The Raiders took a wide out (nothing new), but the shock was WHAT wide out they took with the #7 pick in Saturday’s draft. The team laid a shocker on the crowd in New York, taking Darrius Heyward-Bey from Maryland. The big wide out will join Darren McFadden and JaMarcus Russell as the new “triplets” in Oakland.
Here’s the bio on Heyward-Bey from FFToolbox.com
It did not take long for Darrius Heyward-Bey to make his mark on the Maryland football program. After redshirting in 2005, Heyward-Bey led the team with 45 receptions, 694 yards and five receiving touchdowns. For his efforts, he earned a variety of All-ACC and All-America honors from various sources. As a sophomore Heyward-Bey cemented his status as one of the best receivers in the Atlantic Coast Conference, catching 51 passes for 786 yards and three touchdowns. Due to a lack of a quarterback to get him the ball, Heyward-Bey’s numbers will never be that impressive at the collegiate level, but he has all the skills to be an effective pass catcher in the NFL.
It all starts with his size and toughness. At 6-3 and 206 pounds, there are taller receivers out there, but few can combine that size with athleticism that matches Heyward-Bey. The junior has used that athleticism to become one of the best jump-ball threats in the nation. Heyward-Bey also has the speed to match just about any other receiver in this class.
With his combination of size, speed and strength, Heyward-Bey could be a first round selection. He will need to put up good numbers at the combine to prove it (since his collegiate production is lacking due to an incapable passing offense in Maryland), but Heyward-Bey should not disappoint when he shows his stuff for the NFL scouts.