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Oakland Raiders Draft: Let's Keep It Simple

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 18: DeJuan Tribble #27 of the Boston College Eagles breaks up a pass intended for Darrius Heyward-Bey #8 of the Maryland Terrapins on November 18, 2006 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Dondi RaiderContributor IApril 25, 2009

In the world of business, there is a concept known as "K.I.S.S." The letters stand for "Keep It Simple, Stupid."

Let's apply this mantra to the Oakland Raiders' first-round draft selection this year.

When we search for the two worst aspects of the 2008 Raiders, we find a 32nd-ranked passing offense and a leading wide receiver with just 22 receptions (which put the Raiders last in the league in that category, as well).

The aerial attack needed attention this offseason, and everyone with a pulse knew it. So when pick seven fell to Oakland, WR was an obvious choice.

The question was, which wide receiver?  The top-rated Michael Crabtree? Special teams star Jerry Maclin?  April 20-friendly Percy Harvin?

Or the raw Darruis Heyward-Bey?

Despite all the deliberation, it ends up that the answer is simple. Let's jujst "K.I.S.S.":

·         DHB played in a pro offense, while Maclin and Crabtree did not. 

·         DHB can run a 4.3 40; Maclin and Crabtree can't.

·         DHB is 6’2’’; Maclin and Crabtree are shorter.

·         DHB can jump; Macklin did not attempt to jump and Crabtree didn't do jack at the combine.

·         DHB is a humble team player; Maclin and Crabtree are divas.

·         DHB has been compared to Randy Moss; Maclin seems more like JLH and Crabtree resembles Anquan Boldin

So, for all you Raider Haters:

K.I.S.S. this!

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