May 182011

Round 2, Pick 16 (48) Stefen Wisniewski OL 6’3″ 313 Penn St.
Grade: B
I Really like Wisniewski as a player he is technically sound with a nasty demeanor. Has good weight to him and gives a good punch at the point of attack I could easily see Wisniewski starting day one at center for the Raiders under Hugh Jackson.

Round 3, Pick 17 (81) Demarcus Van Dyke DB 6’1″ 176 Miami
Grade: C-
I’m a little higher on DVD than most are but still this was a bit of a reach in my mind. DVD has participated in both the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl players that do both I kind of want to take another look at in the next level. In classic Al Davis fashion the fastest player at this years combine is an Oakland Raider. Van Dyke beat fellow raider’s CB Stanford Routt as the fastest CB 40 yard dash time since 2005 coincidence I think not. All in all DVD is a developmental prospect who could do really good things in two or three years but shouldn’t have been a 3rd round selection.

Round 3, Pick 28 (92) (From Patriots) Joseph Barksdale OL 6’5″ 325 LSU
Grade B-:
Now this grade drops significantly if they plan on putting Barksdale at the OT position but I have a feeling they are looking for a replacement for Robert Gallery then I like the value and his versatility is a plus anyway. Barksdale has some good power to him and he is very athletic to be able to pull from the guard position. He impressed some at the OT position at the East-West Shrine Game but left others disappointed. I expect Barksdale to be a day 1 starter from the OG position or potentially the RT position for the Raiders.  That being said, the Raiders traded a 2nd round selection next season for Barksdale I don’t believe this was a good decision from the Raiders.

Round 4, Pick 16 (113) Chimdi Chekwa DB 6’0″ 191 Ohio St.
Grade B+

This selection more than makes up for the DVD pick. Chekwa is a versitile young CB who can play zone and man very well has great speed and athleticism and should be able to play year 1 as at least a nickle corner.

Round 4, Pick 28 (125) (From Patriots) Taiwan Jones RB 6’0″ 194 Eastern Washington
Grade: A

Taiwan Jones may be my favorite sleeper in this draft while he isn’t really a sleeper anymore he was at the beginning of this off season. Taiwan Jones has an acceleration that is truly special. To put it into a comparison. People raved about the 10 yard split of Mark Ingram, Jones beat his 10 yard split by nearly a tenth of a second. That is fast. But Jones isn’t just a track guy who wants to be a football player. He has great vision and can turn on a dime. The selection of Jones will at least make any injury of Darren McFadden much more tolerable and if he doesn’t Jones should be a premier kick returner for the Raiders if they wish to save Jacoby Ford’s legs.  The reason he fell to the fourth is due to his injury histyory and also has dislexia which may force him to take much longer learning the playbook.

Round 5, Pick 17 (148) Denarius Moore WR 6’0″ 194 Tennessee
Grade: B+
Wow! What a surprise.  Yet another track star with good hands for Al Davis although he has found success in the past with such pick most recently with Jacoby Ford in the 5th last season. But how many WRs does Al Davis need?

Round 6, Pick 16 (181) Richard Gordon TE 6’3″ 265 Miami
Grade: C
I’m honestly surprised he was drafted he is a mature young man and a decent pass catching tight end with a ton of upside but tbere were many many better prospects even if with higher upside in this position.

Round 7, Pick 38 (241) (Compensatory Selection) David Ausberry WR 6’4″ 243 USC
Grade: C
Big fast and physical he is a developmental WR who has worlds of upside. Will likely be a practice squad body for the foreseeable future.

Overall: C+
I think you have to add Richard Seymore into the equation as the first round selection. After that they got some great high upside players and one to three day one starters so four starters day one is not a terrible thing for a draft class. It is nothing great but it will be interesting to see how this one works out.


James is a draftnic who won't call himself an expert. He has followed the NFL draft since 2004. James believes that history and precedence as well as a keen eye for talent is the real key for predicting and accurately defining what makes good NFL players and where they fit in the NFL. As a college graduate in Bioinformatics he has grown to adapt to reading trends weather it comes in the form of genetic material or NFL prospects he devotes hundreds of hours a year to the craft of studying the NFL draft from all angles to create an unique and in all hopes accurate draft experience to all who would listen.

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