The Oakland Raiders tried to trade up for Colin Kaepernick, but were not successful.
Instead, the Raiders made the most natural pick they could and selected Steve Wisniewski’s nephew Stefen. Stefen will play center for the Raiders and become and instant fan favorite. His technique is sound and should be a starter for years.
The Raiders traded their 2012 second round pick for the Patriots third, pick 94 and fourth, pick 125.
The Raiders used their own third round pick to again draft the fastest player at the scouting combine in Demarcus Van Dyke. You might as well pencil in the fastest player at the combine every year. Al Davis loves his speed.
Van Dyke seems like a reach, but he’s got good physical tools and will be mentored by Rod Woodson. His teammate will be Stanford Routt, who was much like Van Dyke coming out of college.
Van Dyke is long and lean and Hue Jackson said he felt very comfortable with the pick.
With the pick acquired from the Patriots, the Raiders selected Joseph Barksdale a raw offensive tackle prospect. He’s got all the physical skills to be a starting caliber right tackle.
With this draft, the Raiders have drafted four out of five of next year’s probable starting offensive line.
LT Jared Veldheer
RG Bruce Campbell
RT Joseph Barkdale