Maryland's offensive coordinator, James Franklin has the following to say to anyone who did not like the Oakland Raiders 2009 first round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey.
"Just wait, you"ll see. He's still very raw, and probablly could have used one more year, but his potential is limitless," Franklin said. "I think Al Davis understands that, sometimes in life, you've got to take an educated, calculated risk. You don't get where you want to go all the time taking the safe bet. Sometimes you've got to put yourself out there."
"I think they have a chance to look like genuises down the road."
That has always been the Al Davis and Raider way, the NFL Hall of Fame is loaded with players that Al Davis has taken a calculated risk on. As Mr. Davis has stated, "I would rather be right than consistant."
And History, not the media of today, that to compete with the internet has lowered their standards of reporting fact to an all time low. History will record that through Mr. Davis's life he has been right much more than he has not, in regards to players.
When Mr. Davis does hit on a player, many become not just good players in the NFL, but they become some of the best to ever play a position. NFL Films "Top Ten Corner's ever to play", and so on is littered with players drafted by Mr. Davis.
Back to what Darrius Heyward-Bey's coach had to say.
On the subject of DHB's production and his 13 career TD's Franklin stated, that had more to do with Maryland's pro-style offense than Darrius Heyward Bey's ability.
DHB was double teamed by a corner and a safety all season long and their Quarterback did not have the arm strength to hook up with the vertical threat DHB.
Franklin stated that over the next few years Darrius Heyward Bey has a chance to be special in the NFL.
Watching the way the Crabtree mess is playing out with the Niners I do believe Al Davis got this one right. With the threat by Crabtree to sit out the complete 2009 season and re-enter the draft in 2010. Shows he is not only slow on the field but he is also not the sharpest tool in the shed.
The Raiders Chad Shilens is the Oakland Raiders Crabtree and has already proven that he can play in the NFL. He is just a taller, faster and bigger version of Crabtree and I think will turn out to be better than Crabtree.
One of the problems with the Raiders WR's over the past few years was nobody respected their speed. DHB at practice ran a deep route drawing double coverage opening up a huge whole in the middle of the field.
Murphy which just might be the steal of the 2009 draft at WR caught a pass for a huge gain. All because of DHB clearing out the field and that is why the Raiders drafted this young speedster.
Nnamdi has stated that lining up against Darrius Heyward-Bey and looking into his eyes that the kid looks at you and you feel he is telling you he is going to run right by you and can run by anyone. Nnamdi also stated that corners will be afraid to press DHB much and that he is the type of WR that will put fear into DB's around the league.
I believe that the future is going to show that the Raiders drafted the number one WR in the 2009 draft and the sky is the limit for this young, smart, hard working and level headed talent.
What is so great about the whole DHB talk is that many so called draft experts and media people went all in. There is no pulling back to try and cover their rear.
Time will tell on DHB and someone is going to look very foolish down the road, many of which work for ESPN.