NFL Draft 2011: 10 Players Who Will Bring Playoff Glory to the Oakland Raiders

Brett Appley@@BrettAppleyCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: 10 Players Who Will Bring Playoff Glory to the Oakland Raiders

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    ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 18:  New Oakland Raiders coach Hue Jackson pauses as he speaks to reporters during a press conference on January 18, 2011 in Alameda, California. Hue Jackson was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing the fired
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    During the offseason, the Oakland Raiders signed Hue Jackson to replace Tom Cable as the head coach.

    Last season, Oakland was perfect in their division, winning all six games, but failed to make the playoffs once again.

    The players and staff can feel playoff glory on the horizon and fans have been wanting to taste victory ever since the Raiders lost in the Super Bowl against Tampa Bay.

    Here are 10 players who could help push the Raiders over the edge and into playoff success.

No. 10: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack throws the ball against Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'6''

    Weight: 225

    If the Oakland Raiders were to draft Kaepernick, it would be on a long-term basis, where they would have him sit on the bench for a year or two before he saw any action.

    Still, he's proven to be a leader in college and he basically transformed Nevada into a powerhouse by himself.

    If Kaepernick is still available in the fourth round, don't be surprised to see Oakland snatch him up.

No. 9: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 10:  Offensive lineman John Moffitt #74 of the Wisconsin Badgers blocks against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 323

    The Raiders could always use an offensive lineman, and the 2011 NFL draft is heavy with talented players.

    Moffitt was an AP first team All-American in 2010 and helped the Badgers in their tremendously successful season.

    Even with his talent, Moffitt probably won't be taken before the fourth round, so the Raiders could concentrate their needs elsewhere before they start looking at guards.

No. 8: Kris O'Dowd, C, USC

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  The USC Trojans come through the tunnel to the field before the game with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame won 20-16.  (Photo by
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    Height: 6'4''

    Weight: 304

    Another mid-round selection who could be headed over to Oakland is Kris O'Dowd from USC.

    He was a three-year starter for the Trojans who is in the top tier of centers in the NFL draft. O'Dowd had a great Senior Bowl week and was noted for his ability to anchor tough defensive linemen.

No. 7: Kendrick Ellis, DT, Hampton

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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 336

    Ellis has great off-the-ball quickness and strength, but probably won't be a guy to put up huge sack numbers.

    There's a chance that he could fall to the third round, which would be a perfect time for the Raiders to take him. He could help the Raiders a ton against the rush that seems to be improving in the AFC West every year.

No. 6: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

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    AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 195

    One of two terrific corners coming out of Texas this year, Williams has the speed and agility that Al Davis loves so much.

    There's a chance Williams could be taken in the first round, but if he slides into the second round, Oakland will definitely give him a look.

No. 5: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27:  Quarterback Jake Locker of Washington runs a passing drill during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 230

    Locker was projected to be taken very highly in the draft coming into the year. His poor and inconsistent play at times forced his draft stock to fall.

    Now, he's most likely a second-round pick, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the Raiders take a chance on him.

    Locker is one of the most NFL ready quarterbacks in the draft, but would still probably sit behind Campbell before getting a shot to play.

No. 4: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Ras-I Dowling #19 of the Virginia Cavaliers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Height: 6'1''

    Weight: 198

    Just like Aaron Williams, Dowling is a speedy corner who would fit perfectly into the Raiders system. He would start as soon as he got to Oakland.

    Dowling is projected to be taken in either the second or the third round, and the Raiders may very well take him off the board with either of their two picks.

    Especially if Nnamdi Asomugha doesn't resign, Oakland will have their eye on a corner to replace the Pro Bowl one that they lost.

No. 3: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 01:  Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators hugs teammate Mike Pouncey #55 after scoring a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 303

    The brother of Maurkice Pouncey, who played great in his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike is a very similar player who could affect the team who takes him in a similar way.

    He will be taken at the end of the first round or early in the second round. Oakland can never have enough protection for their quarterback, and they may look toward that area If he does fall past the 31st pick.

No. 2: Marcus Cannon, OT, TCU

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 28:  Marcus Cannon #61, Kyle Dooley #72 and Alonzo Adams #81 of the TCU Horned Frogs raise the Mountain West Regular Season Championship trophy at Amon G. Carter Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Ronal
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    Height: 6'5''

    Weight: 350

    Cannon led TCU to an undefeated season in 2011 and looks to provide some support for a team in the NFL.

    Cannon is a massive player who is also a great athlete and who can push defenders off the line at a consistent basis.

    Oakland is in need of offensive talent, and Cannon is a viable second-round option for them.

No. 1: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State

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    TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1:  Guard Stefan Wisniewski #61 of the Penn State Nittany Lions leaves the field after play against the Florida Gators January 1, 2010 in the 25th Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Get
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    Height: 6'3''

    Weight: 313

    Raiders legend and unlce of Stefen, Steve Wisniewski has re-joined the Raiders to be an assistant offensive line coach.

    Not only are the Raiders in need of a center, but the son of a player who played his heart out for Al Davis will probably get a lot of attention in the Oakland front office.

    Wisniewski will probably get taken in the second round, and knowing Al Davis and the Raiders selections in the past, he may very well be headed to the Bay Area along with his father.


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