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Raiders Draft Roundup: How Did 2011 Rate?

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    NEWSLETTERS

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    The Oakland Raiders drafted Stefen Wisniewski (#61) with their first pick in this year's draft. His uncle, Steve, is the offensive line coach for the Raiders and played for the team for 13 seasons.

    A long weekend of various talking heads digesting the same information in disparate ways. Loads of hours in front of the flat screen. Scouring the college ranks for just the right fit -- a fit that could take a team to the next level. (Throw in some snacks and we just described your NFL Draft Weekend, didn't we?)

    The Oakland Raiders, long for drafting speed and athleticism, stuck to the script in 2011.

    So what's the consensus among the experts that weren't in your living room the past few days?

    Overall, the Raiders rate just average (a letter-grade C for many pundits) for this draft; however, there seems to be an undertone of "Do the Raiders have enough tools to make some noise this year?"

    The first pick, center Stefen Wisniewski, was a head-scratcher for many, even drawing ire for a seeming public-relations and legacy pick. But there are a couple of speedy receivers who could crack the lineup and get some touches, too.

    Sports Network, Scott Garbarini: "Wisniewski's a good player, but there are too many hit-or-miss guys to make this a class to feel comfortable about."

    Mercury News, Cam Inman: "Overall it was an acceptable haul, and first-year coach Hue Jackson cooed once the Raiders filled out their eight-man draft class."

    SF Chronicle, Tom FitzGerald: "... the Raiders could easily field a couple of sizzling relay teams."

    ESPN, Mel Kiper: "Bottom line: It's not always about value with the Raiders, it's about getting their guy."