Oakland Raiders: Bad Drafting Or Poor Player Utilization?

Jason GereContributor IMarch 4, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  A mini biker helmet with a Oakland Raiders logo is seen on the handle bar of a motorcycle in the parking lot outside Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum prior to the Raiders playing against the San Diego Chargers against the Oakland Raiders on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The selection of Nnamdi Asomugha 31st overall in the 2003 NFL draft was considered a reach by many draft analysts. And for the first few season it looked as if they where right. Eventually Asomugha worked himself into the conversation of best shut-down corner. 

Nnamdi is a special kind of player. On that has such pure personal motivation that not even the coaching turmoil that followed could prevent him from being the best. Not every player has that ability. Not every human has that ability. 

Oakland is often heavily scrutinized for most of their selections. Mike Mitchell anyone? 

Over the years Oakland has missed on some first day picks picks, picks that regardless if it was Gruden or Madden coaching, would not have been good players. Their names need not be mentioned because that's not the point.

We have made some great selections in recent years as well. Zach Miller is relied on to pass protect on many plays but still leads the team in receiving . All this while other teams key on him in the passing game because he has been Oakland's most consistent receiver. 

Louis Murphy had a very good Rookie season on a less than consistent offense. He showed play making ability from the first game. (Even though he was robbed of that touchdown)

Trevor Scott, Mike Mitchell, Darren McFadden are player with potential but how will they be handled. 

There has been very little in the way of consistency in the Raiders coaching staff since Grudens tenure.

Oakland is approaching a decade of loosing after nearly 40 years of a winning tradition. 

I realized that is why the Raiders are so harshly spoken about. The NFL is not as good without the Raiders being dominant. 

Mr. Davis is a great evaluator of talent. He always has been. But someone needs to "Dominate that Team" and handle the players like men. Help them reach their true potential. Bring the Raiders back to prominence. 


Until something changes the question remains....Do they have bad players or Coaches?