2011 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders Mock Draft 3.0
Many Raider fans have strong opinions on what position the Raiders need and who we should pick to play.
I will do one more mock draft with my own choices. After the article, post your own mock draft on the comment section. Select each player and tell us why he should be picked. Your comment might be featured in next week's article.
Next week, I will unveil the Raider Nation's Mock Draft. Let's take a look at this mock draft that has an interesting pick in the second round.
Second Round: Colin Kaepernick–Nevada
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The Oakland Raiders will find it hard to pass on Colin Kaepernick if he is still available in the second round. They like what they have in Jason Campbell, but he may not be enough to stop them from drafting a quarterback with their first pick.
Kaepernick has the ability to make plays with his legs and has a strong arm. He can sit for a year and learn the offense and could compete for the starting job in 2012. If Campbell doesn't make it through the season, the Raiders will a solid option in Kaepernick.
Third Round: John Moffit–Wisconsin
The Raiders need a little more help and depth on the offensive line. WIth Robert Gallery leaving Oakland next season, the Raiders will need to find multiple linemen this offseason.
John Moffit, out of Wisconsin, could be a sleeper pick in the draft. He is versatile and can play guard or center. He was an All-Big Ten first team member and played center before he made the move to guard.
Moffit is a guy that can come in and compete for a starting spot, but would also make a great reserve in his first year.
Fourth Round: Joseph Barksdale–LSU
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If the Raiders can grab Joseph Barksdale in the fourth round, it would be a great pick. He is one of the most underrated tackles in this draft. At 6'5" and 325 pounds, he fits the type of lineman Hue Jackson wants on the team.
He may not come in and start right away, but he has the potential to be a solid starter. The Raiders have had some great fourth round picks in recent memory and this could be the next one.
Round Five: Lawrence Wilson–Connecticut
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I'm a big fan of drafting four-year seniors in the later rounds. Lawrence Wilson, out of UConn, would make a great selection for the Raiders in the fifth round.
He has great instincts and despite being a bit undersized, he still knows how to make plays. If the Raiders are fortunate enough to see him drop to the fifth round, they need to draft this guy.
This will add more depth at the outside linebacker position.
Round Six: Zach Hurd Connecticut
This may be wishful thinking on my part, but I think it would be great if the Raiders chose three offensive linemen in this years draft.
Zach Hurd is one of my favorite late round picks. He comes out of college as a senior and team captain. His massive size and experience would benefit the Raiders style of play. He is 6'7" and weighs in at 316 pounds. This man is a great player to put into a line that wants to become one big bully.
Two UConn picks in a row wouldn't be a bad thing. Tyvon Branch would feel a little more at home.
Round Seven: Chykie Brown Texas
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Chykie Brown could be a player the Raiders look at in the later rounds. He is a defensive back out of Texas and possesses the track speed that the Raiders value so much.
While it may be a stretch to think that he'll fall to the seventh, it is very possible. There is a lot he needs to work on, but he has all the physical tools to be an NFL player.
He could benefit a lot from Rod Woodson and the Raiders could draft another late round steal.
Compensatory Pick: Emmanuel Moody Florida
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Emmanuel Moody would be a solid pick with the compensatory selection the Raiders received. He would add a little more depth to the running back position. With Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Rock Cartwright in the fold, the Raiders could use one more speed back.
Moody runs somewhere in the 4.4 range and he could be used on special teams. He comes from a solid Florida program and is fresh coming out of college, as he didn't get many carries.
Let me know what your picks would be in the comment section and next week I'll release the Raider Nation Mock Draft.
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