Darrius Heyward-Bey was one of the most talked about picks in the 2009 draft. Draft "experts" were shocked when the Raiders picked Heyward-Bey with the number seven overall pick.
Why someone who calls themselves an expert would be shocked that Al Davis went with the fastest guy in the draft is almost shocking in itself.
Heyward-Bey's first season was filled with drops and growing pains of being a rookie. He started most of the season, which will later prove to be valuable to his growth as a player.
Many fans are quick to dismiss Heyward-Bey after his first season, but they could be jumping the gun.
While many people think that speed is Heyward-Bey's biggest asset, they may be excited to hear that his work ethic is also one of his biggest strengths.
We live in a society where the media is quick write about who is not at a workout or who may not be happy with the team. Very often a story about a young player who is trying to better himself after a season that fell below expectations is ignored.
Hewyard-Bey has been in California all offseason working with the coaches and the quarterbacks to improve his skills. Bruce Gradkowski has said in interviews that he has been throwing to Heyward-Bey in the offseason.
He is putting in the work to get better.
Heyward-Bey recently changed his number from 12 to 85. His second year should be a fresh start for him and Raider fans should see a major increase in his production.
Heyward-Bey joins JaMarcus Russell and Darren Mcfadden as the three guys on the team that come in facing the most pressure in 2010. They were drafted to make an impact, but that impact has yet to be seen.
The phrase "Gets it" has been thrown around lately by people and quarterbacks who didn't understand how to adjust to the NFL when they were young. It's safe to say that Heyward-Bey "gets" it and he has caught on fast on what it takes to be successful in the NFL.
Look for Heyward-Bey to enjoy a successful campaign in 2010. He and Louis Murphy should make a fun tandem to watch in the future. These two young, hard working guys are part of the reason the Raiders will soon turn things around in a flash.