So what I try to accomplish in my mocks is to blend what I want with what Mr. Davis wants. Because what Mr. Davis wants is what I want. But I can't know what Mr. Davis wants because he doesn't respond to my invites to for a Carne Asada Plate and a fine bottle of Tequila. I have concluded this is due to the dark lord has already discovered the "force" is strong within me, and I need to develop it further on my own.
This is my opinion of how the draft will shape up next Thursday.
With the 8th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders will select
Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
The Sooner Warrior should be #1 on our draft boards. I think Cable is going to have Bulaga at #1 with T-Dub at #2. But Mr. Davis is going to want the athleticism that T-Dub displays for OT. I see Williams starting out on the Right Side and us giving Barnes and Hendo a short time to shape up or be prepared to get benched. I personally love this pick. Williams on play alone is a top 10 pick and after his combine he is a top 5 pick, but most people are scared by his first year at LT. There is a learning curve when it comes to switching sides. Cable mentioned earlier that the recent emergence of talent at the RE position requires extreme athleticism to mirror at the OT spot. Williams has the 4 year starter, locker room leader, championship organization pedigree we are looking for in an immediate starter.
If not Trent Williams be prepared for Bryan Bulaga, I am convinced we are going OT in Round 1.
With the 39th pick in the Draft The Oakland Raiders will select
DE Carlos Dunlap from the University of Florida
Again, Dunlap has the rare size, speed and pass rush moves one would look for in a RE. He has concerns about his motivation but Richard Seymour as a tutor is the ideal situation for the extremely talented Dunlap. We currently lack this type of player to rush the right side. Shaughnessy is more of a LE, and he can play both. I think the contract hold up with Seymour is a result of the DE position, we are going to move him more inside to the 3T more and have him play next to Kelly (who should play more NT). This is a huge point of discussion which I anticipate to ensue after this mock, but I don't think anyone can dispute that on rushing downs we should see Seymour at LE and passing downs he should slide in at UT, because he does not have the moves to get to the passer. Dunlap is a perfect Raider pick and on ability alone he should be a top 20 player, further, he clocked a 4.61 on a wet Florida field, which is probably more like a 4.57.
If not Dunlap then anticipate CB Brandon Ghee or OG Vladmir Ducasse
With the 69th pick of the 2010 NFL draft the Oakland Raiders select
Jon Asamoah OG Illinois
Wow, Asamoah has to be a favorite prospect by many. He is an academic all american, comes from an amazing family. He is as hard working and determined as they come. The only way we don't pick Asamoah is if he comes of the board before this, which could very well happen. I really hope this is not the case as Asamoah is exactly the type of player we want on the offensive side to turn this around. Williams/Bulaga and Asamoah would be a very bright future for our Offensive line indeed. Jon Asamoah CBS feature
If not Asamoah the pick should be CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah
With the 106th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select
Myron Lewis CB Vanderbilt
I can't say enough about how much I think this kid is one of the biggest sleepers in the draft. Physically and mentally unparalleled in the draft. Very good man to man corner, but needs to develop his mirror abilities much in the same way Nnamdi Asomugha had to when he first came in. Has a lot of the same issues Nnamdi did with the same upside. Academic All-American, graduated early with Honors and is just an all round work horse.
If not Myron Lewis then look possibly for a DT like Linval Joseph (who is being projected way too early by fans)
With the 135th pick of the 2010 draft the Oakland Raiders select
FB Clay Harbor Missouri State
Harbor is a very impressive FB candidate. He mostly played TE but projects to a hybrid at the next level. Physically very impressive. Excellent blocker with long range and devastating technique, will not let up on his blocks until the next man is on his back or the whistle blows. Also creates some very interesting packages as he can create mismatches against LB's and S's. Don't be surprised if he ends up being a 4th round pick, but if he is available at this spot consider him an Oakland Raider, I could see the Raiders very high on Clay Harbor.
If not Harbor then expect us to look at Marshall Newhouse OG TCU
With the 158th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select
Phillip Dillard MLB Nebraska
Dillard is a very fast, sideline to sideline MLB. He is ideal for a 4-3, and was a very stout and vocal leader for the Cornhusker defense. Very impressive college career, I can't figure out why he is being rated this low but again its time to find the sleepers and here is a big one.
If not Dillard look for DE Alex Daniels from Cincinnati
With the #??? of the 2010 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select
C/G Jeff Byers University of California
Byers will basically compete with Chris Morris for the backup C position, and provide some excellent depth at multiple O-line spots if we are faced with injuries to our interior. Byers brings the resume Cable wants and has slipped quite a bit in most NFL mocks and is picked higher usually just off of name recognition. Joe Hawley would be a very good choice but I don't think he makes it this far.
With the #??? of the 2010 NFL Draft the Oakland Raiders select
Ekom Udofia DT Stanford
If Mr. Davis has a late round niche its for identifying DT and DE value later in the draft. Udofia is a consistent and hard working, smart block occupier. He will become an excellent rotational NT for the Oakland Raiders.
Few last points heading into the draft. Watch for the Raiders to try and trade Thomas Howard, I wouldn't be surprised to see them accept less then expected value as Trev Scott is going to be groomed for our long term OLB as well as the obvious Kamerion Wimbley. If we get a late 3rd or early 4th, watch for Clay Harbor to be the pick.
Also, I would expect the Raiders to trade a 2011 draft pick for Jason Campbell, we haven't had much of a FA, so I would be surprised if we offered a 2010 pick for him. I could see a 2011 3rd, but we will get in the bidding for Campbell as the wire closes. Apparently the Redskins are asking for a 4th, so maybe if we can get a deal for Howard done then it might include that but until then look for a 2011 3rd or conditional pick or something like that
This is all for fun, I love the Oakland Raiders and I love this magical time of year when every team has a chance. I study the team and its players very well and this is my concluding mock for the 2010 NFL draft. Thanks for reading and I hope we all get what we want come next week. Future Hall of Famers!!!!!!!!!