Oakland Raiders: Did The Raiders Tip Their Draft Hand?

Jason GereContributor IMarch 3, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Rolando McClain #25 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates their 26-21 win over the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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During last years NFL Draft, Al Davis left the football world scratching its head when he selected Darius Hayward-Bey with the Oakland Raiders 1st round pick. 

Since Mr.Davis assumed power of the Oakland Raiders much of the inner workings of the Raiders have been kept in the shadows. Mr Davis is notorious for keeping his true intentions, a closely guarded secret. 

But I think for once he may have slipped when he placed a third round tendered starting middle linebacker Kirk Morrison, the round he was selected in. Thomas Howard who at one point this season lost his position to Trevor Scott, (Remember the Thanksgiving game against Dallas?) was tendered to a 2nd rd pick. The same round he was selected in.

Rick Brown was also tendered to a second round pick, so you can see where this is going right? Either Al has something up his sleeve or Kirk wont be a Raider. Can you think of any NFL team that would not give up a third round pick to get a proven veteran who has leadership skills and many more games left in a career? 

On a team with a better supporting cast Kirk could be a star.

What i believe it means, that Rolando McClain is on his way to Oakland. If not , what are the options. Oakland Converted Scott from Defensive end to play linebacker.

 At 6-4 258 McClain has the size and speed to play in the Raiders scheme. He is a highly decorated college player from what many consider the toughest conference in the NCAA,  the S.E.C.

He came in as a freshman and lead an Alabama team that was 3 years ago "Rebuilding" to a National Championship. He also lead a defense that was ranked in the top 5 in both total defense and rush defense in all of college football last season. 

It wouldn't be the biggest reach in Raider draft history but if Ms. Davis is showing something here, this could be one that works well for Raiders.