NFL Draft 2011: 7 Round Mock for Oakland Raiders
The Raiders had a respectable team and look to be a team on the rise.
Though the defense will probably be missing star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha next year, the defense on a whole is solid.
The offense was also solid led by Darren McFadden, but there is no denying the fact that the Raiders must upgrade their offensive line.
So, here is a seven round mock draft for the Raiders (includes compensatory pick):
Round 2 Pick 48: C/OG Stefan Wisniewski
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The offensive line needs multiple upgrades and could start with the 6'3'', 313 pound Wisniewski.
Robert Gallery in all likelihood will not be re-signed.
Wisniewski brings versatility as he can both play center and guard. He plays with leverage and balance and will not be bull-rushed.
He moves very well and can neutralize linebackers in the second line of defense.
Wisniewski would bring stability to the line and is reliable, not missing a game the past three seasons at Penn State.
Round 3 Pick 81: CB Davon House
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Davon House is a very underrated corner. House has 10 career interceptions and possesses great ball skills
He is 6'1'' 200 pounds and ran a 4.35 at his Pro Day.
If he had played at a major college program, he would probably be an early 2nd round pick.
House is underrated in the running game. He can stick his nose hitting a running back coming full steam ahead.
He can be overaggressive and fall for double moves and pump fakes, but can be coached to be a top corner.
Round 4 Pick 112: OT/OG James Carpenter
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Carpenter is mocked from as early as the second to as late as the fifth round.
Carpenter has good quickness and is very good in pass protection, and is pretty solid in run blocking. Sometimes he could even reach the 2nd and 3rd lines of defense in run blocking.
Carpenter paved holes for elite running backs like Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
The 6'4'', 320-pound tackle can play guard as well and is more than a depth pick, as he could be an opening day starter at right tackle or guard.
Round 5 Pick 145: CB Buster Skrine
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With Asomugha expected to leave, the Raiders will need multiple upgrades at cornerback behind recently re-signed Stanford Routt.
Skrine ran the fastest time at the Combine at 4.29 and looked remarkably fluid in drills. He also had a 37-inch vertical.
Skrine even impressed Deion Sanders.
Round 6 Pick 176: OLB/DE Steven Friday
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Steven Friday out of Virginia Tech is more of a hybrid defensive end, as he can also play outside linebacker.
His skill-sets favor a 3-4 OLB role, but the Raiders would be getting a force rushing the passer with Friday.
Friday had a great senior season, recording 66 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble.
He has a terrific burst off the edge and nice speed, but can drop in coverage and shows good range. He is 6'4" and 253 pounds and could be a nice depth player.
Round 7 Pick 207: QB Scott Tolzien
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Tolzien would be a solid backup to provide more competition at QB with Jason Campbell.
Scott Tolzien threw for 5,271 yards and 32 TDs in his college campaign.
Tolzien is very accurate with a 73 completion percentage. He is very smart and can drive the ball down field, with solid arm strength.
He is also mobile in the pocket and can extend plays well enough.
Round 7 (Compensatory Pick): LB Eric Gordon
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While Greg Jones gets all the hype, Gordon may have been Michigan State's most consistent linebacker.
Gordon is 6'0'' 233 pounds and could be a nice depth pick for the Raiders linebacking core.
Gordon recorded 92 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 1 interception in his senior campaign.