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Raiders having its first pick at number 48 offers some interesting considerations, here is a Mock draft based on the current draft order...


With the 48th Pick Oakland selects OT/G Marcus Cannon, TCU. This guy is massive at 6'6", 350 pounds. Despite his size, he is very athletic and very versatile. He could play pretty much anywhere on the OL, except center. Drafting him would be good competition for Veldheer at LT, or he could just slide inside to LG. He played RT very well before switching over to LT his senior year. Because of his wide frame and size, he may be forced to play guard, which wouldn't be a problem. His TCU OL gave up less than a sack a game his senior year.

With the 81st Pick, the Oakland Raiders Select CB Ras-I Dowling, VirginiaRas-I Dowling is coming off an injury and that will hurt his draft stock a bit, which is why he slips to Oakland in the third round.  He has very good size at 6'2", 200 pounds. He's fast and is able to run with the fastest wide outs.  He is good in run support. He's instinctive, knows when to jump a route and has good hands. Has fluid hips which is critical to be an outstanding CB,  great feet and balance. If anything, he just needs to get picked by a team that has good coaching. Think a HOF CB as his coach fits? If his draft stock climbs, I'd be more than happy taking him in the second round.

With the 112th Pick, Oakland Selects OC Jake Kirkpatrick, TCU.  I know a lot of people want to take Stefan Wisniewski to be the center, but I don't think he fits in a power scheme.  This guy, however, does.  He was the 2010 Rimington Trophy winner, given to the nation's top center. He is very underrated and he fits perfectly in the power blocking scheme.  Chemistry is very important on the OL and what better way to build or have that chemistry than to have former teammates right next to each other on the same line?  He and Marcus Cannon were part of an OL that gave up less than a sack a game. I know, I already said that for Marcus Cannon, but it doesn't hurt to say it again.

Oakland Selects with the 145th Pick, OLB/DE Chris Carter, Fresno State.  I know the last time Oakland drafted a LB from Fresno State it didn't turn out too good. Chris Carter is better than Sam Williams ever was. Carter played most, if not all, of the 2010 season with a cast on his left hand. Basically, he had one hand and a club. He's played DE for much of his collegiate career, but has the size to play OLB as well at 6'2", 240 pounds. He has solid speed. He can dominate games at times. Despite having one hand in a cast for much of the year, he still totaled 16.5 TFL, 11 sacks and four FFs.He was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year. Carter will likely go a round higher than this, but he could slip to the fifth round.

Oakland Uses the 176th Pick on FS/CB Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson. Most of the safeties on the Raiders roster are the SS type.  Michael Huff is really the only FS on the roster. This kid played both CB and FS at Clemson and has been reliable in the secondary. He has good speed and average size, 5'10", 195 lbs. He's active in run support and takes good angles against the run. He's also durable—he has not missed a game due to injury. Solid in man-to-man coverage. Not at bad selection with this pick.

With the 207th and last Pick, Oakland Selects QB TJ Yates, UNC.  I know, I know, most of you don’t think we should pick a QB, but look at this kid and I feel like we have to take a QB at some point in the draft. Better late than never as I mentioned in my last post..lol TJ Yates could easily be the most underrated player---not just QB, but player---in the entire draft, in my opinion. He was never exceptional, but he has been a great leader for his team. He has a quick release. He is accurate, his last three years has had a completion percentage of over 60 percent. His senior year, he threw for over 3,400 yards and 19 TDs vs. 9 INTs for a QB rating of 145.46. He completed 66.8 of his passes. Not bad numbers at all considering he was sacked 37 times as well. For college, that is a lot. He'd be a good QB to have sit for a couple of years to learn the offense.  And he’s used to getting sacked..lol

There are other players that can be considered at these draft points of course, now it’s time for us to discuss the options..My props to Jarrod Rollins, he is a Raider guru and this is his brain child.  Cannon, and Kirkpatrick are players I believe can come in and help now, Yates is someone that can sit behind J. Campbell and become his understudy while Grad is the actual number 2. I believe with the current roster and resigning some key free agents our late round draft order may be a gift in that the salary hit will be reasonable.  Thoughts Raiders.... 


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