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2010 NFL Gridiron Gab Mock Draft: #8 Oakland

Oh boy..the Raiders are on the clock now. It’s always interesting to see who the Raiders pick up. You know Al Davis always has something up his sleeve. Let’s see what he has this year.

With the eighth pick of the NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select..

OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland

In a way, I agree and don’t agree with this pick. I could see the Raiders needing help along the offensive line. And I’m not sure the Raiders want to draft another short armed OT from Iowa (Bryan Bulaga). They’ve already tried that with Robert Gallery and now he is a guard on the line.

Scott Wright of offers his thoughts on the selection

Nobody ever really knows what Al Davis is going to do, which makes the Raiders picks notoriously difficult to project in mock drafts. Last year I refused to believe that the Raiders would reach for Darrius Heyward-Bey at #7 overall, especially with Michael Crabtree still on the board, and after it actually happened I vowed to never again underestimate Davis’ unnatural love for “Workout Warriors”. Maryland’s Bruce Campbell is exactly the type of freakish physical specimen that Al Davis covets and his performance at the Scouting Combine was nothing short of amazing. An incredible athlete with prototypical size (6-6 ? , 314) and nimble feet, Campbell is still very raw, doesn’t play tough and has some durability concerns but his potential is almost limitless. On paper Campbell looks like an elite prospect but he sure doesn’t play like it, which is why he would be a major reach in the Top 10. However, the same was true with Heyward-Bey last year and that sure didn’t stop Mr. Davis from pulling the trigger. If the Raiders wanted to go in another direction along the offensive line Oklahoma’s Trent Williams tested almost as well as Campbell in workouts while Rutgers’ Anthony Davis is the type of talented but troubled player that the franchise has become known for taking chances on throughout the years. Also keep an eye on South Florida’s Jason Pierre-Paul and USC’s Taylor Mays, a couple of other impressive size / speed prospects who appear to be right in Davis’ wheelhouse. After failing in their big to land Donovan McNabb could the Raiders consider Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen? It’s not likely but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Our newest correspondent, Nirpal Sihota of RaidersGab, offers his view on the pick and Al Davis recent draft history

With the Top 2 OL’s already gone, this was their best value pick from a OL perspective. Raiders should trade their 2nd pick for Jared Gaither to either A) bookend these 2 OL or B) use the pick to take McClain. That would give them 2 immediate starters”
Davis gets too beat up for his picks, last year were horrible picks, but if you look at Gallery, Russell, Huff, McFadden, most all people would have taken the same person if they had that selection. Unfortunately for the Raider Nation, they have been busts thus far.

The draft thus far..

8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On the clock…the Buffalo Bills.

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