NFL Mock Draft 2011: Oakland Raiders Building a New Foundation

In all the uncertainty with the NFL officially going into lock down mode, one thing is certain: We still will see an NFL Draft. I can still remember how great I felt after the 2010 draft, which arguably was the Raiders' best overall draft of the decade.

Finally we could see that the Raiders had a plan to build a foundation through the draft which would better the franchise over time. Rather than previous years when they overpaid for free agents that only put a band-aid over the much bigger problems.

Now the Raiders look to do the same in 2011. A fan can make the case that this draft is even more important. Without a first round pick, this draft may not get the mainstream hype that last year's did. Do not be misled, however, it can still be just as successful.

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