NFL Draft 2011: Oakland Raiders Neglect To Trade Into First Round, Could They Move Up Still?

Well, all the talk about the Oakland Raiders moving into the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft is now moot, with thirty-two picks in the books, we wait until tomorrow to see what the Silver and Black are going to do with their draft. Of course, this doesn't mean that the Raiders weren't watching attentively to move into the first if they had to, the initial rumors were that they really liked Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick as their top-rated signal caller, and it stands to reason that if they possibly felt like he was in danger of being picked, they could have made some moves.

Or maybe they weren't actually interested in him at all, who knows? Sometimes it seems like Al Davis doesn't even have a method to his madness, but not trading up certainly isn't a caveat to a good draft, on the contrary - they had a strong 2010 showing by holding firm, and can do it again in 2011.

Either way, they still have definite holes, and the talent is disappearing ... do they try and lessen the potential damage of not having a first rounder by moving to the very top of the second round? It's a definite possibility, especially if they really are high on somebody like Kaepernick. It's the Patriots at pick 33, so anything can happen at this point.

There are definitely players available who could be of interest to the Raiders. Brandon Harris out of Miami is still available, as are plenty of other corners like Ras-I Dowling and Davon House. There are solid offensive linemen available, as well as some other quarterbacks like Andy Dalton and Ryan Mallett. There's so many things the Raiders can do, but they might want to consider moving up a little if the cost isn't too high.

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