2012 NFL Draft - Oakland Raiders

Posted Apr 28, 2012

Oakland Raiders - AFC West, 2012 Draft Selections & Prospects


Oakland Raiders

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay   

- 2011 Oakland Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Oakland Draft Breakdown  

The Draft Was ... Carson Palmer. LB Miles Burris fits the Oakland mold of athletic playmakers in the fourth, and DE Jack Crawford and WR Juron Criner were good prospects in the fifth, but considering the Raiders didn't get a draft pick until the 95th overall selection, there's a solid chance that none of the six picks will make a difference.
Best Value Pick: LB Miles Burris, San Diego State, 4th round
Worst Value Pick: OG Tony Bergstrom, Utah, 3rd round
They Should've ... taken WR Chris Givens or Travis Benjamin instead of Bergstrom. The Raiders need linebacker help and could've used more receivers, and instead they went after a mediocre jack-of-all-trades prospect for the line in Bergstrom. Oakland is known for going after difference makers, and it didn't do it.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Overall Draft Ranking: 31

Third Round

OG Tony Bergstrom, Utah  6-5, 313
Overall Pick No. 95  CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
CFN Analysis: It all depends on what the Raiders think they're getting. Bergstrom might have played tackle in college, but he's a guard. The problem is that he's not going to beat anyone up in the running game and he needs to be seen as a zone blocker for the interior.

An athletic guard who can move out to tackle if absolutely needed, he moves well and can get to the second level without a problem. As reliable as they come, he's the type of lineman who can find a starting spot in a lineup for several years and not be heard from - in a good way. He's not going to blast anyone off the ball and he's more of a finesse blocker than a big hitter, but he's mature and versatile with the potential to step in and be decent right away. He might not be special, but he'll be a cog.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round  

Fourth Round

OLB Miles Burris, San Diego State 6-2, 246
Overall Pick No. 129 CFN Overall Ranking: 95
He's really strong and he looks the part of an NFL linebacker with the versatility to move around and play in a variety of spots. Extremely strong – lineman strong – he blasted out 31 reps at the Combine and was one of the stars of the leaping drills. A true football meathead, in a good way, he's the type who appears to love mixing it up and making the tough, physical play on a regular basis, and he doesn't take a play off. While he'll miss tackles going for the kill shot, he plays under control. A likely mid-round steal of a prospect, he'll move around where needed and will do whatever a coaching staff asks of him. Don't be shocked if he's a 100-tackle playmaker on a regular basis.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

Fifth Round

DE Jack Crawford, Penn State 6-5, 274
Overall Pick No. 158 CFN Overall Ranking: 132

Very big, he's a huge, tough presence with intimidating size and just enough pass rushing ability to be used in a variety of ways. There's tremendous upside as a possible rock of a 3-4 end, and while he doesn't quite have the raw skills to be an elite defender, there's excellent upside. Working at his craft won't be a problem as he'll get bigger, stronger, and will always give an honest day's effort. While he ran a good 40 at the Combine, he's not athletic and at times he can play like the textbook definition of a stiff end. Worth a flier, there's nice potential as long as someone is patient and is willing to take a year or so to work on his technique.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round 

Fifth Round

WR Juron Criner, Arizona 6-2, 224
Overall Pick No. 168 CFN Overall Ranking: 200

Really, really slow, he's better on tape than in workouts. However, that lack of raw wheels puts a hard ceiling on what he can become. Tall, big, and athletic enough to get by, he was great with pro QB prospect Nick Foles and showed he could battle for plays and fight to make things happen, but he's a much better football player than an athlete. There's a hard ceiling on what he can become, but he'll fight for a roster spot and he could be the type of prospect who'll be just good enough in practices to stick. Don't be shock if he turns out to be surprisingly effective, even though he'll hardly be a special playmaker.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

Sixth Round

DT Chris Bilukidi, Georgia State 6-4, 295
Overall Pick No. 189 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked
A pure project, he can work as a big end in a 3-4 or on the inside as a 3-technique tackle in a 4-3. An excellent athlete for his size and the tools are there, but he was a marginally productive college player and will only be seen as a flier and a developmental pick.
CFN Projection: Free Agent