Monday, March 26, 2012
Rookie OLBs who could fit Oakland
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders are expected to receive some compensatory picks (for several free-agency losses in 2011) in April's draft. The picks could be announced as soon as Monday; I think the Raiders could get the highest comp pick, which would be No. 96 (New Orleans forfeited a pick because of the bounty scandal), at the end of the third round.
Oakland general manger Reggie McKenzie has said the team is looking for a starting outside linebacker. There is a good chance Oakland will look for that player with its top comp pick.
I caught up with Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to look at some outside linebackers who may be available in that pick range. For the record, Muench is not sure any of the outside linebackers in that range are ready to start. Let’s take a look:
Utah State’s Bobby Wagner: “They would be lucky to get Wagner. He has the ability to compete for early playing time and is versatile enough to line up on the strong side. I just don’t think he slips that far.”
Florida State’s Nigel Bradham: “He makes a little more sense. He may be a better fit on the weak side and he needs to continue to improve his ability to anchor against the run but he’s versatile enough to develop into a starter on the strong side. He ran (4.66 in the 40-yard dash) and jumped (37-inch vertical) well at the combine.”
Texas’ Keenan Robinson: “He is another interesting possibility. He is a bit of an underachiever but he has the blend of size, athletic ability and speed to develop into a quality starter if the light ever comes on for him. He would also be a fairly good value at 97. “
UPDATE: Oakland was awarded a comp pick at the end of the third round, which will be No. 95. It also received picks at the end of the fourth and fifth rounds,