Raiders Rising; Oakland Takes RB McFadden with the Four Pick


Things just got a lot more interesting in Oakland.  The Raiders have spent a lot of money on defesne this offseason, and now will spend a lot on offense as they have gotten the back they wanted, running back Darren McFadden with the number 4 pick in the NFL Draft.  The pick was likley between McFadden and DT Glenn Dorsey, who was passed up at the number three pick by Atlanta for QB Matt Ryan.  Can McFadden turn the Raiders running game around with Justin Fargas and Michael Bush?  Great question, and one that we will find out about in the 2008 season.

Here is a scouting report on McFadden from

An outstanding natural athlete…Has very good size…Excellent timed speed with a burst…Has great vision and instincts…Big play threat who can take it the distance at any time..Elusive with nice feet..Quick and agile…Real strong…Tough and loves contact…Runs hard and does not go down easy…Has decent hands and can be a weapon in the passing game..Plays with a nasty demeanor..Extremely productive.

Has some off-the-field and character questions…Legs and lower body are a little thin….Might run too high and open himself up to big hits…Could still improve as a blocker…Does not have a ton of experience as a receiver…Did not really play in a conventional offense in college and shared the workload…Ball security is an issue.

Burst onto the scene as a true freshman…The Heisman Trophy runner-up as both a sophomore and a junior…In the summer of ’06 he dislocated his toe (which later required surgery) while trying to kick someone during a fight outside a night club at 4am…In January of 2008 was handcuffed during a disturbance outside of a bar shortly after midnight because according to the police report he was agitated and provoking aggressive behavior inciting the incident….Often worked as a shotgun quarterback in the Razorbacks “Wildcat” package and showed the ability to throw the ball…Pure football player with all the physical tools who is as good or perhaps an even better prospect than Adrian Peterson was coming out…A rare talent who should rank amongst the top running backs in the NFL very early in his pro career.

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