Well, it's that time of year again Raider Nation! Following a disappointing 5-11 season, it's never too early to look forward to the draft as we try and see who can help return the Oakland Raiders back to Greatness!
Without further ado, let's begin!
Round 1: Terrence Cody, NT Alabama
Absolute monster of man at 6'5", 365, can dunk a basketball at his weight, and stopping the run is his bread 'n butter.
As fellow bleacher creature Ramone Brown has stated in many of his articles, Tommy Kelly was the fourth-best DT in the league this past year, and has filled his role of an under-tackle beautifully. Adding a big body like Cody to play the zero technique would not only benefit Kelly, it would benefit the whole defense.
Terrence Cody would drastically improve on the 29th ranked run defense in the league, demand a double team for every play he is on the field, and free up Tommy Kelly, Richard Seymour, and Greg Ellis to get to the ball.
It would help Kirk Morrison too. Many have criticized Morrison for his lack of ability to shed blockers, and his habit of being out of position on many plays; how much of that was him not having a quality DT to take up those blockers? Ray Lewis was reborn with the arrival Haloti Ngata to Baltimore. Could we say the same for Morrison? I believe so.
Lastly, stopping the run would force teams to pass against the seventh ranked pass defense in the league with the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Chris Johnson, Tyvon Branch, and Michael Huff feasting on the extra opportunities.
The one knock on Terrence Cody is that he is only a two-down player, but Gerrard Warren is more than capable of coming in on passing downs, and a great backup to come in for 10-15 snaps a game.
Round 2: Charles Brown, OT USC
Mario Henderson's play has been solid if unspectacular this year, while Cornell Green has simply been awful. Brown could provide great competition for the starting left tackle position, or just be plugged into the right side on day one.
Charles Brown has had a brilliant senior season at left tackle for USC, and has made a name for himself as one of the better prospects at offensive tackle for this year's draft.
The former tight end turned offensive tackle is very athletic for a lineman, which is a plus for the zone blocking scheme that the Raiders currently employ.
Round 3: Mike Johnson, OG Alabama
One of the major reasons for Alabama's return to glory was their big uglies.
Johnson, 6'6" and 305 pound, was an anchor for Alabama at left guard this season. A ferocious blocker with strength and athleticism to boot, he would be a great replacement for aging Cooper Carlisle.
Round 3: Bill Stull, QB Pittsburgh
We don't know how Bruce Gradkowski will rebound from his injury, how good J.P. Losman is, and as of now Jamarcus Russell looks like he doesn't even care.
Stull had 21 TDs, eight INTs, completed 65 percent of his passes, and had 8.2 YPA in a pro-style offense.
Stull could provide great camp competition come fall, and could one day even become the quarterback of the future.
Round 4: Kyle Wilson, CB/PR Boise St.
Stanford Routt got burned on many occasions this season, sometimes twice in one game. That's the indication for a replacement.
In comes Kyle Wilson. The senior standout on defense for Boise State is a bit undersized for a CB at 5'10",but still made the All-America second team as a CB/PR.
Wilson has good skills, and averaged 10.6 yards on punt returns.
Round 5: John Estes, C Hawaii
Samson Satele and Chris Morris are serviceable, but were overachieving all year long.
Enter John Estes.
Estes made the all-WAC first team yet again, and he has the right size and speed for the ZBS.
Round 6: Dorin Dickerson, FB Pittsburgh
Oren O'Neal is done in Oakland, having been placed on the IR for the second straight year, Luke Lawton wasn't impressive, and Gary Russell isn't a true blocking fullback.
Dorin Dickerson is a good blocker and goal line runner, where the Raiders have struggled to score this season.
Round 7: Koa Misi, DE Utah
In the seventh round, you don't really draft for need, you just go for the best player available, and if Koa Misi is here, he would qualify.
You can never have too much defensive line depth, and Misi had a great year for the Utes
Well, there it is!
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