Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:14 pm

Oakland Raiders Draft Preview


   2010 record: 8-8, third place AFC West

2011 draft rundown

   Seven total picks (round): 48 (2), 81 (3), 113 (4), 148 (5), 181 (6), 219 (7), 241 (7) 

Top needs:

   Cornerback- Pro Bowler Nnamdi Asomugha is not likely to return as a free agent, and Raiders are always looking for speed at cornerback.

   Offensive Guard: Former number-two pick Robert Gallery will test the free agent waters and Cooper Carlisle may not be in the team's plans.

   Offensive Tackle: Right tackle Langston Walker is a free agent and should be upgraded, anyway.

   Tight End: Depth and speed are required behind stalwart Zach Miller.

   Quarterback: Jason Campbell may work out in the end, but it won't be surprising if the team picks another young passer somewhere in the draft.

First pick focus

   48th overall

   --The Raiders have no first round pick this year due to the 2009 trade that brought DL Richard Seymour from New England to Oakland. With Nnamdi Asomugha moving on, it's possible the team will look to use their top pick on a fast cornerback to compete with the bevy of speedsters already on the roster. But the offensive line needs revamping, as well, so a strong value pick there will push off the corner pick until later on.  

Five names on Raiders' board

  --CB Chris Culliver, South Carolina
  --CB Brandon Harris, Miami (FL)
  --OG/C Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State
  --OT Marcus Cannon, TCU
  --CB Demarcus Van Dyke, Miami (FL) 

--Contributed by NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: February 27, 2010 10:29 am
Edited on: February 27, 2010 11:17 am

Saturday at the Combine gets off to a fast start

Welcome to the CBSSports.com NFL Draft Blog for Saturday morning. 

While most of the top offensive tackles ran in the 5.2-5.3 range in their first forty yard dash attempts this morning, Maryland's Bruce Campbell looked like a tight end running an unofficial 4.78. At 6-6, 314 pounds, Campbell's time puts in the conversation for a top ten pick.

Teams are wary of Campbell's lack of consistency, and his pass protection technique is far from polished. But his impressive physical presence behind the lectern at media day Thursday and his performance today are certainly going to weigh heavily on scouts' minds.

The Oakland Raiders, picking at number eight, need to bolster their offensive line. Owner Al Davis appreciates size/speed prospects with upside, making the Silver and Black a logical landing place for Campbell.

--Chad Reuter
Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:44 pm

Solid, Unspectacular Pro Day for Freeman


An estimated 15-20 teams attended Kansas State's Pro Day Thursday, mostly to see junior quarterback Josh Freeman. Detroit, St. Louis, Kansas City, Seattle, Oakland, Jacksonville, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Tampa Bay, and Minnesota were among the clubs there. Quarterback coaches for the Lions, Seahawks, Bucs, and Vikings were all present.

 Scouts who viewed Freeman's Pro Day workout today described it in much the same words as I described Freeman's Combine workout.

First, the two scouts' take on today's workout:

AFC Scout "He certainly can throw the ball. He's a little wild, but you knew that going in on film. He's got tools, though. Someone's gonna take him in the first and may end up with the best one of the bunch in a few years."

NFC Scout "Ok, not great workout. Big arm, but erratic. Great tools, but needs some refining."

My comments after scouting Freeman at the Combine:

Freeman has good arm strength, but his accuracy was inconsistent. On many of his shorter and intermediate routes, he often was a bit high or wide with his throws. All in all, it was a solid performance, but not the jaw-dropping one some had projected.




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