With the 241st pick of the NFL draft...The Oakland Raiders pick David Ausberry. Looks like another local has made it to the Oakland Raider ranks and this newcomer may definitely be the new Timmie (Tim Brown, of course)! Watch out Darrius Heyward Bey!
David Ausberry comes from USC and prior had played ball in Lemoore, CA where he was considered to be the top wide receiver in the country. Standing a mere 6'4" and weighing in at 243, Ausberry has played the FB position and WR as a second post. This my fellow Raidernation this a very physical player that will get the ball upfield every time.
In 2006. Ausberry was invited to play in the US Army All-American Bowl. He has a 40 yard time of 4.52 and as the newest member of the Oakland Raiders should excel as a WR. He is a huge target with excellent hands. This is a key factor for draft picks. So how did Darius Heyward Bey (DHB) not get the message?
Darrius Heyward Bey was drafted 1st round in 2009, while Michael Crabtree ( a former Raider, Texas Tech Raiders) was still unpicked and was ranked number one. Regardless, looking at his stats in two seasons, DHB has posted 35 receptions for 490 yards. Bey has dropped tons of passes and only has 2 TD to his NFL resume.
In comparison, Michael Crabtree has posted 1366 yards with 8 TDs and 106 receptions. The Oakland Raiders in this writers opinion made an error picking up (DHB) the speedy receiver. The statistics pretty much say it all. The Oakland Raiders need to find a WR that can post 1000 yards seasonally.
In the 2009 draft, which WR should the Oakland Raiders have chosen?
The Oakland Raiders have done well drafting Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy. Yet these two WRs are still growing and should do well this season having played with QB Jason Campbell and perfecting the timing. As for DHB, he would really have to prove that he was worth his 5-year, 23.5 guaranteed millions five-year contract.
David Ausberry may end up being the factor for releasing DHB when the contract is over. He has the size and catching ability to get DHB replaced. Ausberry may not have the speed but neither did another Raider great by the name of " Fred Biletnikoff", it was strictly great hands and the ability to get open. This is what Ausberry brings to the gridiron. Ausberry will definitely be worth watching next season.