AFC West: Curtis Brown

The history of the No. 95 pick

March, 26, 2012
The Oakland Raiders’ first pick in the 2012 draft will be near the end of the third round at No. 95. They were awarded the pick (and two others) in the compensatory draft Monday. The Raiders are hoping to score a quality player (perhaps a starting outside linebacker) with the pick. Let’s look at the recent history of the No. 95 pick:

My take: This list is an indication that scoring late in the third round is no sure thing. Graham is, of course, a star and he was the best player taken in his round that year. Manningham is a productive player, but there are also lot of misses on this list.
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.
Todd McShay has presented his latest mock NFL draft. Insider

Let’s take a look at his AFC West choices:

No. 2, Denver

Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M

My thoughts: Miller has been doing all the right things in his workouts to move up the draft board. I think Denver has a greater needs on the defensive line, but Miller would make this defense better. I could see it happening. On McShay’s board, Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus goes to Carolina with the No. 1 pick. He will be a serious option for Denver at No. 2 if he’s available. Mel Kiper just released his newest big board in an Insider piece. He has Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley as the No. 2 player on his board behind LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson. Dareus is No. 3 and Miller is No. 4. All of these players would make sense for Denver. I think Denver would also be interested in trading down a few spots and hope to get one of these players or Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. He is now No. 6 on Kiper’s list.

No. 18, San Diego

Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple

My thoughts: This is interesting. McShay was raving about Wilkerson when I talked to him at the combine last month. He thinks Wilkerson is a big-time player. He would fill a need for San Diego. But I’d be tempted to take a more established player like Cal pass-rusher Cameron Jordan if he is on the board. Two years ago, San Diego took Larry English from a small school and is still waiting for him to develop. That may be a bit unfair to Wilkerson, but it is something to consider.

No. 21, Kansas City

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

My thoughts: I think Kansas City will first look at pass-rushers. Guys like UCLA’s Akeem Ayers and Georgia’s Justin Houston will be of interest. But Carimi is also a pick that makes sense. He’d be an upgrade over Barry Richardson at right tackle and give the offensive line an infusion of youth. It’s not a terrible idea.

UPDATE: McShay also mocked the second round. Here are his AFC West choices:

36. Denver Broncos: DT Jurrell Casey, USC

46. Denver Broncos: DS Rahim Moore, UCLA

48. Oakland Raiders: CB Curtis Brown, Texas

50. San Diego Chargers: OLB Martez Wilson, Illinois

55. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Tandon Doss, Indiana

61. San Diego Chargers: ILB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

Weigh in on McShay’s AFC West choices in the comments section below.