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Raiders Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft

By Abe Munch

2nd- Stefen Wisniewski, OG, Penn State
3rd- DeMarcus Van Dyke, CB, Miami (FL)
3rd- Joseph Barksdale, OG, LSU
4th- Chimdi Chekwa, CB, Ohio State
4th- Taiwan Jones, RB, Eastern Washington
5th- Denarius Moore, WR, Tennessee
6th- Richard Gordon, TE, Miami (FL)
7th- David Ausberry, WR, USC

Synopsis: Both of Oakland’s starting cornerbacks are free agents and likely will not be resigned. The offensive line is also losing former top five pick Robert Gallery to free agency. It was important for Al Davis and company to address these starting players with prospects who were able to produce early. Oakland’s first four picks targeted their immediate needs.

Best Selection: Stefen Wisniewski. Wisniewski should have no problem filling the void that will be left by Robert Gallery. A reliable and tough interior lineman who can pull and trap effectively.

Biggest Risk: DeMarcus Van Dyke. Van Dyke was victimized by wide receivers left and right when left alone in man coverage at the college level. I don’t know how running fast at the combine makes him worthy of a 3rd round selection and possible replacement to Nnamdi Asomugha.

Sleeper: Chimdi Chekwa. Chekwa is a fundamentally sound cornerback with room to get better, he handles press coverage well but is better in zone, as he reacts quickly to throws in front of him. He’ll be a better player than the cornerback taken before him.

Grade: C+
The Raiders have actually done a solid job the past two years with their drafts, producing 6 starters and 12 players overall who are on the field plenty. I liked the two selections on the offensive line, but question the Van Dyke pick and everyone else after Taiwan Jones. Better players were available.

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