ESPN Needs to Be Held Accountable for Outrageous "Opinions"

Manuel RamirezCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 19:  Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis watches his team warm up prior to the start of the AFC Championship game against the Tennessee Titans at Network Associates Coliseum on January 19, 2003 in Oakland, California.  The Raiders defeated the Titans 41-24, sending them on to the NFL title game for the first time since 1984.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The opinions on draft day reached an all-time high, especially once the Raiders made their first pick of the day at No. 7.

The opinions ranged from the Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, Tom Waddle, Mike Lombardi, Raider fans, NFL fans, and anyone else who wanted to take a shot at Al Davis.

Mel Kiper said, Michael (Mike) Mitchell "FS/SS" (Raiders second-round pick from Ohio) was going to be a free agent prospect.

What's funny about those comments is that he would say something that outrageous because of his inability to find a prospect this intriguing and ACTUALLY DO HIS HOMEWORK ON DRAFT PROSPECTS. I projected him to go in the 3rd round to the Raiders with the #71 pick.

Reach? IMO yes, but the Bears had a pick at No. 49 and gladly would have taken Mitchell in the second round. How is this known? The Bears ended up trading out of the #49 pick after the Raiders selected Mitchell at No. 47. Mitchell ended up saying that the Bears gave him the heads up about him being selected at No. 49, also. *LOOK AT BELOW LINK"

But wait, there's more. Todd McShay and his BIG statement about the #7 pick went even further. He officially labels Darrius Heyward-Bey a "BUST."

It's okay to have an opinion about a pick, but already giving a "BUST" label to a player who hasn't played a down in the league, is OFFICIALLY THE MOST IGNORANT STATEMENT ABOUT A PROSPECT IN THIS YEAR'S DRAFT!!!

Reach? IMO yes, the pick irritated me at first, but after further evaluating the process and where he was projected to go, it is what it is.

Al Davis loves speed, its been well-documented, but who wants to trade to the No. 7 pick with the type of investment that's required?

What's certain is that Heyward-Bey would have been gone by 19, 22, 29, or by 30. So, all you analysts can drop the whole he might have made it to the 2nd round.

Actually, let's break it down from the No. 7 pick to the No. 19 pick. Based on the selections, who actually would have made a trade with the Raiders.

The Broncos at #12/#18? Lol, while they get their NT in B.J. Raji? There wasn't a trade partner to Al's liking, hence the selection of D.Heyward-Bey @ #7.

As for Mike Mayock, you also didn't do YOUR HOMEWORK after making comments about the Mike Mitchell pick. I do understand the opinion of maybe taking an OT like E. Monroe @ No. 7, but its been well-documented/well-known that the Raiders were content with Barnes/Henderson heading into the '09 season.

The Raiders needed a WR, did they need a "RAW" product of a WR, probably not, but now this WR opens up the vertical passing attack and the running game.

At the end of the day, haters come in flocks, but this time, Heyward-Bey/Mitchell both will let their game do the talking.

I'm sure "ESPN" remembered the comments about N.Asomugha in 2003, now people on the network already label him as the No. 1 shutdown CB in the NFL. 


NFL Network apologized, but DON'T expect ESPN take the high end of the road. At the end of the day, The Raiders Organization hurt the credibility of ESPN's own C. Mortensen about selling a portion of the team to an LA executive during the off-season.

Hence, the No. 1 reason they went after NFL Networks Adam Schefter. You do the math about the "BIASED" opinions of EVERY ESPN analyst who covered the draft this past weekend.