1) NFL-Miami_Dolphins-2008_NFL_Draft_Strategy_The_Miami_Dolphins-230108">Miami Dolphins: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU
2) Rams-2008_NFL_Mock_Draft_St_Louis_Rams-250108">St. Louis Rams: Jake Long, OT, Michigan
3) Falcons-2008_NFL_Mock_Draft_Atlanta_Falcons-290108">Atlanta Falcons: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College
The Longest Mock Draft in NFL History Continues...
Time for everyone's favorite joke of an NFL franchise, the Oakland Raiders.
They're picking fourth in my mock draft for reasons previously discussed (click here for a detailed explanation).
Quick disclaimer: As you may have already guessed, I hate the Oakland Raiders, their fans, their players, their owner, their city, their stadium, their cheerleaders—OK, I don’t hate the cheerleaders, but you get the point.
For the benefit of everyone, I’ve decided to start a “Why I hate everything about the Raiders” list (feel free to add your own reasons):
1) Their fans and players refuse to accept the fact that the “Tuck Rule” game was NFL karma getting them back for the “Phantom Roughing the Passer” Game.
2) Al Davis is one of the largest schmucks in the history of professional sports.
3) Their fans are insane—and not in a “we support our team” kind of way. More of a “we think Halloween costumes scare the opposing teams and intimidate their fans, but in reality they make us all look like morons” kind of way.
4) They moved from L.A. to Oakland, and now have the nerve to complain that the NFL wants to put another team in Los Angeles.
5) They traded Randy Moss for a fourth round pick. A FOURTH ROUND PICK!?! Are you kidding me?
I reserve the right to add to this list based on whatever comments the list generates.
Admittedly, this also might not be the best time for me to write this column.
I’m still extremely bitter about the Patriots-New_York_Giants-Super_Bowl_XLII_Giants_Improbable_Run_Continues_Patriots_Fall_at_Destiny_s_Door-040208">Super Bowl and might be inclined to take out my bitterness on Al Davis and his marauding costumed morons.
(Not too bitter, right?)
The one thing I actually liked about the Raiders was their head coach, and Al “Skeletor” Davis is trying to run him out of town in favor of Denny “THEY ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE” Green.
Denny is a great sound-bite, and a decent motivator, but he’s perpetually underachieved as a head coach, especially in the playoffs.
As Denny himself would say, HE IS WHO WE THINK HE IS!
Why not stick with the new blood?
By all accounts, there was a better atmosphere in Oakland this season. Kiffin knows which players he wants to keep and which players he needs to get rid of. Give him another season.
Of course, Al Davis would rather shoot for a world record: Most head coaches in one decade by an NFL franchise.
The Pick: DeSean Jackson, WR, California
This is not the pick they SHOULD make, this is the pick they WILL make.
I’m sure, somewhere in Al Davis’ insane and half-retarded mind, the Raiders’ pathetic 2007 season was entirely due to bad coaching and the loss of Randy Moss.
I’m just as sure that he’ll use the 2008 NFL Draft to find Moss’ replacement, ignoring the running game, the defensive line, the offensive line, and the rest of his pathetic team’s deficiencies.
Not that DeSean Jackson isn’t a pretty good WR prospect. I think he'll be a fine NFL wide receiver.
He's lightning fast. I’ve seen his 40-time clocked as low as 4.27.
He’s clearly the best WR in the draft. He can make an impact immediately as a returner, and on the Raiders he probably steps in as the #1 option for JaMarcus Russell (who should see the bulk of the playing time at QB in 2008).
He’s a good pick…he’s just not the 3rd or 4th best player in the draft. I'm not even sure he's in the top-10.
Who They Should Pick: Chris Long, DE, Virginia
Chris Long is a guy that some people have coming off the board as the first overall pick. He would be a fantastic pick for the Raiders for a plethora of reasons, not the least of which being they need some D-line help with Sapp leaving.
Howie Long, Chris Long’s dad, played for the Raiders. So Chris is already a part of Raider Nation.
I just don’t see Al Davis making the smart pick here. He’s the type that falls in love with skill position players. So don’t expect Chris Long to go to his Dad’s former team.
Even if it would have been the right move.
Who They Might Pick: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
If they don’t go WR with this pick, expect them to grab Darren McFadden.
This might not be a bad decision, considering the state of their running game for most of the 2007 season. But Justin Fargas looked good towards the end of the season, and they still have Michael Bush waiting in the wings.
I’m not sure even Al Davis wants to take a running back this high given what’s already on his roster. Plus, if McFadden gets picked here, we don’t get to see anymore uncomfortable ESPN draft-day camera shots.
We know, ESPN knows, and the Raiders know this is the best part of the draft day coverage. I fully expect ESPN to tell Al Davis that McFadden isn’t available anymore (and Davis will believe them, because he’s old and senile) so he doesn’t ruin it for everyone.
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