The Oakland Raiders selected running back Darren McFadden with the fourth pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. There has been much debate on if the Raiders should have used their pick on D Mac.
In my book, he was the only pick, while being the top player in the draft. The Raiders were lucky to be able to get him with the fourth pick.
D Mac played in 38 games at Arkansas and rushed for 4590 yards in 785 carries and averaged 5.8 yards per carry scoring 41 TDs. He caught 46 passes for two TDs receiving, and threw for seven TDs. D Mac also averaged 24.4 yards per carry in his kick return duties.
Here is a quote from Barker Davis of the Washington Times after Barker watched D Mac chew up Alabama's D for 195 yards.
"D Mac is a once in a generation guy. Laugh if you will, but he just might be the best back in all of football right now. L T and R Bush can't move a pile like the 215 lb Arkansas Hammer. Most stunningly, they are both slower. D Mac runs a flat 4.3 and over the past 2 seasons he basically lined up 7 yards deep, behind pathetic Quarter Backs against blazing Defenses that knew exactly what and who was coming...and average 6 yards per carry in the Nations toughest conference."
At 6'2" and 215 lbs., the 20-year-old D Mac, is very close in size to the 22-year-old Adrian Peterson 6'1" and 217 lbs.
Adrian Peterson averaged 95.8 yards per game rushing over his college career. D Mac averaged 121.2 yards per game rushing over his college career.
In my opinion, D Mac will prove to be a more versatile back than Adrian Peterson. Does that mean D Mac will have a season like Adrian Peterson did last year? I do not think so, for what Peterson did last year is for the ages.
What D Mac will do next year is give the Oakland Raiders' offense a player that will be hard to defend against for opposing defenses. A weapon that can score from anywhere on the field anytime he touches the ball.