AFC West: Bruce Carter

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.

Draft first take: Raiders

January, 12, 2011
This is the fourth in a series looking at the potential draft direction of the teams in the AFC West:

Drafting: 48

Needs: Offensive line, receiver, linebacker, safety, quarterback.

Possible second-round picks

Stefen Wisniewski, OL, Penn State: He is a versatile talent who can play both guard and center. That would be appealing to Oakland, which has needs at both spots. He is the nephew of former Raiders standout offensive lineman Steve Wisniewski. I could see a second-generation Wisniewski wearing the Silver and Black.

Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State: Oakland needs a young quarterback to groom. A player like Ponder could be worth the pick. Oakland has a lot of talent, and finding a young quarterback to develop may be worth taking at this pick.

Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina: Oakland could use a linebacker, and Carter has the look of a player who can step in and help right away. He would, at least, provide good depth as a rookie.

Wild card: The Raiders don’t have their first-round pick (No. 17) because it was sent to New England in the Richard Seymour trade in September 2009. I could see the Raiders moving up into the first round. It’s just a feeling, but I wouldn’t be shocked if the Raiders made a run at a quarterback such as Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett or Auburn’s Cam Newton in an attempt to find their quarterback of the future. Both of those players, however, would very likely require a big move up. The Raiders have several prospective free agents on the roster, so their draft needs could change depending on what happens during free agency.