It's time to grade the Raiders on their 2006 draft. For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A. If he has started at least 24 games (1.5 seasons) he gets a B. C's are still on the team. D's are still in the NFL. F's are no longer in the NFL. Plus and minuses are subjective.
Round One, Pick Seven: Michael Huff, S, Texas
39 starts, 191 tackles, one sack, one safety, one interception, 17 passes defensed. Huff is more of a tweener safety at this point. But since all teams do against the Raiders is run, I'm not going to put a minus on him.
Round Two, Pick 38: Thomas Howard, OLB, Texas El-Paso
47 starts, 302 tackles, two sacks, 17 passes defensed, seven interceptions, and two TDs! I really had a hard time not giving him a bump up one more grade.
Round Three, Pick 69: Paul McQuistan, G, Weber State
Appeared in 31 games in his first two seasons, starting 12. His third season he played in the first game, suffered an injury and was placed on injured reserve. The jury is still out on this pick. I am going use a plus for a future upside, and red mullet.
Round Four, Pick 101: Darnell Bing, S/LB, USC
Played S in college, projected as a LB in the pros. He didn't make it into a game his rookie year due to a neck injury. In 2007 he was on the 49ers practice squad. 2008 he started on the Lions practice squad, and was promoted to the active roster in week 12, appearing in one game and making one tackle.
Round Six, Pick 176: Kevin Booth, G, Cornell
Cut by the Raiders after a rookie campaign that included 14 starts. He signed with the Giants and got into only one game in 2007. In 2008 he played in all 16 games.
Round Seven, Pick 214: Chris Morris, C, Michigan State
Has played in 31 games for the Raiders, starting his first game during the 2008 season. Giving a plus just for the Raiders keeping him.
Round Seven, Pick 255: Kevin McMahan, WR, Maine
Has never played in an NFL game. He has made, and been cut from teams three teams—NYG (Oct '07) and KC (Oct. '07, Aug. '08).
So adding up all of the grade points, just like you would in college (grade times credits). And we'll pretend that the first round is a 7 credit class, the second round is six and so forth.The Raiders have 26 credits, with 70.4 grade points. That gives a GPA of 2.70.
This would be a good draft for the Raiders if they could keep every one on their team. Two starters, two sixth men (lineman that are versatile and can fill many positions in rotation or injury), and a special teamer.
This draft may not have graded so well if not for the two previous wretched drafts—two starters and and two roster place holders out of 12 picks. Whereas in this draft there is only one pick not in the NFL.
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