2011 NFL Draft: 10 Prospects to Bolster the Oakland Raiders' Offense
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Jason Campbell is primed for a big year in Oakland. There are many young weapons around him, but there is always room for more.
This isn't a mock draft, but it is a look at 10 NFL Draft prospects the Raiders could surround Campbell with. There will be plenty of talent available when the Raiders pick in the second round.
Not only can the Raiders find some talent in the skill positions, but they could also use more depth along the offensive line.
Let's take a look at 10 players the Raiders could surround Campbell with.
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Titus Young is projected to be a second-round pick by most experts. It is possible that Young could be available when the Raiders make their pick.
Many feel the Raiders need a veteran receiver to help their young group, but I am one of the few who feels their receiving group is improving. If they do choose to add a receiver I would add another young player.
Young comes from a winning program and has been compared to DeSean Jackson. Having another speed weapon around Campbell wouldn't be a bad thing.
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Austin Pettis is projected to be drafted somewhere between the third and fifth rounds. I wouldn't be surprised if Pettis becomes one of the best receivers coming out of this draft.
Pettis stands at 6-3 and weighs 205 pounds. He has two of the most reliable hands in college football and knows how to run routes like a veteran. Former Raider Tim Brown said he was one of the best route runners coming out of college.
With his size and great hands, Pettis should be a guy the Raiders should consider if he is available in the third round.
Don't be surprised if you hear the name Edmond Gates when the Raiders make one of their selections. Gates was one of the fastest receivers in the combine and his stock will continue to improve. He comes from a small school, which is where Al Davis likes to get a lot of his players from.
Gates would add more speed and youth to the Raiders squad. Hue Jackson would have a team full of toys to build his offense around.
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Stefen Wisniewski has been a player who keeps coming up when you see many Raiders mock drafts. Is it because of the history the Wisniewski name has in Oakland? Could it be that Steve Wisniewski, who is now a coach for the Raiders, wants his nephew on the team?
I'm sure those are all viable reasons why he comes up, but let's be honest here. Wisniewski 2.0 is a solid player who could play most positions on the offensive line. He is 6'4" and weighs in at 314 pounds. He would be a perfect fit for Jackson's power scheme.
The Raiders have plenty of youth in their skilled positions, but could use a lot more depth on the offensive line. Wisniewski could provide that for Oakland.
Since we are talking about offensive linemen now we have to bring up Zach Hurd. The man was a four-year starter in college, and did I mention this dude is huge?
He would make a perfect addition to the Raiders offensive line. Standing at a whopping 6'7" and weighing in at a small 315 pounds, Hurd would bring immediate size and depth to an offensive line that is heading toward a youth movement.
Because of his experience in college, he could become an immediate starter. Jackson wants big bully type players on his offensive line. Hurd fits the mold and could be an Oakland Raider.
If the Raiders want big men on their offensive line they need to take a look at Carl Johnson in the later rounds. This man is 6'5" and weighs in at a powerful 361 pounds. He could be available in the later part of the draft.
Surrounding Jason Campbell with big men like this will give the Raiders the ability to run the ball and set up the pass play. Don't be surprised if one of these three players is wearing a Raiders jersey in 2011.
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While the Raiders may seem set at running back, it is never a bad idea to have depth. The Raiders are one injury away in the backfield from having plenty of problems.
Murray is ranked as one of the top-five available running backs in many drafts. Would the Raiders use a second round pick on him?
While it is highly unlikely it can't be ruled impossible. These drafts, especially the Raiders' drafts, are always unpredictable.
Don't be surprised to see the Raiders add a young running back.
Alex Green out of Hawaii could be a great late-round pick up. He was in an offense that didn't require him to carry the load every game so he is fresh and knows how to catch the ball out of the backfield.
He ran a 4.45 40 which isn't bad at all and did 20 reps in the bench press. He stands at 6'0" and weighs in at a compact 225 pounds.
Adding him in one of the late rounds will provide the Raiders with more depth at running back and just adds one more weapon to the arsenal.
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Ricky Stanzi is a tall QB who posses the arm strength and looks good on tape. He may not be having the best workouts, but neither did Tom Brady.
Don't be surprised if the Raiders draft a young quarterback late in this draft. I'm guessing if there is a quarterback taken it will be between the fourth and sixth rounds.
Keep an eye out for Stanzi because in five years this is a guy who might make teams scratch their heads and say, "How did we miss this guy?"
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Colin Kaepernick has had a workout with the Oakland Raiders. He could be a quarterback the Raiders want to draft in the later rounds. He is tall, athletic and can make plays with his feet similar to Jason Campbell.
What is the best way to make Campbell improve besides surrounding him with weapons? Surround him with competition. No offense to Bruce Gradkowski, but he is not the long-term answer at back up.
The Raiders need to have a young QB waiting to become a starter if Campbell doesn't work out with Oakland.
Having a young QB around Hue Jackson and Al Saunders would do wonders for the player. If Campbell does what I expect him to do in Oakland than there is nothing wrong with having a young talented back up ready to take over if an injury occurs.
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