First, I want to apologize for my previous and first article on here. After thinking about it, it was a bad idea, and now I want to fully embrace the Bleacher Report. I wish to engage The Raider Nation in thoughtful discussion on our beloved team.
I've read so many draft scenarios for the Oakland Raiders, it has made my head dizzy. But one intriguing scenario that thus far has not been discussed is one I truly believe is being analyzed by the Oakland Raiders. And that's trading up in this year's draft.
In 1997, Al Davis made a shrewd move by trading to the #2 spot with the New Orleans Saints to draft Darrell Russell, a Defensive Tackle out of the University of Southern California. From a Football standpoint, it was a solid trade. Darrell Russell, as an NFL player, was very good. He went to two Pro Bowls in 1998 and 1999, and was a stalwart on the defensive line. Unfortunately, Darrell could not handle the limelight, and subsequently threw away his career.
A lot of similarities with this year's draft. The Raiders need a Defensive tackle like a dog needs a bone. There are rumors floating that Detroit may be willing to trade down at the right price. If the Raiders trade up to the #2 spot, they assure themselves of getting either Suh or McCoy. If the Rams take Bradford, like most "experts" predict, the Raiders will have the pick of the DT litter.
Whether or not Al Davis can muster enough ammo to trade up (not sure the Lions are interested in any of our players) is another story entirely. But as we know with Mr. Davis - where there is a will, there is a way!
Here's the quandry - Judging DT talent in the first round has been almost an enigma in the way that QB talent is judged. In other words, one could argue that there are more DT busts taken in the first round than QB busts.
...Gerard Warren, Dewayne Robertson (who got as much hype in the 2003 draft as both Suh and McCoy are getting now) Glenn Dorsey, Jonathan Sullivan, Ryan Sims and Corey Simon are DT's taken within the first 6 picks in the last decade. What do they have in common? Other than the fact that they blow, I'm not sure. But there have been successes - Richard Seymour and...uh, Beavis?
If I take it to the top ten of the first round in the last decade, then we have Sedrick Ellis, B.J. Raji, Kevin Williams, John Henderson and Amobi Akoye. Other than Williams and Henderson, who have been hits, the others - albeit very young - have been quiet. I don't hear there names called much. Although one could argue that judging a Defensive Tackles' merit can be difficult. It may not show up on the stat sheet, but if they eat up Offensive Lineman and allow their teammates to make plays, then the DT's are doing their jobs.
Ndamukong Suh was an absolute beast in college. And it seems that he has Tim Tebow like intangibles...a good, solid and smart kid with a nonstop motor and leadership ability. I think if one were to gauge the pulse of the Raider Nation, the majority of fans, if given the choice of any player the Raiders could take in the draft, they'd say Suh. Personally, I'm not sold on McCoy for the simple fact that I didn't hear much about him until after the college football season, and I'm always wary of those players. Just ask the Jets how Vernon Gholston is doing.
So here's the question I pose to you, Raider Nation...should Al Davis find the ammo to trade up to the #2 spot? Is it worth the risk? What would you trade to get up to the #2 spot?
With my articles I will pose silly multiple choice questionnaires, merely for fun.
Don't sing it, Raider Nation, bring it!!!