"AHHHHHHH! Michael Mitchell!!" Why I Can't Sleep

RJ SouzaContributor IMay 4, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 06:  Receiver Brian Hartline #9 of the Ohio State Buckeyes fails to pull in this reception against Lee Renfro #32 and Michael Mitchell #34 of the Ohio Bobcats during the game at Ohio Stadium on September 6, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The nightmare continues.

My best friend Monkey and I watch pick No. 47. Wearing my old 99 Sapp jersey, I know we are looking defense. I wanted a defensive lineman. The pick is in. I am on the edge of my coach.

"With the 47th selection of the NFL draft, The Oakland Raiders select..."

I wait like a five year old child tearing into his Christmas gift...What is it?

"Michael Mitchell, Safety from Ohio."


My wife checks on me. "Are you okay?"

"No, I had the dream again."

"You are sweating again" she notices.

No matter what I see on youtubeor read in publications, I still can't get over the fact Al Davis went with speed again. The saftey position was secured with Gibril Wilson. Michael Huff has bust writen all over him. I agree the position needed to be addressed. I had six different publications in front of me on  draft day. Not a word in ANY OF THEM!!

Where was the brain trust with Rashad Johnson on the board?  He's got great leadership skills. Oh wait. he's only 5'11" with a lack of closing speed. William Moore? He does't have the game speed and he's old by rookie standards.

The Chicago Bears said they were planing on drafting him with their first pick of the draft at No. 49. If Chicago took him, I doubt the ESPN brass would condemn the pick.

They would have used lines like "They must know something we don't." or "Mitchell had a great pro-day work-out." The NFL Network guys did a bit of bashing too. Once this information leaked out about the Bears, apologies were made. Not on the East Sports Programing Network.

I read a portion of an interview with Mystery Mitchell a few days ago. He took a shot at ESPN draft guru, Mel Kiper Jr, stating his 9 year old nephew could watch film and make an opinion. He made comments on how he's going to have to work harder to prove he was worth a second round pick.

What I know and seen: Michael Mitchell has speed. He can hit. He wants to play. His attitude reminds me of the raiders of the '70s. He knows he's been drafted to a team that is not popular with the referees or the front office. He lets people know how he feels. Hmmmmmm.

Last night, I slept though the night without the screaming or sweats.

Other Draft Notes: Michael Crabtree was not the answer we needed. Darruis Heywood Bay might have inconsistent hands, but he can stretch the field. This will allow DMC, Fargus and Bush to run the ball without an 8 man set in the box.

DE Matt Shaughnessy will add to a pass rush if the raiders are still planning to trade Burress to the Eagles as rumored during the draft. He'll need to add bulk, but he is a play maker.

Louis Murphy had better numbers than the "Flying High" Percy Harvin. Sporting News Draft preview compares him to Ted Ginn Jr. He didn't get too much attention because he played with Harvin and Andre Caldwell. He can be a solid starter, but needs to add 10-15 pounds.