AFC West: Aaron Williams

Looking ahead

April, 29, 2011
Here are some of the top players available in the second round:

Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers, Texas cornerback Aaron Williams, Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea, UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, Georgia defensive end Justin Houston, Illinois linebacker Martez Wilson, UCLA safety Rahim Moore, Arizona pass-rusher Brooks Reed, North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin and quarterbacks Ryan Mallett, Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick.

Denver has the No. 36 and No. 46 picks. Denver coach John Fox said he could see Denver having options to moving up or down from No. 36. Among the players Denver could look at are Paea, Austin and Moore if they keep the No 36 pick.

Bowers is a wild-card. He was considered a potential pick for Denver at No. 2 before he suffered a potentially debilitating knee injury. Bowers, who led the NCAA with 15.5 sacks last season, is talented, but he is a health risk. After taking the pass-rushing Von Miller in the first round, Denver could look elsewhere at No. 36 if Bowers is there. But it could be a worthwhile risk, because of his ability.
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.