The first round of the draft is finished and teams have retreated back to their hotels to strategize for tomorrow. There were plenty of surprise trades and free-falling players to make the second round even more intriguing.
The Raiders made their usual splash by drafting Rolando McClain with the eighth overall pick; an unexpected, but logical choice. Now it's time for round two and there are a number of fringe first-round talents within their grasp.
There was plenty of discussion on Clausen slipping down to the end of the first round, but not completely out of it. Tim Tebow became the second quarterback taken, which undoubtedly has to have Clausen seething. If Clausen didn't have a chip on his shoulder before, he definitely does now.
That's exactly why Clausen would be a good pick for the Oakland Raiders.
The quarterback position is still up in the air, and adding Clausen lets the Raiders fill a need at a great value. His experience in a pro-style offense gives Clausen a shorter learning curve. Besides, he can instantly be plugged into a starting role.
Add the fact that Clausen would eventually get to face off against Tim Tebow, and it gives the AFC West a buzz it hasn't had in a long time.
Raider fans have heard the name attached to the team since the NFL Combine. Campbell fits the Raider size-to-speed ratio, and in the second round, this wouldn't be the reach it initially was.
Campbell is still raw, but there's a ton of upside.
A converted tight end, Brown has great feet and the quickness to be a quality offensive tackle. Depending on what the Raiders running game will look like, Brown could be a good pick up. It's expected that the Raiders will run a zone-blocking system and Brown's quickness would work well for that, but Offensive Coordinator Hue Jackson is known for the power run style.
Al Davis is a power run guy as well. He's not as strong at the point of attack as one would like, but that could be gained with enough time in the weight room.
The Raiders run defense has been terrible for years. Adding a big body to take up blockers (and let McClain run free) would be a big help for the Raiders.
However, Cody has weight problems, and the Raiders already have enough problems with overweight players *cough* Jamarcus Russell *cough.* Cody is also only a two-down tackle and will need to be taken out on passing downs.
Cody fits the 3-4 system best. The Raiders have stayed non-commital when asked about adding the 3-4. Maybe the McClain pick was the start to a system change? We'll never know until they line up on the field.
Houston is a good run stopper and fits better into the 4-3 system the Raiders are expected to run. His pass rushing skills are limited as well, but there's more potential for those skills to develop over time.
Here's another one of the high-risk, high-reward types that Davis tends to gravitate to. Physically imposing at 6'6'' 277 pounds, Dunlap has some inconsistent tape and character issues. But if the Raiders draft him and get him on the right track, then he could potentially be a disruptive force for years to come.
I've already requested for Al Davis to stay away from Mays in my previous article . He doesn't fit a need, but his physical prowess might be too intoxicating for Davis resist.