Raiders should receive third-round comp draft pick today

March 26, 2012, 6:09 pm
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Compensatory picks for the upcoming draft will be announced today during the NFL meetings in Florida and the Raiders are expected to receive at least a selection in the third round.Comp picks take place after a draft round is complete, meaning if Oakland does indeed receive a third-round selection, the Raiders' first pick of the draft would be at No. 95 overall (remember, New Orleans forfeits its second-round selection as a "BountyGate" penalty and the Raiders already used their third-round pick on Terrelle Pryor in last summer's supplemental draft).The Raiders currently only hold selections in the fifth and sixth rounds, having traded away their other picks. Their first-rounder went to Cincinnati for Carson Palmer, their second-rounder went to New England for selections that became Joe Barksdale and Taiwan Jones, the third-rounder was used on Pryor, the fourth-rounder went to Washington for Jason Campbell and the seventh-round pick went to Seattle for Aaron Curry.So what kind of value should the Raiders, who have less than 3.72 million in cap room, expect from a No. 95 overall pick?Well, the last four No. 95 overall picks are: Pittsburgh cornerback Curtis Brown out of Texas in 2011; New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham out of Miami in 2010; Arizona safety Rashad Johnson out of Alabama in 2009 and New York Giants receiver Mario Manningham out of Michigan in 2008.In fact, Raiders free agent linebacker Darryl Blackstock is a No. 95 overall draft pick as well, taken by Arizona out of Virginia in 2005.The Raiders are expecting at least one comp pick, perhaps as many as three, after losing free agents Nnamdi Asomugha, Robert Gallery, Zach Miller and Thomas Howard last offseason and all four had significant playing time in their new locales.