The football season may be over for the Oakland Raiders players however Silver and Black management alongside owner Al Davis are still working on making the team even better than it was last season. Last season the Oakland Raiders had a bit of controversy at QB, yet the team went 8-8 and defeated the AFC West with determination and power. The Raiders are working to restore greatness and with free agency around the corner and the 2011 NFL draft, the Raiders should become the playoff team they need to be.
Al Davis has thus far released former coach Tom Cable after a four year venture wit the the Silver and Black. Prior to his release Tom Cable brought the Raiders back from a dismal pit. Enter Hue Jackson, Al Saunders and even former Oakland Raider Steve "The Wiz" Wiszniewski ( which makes me wonder if the Raiders are going after his son?) The Oakland Raiders have a new coaching staff and will be looking to fill gaps.
Simply put the Oakland Raiders are removing the weakest links and replacing them with top coaches and elite players.
Although free agency is sure to bring in some big names for the Oakland Raiders ( I am really hopping the Raiders get Logan Mankins for the offensive line) there are some pretty good prospects for the team in the 2011 NFL Draft. The following is a group of six players that help the Oakland Raiders immediately.
Some you may have not heard of, while the others are simply the best in the nation !
Patrick Peterson is definitely under the scope of Raiders owner Al Davis. Although the Oakland Raiders do not have a first round pick, and that may change, Patrick Peterson is a top performer at cornerback and return specialist. Nick Miller has been doing a small part at returns but the Oakland Raiders need another Chris Carr and Peterson fits the bill.
Peterson played for the LSU Tigers and is also a Heisman candidate. That alone should have Mr Davis after the cornerback. He has been named to all most every All American team and the votes are unanimous when it comes to his performance.
Examples of awards for this player have been the Nagurski Award, the Jim Thorpe Award, one of my favorites, the Ronnie Lott Award, Walter Camp Award, and the Chuck bednarik Award. these credential alone prove that Patrick Peterson would only compliment the best cornerback in the NFL, yes , Mr Nnamndi Asomugha.
It should also be noted that there has only been one defensive player that has ever won the Heisman Trophy. That player is none other than former Oakland Raider and Pro Bowler, Charles Woodson.Al Davis loves the Heisman winners and the elite players so its possible there may be shuffling going on in Oakland to get a first round pick.
You have to love the players that USC produces for the NFL. Al Davis loves USC so it should be no surprise if the Oakland Raiders go after offensive tackle Tyron Smith. The Oakland Raiders had a good running attack last season but QB Jason Campbell will need a strong offensive unit like former QB Rich Gannon. By adding Tyron Smith the Oakland Raiders will gain the extra seconds needs for the bombs to Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford.
At 6'5, 280 lbs, he could be the sleeper of the draft and make a huge name for himself in Oakland.In 2009 he started the first 12 games made a name and was able to start in the 2010 season until he broke his thumb prior the the 2010 season and required surgery.
Regardless he was able to make the 2009 All Pac-10 and should be regarded as a solid OT. Scout.com, considers Tyron Smith to be a five-star recruit and listed him as the No.1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.
With 15.5 sacks and ranked 2nd for his 26 tackles for losses Da'Quan Bowers is another immediate placement should the Oakland Raiders draft this All-American defensive end from Clemson. Da'Quan Bowers should fit in perfectly with the Oakland Raiders defensive scheme under Al Saunders.
Da'Quan Bowers will more than likely be pick up in the first round but if all goes well for Al Davis he may be another weapon added to the Silver and Black attack. The Oakland Raiders have done an excellent job in recent years picking up talent in the draft pool.Well , lets not count JaMarcus Russel who will go down in history as the biggest flop in NFL history..
Under the Raiders coaching style a players such as Bowers would thrive and continue to pursue QBs for the sacks. The Raiders are looking to become even more fierce, Bowers is fierce and talented enough to fit in the lineup.
Well , lets not count JaMarcus Russel who will go down in history as the biggest flop in NFL history..
Gabe Carimi simply bleeds Silver and Black. At 6' 7" and weighing a mere 327 pounds this offensive tackle would do more than block for the Raiders QB Jason Campbell. Carimi is big enough to push back defenses and open the holes for RBs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush. Imagine him on the goal line. Young, big and strong!
Gabe Carimi should be there in the second round and poses a hug opportunity for the Oakland Raiders. He has been the offensive lineman for years and with the Raiders should have no problem becoming a Pro Bowler.
If you havent heard of Carimi I suggest you watch his career flourish in the NFL. If Al Davis gets him , he will be the gigantic boost for the Oakland Raiders legendary offensive line.
Chosen most valuable player for the Georgia Dogs, Justin Houston will definitely be a NFL sleeper come draft time. Justin Houston is a fast, powerful player that can get the sacks, interceptions and tackles the Oakland Raiders are after.
The Oakland Raider are building an awesome defense and Justin Huston would be a welcome player. A born leader, Houston under the new Raider defensive Huston should keep the same sack numbers. The Raiders are tough now with Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, Rolando McClain, I could go on but everyone knows.Basically Huston would look great in Silver and Black. He has the athleticism needed!
Coming out of TCU is another player that can help the Oakland Raiders offensive front. Marcus Cannon is a superior athlete who at 6"6", 350 lbs is nimble enough to handle the speedy and crafty ends.Cannon is a polished blocker who has the ability to help the Raiders immediately.
In 2009 Marcus Cannon put on an astounding show by when he controlled just about every game. Marcus Cannon did not allow a sack all season and played above his opponents who were some elite defensive ends. Cannon made the move to left tackle in 2010 and he could play either spot at the next level.
There is a chance that Marcus Cannon could get picked in the first round, but hopefully he will be there for the Silver and Black to draft.