Round 2, Pick 16 (48) Stefen Wisniewski OL 6'3" 313 Penn St.
I like Lil Wiz. The legacy thing is kinda cool. But, like Eli Manning, Mike Pouncey, and Casey Matthews, you can't help but wonder how much his last name inflated his perceived value. I don't think he would have been available when Oakland picked in Rd3, but I also wonder if maybe 48th overall was a little high.
From a positional standpoint, I think he's probably a pure center in this scheme. I don't think he has the power to play guard at a level fitting of a high 2nd round pick. And, being that he's a center, and being that Oakland likely still owns the rights to Samson Satele (who was actually pretty good in the latter half of the season), I can't help but wonder if upgrading at center was the way to go as opposed to addressing the gaping holes at RG and RT. With Ijalana right there, coming off the board with the very next pick, would he have been the better option? And just how much better than Satele will Wisniewski be?
Call it a B just because Wiz-2 is sure to be at least a good player, and he follows last year's trend of drafting smart, motivated, team leader type players.
Round 3, Pick 17 (81) Demarcus Van Dyke DB 6'1" 176 Miami
Classic Al Davis idiocy. World class speed, marginal football talent. At least this year's Heyward-Bey came in Rd3 rather than in the top 20, but it was still far too early for such a developmental project. DVD. DHB. Just stay away from people with names like this entirely.
Round 3, Pick 28 (92) (From Patriots) Joseph Barksdale OL 6'5" 325 LSU
Positionally, this pick addresses a huge need. But the player is...meh. Anyone known for doing just enough to get by isn't going to develop a work ethic after he gets paid, especially not in Oakland. He has upside, but upside and a buck 50 will get you a cold Coca-Cola and little else. This pick has bust written all over it. Nevermind the fact that pick comes from a really god awful trade. Losing next year's #2 pick is going to sting.
Round 4, Pick 16 (113) Chimdi Chekwa DB 6'0" 191 Ohio St.
Probably going to prove to be a decent value here, and almost surely a better player than DVD.
Round 4, Pick 28 (125) (From Patriots) Taiwan Jones RB 6'0" 194 Eastern Washington
Needed a #3 back, specifically one who can do some of the things McFadden does since he can't be counted on to play 16 games. Jones has a long history of injuries and fumbles, though. So, in spite of his legit talent, he's still quite a gamble.
Round 5, Pick 17 (148) Denarius Moore WR 6'0" 194 Tennessee
Seems to be almost unanimously viewed as a guy with real gem potential. His draft profiles certainly don't read like those of a 5th round type of player. Definitely curious about this guy's future.
Round 6, Pick 16 (181) Richard Gordon TE 6'3" 265 Miami
Round 7, Pick 38 (241) (Compensatory Selection) David Ausberry WR 6'4" 243 USC
Neither guy was really a draftable prospect, imo. Not to say I'm a scout or anything, because I'm about as far from a scout as it gets. But, really. If these guys make the roster, it'll be because Al forced better players off the roster to make room for them.
God damn it.
No offense, but your Raiders draft sucks.