NFL Draft 2011: 10 Players Who Will Bring Playoff Glory to the Oakland Raiders
During the offseason, the Oakland Raiders signed Hue Jackson to replace Tom Cable as the head coach.
Last season, Oakland was perfect in their division, winning all six games, but failed to make the playoffs once again.
The players and staff can feel playoff glory on the horizon and fans have been wanting to taste victory ever since the Raiders lost in the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.
Here are 10 players who could help push the Raiders over the edge and into playoff success.
No. 10: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
If the Oakland Raiders were to draft Kaepernick, it would be on a long-term basis, where they would have him sit on the bench for a year or two before he saw any action.
Still, he's proven to be a leader in college and he basically transformed Nevada into a powerhouse by himself.
If Kaepernick is still available in the fourth round, don't be surprised to see Oakland snatch him up.
No. 9: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin
The Raiders could always use an offensive lineman, and the 2011 NFL draft is heavy with talented players.
Moffitt was an AP first team All-American in 2010 and helped the Badgers in their tremendously successful season.
Even with his talent, Moffitt probably won't be taken before the fourth round, so the Raiders could concentrate their needs elsewhere before they start looking at guards.
No. 8: Kris O'Dowd, C, USC
Another mid-round selection who could be headed over to Oakland is Kris O'Dowd from USC.
He was a three-year starter for the Trojans who is in the top tier of centers in the NFL draft. O'Dowd had a great Senior Bowl week and was noted for his ability to anchor tough defensive linemen.
No. 7: Kendrick Ellis, DT, Hampton
Ellis has great off-the-ball quickness and strength, but probably won't be a guy to put up huge sack numbers.
There's a chance that he could fall to the third round, which would be a perfect time for the Raiders to take him. He could help the Raiders a ton against the rush that seems to be improving in the AFC West every year.
No. 6: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
One of two terrific corners coming out of Texas this year, Williams has the speed and agility that Al Davis loves so much.
There's a chance Williams could be taken in the first round, but if he slides into the second round, Oakland will definitely give him a look.
No. 5: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Locker was projected to be taken very highly in the draft coming into the year. His poor and inconsistent play at times forced his draft stock to fall.
Now, he's most likely a second-round pick, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Raiders take a chance on him.
Locker is one of the most NFL ready quarterbacks in the draft, but would still probably sit behind Campbell before getting a shot to play.
No. 4: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Just like Aaron Williams, Dowling is a speedy corner who would fit perfectly into the Raiders system. He would start as soon as he got to Oakland.
Dowling is projected to be taken in either the second or the third round, and the Raiders may very well take him off the board with either of their two picks.
Especially if Nnamdi Asomugha doesn't resign, Oakland will have their eye on a corner to replace the Pro Bowl one that they lost.
No. 3: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
The brother of Maurkice Pouncey, who played great in his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike is a very similar player who could affect the team who takes him in a similar way.
He will be taken at the end of the first round or early in the second round. Oakland can never have enough protection for their quarterback, and they may look toward that area If he does fall past the 31st pick.
No. 2: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU
Cannon led TCU to an undefeated season in 2011 and looks to provide some support for a team in the NFL.
Cannon is a massive player who is also a great athlete and who can push defenders off the line at a consistent basis.
Oakland is in need of offensive talent, and Cannon is a viable second-round option for them.
No. 1: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
Raiders legend and unlce of Stefen, Steve Wisniewski has re-joined the Raiders to be an assistant offensive line coach.
Not only are the Raiders in need of a center, but the son of a player who played his heart out for Al Davis will probably get a lot of attention in the Oakland front office.
Wisniewski will probably get taken in the second round, and knowing Al Davis and the Raiders selections in the past, he may very well be headed to the Bay Area along with his father.
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