Now that the 2011 NFL Draft is over and done with, the NFL has quieted down as we await the results of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on the NFL's appeal in Brady v. NFL. While we await that decision and its impact on the future of the NFL, we can take some time to review NFL Draft picks. The Oakland Raiders 2011 class of draft picks features a wide variety of talent, although it focused primarily on the offensive side of the ball.
1. Stefen Wisniewski, OL, Penn State
2. Demarcus Van Dyke, DB, Miami, FL
3. Joseph Barksdale, OL, LSU
4. Chimdi Chekwa, DB, Ohio State
5. Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington
6. Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
7. Richard Gordon, TE, Miami, FL
8. David Ausberry, WR, USC
The Raiders were without a first round draft pick courtesy of the Richard Seymour trade. They focused in on the offensive line and secondary with their earlier picks. Considering they'll be losing Robert Gallery and potentially Nnamdi Asomugha and Samson Satele, it makes sense that the Raiders would look to add talent to their interior line and cornerback position. Thus far, media 2011 NFL Draft grades have focused in the B- to C range. While it's too soon to tell how this draft class will turn out, it's safe to say the media is sort of ambivalent thus far.
We'll be here with a variety of updates on the Raiders 2011 NFL Draft selections. We'll take a look at scouting reports on each player, first year projections, and other assorted details. For more on the NFL Draft, join Mocking The Draft and browse SB Nation's 2011 NFL Draft hub. And of course, check out live discussion of Raiders picks at Silver and Black Pride.