Draft Weekend Analysis
A draft cant be judged until 3 to 4 years down the road where every pick either looks like genius or plain horrible. No matter what happens with each player that was picked by the Raiders Al Davis cant be blamed if they dont perform. He went outside the norm and actually got players that could play. And he took a chance on the physical freaks in the later rounds not in the first round. Just hours after the draft ended the Raiders were one of the few teams voted to have had one of the best drafts which included trades that will no dount fill seats on the coliseum.
Being able to trade for Jason Cambell was a huge move not only for the fact that it will no doubt in my mind bring the fans back who had just got tired of watching the horror show of Jamarcus but also for the fact that the kid can play. Cambell who has not had a consistent cordinator or coach since his college days and into the pros has still been able to be productive. A lot of the top notch QB's in the game today are able to be great becasue they stay in the same system year after year. This may also signal the end for Jamarcus Russell. Russell should be asked in the next few days to take a pay cut which if he doesnt I believe he should be cut.
The move that i did not like was trading Kirk Morrison for a 4th round pick which ended up being Jacoby Ford. It kind of reminds me of when the Raiders got rid of another tackling machine in Eric Barton. I dont think Morrison got dealt a fair hand. I dont think any linebacker could have done well with the line that Morrison had to play with the last couple of years. I do love the draft pick of Rolando Mcclain but would have liked to see him and Morrison playing together with the new rookie DT Houston up front. We will see how Morrison plays with the a good line in front him next year.
What gets me most excited with the draft over is that the Raiders tried to fill every need and time will tell if each player drafted will be able to fill those roles.
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