This is the HARDEST pick bar none. Bar none!
It is so hard because Al Davis is about as predictable as the lottery. You never know who he'll draft.
This is a guy who drafted a punter in the first round of the 1973 draft who had a broken foot! Thankfully for Al, it was Ray Guy, arguably the greatest punter of all time.
Throw in Darrius Heyward-Bey last year at wide receiver over Michael Crabtree just because Bey had the fastest forty time coming out of Maryland.
Well, after consulting with fellow colleague and Raider writer Jay Dee, I have come to a conclusion of who I think Al might draft if it was held right now.
In fact, it is DHB's former teammate Bruce Campbell.
He's 6'6, 314 pounds, 36 inch arms, and runs a freakish 4.85, that's the fastest among offensive linemen.
Al has always been amazed by physical specimens and this is a physical specimen without question.
Bruce Campbell was a top performer in five combine events including the 40 yard dash.
He has a 32 inch vertical jump with the highest recorded jump at the combine being 34.5 inches. He did the 20 yard shuttle in 4.69 seconds with the fastest being 4.51 seconds. He did the three-cone drill in 7.58 seconds with the fastest being 7.40 seconds.
And he did 34 bench reps with the highest being 45, but the second highest being 38, so this guy is among the best in nearly every drill.
When I look at the film of him, I sometimes wonder if I'm wrong by grading Okung over him.
However, he's from Maryland, the competition is not the same as it is in the Big 12 right now, and he's got a few troubles in football instincts during run-blocking and he's had issues with injuries.
He's had turf toe, which affects movement. He's had MCL trouble, he even had brain surgery to drain excess fluid. In three years, he's only started 17 games and played in 27 total.
Despite all these negatives, I think he's a very good football player.
I like his feet. When you play offensive tackle, you have to be a big guy who can waltz because it is all about your feet. You gotta be big, but you can't be a slug or the speed guys just get around you.
Campbell has got speed, we've established that, but his quickness allows him to be a very good pass protector from the film I saw of him at Maryland.
He's got incredible strength. I saw him fling guys across the field, and Bruce Campbell, with training, is certainly capable of going to the next level.
The Raiders also have a need at offensive lineman to help out Darren McFadden, whoever their quarterback will be next year to get the ball to Darrius Heyward-Bey. All young key guys can be helped by the drafting of Bruce Campbell.
Also, I think Al will take him because of that 40 time. He loves fast guys.