Gutierrez: Five players the Raiders might be targeting

April 29, 2011, 4:55 am
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Paul Gutierrez

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft passed without a word from the Oakland Raiders. Here are five players Oakland could look at in the second and third rounds Friday:1) UNR quarterback Colin Kaepernick
The Raiders seem smitten with the athletic signal caller who operated out of the "Pistol" offense in Reno. His build is reminiscent of Marc Wilson; his release that of Bernie Kosar. With Jason Campbell the starter and Kyle Boller signed to be the backup, Kaepernick would have time to develop.2) Penn State offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski
He has the bloodline (uncle Steve is a Raider great and the team's new assistant O-line coach), the nasty temperament to match and would fill a need. But does Li'l Wiz excel at left guard or center. And in a zone-blocking scheme or power-running scheme? Raiders fans would still love to find out.
3) Florida State offensive lineman Rodney Hudson
Many draftniks see the Raiders intrigued by this mobile center-guard specimen as well. Especially if he's as much a grinder in the trenches as advertised.4) Miami cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke
With Nnamdi Asomugha still a huge question mark, and last year's draftees at corner, Walter McFadden and Jeremy Ware, unproven, the Raiders need to lock at fortifying the secondary as well. Why not do it with the fastest player at the Combine?5) Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh
A physical, pressing corner who seems to fit the Raiders' brand of man-to-man defense. He has also long been linked to to Oakland, though he might be had in the later rounds.

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