NFL Draft 2011: Who Will Fall to Raiders at No. 48?

big ROC Stockton, CAAnalyst IIIApril 18, 2011

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 10: Wide receiver John Chiles #7 of the Texas Longhorns makes a quick cut after catching a pass against cornerback Jimmy Smith #3 of the Colorado Buffaloes in the first quarter on October 10, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft is less than two weeks away. The Raider Nation is pretty much split on what they think the Raiders should do with their first pick. Some think we need to draft an offensive lineman. Others believe we should target a CB, in case Nnamdi Asomugha signs elsewhere. The Raiders ranked near the bottom in run defense (again), so they could use a player to help in that department as well.

With all that said, when it's time for the Raiders to make their selection at 48th overall, Al Davis will pick the player he believes will help the Raiders the most. What position the Raiders want to target remains to be seen. I think they'll take the best available player, in Davis' eyes, with their first pick. Here go a few players that are projected to go higher but could also very well slide right to the Raiders at #48.

Jimmy Smith CB Colorado 6'2" 215 lbs 

Although this is likely wishful thinking, it is possible that Smith could plummet down draft boards and still be available at #48. If he is on the board there is no doubt in my mind that Al Davis will draft him in a split-second. He has everything Al Davis loves in a CB: Size, speed and he is big enough to mix it up.

He likely will go somewhere in between the late first and early second round. It is also rumored that some teams have taken him off their boards completely. I know the Raiders aren't one of them.

Phil Taylor DT Baylor 6'3" 334 lbs

He is projected to go late in the first round. He does have a history of off the field issues though as well as a nagging foot condition, otherwise he might be getting picked in the first half of the first round. Richard Seymour and John Henderson missed a lot of snaps last season and neither one is getting any younger.  

The Raiders ranked near the bottom in run defense in 2010, so a big body like Taylor would go a long way in shoring things up in that department.  

Martez Wilson LB Illinios 6'4" 255 lbs

This would be a dream come true for Al Davis. Wilson ran a 4.42 forty at the combine and had 112 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 4 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles last season for the Illini. The reason he isn't going higher is because of injury concerns.  

He missed all but one game in 2009 with a herniated disk in his neck that required surgery. Doctors required him to use a neck roll when he returned to the field. Every team would love to have an athlete like Wilson, but how many teams are willing to take that risk?

Jake Locker QB Washington 6'3" 231 lbs

Big, athletic and a very strong arm, What else could Al Davis ask for?  

What a difference a year makes for Locker. Had he entered the draft a year ago he probably would be entering the second year of a $78 million dollar contract. Worst case scenario for Locker is he takes a Jimmy Clausen like fall. Ironically, the Panthers got Clausen at #48.  

It is very possible that Locker falls to the middle of the second round. It all depends on what QBs the other teams are targeting. Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder can all get selected before Locker. Not likely, but possible.

Well what do you think Raider Nation. Which one of these prospects do you think may slide to the Raiders. Which one do you want?  

Let me know if you are hoping for another prospect to slide to the Raiders.