Oakland Raider's Draft Pick Darrius Heyward-Bey Is Being Sold Short

Andrew ChenContributor IApril 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 28: Coach Tom Cable of the Oakland Raiders watches warmups against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on December 28, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

When many people think of the Oakland Raider's draft, they immediately think, "FAIL!".

I'll admit that this is not a horrible conclusion, but the biggest mistake many people are jumping to the conclusion of is that Darrius Heyward-Bey will be a bust.

This is completely false.

I have to say that it was not a great decision by Al Davis and his front office to bypass both Jeremy Maclin and Michael Crabtree, but that does not mean that the selection of Heyward-Bey is a bust.

Heyward-Bey clocked a 4.30 seconds at the NFL Combine’s 40-yard dash, setting records for his speed and helping the Raiders lean towards selecting him. People just cannot jump to the conclusion that he will be a bust simply because Maclin or Crabtree should have been picked instead.

Heyward-Bey should also not be labeled as a "bust" like most people say when mini-camp or even preseason has not even begun yet.

Heyward-Bey is a very fast and experienced receiver, who posted good numbers at Maryland. It’s just that Crabtree's numbers were far better then his.

This still does not mean that he will be a bust!

While I believe Al Davis, and the Raiders organization made the wrong pick at the wrong time, I strongly believe Heyward-Bey will develop into a solid and consistent receiver for the Raiders.

Only at the end of several NFL seasons can Heyward-Bey be labeled as a "bust".