Skip to main content

Draft Week 2009: Things to Remember

So with draft week here finally, I just want to remind everyone of a few historical facts when it comes to the Raiders.

1. The Raiders have not drafted an Offensive Lineman in the first round since Robert Gallery in 2004 (Norv Turner). Before that it was Matt Stinchcomb in 1999 and Mo Collins in 1998 (Jon Gruden). Before that is was Steve Wisniewski in 1989 (Shannahan with Art Shell as an Assistant).

2. Notice the direct correlation between team sucess and drafting these lineman?
2000, 2001, 2002 - Won AFC West
1990 - Won AFC West
The exception? Robert Gallery, who never played well at the position we drafted him to play. We also had Norv as Head Coach.

3. All the talk about the Raiders unorthodox offseason has got people thinking we might trade down. I find this laughable, especially now that Philly has traded away a first round pick for Jason Peters. The Raiders never trade down in the first. I don't see it starting this year.

4. Along the lines of trades, don't be surprised if the Raiders try to move up to get the player they want. Davis isn't shy about doing it and it might come at a discount this season. Teams willing to move up and pay top 5 money to rookies are going to get discounts for doing it, because a rookie wage scale is only a matter of time. Team's might want to save some cash and take a lesser player to set themselves up for the future. Especially teams with a lot of needs.

5. Don't be surprised if the trade to move up involves a fan favorite or young player. Think along the lines of Michael Bush or Kirk Morrison. I don't think we want to part with these guys, but Michael Bush would probably get us a nice haul.

6. Don't be surprised if we are surprised. The Raiders like shocking people. We could move way up, move way down, etc. Al Davis loves to shock the world.

7. Al Davis likes the defensive side of the ball. I think all the talk about OTs and WRs is overblown, Davis loves defense. I think a surprise could be a DE or Jenkins, etc. Those would be Al Davis like moves.

8. We all think Tom Cable knows offensive lineman, but he liked Kwame Harris. Our scouting department MUST have a good draft. Let's hope those old guys have something left. After all, they have loved some stinkers in the past (Such as Vince Young and Michael Huff), but also some Hall of Famer's.

9. Nothing changes drastically in the week before the draft. That is all media hype. Don't fall into it.

10. Throw combine numbers out the window, unless they performed better than expected in areas that were questions. If a guy runs a 4.4 and people thought of him as a 4.8 guy, that is something to note. Two tenths is easy to shave off a 40 if you have been trained, so look for big jumps from smaller school guys. I really like Johnny Knox (We are alum from the same college so perhaps I am bias).


Popular posts from this blog

Oakland Raiders Swing for the Fences in 2016 NFL Draft

[embed align="center"][/embed] These aren't your daddy's Oakland Raiders or even your younger self's Raiders. If anything, these are your newborn's Raiders or your puppy's Raiders. These are the Raiders we've never seen before. Indicative of the freshness of the franchise was their 2016 NFL Draft. No longer slave to a high draft pick and desperate needs, the theme of the draft for the Raiders was upside. It's as if general manager Reggie McKenzie got so used to hitting his draft picks out of the park that he started swinging for the fences. We'll have to wait a couple of years before we know if he struck out or if he'll continue his Ruthian ways. First, McKenzie boldly went with a safety at No. 14 overall. Kyle Joseph is coming off a torn ACL and fills a major need, but safety isn't a premium position. Only a handful of safeties have been drafted in the first 14 picks in the last 15 years and include names like Ea

Looking Forward: Raiders 2012 Free Agents

Khalif Barnes - Weakest link on the offensive line with youth behind him. Raiders will look for for other options. It's not as if there aren't a dozen Khalif's on the street each year. Darryl Blackstock - Was a Chuck Bresnahan guy, but found a home on special teams. Would have to make the team as a reserve LB and special teams guy next training camp. Wouldn't be surprised to see him back as a camp body or gone entirely. Kyle Boller - Hue didn't have enough confidence to turn to Boller. Expect the Raiders to look elsewhere for a backup to Carson Palmer. Jerome Boyd - Was nothing more than a reserve and special teams player. Some good moments and some very bad ones. Camp body again and fate will depend on the defensive coordinator. Tyvon Branch - About the only consistent producer in the secondary. Raiders will want to bring him back. Desmond Bryant - He's been great in limited action and can play inside and out. Key reserve. Michael Bush - He'll find a home a

Today's Twitter Summary

00:07 @ twfeed Is it possible to filter out certain blog posts that I don't want posted to Twitter? 01:44 @ twfeed Thanks. 09:58 Cable's very good turnout = 15 players not participating. 09:59 Offensive line is healthyand Zach Miller is practicing. 09:59 Mcfadden, Garcia notables that aren't participating. 10:00 Darius Heyward-Bey is here now that he has graduated. Mike Mitchell still prohibited because of the NFL rule. 10:01 Asomugha missing again, but Chris Johnson showed up. 10:03 Warren out with pec injury that had plague him since last year. Burgess and Richardson missing. 10:04 Cable's concept of very good turnout is optimism at it's finest...or denial. 10:06 Tom Flores at OTAs today. Javon Walker is a spectator. 10:12 Russell already looks better. Is Garcia bugging him or was it just the newness? Trevor Scott says technique and fundamentals today 10:15 DHB not practicing. So far he barely has a leg up on Crabtree in terms of practice