This mock draft will feature picks that I consider are areas of need for the Raiders and also will include some fan input.
After hearing the fans in previous mock drafts, it's obvious they feel the offensive line is the major need for the Raiders.
Let's get this mock going.
Stefen Wisniewski has to be on the Raiders Draft Radar. Not only does he fit a need but he also has connections within the Raiders organization.
This selection was a tough decision because I had to choose between Wisniewski and Marcus Cannon, but because of Wisniewski's Raider ties I went with him.
Positions to Watch: Don't be surprised to see a CB or DT taken with the second round pick.
In 2005 the Raiders drafted a tall, strong armed quarterback in the third round.
Flash forward to 2011 and the Raiders may find themselves drafting a quarterback they didn't expect to be around in the third round.
The Raiders would not be opposed to making this pick because they don't need Mallet to come in right away and be the starter. He can come in and compete for the third and maybe even the second-string spot.
Hue Jackson has said he'd love to add a young arm to the team. Questions about Mallet's character have been surfacing, but picking him in the third round to be a back up wouldn't be a bad investment.
Positions to watch: Offensive Guard and Tackle could easily be chosen here.
Joseph Barksdale could be one of the best offensive line prospects in the NFL Draft.
He is very underrated and the Raiders should take a look at him in the third round if he is available.
These first two picks would help the Raiders offensive line. Barksdale has solid fundamentals and has proven himself in the SEC.
Positions to Watch: A cornerback and safety would be a possible pick in this round.
Richard Sherman is a cornerback who can play free safety.
He played his college career at Stanford which is close enough for the Raiders to know what he can do. He has great size and his speed is decent.
This pick would be a great pick for the Raiders in round five. He has played against solid competition and even had an interception in the Senior Bowl.
While he may not have blazing speed, he does have size and great instincts.
Positions to watch: Offensive Line or Wide Receiver could be chosen in this round
Zach Hurd would be a great late-round pick up for the Raiders.
If you've been following my mock drafts then you'll know I like four year players in the late rounds.
Hurd is a perfect example of a guy I would have no problem selecting this late in the draft. The more I watch his videos and read about him, the more I like the guy.
The Raiders would be wise to select three big offensive linemen that help them run their offense the way they want to.
Positions to watch: Cornerback or Quarterback
The Raiders will most likely draft two defensive backs in this draft.
That position has been one of the Raiders favorite positions to draft in recent years. They'll most likely take a defensive back in the later rounds.
Byron Maxwell out of Clemson has speed and decent size. At 6' he runs in the 4.4 range. With Nnamdi Asomugha and Michael Huff's futures in question the Raiders will look for a player like Maxwell.
Position to watch: Quarterback or Defensive Tackle
Collin Baxter is a center out of Arizona. At 6'3" inches 311 pounds he adds size and strength to an offensive set on running the ball.
A great option as the back up center and could be tried at the guard position as well.
Position to watch: Punter or Kicker
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