2011 NFL Draft Grades: What To Think Of Oakland Raiders Picks

The Oakland Raiders 2011 NFL draft class went the way some expected with Al Davis selecting a couple of the fastest guys in the draft in Demarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa. They also picked up RB Taiwan Jones, who reminds me of Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles

The Raiders traded away their second round pick in 2012 to pick up the New England Patriots third and fourth round picks so they gambled on their future a little.

SB Nation's Silver and Black Pride has taken a look at Mel Kiper's NFL draft grades for the Raiders and, surprisingly, likes what he had to say.

Overall, he graded the Raiders with a C+. That seems a touch low until you consider that he explained his factoring for draft grades was based solely on teams addressing needs and the value of their picks. A big portion of the Raiders draft rests in potential. Plus the Raiders draft grades are going to be limited by the simple fact they did not have a first-round pick.

As Kiper noted in his write-up, the Raiders don't care so much about value. They identify the guys they like, and pick them where they feel they need to. Value isn't as important for them as other teams. 

Check out Silver and Black Pride for the full reaction to Kiper's grades, and also check out SB Nation Bay Area for a round up of Raiders draft grades

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