If I had enough money, I would put this on billboards for Al Davis to see. I just can't seem to let it go.
I have 10 scientific and logical reasons why Huff should play corner for the Raiders.
Let's get started!
Michael Huff was excellent in coverage while at the University of Texas. Many thought of him as a corner coming out, and would draft him as such.
Huff had a brilliant career at Texas. He played free safety and was a shutdown corner when needed.
Huff held then Oklahoma All-American receiver Mark Clayton to three catches for 19 yards. That was the performance of his junior season in 2004.
During his senior season in 2005, Huff drew the assignment of Ohio Buckeye star Ted Ginn Jr. Ginn was held to two catches for nine yards.
At the Combine, Huff showed that he has great feet and hips. He also showed that he had the hands of a receiver.
At 6'1, 205 pounds, Huff has the size of a physical, bump-and-run corner. His 21 reps at 225 pounds would suggest that he is that as well.
A 4.3 40-yard dash is definitely what Al Davis loves in his corners. Huff gave him that, and a 40.5-inch vertical leap.
Upon the selection of Huff, the Raiders mysteriously moved him to strong safety. Life in the box isn't for Huff, but he did shut down tightends in the passing game.
Huff has made great strides since getting moved back to free safety. It is more natural for him than strong safety, but he is still in man coverage at times.
There wouldn't be any confusion or coverage rust for Huff. He would simply be doing what comes natural to him anyway.
Who better to mentor him in the transition than the master himself: Nnamdi Asomugha, who was also a safety in college.
It was not until his fourth year that he broke out as a corner. Guess what? Huff had better coverage skills than Asomugha coming out of college.
Does that mean the he will be better than Asomugha now?
Asomugha is, hands down, best in the game! However, I can see Huff in the Pro Bowl at corner.
Huff is a little in light in the buns for a strong safety. The Raiders strangely moved him there and it made him look like a bust.
Perhaps they should have done a little more research on him before making such a move with him. In college, he developed a reputation early on.
He was looked at as a speedster that didn't look for contact very much. Huff's response to it was, "I didn't have to make too much contact in high school."
Huff did eventually grow to hit people a little. However, I have to pull out a quote from Bill Parcells who said, "If they don't bite when they are puppies, they probably never will."
Well, Huff doesn't bite big enough to be a strong safety, anyway.
Thank goodness we have Tyvon Branch in his stead now. Branch is certain to see a Pro Bowl at strong safety soon.
If you are in the last line of defense, you better make the tackle. Huff isn't a bad tackler, but he's not the surest of tacklers.
He would be a good tackler for a corner though. Even in his breakthrough year, he had a few tackling mishaps as the last line of defense.
Such a man outside of Tyvon Branch is on the Raider roster.
Mitchell is that guy we need at free safety. He is a sure tackler that can knock down a building. Mitchell and Branch could potentially give us Tatum and Atkinson all over again.
They may not be quite as good, but they would give the Raiders that same fear factor. Big hits often lead to alligator arms.
Big hits also lead to turnovers and change the momentum of the game. Intimidation is mostly what I'm looking for.
It also puts the Raider's best 11 on the field.
Please don't get me wrong. I love Chris Johnson. He is a very solid corner, but you need to be more than a solid player when opposite Asomugha.
Look at DeAngelo Hall. He thought he was the best in the game, until he had to play opposite Asomugha. He's doing okay in Washington these days.
Fabian Washington is another example. He was doing okay in Baltimore before he was injured. He was badly picked on while in Oakland.
I see Huff as another shutdown corner. Johnson on the opposing team's number three receiver would give them nowhere to throw.
The move will give the Raiders the best pair of corners since Mike Haynes and Lester Hayes. Opposing teams will have to pick their poison.
The Raiders now use the elephant scheme with blitzes, and having two great bump-and-run corners in coverage will cause a lot more sacks available to the Raider"s front seven.
Huff welcomes the challenge of playing on the island. The fact that he wants to do it is the best reason.
We all do things much better when we want to do it! That has to be a big part of why he didn't succeed as a strong safety.
Huff was on Twitter with teammate Tyvon Branch and spoke of how he had the best feet in the secondary. He then said, "You, me, Mitchy, and Nnam...where they gonna go? Especially with the front seven we got."
Tyvon would respond from there, " That would be a lethal secondary. They also spoke of setting up a meeting to push for it."
Many have already been calling Huff a bust until he came on for a decent season last year. Would he really put it on the line if he didn't know he could do this?
He and Branch even realize how great of a secondary they could be.
Do you Tom?
How about you Al?