A lot of hype has emerged about Darren McFadden entering the NFL. So far the big question everyone has had is with his character issues. He has gotten into multiple fights, one almost resulting in the loss of his big toe. Also he is said to have three children, all before entering the NFL.
After D-Mac experienced complete beat-downs from USC, he apparently doesn't like Trojans.
The real problem isn't as much of a character problem but rather the team that he is going to and how his playing style will be affected by being in Oakland. Many people compare him to Adrian Peterson who had a phenomenal year as a rookie in '07. Many people think McFadden will have similar success.
They are similar at a glance but Peterson has abilities that McFadden truly lacks. Both are big, strong, fast, and have "home-run hitting" ability. McFadden is slightly faster than Peterson and Peterson is a bit stronger than Darren, but one thing Darren doesn't have is the ability to turn corners quickly.
If there is a hole to hit, D-Mac will find it and exploit it. But in the NFL, many times those holes are not there and the runner must be able to create. He won't be able to do that.
The Raiders are not known for their offensive line, and a big problem running backs can have is the low success of the offense's passing game. If a team has a good runner but does not have a good passing game it makes it very easy for the defense to decide what to focus on. Larry Johnson suffered from this last year.
JaMarcus Russell will need to have at least a decent year to be able to keep the defenses honest, and I don't believe he will be able to do that. He has incredible arm strength and great size, but so does Daunte Culpepper, and he's looking for a job.
When the Raiders selected him No. 1 overall the first thing that came to my mind was...BUST! Leadership, intelligence, accuracy, mental toughness, competitive nature, and the ability to play at a high level in big games is what makes a quarterback.
JaMarcus Russell can't even correctly pronounce every other word he says. Plus they don't have great offensive minds coaching them and he doesn't have a high level receiving core.
Javon Walker is a very good player but he has no durability. And this offseason he got hurt off the field. Hurrah for Javon!!!
The Vikings did not have a passing game last year and Peterson still excelled. However, he did have two pro-bowl offensive lineman and Bryant McKinnie to lead the way. But much of sAdrian's success came from his ability to cut and "create."
Drafting Darren McFadden was not a bad pick, but the Raiders maybe could have used some others positions more. Justin Fargas had over 1,000 yards last year and LaMont Jordan was in the top three in rushing yards until he got hurt.
The problem is the Raiders are a mess and do not know exactly what they are doing. It doesn't matter how faithful a Raiders fan you are, your team's management stinks.
Here is another way to think of it...Randy Moss had worse stats than Bobby Wade in '06, while setting the receiving touchdown record the next year. If Randy Moss can't do a thing in Oakland, things aren't looking so bright for Darren.