2011 NFL Draft: Oakland Raiders Stay Put as They Watch AFC West Rivals Improve
There were rumors flying around before the 2011 NFL Draft that the Oakland Raiders were looking to move into the first round. After a night of exciting first-round action, the Raiders decided to wait until Day 2 to get their players.
Meanwhile, the rest of the AFC West made moves to improve their roster. The Chiefs appeared to have had the better first day. They added standout wide receiver from Pittsburgh Jonathan Baldwin and he will be a great addition to an offense that has a strong running game. He adds another passing weapon to an offense that already has Dwayne Bowe and tight end Tony Moeaki.
The Broncos added a solid pass rusher in Von Miller from Texas A&M. He will give the Broncos defense a solid pass rusher to match up with Elvis Dumerville. This will add extra pressure for the Raiders to add depth to their offensive line this weekend.
The San Diego Chargers also added a young player to their defense. They added Corey Liuget out of Illinois, who should add size and versatility to a defense that was already one of the best in the league. The Raiders had plenty of success on the ground against the Chargers. This also means the Raiders will have to do their best to improve their offensive line.
Many players that could be on the Raiders' draft radar are still available. Guards Stefen Wisniewski and Marcus Cannon are still available. Quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Mallet are still awaiting to find new homes.
Odds are the Raiders will look to add more size to their offensive line as well as speed to their secondary. Hue Jackson has said he'd love to add pieces to the offense that allow the Raiders to play the style of offense they want to play.
What position would you draft first if you were the Raiders GM?
Oakland's biggest needs are offensive line, defensive backs, linebacker and wide receiver, but Jason Campbell has one year left on his contract and he will have to earn his extension. Drafting a young guy would only push Campbell to have a stronger season.
If Campbell doesn't succeed in Oakland the Raiders would have a young quarterback who could take over and be the future of the team. If Campbell does succeed then the Raiders would have a solid back up quarterback. It would be a win win situation for the Raiders especially if they feel they can find solid offensive linemen in the third and fourth rounds.
The Raiders feel like they have options in this years drafts, so don't be surprised to see them take a risk in the second round.
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