ALAMEDA, CA - JANUARY 30: Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie looks on during a press conference on January 30, 2012 in Alameda, California. Dennis Allen was introduced as the new coach of the Oakland Raiders, replacing Hue Jackson who was fired after one season. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The Oakland Raiders only have five draft picks to work with this year. Here is a look at some of the guys the Raiders took a special interest in.
The Oakland Raiders come into the 2012 draft with five picks, one at the end of the third round (#95), one in the fourth round (#129), two in the fifth round (#s 148 and 168) and one sixth round (#189). In preparing for those picks, they hosted eighteen different college players. However, of those eighteen players, only about eight are likely to be taken in the draft, while the others are more likely undrafted free agent targets. The following is a list of those likely to be drafted and where the Raiders could pick them.
3rd Round Pick
Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama - The Raiders need some help in run defense and this massive specimen would certainly help on that front. In addition, he would make for a good nose tackle should the Raiders decide to play the 3-4 often.
4th Round Pick
Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion - If the Raiders take Greenwood here, it will be a sign of what the staff thinks of DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa. The Raiders could use some depth at CB, but taking one with their first two picks would be an indictment on the second year corners.
5th Round Picks
Steven Baker, OT, East Carolina - The Raiders could take him with either of their two fifth round picks. He has good size but is a project. Since offensive tackle is not one of the Raiders biggest needs right now, they could wait and see if he is still available in the sixth round or as a free agent.
Tim Fugger, DE, Vanderbilt - Solid pass rusher who could be moved to OLB and play in a 3-4, or stay at DE in a 4-3. Either way, he is the type of guy that could make an impact as a rookie after the Raiders lost pass rushers in Trevor Scott and Kamerion Wimbley.
6th Round Pick
Lamont Bryant, TE, Morgan State - More of a 7th round or free agent guy, but the Raiders could take him in the 6th round because he is a guy who if not drafted, will get a free agent contract rather quickly.
Kaelin Burnett, DE, Nevada - This is another guy who is more of a 7th round or free agent type player, but he is versatile and can be played at either DE or OLB. If the Raiders plan on running plays in a 3-4 defensive front set, they need to start stacking up on guys like this.
Derrick Carrier, WR, Beliot - If the Raiders had more of a need at WR, they could take this guy in the late 5th round. Big bodied receiver that the Raiders roster is lacking.
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, OLB, Washington State - The Raiders are very thin at linebacker. This is a guy who will need a year or two to develop, but could provide some good depth down the line.