It is the time of the year when a group of people that have only one job all year (how did my high school counselor not tell me about this job?) get more TV face time than our President. They have offered 4-5 different “mocks” when most NFL teams had their boards done within weeks after the season ended. Let’s mock with them anyway!
In review of the Raiders off-season moves… Donovan McNabb was never close coming to the Black Hole. The Eagles used the rumor to get teams to negotiate and got the most they could. McNabb would have made the Raiders an 8 or 9 win team this upcoming year and possibly the playoffs the year after. My gut still says it is better that the Raiders didn’t get him. The remainder of the moves…welcome back Chris Cooper and a hearty goodbye to Brandon Marshall going to the AFC East!!!
The only move that makes sense to make between now and the draft is to give up their 2nd round pick and get Jared Gaither. Get a young OL that fills an immediate hole that betters the team, it is a no brainer.
With the Raiders 1st round pick, only 5 players that are worth a Top 10 Pick. Eric Berry, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Russell Okung and Rolando McClain. Not Sam Bradford, Jimmy Clausen, Trent Williams, Bruce Campbell, Dez Bryant, or any other names that have been “mocked” with the Raiders.
Both Suh and McCoy fill a big hole in the middle, but they will be gone in the Top 5. Chances are 1% that either is available for the Raiders.
Berry is the best player in the draft. If teams like KC Chiefs, Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns let him pass by, the Raiders need to get him. He is likely to be a 5+ time Pro-Bowler in the Ed Reed mold, I believe the hype because it is legit. Chances are 15% that is available for the Raiders.
Okung is the best OL in the draft. Most likely he goes to the Washington Redskins to protect McNabb. He is the only one worth a Top 10 pick, not the others that have been bantered. Chances are 15% that he is available for the Raiders.
McClain is the best LB in the draft. The Raiders LB’s are overrated; they have speed but do not make tackles or plays.
Even after Richard Seymour joined the team and took on double teams, that group did not produce one bit. There is a reason the Raiders were willing to give up Kirk Morrison for a 3rd round pick, which should have been no surprise. McClain is not ranked by anyone to go in the Top 10, but he is a difference maker that comes from a coach that taught the NFL pro system. Chances are 100% that he is available for the Raiders.
If any of the above 5 guys are wearing the Silver and Black next year, this will have been a great draft. They will have gotten a Top 5 talent with the 8th pick and gotten an immediate starter with Pro Bowl capabilities. Take either a Brian Price or Terrence Cody in Round 2, and the draft will have been a massive success.
Why do I get the feeling though that I’ll hear “With the 8th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select Demaryius Thomas, WR Georgia Tech”….