2011 NFL Mock Draft: Oakland Raiders Mock Draft 2.0
The 2011 Draft is coming up, and there are plenty of different things the Raiders could do in this year's draft. My first mock draft was all about how I would make the picks if I was running the show.
Now I will run this draft as if I were Al Davis and Hue Jackson. Trying to think like Davis is not easy, but it's definitely fun.
Let's take a look at this mock draft and see what I think Davis and the Raiders could end up doing.
Round 2: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
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If he is available, I find it hard to believe that the Raiders would pass on Stefen Wisniewski. I wouldn't be surprised if they traded down to get him.
His uncle Steve Wisniewski is a coach on the team, and Hue Jackson has already said he knows all about Stefen.
Wisniewski could be a lock as a Raider in 2011. He fits a need, and his last name just looks better in the Silver and Black.
Round 3: Ryan Mallet, Arkansas
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Ryan Mallet has many questions surrounding him. People question his football smarts, work ethic, attitude and off-the-field issues.
None of those issues has ever stopped Al Davis from making a player an Oakland Raider, however. Mallet was a solid QB in the SEC. His size and arm strength are just what the doctor ordered in Oakland.
Jason Campbell is the unquestioned starter in 2011, and he could be the long term answer. Bringing in Mallet is nothing more than an insurance policy. He has the potential to be great, and we've already seen Campbell take hits that took him off the field. Don't be surprised to see this pick in the third round.
Round 4: DeMarcus Van Dyke, Miami
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It appears that the Raiders may be in the market for some more defensive backs in this year's draft. DeMarcus Van Dyke possesses the Raiders speed that they value so much at the position.
He has the track speed and the height to make it in the NFL, but he may lack some size. He only weighed in at 176 pounds in the combine. He wouldn't be an immediate starter, but he could work his way into some defensive packages.
This could be a fourth-round special for the Raiders.
Round 5: Andrew Jackson, Fresno State
With Robert Gallery gone, the Raiders will try to add youth and depth to the offensive line. Standing at 6'5", Andrew Jackson could stay in California to start off his pro career.
He has improved every year in college, making second team All WAC in 2008 and First team All WAC in 2009.
The Raiders drafted two offensive linemen last year, and I see them drafting at least two this year.
Round 6: Joe Lefeged, Rutgers
It's possible the Raiders lose Michael Huff and Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency. They do have some younger players that are ready to take their places, and Joe Lefeged is a guy to keep an eye on.
He is 6'0" and weighs about 210 pounds, which is a pretty good size for a safety. More importantly, he ran a 4.42—one of the faster times for a safety at the combine.
Would the Raiders add another defensive back to the mix in Oakland? Well, they've drafted a lot more defensive backs than offensive linemen in the last 10 years, so I wouldn't be surprised.
Round 7: Colin Baxter, Arizona
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I can see the Raiders taking three offensive linemen in this year's draft. Having a solid back-up center would be great for the Raiders. Colin Baxter would make a great addition to a young offensive line.
Baxter would have the ability to move from center to guard if needed. His size is ideal for the Raiders style of football. He is 6'3" and weighs in at 311 pounds.
Plus, how cool would it be to have a Baxter on the Raiders? It reminds me of the movie Anchorman.
Compensatory Pick : Dereck Epperson, Baylor
The Raiders received a compensatory pick in this year's draft. While it might seem silly for them to draft a kicker in the draft, the Raiders have done sillier.
Previously, they drafted a field goal kicker in the first round.
Derek Epperson from Baylor has a strong leg and is a big boy. Shane Lechler has been very vocal about his displeasure with the Raiders. Don't be surprised to see him gone in a year or two.
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