With the release of Stanford Routt , Chris Johnson, the possible if not eminant departure of Kamerion Wimbley who does not seem interested in taking a pay cut to help Oakland be competitive, the likely departure of Michael Bush, along with the need for offensive linemen more suited to the new scheme, Oakland's needs seem remarkably similar to last years needs, OL, CB, & LB.
Though Oakland traded away most this years draft in an a effort to fill the need at the QB position, there are some late round gems that may fill the holes that have opened up during the transition. Here are some late round picks that may help fill the void.
RB Robert Turbin - 5-9 , 216 Utah st. , 1517 yds , 19 TD's
Good burst through the hole, knocks defenders backward on arrival, good drive, can plant his foot and explode, picks up yds after contact, and can beat the LB to the corner. May be the most reliable back in pass protection in this draft. May turn out to be a poor mans Murice Jones Drew. 4th to 5th round.
CB Mike Harris - 5-10 195 Florida St
Fast and agile, sticks to receivers and closes on the ball. Outstanding man skills, elite change of direction, can engage, shed, and is a wrap up tackler. extremely aggressive in run support, and plays tight man coverage. 5th to 6th round.
CB Cliff Harris - 5-11 , 168 Oregon
Top talent but arrest record may be longer that his resume. Consensus All American 2010 23 passes defended, 6 picks, good coverage and return skills. Big play ability, quick feet, and loose hips, a playmaker who picked off Andrew Luck twice. Return skills comparable to PacMan Jones with similar baggage. 5th to 7th round.
CB Omar Bolden 5-10 , 195 Arizona St .
All Pac 10, has cover and return skills, good ball skills. Season ending ACL tear last spring. 7th rd to free agent.
OLB Bruce Irvin 6-2 , 245 West Virginia
Perfect replacement if Wimbley is lost. 2nd in the nation with 14 sacks in 2010, 72 tackles, 21 for a loss, and 16 sacks in 09. Good instincts, change of direction, tracks the ball well. Strong wrap up tackler, extremely quick off the blitz, good motor, gets under linemens pads bull rushes them, clubs them, fights through blocks, keeps feet moving, get pressure on inside stunts, and can be too much for guards to handle. 3rd to 4th round.
ILB Mychal Kendricks 6-0, 240 Cal
Smart, tenacious, natural feel for the position, plays full tilt, good vision andawareness, physical tackler, plays with discipline.
OT/G Nate Potter 6-6, 298 Boise St
A tall, long armed, reliable blocker, who can knock pass rushers off their route. Delivers a punch, has quick feet, but is a bit raw. Is being compared to Nate Solder.
OT Levy Adcock 6-5, 322 Oklahoma St
Good knee bend, smooth lateral movement, can mirror, attacks and finishes plays. Picks up edge blitzes well, good anchor, recovery, and plays with no fear. 5th to 6th round.
OG Rishaw Johnson 6-4, 309 California (Pa)
Legitimate NFL caliber talent, but was suspended and dismissed at Old Miss. Made the most of 2nd chance with an invite to the East West Shrine Game. Powerful punch, good base, long arms, good knee bend, can stone defenders off the snap and absorb a bull rush. 5th round.
C Quentin Saulsberry 6-2, 302 Mississippi St.
50 starts at 4 positions, maybe the best interior lineman no one is talking about. Fires off the snap, mobile, and can pull, most mistakes are due to being over aggressive. 4th or 5th round.
NT Alameda Ta'amu 6-3, 341 Washington
A mountain of a man, quick off the snap, requires double teams to keep him from plugging up the running lanes, strong bullrush, and can collapse the pocket. 4th round
DT Akiem Hicks 6-5, 324 Regina
Played in Canada due to LSU recruiting violations so he is raw, but he is a mammoth player with quick feet, long arms, huge wingspan, and wraps up well driving runners into the ground. huge upside. 5th round
The Raiders will not be picking till the 2nd half of the draft but there is talent there capable of helping Oakland in their efforts to right the ship.