After watching the Oakland Raiders put together a really rock solid draft for the first time since 2007, and for the most part possibly possibly putting together the best Oakland Raiders draft class ever on paper, it's apparently obvious Al Davis is calling the shots.
However, unlike years past I believe Tom Cable is having a strong influence on the type of players that are picked. In my opinion Al Davis gives Cable a list of players that he wants to draft and it's Cable's job to weed out players he doesn't believe fit the mold of what he believes to be a football player.
Last year it was apparently obvious, even with DHB that Tom Cable was going to bring in players with an outstanding work ethic. Just recently he was asked why every player all says "they are going to come to work and work hard" and if that's what they are told to say or that's what's expected, and Cable said "we ask them when we call them if they are going to work and if they say yes then we tell them we'll draft them." Mike Mitchell, Matt Shaughnessey, and Brandon Myers are all players "who came to work every day to work hard."
So I believe Tom Cable had a list of players he wanted, checked off of a list of character concerns and/or work ethic concerns and gave Al the list back and Al had a Tom Cable sponsored list to work from that Al himself put together.
It's working out to be impressive. Tom Cable's impressed with DHB's work ethic and has said he's progressing exceptionally well this offseason. Jason Campbell should only aid in DHB's and the other receiver's developments as well if Tom Cable can improve the O line with the drafting of LT Edwin Veldheer and LT/G Bruce Campbell. WR/Special Teams ace Jacoby Ford should prove to an exceptional pick by Al. The Raiders have also recently signed two FB's that are both 6' and 250 lbs which should drastically help in the running game, Manasa Tonga and Chane Moline.
I think Cable's influence on the players drafted, signed, and traded for is going to have a significant impact. Al's been known to draft potential and forget about work ethic and has seen over $35 million float down a toilet because of it among a litany of other bad picks and/or trades or free agent pickups.
This team is young and built for the future. If Tom Cable and Hue Jackson can stay together for a few seasons this offense and team could really mature into a very successful franchise, especially if QB Jason Campbell improves under Jackson's tutelage.
Great job Al. Thank you Tom Cable for the positive influence on the Raiders acquisitions and draft picks.