Checked out 50 mock drafts this morning, and the overwhelming choice at No. 8 for the Raiders was Maryland offensive tackle and combine warrior Bruce Campbell.
Here were the results:
T Bruce Campbell, Maryland 23
T Trent Williams, Oklahoma 8
T Anthony Davis, Rutgers 3
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida 3
DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech 3
T Bryan Bulaga, Iowa 2
S Taylor Mays, USC 2
RB C.J. Spiller Clemson 1
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska 1
DT Gerald McCoy Oklahoma 1
DT Dan Williams Tennessee 1
DT Brian Price, UCLA 1
CB Joe Haden, Florida 1
None of them had Campbell going above No. 8, and virtually every one made mention of Al Davis’ love for the biggest and fastest, even at the expense of the ability to actually play football.
Much of the Campbell buzz is generated by combine coverage during which the Maryland tackle was singled out as a shoe-in Raider by virtually everyone wired with a microphone, noting the Maryland connection with Darrius Heyward-Bey last year.
For what it’s worth, NFL.com’s Mike Mayock, who may be the most respected NFL talent analyst in the media (he had Heyward-Bey ticketed to Oakland before anyone else last year) doesn’t list Campbell in his top 20 overall players.
Mayock has Campbell tied for fifth with USC’s Charles Brown in the rankings at left tackle, trailing Russell Okung (Oklahoma State), Bulaga, Williams and Davis.