Saturday, April 25, 2009

With the seventh pick in the 2009 NFL draft...


The Oakland Raiders are assured of having a top pick again in 2010.

Oakland passed on the highly touted wide receiver out of Texas Tech, Michael Crabtree. OK, so Crabtree wasn't their guy, but Missouri's Jeremy Maclin or Florida's Percy Harvin at least would've made sense.

When Crabtree fell to Oakland at the 7th overall pick, any person on the planet - other than Al Davis, apparently - would've taken him without giving it a second thought.

Instead, Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey is now a Raider. Good luck with that.

The scouting report on Heyward-Bey: "...can burn and is quick enough off the line to defeat jam coverage, but isn't a physical player and his production (he never scored more than five TDs in a season) wasn't worthy of a top-ten pick. He also has small hands (only 9") and tends to vanish in games. Heyward-Bey caught three or fewer passes in seven of his twelve 2008 appearances."

Sounds like Al Davis's prototype early round draft pick.

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