Almost a year ago, Al Davis pulled his predictable unorthodoxy by selecting Derrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh overall pick of the NFL Draft—a receiver that some had as a third-round pick.
Mr. Davis is no stranger to head-scratchers.
And a little question keeps chattering: Would Al Davis be "crazy" enough to take Tim Tebow at eighth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft?
Most wonder where Tebow will fall in the NFL Draft, and much speculation has stirred from Tebow's lackluster performance at the Senior Bowl.
I think that if nothing else, Tebow is a fan-favorite who can at least generate ticket-sales for a season or two in a rough economic climate.
Thus, if the Raiders want Tebow without additional picks in the first round, eighth overall might be the place.
Despite the mechanics, Mr. Davis covets college champions and Heisman winners. Meanwhile, the Raiders selected one of Tebow's receivers, Louis Murphy, in the fourth round of the 2009 NFL Draft, so there would be an established rapport.
This opens the question about JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski.
I, myself, am a fan of any quarterback that puts himself on the line, rather than just stands behind the line and wait for a roughing-the-passer penalty, because the defender invaded the passer's special area.
Not every quarterback with heart is able to win, just as not every quarterback with stats is able to win either.
I shutter to say this, but when I think of Tim Tebow, I think of Tom Brady; strictly in what they do on the field, not what I think of each one as a person.
Gradkowski did that for the Raiders and that's probably why he got hurt.
Russell seems to be content with his paycheck. In all fairness to Russell though, he has shown some star ability in leading winning drives, though it was at the end of an inordinately bad passing performance.
All that Brady did at Michigan was win, and that was behind two quarterbacks that were viewed as better NFL prospects, Drew Henson and Brian Griese.
Griese had some success early in his career, but nothing even close to Brady.
Some quarterbacks just know how to win, despite the stats. From recent players like Vince Young to all-time greats like Joe Montana.
When it comes to quarterbacks, I don't believe there is a formula to find a winner. Much of a quarterback's success is a product of his situation—meaning that the coach and quarterback need to be on the same page like Bill Belichik and Tom Brady.
However, if a coach is asked to "coach up" some quarterback that tantalized an executive, when that player doesn't fit the offensive system of the coach, then tough luck.
The system that the Raiders have always dysfunctionally functioned within, has allowed the players to determine what they expect from themselves.
But I think the reason why Al Davis covets college champions is that he knows that the player is capable of succeeding through the grind of a season.
Bottom line is this: I'm not directly advocating for the selection of Tebow at eighth overall, but knowing what I know about Mr. Davis and Tebow, it wouldn't really surprise me.
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