The Oakland Raiders dealt away their first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in order to acquire Richard Seymour. Given that Seymour has been a beast on the defensive line and a leader in the locker room, I’d imagine the Raiders are fairly pleased with the deal. However, a lack of a first round draft choice means they are appearing in fewer 2011 NFL Mock Drafts. Now that we’re approaching March, more mock drafts are adding second round predictions. Here are a few predictions for the Raiders second round pick (No. 48 overall).
Walter Football: Rashad Carmichael, CB, Virginia Tech
The remainder of Nnamdi Asomugha’s contract has been voided, so one of the league’s top cornerbacks is now a free agent. The Raiders will need a replacement.
I’d say that I think Nnamdi will return to the Raiders in 2012, but he’s going to be arguably the most coveted free agent on the market if a CBA ever gets done. If he does sign elsewhere that leaves a gaping hole for the Raiders to fill.
Draft Tek: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State
You’ve read about Hudson’s size issues here, but let’s look deeper at this talented prospect. He is a punishing blocker who combines a high football IQ with a mean streak. His technique and footwork along at the line are textbook and impressed senior bowl coaches. Hudson racked up many awards in college (from Freshman All-American to All-ACC first team), which speaks to his ability to put it all together and just play guard.
I’m not sure about this pick given the team’s investment in Bruce Campbell last year in the fourth round. A fourth round pick isn’t exactly guaranteed anything in this league, but I’d have to think with Robert Gallery over on the right side, that the Raiders would look to see what they have at this point.
MyNFLDraft: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
ESPN ranks Wilson as the No. 8 outside linebacker. Given Kamerion Wimbley’s nine sacks last season, his role would appear to be safe, leaving the weakside linebacker role open for competition. Wilson would appear to be coming in to handle that role.