Before the start of the 2009 NFL season, the Patriots made a somewhat shocking move by trading long-time Patriot DE Richard Seymour to the Oakland Raiders. At the end of the coming 2010 NFL season, the trade will finally come to fruition for the Patriots, where they own the Raiders’ 2011 1st-round draft pick.
Many Patriot fans at the time of the trade expected the pick to land somewhere in the top five or ten, however, over the last few months Al Davis has made some surprisingly decent personnel moves.
The addition of linebacker Rolando McClain, a NEPD favorite, and Texas DL Lamarr Houston through the draft bolstered a decent defense, while jettisoning JaMarcus Russel can’t be a bad thing.
However, they replaced the ill-fated Russell with Jason Campbell, a supposed savior that led the Redskins to a 4-12 record in 2009. To block for him, they drafted Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell, two developmental tackles that probably won’t be ready to make a big contribution until 2011 at the earliest.
The Raiders have made some decent moves this off-season, but we don’t see them crawling out of the top 10 in the 2011 NFL Draft Order just yet. Check out our 2011 NFL Mock Draft to see who NEPD thinks the Patriots will select with the Raiders’ pick.