2011 NFL Draft: Top 10 Defensive Players Oakland Raiders Should Draft
Nnamdi Asomugha and Michael Huff will be testing the open market when free agency starts. Odd's are they won't be coming back to Oakland. While the Raiders have players on their current roster that can fill the holes, it's important to try and find some younger guys that have the ability to step in and produce.
Let's take a look at ten defensive players the Raiders should look at in this years draft.
CB/FS Aaron Williams Texas
Perhaps it's a stretch to think that Aaron Williams will be on the board when the Raiders pick, but it would be great. Williams comes from Texas, where he played cornerback and free safety.
His versatility and athletic ability would fit in just right with the Raiders. He could compete for a starting position, but would most likely be a back up in his first year.
At 6' and 205 pounds, Williams can hold his own in the NFL.
OLB Mason Foster Washington
Mason Foster would be a great addition to the Oakland Raiders. He may not be the fastest guy in the world but his natural instincts as a run stuffer is just what the Raiders need.
He led the Pac-10 in tackles in 2010 and was second in the nation. If the Raiders want to have a defense that stops the run having Rolando McClain and Foster as their linebackers of the future would be a great way to start.
Foster is a four year player who could come in and make an impact right away for the Raiders.
Foster to Oakland in the second round is a pick I wouldn't disagree with.
DT/NT Kenrick Ellis Hampton
The Raiders may have Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, John Henderson and Desmond Bryant on the roster but they could use more size and youth in the interior defensive line.
Adding a guy like Kenrick Ellis makes a lot of sense. Not only would he benefit from playing alongside veterans like Seymour and Kelly, but his size alone would help the Raiders out in the run game.
He stands at 6'5" and weighs in at a run stuffing 346 pounds. He has the physical attributes to be a force in the NFL. He just needs to learn how to get there. When you play in the same team as Seymour; you learn how to be play the game the right way.
FS Quinton Carter Oklahoma
Quinton Carter could help add depth to the safety position. With Huff most likely out the Raiders will have to find a player that can eventually step in and be the man.
Carter has the potential to do this and the Raiders may find him in the third or fourth round. Carter is another four year player from a successful program and that is what I like to see in players.
Having Rod Woodson as his coach would be a great help for Carter. Keep an eye on him as he may be a player the Raiders are looking at.
CB Davon House New Mexico State
If the Raiders are looking for a cornerback with good size and Raider speed they may want to start with Davon House.
Hailing from New Mexico State, House made some noise with his pro day. At 6'1" and 200 pounds House ran a 4.35 40 and that may have launched him into the second round.
If Nnamdi Asomugha does go the Raiders will need more youth and speed to eventually find someone to help Stanford Routt on the opposite side.
OLB Lawrence Wilson Uconn
Lawrence Wilson is a four year player out of Uconn who has the instincts you want in a linebacker. His smart and savvy play has put him in a position to succeed at the NFL level.
He may be a bit undersized at 6'1" 230, but what he lacks in size he makes up for in ability and intelligence.
Wilson could be a great addition for the Raiders as he could help against the run. He has great sideline to sideline range and has shown he can play at a high level. He could be available in the fourth or fifth round.
OLD KJ Wright Mississippi State
KJ Wright is a physical player with size and an angry attitude. This is just what the Raiders need if they want to build a bully. He comes from Mississippi State and has played against some tough competition.
He stands at 6'4" and weighs in at around 250. While he may struggle a bit in coverage, he should be an asset against the run.
The Raiders need more players who can help them stop the run as they will play some of the leagues premier backs in 2011.
FS Deunta Williams North Carolina
Deunta Williams is an interesting prospect out of North Carolina. He is a free safety with size and speed. At 6'2" and weighing in at 205 he has the size to play against tall receivers like the Chargers players and has the speed to keep up with a lot of guys.
He did not attend the combine or run at his pro day because of a leg injury but many have him running in the 4.4 40 range.
There may be some issues with his character as he was one of the players from North Carolina that were suspended, but he would make a great late round pick.
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke Miami
DeMarcus Van Dyke was one of the fastest men at the NFL Combine. Anytime you are one of the fastest guys there you will make it on the Raiders big board.
While Van Dyke may be a bit undersized he does possess the speed that Al Davis and the Raiders like.
The Raiders do need to think about adding a cornerback in this draft, but its anyone's guess who it will be. Odds are they'll pick one of the fastest available and Van Dyke will be a candidate.
DT Sione Fua Stanford
Sione Fua is a player the Raiders should take a chance on in the later rounds. He has good size at 6'2" and 310 pounds and he would benefit from learning behind Richard Seymour.
The Raiders defensive line is full of monsters on the inside but they aren't getting any younger. Having a player like Fua that can come in as a rotational player would be great for Oakland.
These are the ten defensive players I feel the Raiders should watch. If you think I missed other players make sure to add them in the comment section.
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