Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Examining Oakland's choices at No. 48
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders are the only team in the NFL currently without a first-round pick. The New England Patriots own the No. 17 pick, which the Raiders sent them for defensive lineman Richard Seymour in September 2009.
The Raiders’ first pick in the April 28-30 draft will be No. 48 overall. We have been focusing on Penn State guard Stefen Wisniewski for Oakland during our AFC West mock draft series.
However, I wanted to look at some of the other names the Raiders could consider in the second round:
Clint Boling, OG, Georgia: He’s athletic and strong and should be available at No. 48.
Curtis Brown, CB Texas: He has excellent speed and good size. Looks to be a Raider-type CB.
Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU: A massive, strong player.
Bruce Carter LB, North Carolina: Some teams aren’t high on him, but he could be intriguing.
Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma: One of the better safeties available.
Andy Dalton, QB, TCU: He doesn’t have a great arm, but he’s a winner.
Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia: One of the better second-round prospects at the position.
Orlando Franklin, OG, Miami: He could fit in with Oakland nicely.
Brandon Harris, CB, Miami: He’s small, but dynamic.
Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada: He could be the type of player Al Davis falls in love with.
Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Many scouts think he’ll be a NFL starter soon.
William Rackley, OG, Lehigh: A small-school standout such as Oakland tackle Jared Veldheer, who was taken in the third round last year.
Aaron Williams, CB, Texas: He’s a second-round quality cornerback.
Who’s on your list, Oakland fans? Hit the comment section below with your thoughts.