To Be the Best, Raiders Must Draft the Best

Tommy TurreyContributor IFebruary 25, 2009

Here goes my first article nation, so please try not to rip me too hard, ha ha...

Now when I say that Uncle Al needs to take the best available, I'm not saying he needs to draft Aaron Curry, because he may not fall to seven. He is the best player hands down in this year's draft and would help our defense tremendously. However, since we are picking in the top 10 again, we must go for the best player or trade the pick for future picks if teams are willing to offer a good package. 

Al will never trade the pick, but one never knows what goes through his mind, so we as the nation can never rule anything out if he makes one of his owner buddies an offer they can’t refuse and makes a deal. We have a need at every position with the exception of punter, kicker, QB, and RB—not to mention all that money locked into the defensive tackle position i.e. Tommy Kelly, Terdell Sands, Gerard Warren, and William Joseph.

There are quite a few of you out there that insist on taking B.J. Raji, but after watching him at the combine, I noticed he was smaller than expected (6'1"), overweight (338), and looked sloppy during the drills. However, he had an excellent Senior Bowl against the so-called best players and played only three years at BC. He might be a nice project for new D-line coach Dwayne Board.

We need to look at our needs at O-line, LB, D-line, and now safety since we cut Gibril Wilson (why we did that I will never know—second in tackling to Kirk Morrison) and base our pick on the best available, then figure out on how much to pay this rookie, get him into camp early, not have a repeat of the JROK holdout.

This team is very young, and it really needs to stay that way in order to have success in the future. Since we overpaid last year for free agents, we cannot repeat that same mistake. This is why we must build it through the draft and pick the best available.

O-line: Eugene Monroe, Virginia; Jason Smith, Baylor

LB: Aaron Curry; Wake Forest; (Brian Cushing, USC; Rey Maualuga, USC—neither of these @ 7 though). Picture Cushing, who had a great combine, alongside the "Law Firm"...VERY NICE!

D-line/Hybrid LB: Brian Orakpo, Texas; Everette Brown, FSU

WR: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech (will require surgery on foot after pro day); but we can hopefully pick up OSU receiver Brian Robiskie, the son of former Raider player and coach Jerry Robiskie. He looked awesome at the combine and has a great motor and attitude.

S: Rashad Johnson, Alabama; Patrick Chung, Oregon (looked good playing in the Pac-10)

Keep that Raider faith...