NFL Draft 2011: The Quarterbacks and Wide Receivers. Will the Raiders pick either one early?

Bruce Gradkowski to Louis Murphy excited us in 2009. Jason Campbell hit Jacoby Ford for some bombs last year, but we need a wide receiver corps. One needn't go far to get an opinion from the Nation regarding drafting a quarterback in the first round. I am surprised at the willingness by most to use the early pick for a young gunslinger, despite our history of doing so, both recently and in decades past; it seems our only success finding quarterbacks comes by finding a diamond in the rough rejected by so many others, giving them another real chance to shine, and cutting them loose. But because we as Raider fans have become so accustomed to being completely blindisded by draft picks of all levels, we must prepare ourselves for any and all possiblities late April year in and year out. Hence, the large list of prospects, since we know that at the very least, working Colin Kaepernick out means we have kicked the tires on at least one of these top guys. We are also in agreement that a possession receiver, and hopefully one that can make a push for the number 1 or 2 spots we can't keep filled either due to injury or inconsistency, and though I believe we will tap some of the deep talent late and even off the board, we'll examine possibilites there from top to bottom as well. Who will wear silver and black this year?

Hit the jump to see potential candidates...

Top Draft 2011 Prospects -- (Updated 4/8/2011)
Rank Player Pos. Position
Rank
School Class Ht. Wt. 40 Time Bench
Reps
10 Blaine Gabbert QB 1 Missouri Jr 6-4 234 4.61 N/A
11 Cameron Newton QB 2 Auburn rJr 6-5 248 4.56 N/A
23 Jake Locker QB 3 Washington rSr 6-3 231 4.50 N/A
31 Christian Ponder QB 4 Florida State rSr 6-2 229 4.63 N/A
42 Ryan Mallett QB 5 Arkansas rJr 6-7 253 5.37 N/A
56 Colin Kaepernick QB 6 Nevada rSr 6-5 233 4.53 N/A
63 Andy Dalton QB 7 TCU rSr 6-2 215 4.82 N/A
106 Ricky Stanzi QB 8 Iowa rSr 6-4 223 4.87 N/A
142 Pat Devlin QB 9 Delaware rSr 6-3 225 4.81 N/A
169 Greg McElroy QB 10 Alabama rSr 6-2 220 4.84 N/A
210 Tyrod Taylor QB 11 Virginia Tech Sr 6-1 217 4.47 N/A
231 Taylor Potts QB 12 Texas Tech rSr 6-4 218 5.00 N/A
258 Adam Weber QB 13 Minnesota rSr 6-1 209 4.73 N/A
291 Scott Tolzien QB 14 Wisconsin rSr 6-2 212 4.92 N/A
297 T.J. Yates QB 15 North Carolina rSr 6-3 219 5.06 N/A
300 Nathan Enderle QB 16 Idaho rSr 6-4 240 5.12 N/A
313 Josh Portis QB 17 California (PA) rSr 6-3 211 4.59 N/A
338 Jerrod Johnson QB 18 Texas A&M rSr 6-5 251 4.75 N/A
358 Jeff Van Camp QB 19 Florida Atlantic rSr 6-5 218 4.83 N/A
426 Mike Hartline QB 20 Kentucky rSr 6-5 219 4.95 N/A
458 Adam Froman QB 21 Louisville Sr 6-4 220 4.56 N/A
477 Ben Chappell QB 22 Indiana rSr 6-2 224 5.08 N/A
495 Ryan Colburn QB 23 Fresno State rSr 6-3 233 5.12 N/A
506 Mitch Mustain QB 24 Southern California rSr 6-2 200 4.74 N/A
509 Trevor Vittatoe QB 25 Texas-El Paso rSr 6-2 218 4.81 N/A
517 Zack Eskridge QB 26 Midwestern State rSr 6-3 226 4.84 N/A
530 Blake Bolles QB 27 Northwest Missouri State Sr 6-3 198 4.67 N/A
545 Chris Dieker QB 28 Southern Illinois rSr 6-5 232 4.92 N/A
557 Justin Roper QB 29 Montana rSr 6-6 218 4.86 N/A
567 Michael Herrick QB 30 Northern Arizona rSr 6-1 205 5.12 N/A
592 Austen Arnaud QB 31 Iowa State rSr 6-3 230 4.89 N/A
610 Troy Weatherhead QB 32 Hillsdale Sr 6-3 217 5.15 N/A
625 Cameron Higgins QB 33 Weber State rSr 6-1 200 4.74 N/A
642 Zach Frazer QB 34 Connecticut rSr 6-4 231 4.84 N/A
660 Arvell Nelson QB 35 Texas Southern rSr 6-5 228 4.92 N/A
677 Marc Verica QB 36 Virginia rSr 6-2 204 4.75 N/A
684 Kyle Havens QB 37 Massachusetts Sr 6-4 220 4.94 N/A
702 Jeremiah Masoli QB 38 Mississippi Sr 5-10 223 4.64 N/A
717 Diondre Borel QB 39 Utah State Sr 6-0 199 4.52 N/A
741 K.J. Black QB 40 Prairie View A&M rSr 6-3 229 5.15 N/A
N/A Omar Clayton QB 41 UNLV Sr 6-1 205 4.64 N/A
N/A Taylor Harris QB 42 West Texas A&M Sr 6-2 233 5.18 N/A
N/A Carson Coffman QB 43 Kansas State rSr 6-2 215 4.74 N/A
N/A Zac Lee QB 44 Nebraska Sr 6-1 215 4.86 N/A
N/A Chris Whitney QB 45 Villanova Sr 6-2 243 4.76 N/A
N/A Steven Sheffield QB 46 Texas Tech Sr 6-5 211 4.72 N/A
N/A Matt Barr QB 47 Western Illinois Sr 6-1 205 4.63 N/A
N/A Ross Jenkins QB 48 Louisiana Tech rSr 6-3 212 4.75 N/A
N/A Kyle McMahon QB 49 Grand Valley State Sr 6-3 208 4.85 N/A
N/A Scott Riddle QB 50 Elon Sr 6-0 208 4.72 N/A

Barring any trading up, the Newtons, Gabberts, and Lockers look to be gone. Let me emphasize again: I in no way want to take a qb with our first pick, but am prepared for the off chance a Kaepernick falls to us at 48 and we use that first pick on him, and at that point one can easily make a solid argument for him being the best player available. We have discussed him at length, and it seems that though we agree we should take a tackle first as it's our biggest need, we also agree that the run on the tackle talent might find them totally gone by 40 with the exception of some marginal talent that may not cut it as tackle at the pro level, and most of us wouldn't hate the pick too much. We will certainly pray that we get a starting caliber tackle in free agency then, but Colin can play, and we are cognizant the chances he could be a Raider are there. It's also pretty widely agreed upon here that if we keep forgoing filling that desperate need, the best talent at qb/wr is moot, because we can't keep using the playbook to compensate for the inability to pass protect consistently. Let's hope if we go this route and do take a QB early, that we use at least two of the other picks to get some help up front, and address other needs as well.

Ryan Mallett has been mentioned as well, and for the record, I don't hate the kid whatsoever; just don't use the 48th pick (or the third rounder preferably). He has a huge arm, and could also have caught the eye of Al Davis, who will forever harken back to days of vertical game glory.

But suppose we are fortunate enough to find the lineman we want early, and decide to go value pick with a gunslinger. We have expressed interest in Veldheer's fellow alum in Troy Weatherhead, projected off the board due to questions of arm strength and coming from a division II school. PROFILE Very impressive record breaking numbers, and with guys like this available off the board, and our staff feeling good about the position right now, we are in a great position to be patient and wait for the right guy to come right to us.

Another interesting late rounder with some great speed, and some 2:00 drill heroics on his resume against some pretty tough schools:

458 Adam Froman QB 21 Louisville Sr 6-4 220 4.56 N/A

Another steal we've talked about, in late rounds with arm strength question marks that mean he's probably not an Al Davis guy:

169 Greg McElroy QB 10 Alabama rSr 6-2 220 4.84 N/A

Ricky Stanzi is a plain gamer, and if he would somehow fall to us in the fifth, would be an amazing value, probably even worth the fourth. Josh Portis is another guy who could fall and be a great value, with some history concerns, but not a worry with a late pick and the contract he'll get.

Now for that guy to bring a little something to our aerial offense...

Here's the list, from 4-50, and I'll be stoked to get number 49:

44 Leonard Hankerson WR 4 Miami (Fla.) Sr 6-2 209 4.40 14
46 Randall Cobb WR 5 Kentucky Jr 5-10 191 4.46 16
49 Jerrel Jernigan WR 6 Troy Sr 5-09 185 4.46 11
55 Jon Baldwin WR 7 Pittsburgh Jr 6-4 228 4.49 20
70 Titus Young WR 8 Boise State rSr 5-11 174 4.43 N/A
84 Edmond Gates WR 9 Abilene Christian Sr 6-0 192 4.31 16
96 Greg Little WR 11 North Carolina Sr 6-3 231 4.51 27
105 Niles Paul WR 10 Nebraska Sr 6-1 224 4.45 24
107 Tandon Doss WR 12 Indiana Jr 6-2 201 4.56 14
128 Terrence Toliver WR 13 LSU Sr 6-4 212 4.52 N/A
131 Greg Salas WR 14 Hawaii rSr 6-1 210 4.53 15
150 Ronald Johnson WR 15 Southern California Sr 5-11 199 4.46 16
153 Denarius Moore WR 16 Tennessee Sr 6-0 194 4.43 13
160 Austin Pettis WR 17 Boise State Sr 6-3 209 4.56 14
162 Jeremy Kerley WR 18 TCU Sr 5-10 189 4.56 16
166 Vincent Brown WR 19 San Diego State Sr 5-11 187 4.68 12
171 Cecil Shorts III WR 20 Mount Union rSr 6-0 205 4.50 21
180 Ryan Whalen WR 21 Stanford Sr 6-1 202 4.53 18
185 Dane Sanzenbacher WR 22 Ohio State Sr 5-11 182 4.56 N/A
190 Dwayne Harris WR 23 East Carolina rSr 5-10 203 4.53 10
200 Tori Gurley WR 24 South Carolina rSo 6-4 216 4.53 15
209 Jeff Maehl WR 25 Oregon Sr 6-1 190 4.56 N/A
211 Darvin Adams WR 26 Auburn Jr 6-2 190 4.56 N/A
221 Stephen Burton WR 27 West Texas A&M Sr 6-1 221 4.50 19
227 Aldrick Robinson WR 28 Southern Methodist Sr 5-10 184 4.35 17
229 Ricardo Lockette WR 29 Fort Valley State rSr 6-2 211 4.34 N/A
247 Courtney Smith WR 30 South Alabama Sr 6-4 223 4.65 N/A
249 Chris Matthews WR 31 Kentucky Sr 6-5 218 4.57 N/A
261 Marshall Williams WR 32 Wake Forest rSr 6-1 188 4.56 09
280 Lester Jean WR 33 Florida Atlantic Sr 6-3 215 4.61 14
285 O.J. Murdock WR 34 Fort Hays State rSr 5-11 197 4.53 15
287 Jimmy Young WR 35 TCU rSr 6-0 204 4.50 19
288 Jock Sanders WR 36 West Virginia Sr 5-06 181 4.50 19
312 DeAndre Brown WR 37 Southern Mississippi Jr 6-6 233 4.59 20
326 Owen Spencer WR 38 North Carolina State Sr 6-2 195 4.51 06
332 Jeremy Ross WR 39 California rSr 6-0 209 4.45 N/A
336 Armon Binns WR 40 Cincinnati Sr 6-3 209 4.50 13
339 Mark Dell WR 41 Michigan State Sr 6-0 193 4.57 14
345 Armand Robinson WR 42 Miami (Ohio) rSr 5-11 197 4.52 N/A
353 Kealoha Pilares WR 43 Hawaii Sr 5-10 199 4.42 19
363 Detron Lewis WR 44 Texas Tech Sr 6-0 198 4.64 N/A
370 DeMarco Sampson WR 45 San Diego State rSr 6-2 204 4.41 14
382 Kris Adams WR 46 Texas-El Paso rSr 6-4 194 4.44 N/A
388 James Cleveland WR 47 Houston Sr 6-1 205 4.57 N/A
397 Marcus Harris WR 48 Murray State Sr 6-1 187 4.55 N/A
407 Andre Holmes WR 49 Hillsdale Sr 6-4 210 4.51 11
411 Scotty McKnight WR 50 Colorado rSr 5-11 182 4.50 N/A

Since it's not really a need, at least one we don't believe the organization is in agreement with us on and expect before the sixth round, why not wait, when there are guys like this (profile from NFLdraftscout.com):

Andre Holmes, DS #49 WR, Hillsdale  Bookmark and Share

Name: Andre Holmes 
College: Hillsdale     Number: 81
Height: 6-4   Weight: 210
Position: WR  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2011

40 Time: 4.51
      40 Low: 4.43
   40 High: 4.63
Projected Round:   Stock:    
Rated number 49 out of 321 WR's     407 / 2312 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6043
Weight: 210
40 Yrd Dash: 4.51
20 Yrd Dash: 2.60
10 Yrd Dash: 1.61
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 11
Vertical Jump: 35
Broad Jump: 10'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.31
3-Cone Drill: 6.69
4.42/4.49/4.58 40 range before Combine

Dates: 
Height: 6043
Weight: 210
40 Yrd Dash: 4.45
20 Yrd Dash: 2.61
10 Yrd Dash: 1.60
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

   
 Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9-1-10: #96 WR, #739/750 Overall,
2010: Put together the most productive season of any wide receiver in the 119-year history of Hillsdale College football...Set single-season school records for receptions (104), and receiving yards (1,368), and caught 11 touchdown passes...Set a single-game school record in the team's first-round playoff game at St. Cloud State with 16 receptions, and his 208 receiving yards were the second-most in a game in school history...Named First-Team All-GLIAC for second year in a row, and Second-Team All-Region...Had five 100-yard receiving games, and he went over 126 yards in each of those games...Had 30 more receptions than any other player in the GLIAC, and 468 more receiving yards than any other player in the conference...Averaged 114 receiving yards per game, and the next-closest player in the conference to that total had 81 receiving yards per game...2009: Electric playmaker at wide receiver who emerged as one of the GLIAC’s most difficult players to cover in 2009…Finished second in the GLIAC in receptions and first in receiving yards…Named First-Team All-GLIAC, the fourth different Hillsdale wide receiver to receive the distinction in the past three seasons…Had four 100-yard receiving games...2008: Exciting playmaker and one of the toughest covers in the GLIAC with his size and speed...Caught 29 passes for 490 yards and four scores...Averaged 17 yards per catch, and had three receptions of 59 yards or more...2007: Earned steady playing time as a backup wide receiver...Played in all 11 games, finishing with nine receptions for 158 yards..Also a member of the men’s track team, and won the GLIAC title in the outdoor triple jump at the conference championships...2006: Redshirted.

projected off the board? Big, tall, fast, and with record breaking numbers catching the ball. I don't care where he went to school; I'm suprised he's projected undrafted.

Also intrigued by this kid but he begs the question: is he another Chaz Schilens?

 

DeAndre Brown, WR

 
 
40 Time: 4.59 sec. | Bench Reps: 20 | Vertical Jump: 29"

What do you think? Do we see a quarterback or wideout picked with our second, third, or fourth rounders on Friday the 29th? Who's on your wish list, or do we get an experienced free agent?

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