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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 Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: April 19, 2011 8:12 pm

San Diego Chargers Draft Preview


   2010 record: 9-7, second place AFC West 

2011 draft rundown

   Seven total picks (round): 18 (1), 50 (2), 61 (2), 82 (3), 89 (3), 183 (6), 201 (6), 234 (7)

Top needs:

   Defensive End: Jacques Cesaire and Travis Johnson are only adequate, plus could be free agents.

   Linebacker: Stephen Cooper and/or Kevin Burnett won't be back, Donald Butler can only play one spot, and there hasn't been much production across from Shaun Phillips.

   Safety: The team can't depend on signee Bob Sanders to stay healthy, and Eric Weddle may be the next free agent unwilling to work with GM A.J. Smith.

   Running Back: If Darren Sproles doesn't return, a complementary running back to Ryan Matthews is needed.

   Wide Receiver: The team put the franchise tag on Vincent Jackson, and Malcom Floyd flashed in 2010, and Patrick Crayton did not light the world on fire before his wrist injury.

 First round focus

  18th overall

  --In the middle of the first round the Chargers won't have their pick of the elite prospects in the draft, but have a chance to pick a rising star. Free agency may take a toll on the team's front seven, which didn't perform to expectations in 2010; finding a young, athletic five-technique end or linebacker seems a reasonable place for General Manager A.J. Smith to start. Though receiver and safety are also team needs, the value at those positions may not match the value of their selection.

 Five names on Chargers' board
  --DE Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple
  --OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA
  --DT Corey Liuget, Illinois
  --OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri
  --OLB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh

--Contributed by Senior Analyst Chad Reuter

Category: NFL Draft
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