Oakland fans would pounce on Pouncey


It looks like Mike Pouncey would be the fans’ choice for the Oakland Raiders if they had the No. 17 pick.

Monday night, we ran a SportsNation poll, asking Oakland fans to make their choice for Oakland at No. 17. Oakland's first pick of the 2011 draft will be at No. 48. They sent their first-round pick to the New England Patriots in Sept. 2009 for Richard Seymour.

The choices we gave Oakland fans were: Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, Washington quarterback Jake Locker, Colorado cornerback Jimmy Smith and Boston College tackle Anthony Castonzo. Pouncey is leading the poll comfortably.

I agree. I think Pouncey would be the best fit of these four players at No. 17. He’d fill Oakland’s biggest need and along with Castonzo, he is expected to go in the first 20 picks. Locker and Smith could likely be had in the 20-30 range, if not lower.

Taking Pouncey at No. 17 would be a solid choice for Oakland if it had the pick.

Thanks to everyone who participated.