Here are my picks for the upcoming draft in April. Many have posted their mocks and I am getting tired of going with the consensus so I figured I would go a different route. However all would be securing value at all positions as well as solidifying needs. Again your comments are appreciated.
Marcus Cannon - OT\ OG
Ok, ok, while I said I was going a different route with these picks I have searched high and low and figured all the best OT prospects like Sherrod, Constanzo, Carimi, Solder, and Ijalana are expecting to be gone by the time the Lions pick at 43. The last one left in this range of the second round that would be able to fill either role of RT or LG would have to be Cannon. At 6'5 350 + LBs he is a house and if he can get his weight under control can turn into a solid lineman no matter where he is asked to line up on newly hired Steve Wisnewski's offensive line.
Demarcus Love - OT\ OG
I have said several times that I hope this draft is a reflection on Al Davis recognizing the lack of talent across his offensive front line and addressing that. With the ludicrous tender bestowed upon Ricky Brown I figure Al Davis doesn't think OLB is as serious a need as I do so I am going O-line. Love has fallen all the way to round 4 on most mocks mainly because of a poor performance against Cam Heyward in the Sugar Bowl and a horrid Senior Bowl performance making Cal's Cam Jordan and Purdue's Ryan Kerrigan look like sure-fire 1st rounders. However like Cannon he is a tweener who if he fails at tackle can move to guard and still fill a hole. Sadly he would be an upgrade at pass protection over either Walker or Henderson.
Brandon Burton - CB
Finally a guy with a name that sounds more like an action star than a low budget porn star. Burton is another player hyped early in 2010 especially with his Utah Utes debuting at #13 in the polls and hosting a nationally televised contest against Pitt. He is the perfect scheme fit as he was forced to play on an island throughout the majority of his career and would be asked to do the same under defensive coordinator Al Davis...err Chuck Bresnahan.
Lawrence Wilson - OLB
The leader of the Big East champion Huskies defense was around the ball like a moth to a flame. His stock isn't as high as say a Bruce Carter or Dontay Moch mainly due to his size attributes. He however is a football player and can run with any back in the league in coverage. To draft a football player of his caliber in the 5th round would be a steal and could start right away alongside Wimbley and McClain for years to come.
Jake Kirkpatrick -C
Since Wisnewski would be gone by the time pick 48 is called and I doubt Oakland would move up to get a player that would be better suited for a zone blocking scheme, Kirkpatrick has caught my eye. The Rimington Trophy winner for the nation's best center is projected a 5th or 6th rounder and could very likely force Samson Satele to either back him up in spot duty or move permanently to OG. If you watched the Rose Bowl and saw the final drive following the Badgers' falied 2-pt conversion attempt you saw clock control at it's best. The TCU front line did not allow the Badgers any hope of getting the ball back and ultimately was the difference in the game. A duo of he and Cannon may be enough to bolster this Raiders offensive line for a decade.
Armon Binns - WR
Oakland couldn't do much better than a 6'3 210 LB wide out who accounted for 75 receptions, 1100 yards and 10 TDs in 2010 with it's sixth pick. That's nearly double Douche-Hat Bust's total his most productive year at Maryland and more than double his production his entire Raiders career. Also this team has had some luck drafting receivers late in recent years such as Louis Murphy and Chaz Shilens...kinda.