Last week general manager Reggie McKenzie stressed the importance of finding players in the 2012 NFL Draft that will provide the Raiders with depth. One position the Raiders have little depth is linebacker.
The Raiders released starting outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley. The team also released linebacker Ricky Brown and let Darryl Blackstock and Quenton Groves test the free agent waters. With all these players gone, the Raiders are left with only five linebackers on the current roster almost ensuring the Raiders will select a linebacker in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Not selecting until late in the third round, 95th overall, then 129th, 148th, 168th, and finally 189th, Oakland will not have a shot at the elite linebacker prospects. So here are some players the Raiders may look at in the 2012 NFL Draft:
Nigel Bradham 6-2, 241 OLB Florida State
A four year player at Florida State making 39 consecutive starts, Bradham was very productive accumulating nine career sacks, recording 21.5 tackles for loss, forcing three fumbles while recovering four, and snatching three interceptions. He ran well at the combine with a 4.64 40 yard dash time. He benched 24 reps of 225 pounds and his vertical jump was 37 inches.
Sean Spence 5-11, 230 OLB Miami Fla.
Another four year player, Spence played in 47 career games at Miami. He recorded 10.5 career sacks with an outstanding 47 tackles for loss. The senior outside linebacker finished with four career forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He ran a 4.71 40 yard dash at the combine. He was able to bench press 12 reps of 225 pounds and record a 33.5 in the vertical jump.
Kyle Wilber 6-4, 250 pound OLB Wake Forest
Wilbur was tremendous size for the position. He broke his leg during his sophomore year but returned to play the final three games and started the next 25 games in his junior and senior season. Wilbur's senior season he totaled 11.5 tackles for loss, three and a half sacks, as well as three forced fumbles. Wilber ran a 4.86 40 yard dash at the NFL combine. He benched pressed an impressive 25 reps at 225 pounds and jumped 33.5 inches in the vertical jump.
DeMario Davis 6-2, 230 pound OLB Arkansas State
Davis was a four year player for Arkansas State. He finished his career with 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He made quite an impression at the NFL combine running a 4.61 40 yard dash, bench pressing 225 pounds 32 times and recording the best vertical jump for linebackers at 38.5 inches.
Keenan Robinson 6-3, 240 pound OLB Texas
Robinson was a staple on the Texas defense for the last three years. For his career he played in 51 games for the Longhorns and started 38. He amassed 24 tackles for loss in his career as well as five and a half sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Robinson ran a 4.79 40 yard dash. He bench pressed 225 pounds 27 times and his vertical jump was 35.5 inches.
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