Thanks for checking out my grade for the Oakland Raiders 2012 NFL draft. Of course the Raiders were missing some picks due to trades but I will offer my opinion on who they did draft. I am sure Oakland Raider fans hope that Carson Palmer was worth the high price paid for him.
Oakland Raiders Third Round 2012 NFL Draft Pick
Tony Bergstrom OT- Utah
Tony Bergstrom is a nice solid pick in the third round by the Oakland Raiders. Bergstrom may play guard but I don’t think that has been decided yet. Bergstrom is very coachable and will do what it takes to prepare for playing in the NFL. This pick fills a need for the offensive line challenged Oakland Raiders in 2012.
Oakland Raiders Fourth Round 2012 NDL Draft Pick
Miles Burris OLB- San Diego State
Very solid pick here as well in the outside linebacker from San Diego State. Burris was a playmaker in college and at the very least will make the special teams in Oakland better. Burris needs to add some strength before competing for a starting job with the Raiders but I like his potential.
Oakland Raiders Fifth Round 2012 NFL Draft Picks
Jack Crawford DE- Penn State
Crawford has nice height at 6ft 5 inches tall and can add some weight. Jack Crawford was a hot and cold player at Penn State but played very well when he was on his game. I like the pick here even if Crawford has to sit on the practice squad for a season.
Juron Criner WR- Arizona
This may be the sleeper pick in the Oakland Raiders draft. Some boards had Criner as a top 10 wide receiver in the 2012 NFL draft. Criner isn’t the typical burner that the Raiders pick up each year, but he has great size. Criner is polished and knows how to find the end zone. My favorite pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2012 NFL draft.
Oakland Raiders Sixth Round 2012 NFL Draft Pick
Christo Bilukidi DE- Georgia State
Christo Bilukidi is a specimen at 6ft 5 inches tall and around 290 pounds, Don’t expect to see him on the field this year as he needs major development but was worth a flier here by the Raiders.
Oakland Raiders Seventh Round 2012 NFL Draft Pick
Nathan Stupar OLB-Penn State
Stupar had an ok career at Penn State and may be a special teams guy of some note with the Raiders. I don’t expect Stupar to see the field on defense in 2012 but may make the team.
Oakland Raiders 2012 NFL Draft Grade
Of course you can’t really grade a NFL draft for at least two years but here is my initial take. I give the Oakland Raiders a C on their 2012 NFL draft. Trading away the picks hurt them badly but I think the team made some nice choices with what selections they did make.