Oakland Raiders 2012 Mock Draft: What Experts Around the Web Are Saying

In order to properly analyze the prospects that could be in play for the Oakland Raiders, it's important to determine what compensatory selections the Raiders could receive for losing Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller, Robert Gallery, Bruce Gradkowski and Thomas Howard.

It's a complicated proprietary formula and the picks aren't announced until the end of March. Until then, we are left guessing.

Nnamdi Asomugha: 3rd

Zach Miller: 3rd or 4th

Robert Gallery: 4th

5th: Tradeable

6th Tradeable

Kevin Boss and Stephon Heyer cancel out the losses of Bruce Gradkowski and Thomas Howard, assuming Gradkowski did not sign a league-minimum contract. The Raiders could receive another pick in the seventh round depending on the number of compensatory selections awarded in earlier rounds.

The Raiders could end up with five selections from Rounds 3 through 6. That's plenty of selections for Reggie McKenzie to start reshaping the roster.

In recent years, the Raiders have found Jared Veldheer, Matt Shaughnessy, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, Denarius Moore and Tyvon Branch in the middle rounds and a few others are still on the roster trying to prove they belong.

You may think recent draft history doesn't apply to the Raiders because of the change to McKenzie. While McKenzie will apply his own view to the Raiders draft, the Raiders still use the scouts hired by late owner Al Davis. McKenzie will decide after the draft to fire or keep those scouts, which means their work this offseason is an audition for their job.

The Raiders will be in position to draft two of the top 100 draft prospects, but they will not be able to trade those compensatory selections to move up or down the board to maximize value.


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