris Morris does not play center well enough. The reason Johnson is here instead of Newhouse or Veldheer is because Johnson is a guard/center, which is a better fit than tackle/guard for this team.
Al Davis offense time. Dixon is a Knowshon Moreno-LaDanian Tomlinson type running back, who is underrated because of his school. He is in the middle of McFadden and Bush in style. He will do both types of running. Late Rounds are Notorious for those Pro Bowl RBs, and I see another one as well. This kid may get good enough to move Michael Bush to FB.
Decker is injured at the moment, but he is an Al Davis type receiver. He is tall, speedy, and explosive. Sounds liek DHB, huh? But, Decker has great hands coming out of college, and I think he made LeFevour look better then he actually is. Decker is hurting his stock because of his injury, but this is one great gem in the 5th Round.
Stanford Routt type player, but he actually knows his job is to stop the ball. With those hops (displayed in picture) and his size and speed, he could be a Sean Smith type from last year, and eventually be a bette Stanford Routt.
A 4.34 official 40 yard dash time. Holliday is too small to be anything but a once a game back and returner, but he will be good at that. Holliday actually has been clocked at 4.20, which is the fastest I have ever heard. Not a real player, but with his speed, Al has to make this pick. And 5 picks away from the end of the draft, no one will really care who this pick is if it isn't Holliday or John Conner (FB Kentucky)
Less than a week away from the point the Rams select Sam Bradford, this is my second-to-last Mock Draft. I think its my best, and it is almost time for the draft. If Russell gets his act in gear, the Raiders will be the favorites out West.