Just in time for the 2011 NFL Draft I have come to my conclusions on what I would do if I was in Al Davis' jumpsuit, and then after I did that I would orchestrate the following draft strategy.
As Al Davis I am calling up my friend Bill Belichick and moving down the board. The Patriots have plenty of selections, and I can see Bill being a willing and able trade partner. So, I am trading the No. 48 pick to New England for picks No. 60 and 92. The value is fairly close on the trade value chart.
The reason I like this strategy is I think at least one of the following three will still be available: William Rackley, Stefen Wisniewski and Ben Ijalana. I like all of these guys, and right now I would put it in that order, although I flip-flop on that. I think all could finish the 2011 season starting at guard.
That leaves the Raiders with the 81st and 92nd pick in the third. Jump over to mock the rest of my mock.
When the players have links they are to the scouting reports already posted.
No. 81: G, John Moffitt, Wisconsin
At 6'4" and 319 pounds Moffitt has solid size. He is not the most powerful guard though. He is also not the most athletic or the most sound with his technique. What he is though is a smart and aware player with a good motor. He is also highly competitive this guy blocks to and right through the whistle. He carries a little nasty with him, and if he grows into some muscle he could turn into a high caliber guard.
If Mason Foster is available here he is my pick, but I don't think that is happening.
No. 92: CB, Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
I didn't like Gilchrist as the third-round pick when the Raiders only had one, but as the Raiders third pick in the draft I think this makes a little more sense. Gilchrist is a little raw, but he has a high ceiling and with the extra pick the Raiders can now afford to take a project. I am not convinced any of the safeties that will be available in the third can play.
No. 112: LB, Mark Herzlich, Boston College
No. 145: OT/G Marcus Cannon (I have no idea if he'll still be available, but if he is you can't pass on him here). If he is not available go with Marshall TE, Lee Smith.
We all know Cannon. He was my pick for No. 48 until the tragic news broke that he had cancer. Lee Smith is a solid blocking tight end with decent hands. He is 6'6" and 267 pounds. He appears to be a polished enough blocker that he could contribute in two tight end sets right from the get go. The Raiders have their pass catching tight end, and now they need their blocking tight end.
No. 176: DE, Ricky Elmore, Arizona
Elmore was a very productive college player. He had 20.5 sacks his final two years, but he lacks elite athleticism. He is a hard-worker and he never quits on a play. He is polished enough that he could possibly add a few snaps in the defensive line rotation right away, and with Trevor Scott coming off of a knee injury this may be valuable.
No. 209: S, Mana Silva, Hawaii
Silva really came out of nowhere, and I noticed him too late for a safety prospect series. Here is the rundown of what little I could find on him.
Silva measures in at 6'1" and 206 pounds. Despite finishing second in the nation in 2010 with eight interceptions, hauling in 14 picks over the past two seasons, deflecting 14 passes and totaling 74 tackles in 2010 he has widely been considered an undrafted prospect. He was not even invited to the combine.
Silva probably worked his way into the draft at his Pro Day. He ran a 4.43 40, posted a 42" vertical leap, a 10'3" broad jump, a 4.16 short shuttle, a 6.97 L-drill and bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times. Those are not the numbers of a late-round selection, but it appears that is where he is headed.
No. Compensatory Pick: LB, Mark Scheicl, Colorado School of Mines