Bottom Line: The Raiders Will Take the Best Receiver in the Draft

Jason SimmonsCorrespondent IMarch 29, 2009

This is a long article, so bear with me.

I want to start doing my own little segment called "Bottom Line," where I will pull up anything I can find around the web such as stats, comments, articles, videos, and things of that sort. And I will happily provide links so you can see these things for yourself.

As an avid Raider fan, I'll start out on one subject that has sparked many fiery comment wars among the Raiders page: What should we do with the No. 7 overall pick?

I have firmly stood by the idea of taking Michael Crabtree, even though I am not working in the front office, I know the Raiders will take the phenom that is Crabtree.

But many non-belivers among my Raider brethren believe that he is only the product of a gimmicky spread offense, but I know better.

I spent a lot of the day watching film on the young receiver, courtesy of my main source YouTube, and any other sites I could find on the web.

First thing I want to address is the infamous spread offense. Sure, the gameplan consists of all sorts of screen type plays, and it bolsters stats like receptions, but people want to ignore all the things he does with the ball after he makes the catch. He is incredible with the ball in his hands.

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What other people don't realize is, the Raiders run a West Coast offense, which does not require elite speed. The philosophy behind it is "Pass to set up the run" and I guarantee 98 percent of the people do not know what that entails.

When a team runs the West Coast offense, 80 percent of those passes don't go farther than 15 yards, which requires a receiver to have sure hands because a lot of his touches would be in traffic, not a guy who might drop the ball half the time or catch it and go 80 yards.

Some fans like to base there opinions on what Al Davis prefers, rather than what is fact. It's no secret he loves speed. But he's not stupid enough to sacrifice talent just because the guy is a blazer; even so-called experts seem to make this mistake.

You can't say "Al Davis is senile and stupid because he took the best player on the board, instead of this guy who went 10 or 20 picks later and surprised the NFL by having a non-expected great year." That is unfair simply because the guy can't see into the future. Can you?

Raiders aren't going to take an O-lineman in the first round; why would anybody sign two tackles in free agency if they are planning to sign an OT to a fat contract, the Raiders don't have a lot of cap to be wasting like that. And they supposedly said that the tackle positions would be a competition between Henderson, Pears, and Barnes.

And we won't take a D-linemen because there are only two that are worth taking in the top ten: Orakpo and Raji.

I want to explain this as simply as possible.  Brian Orakpo is going to be an outside linebacker in the NFL, he is a pass rusher, a pure pass rusher, meaning he can't cover a PB&J with a Ziploc bag, so he would mostly be effective in a 3-4 scheme where he could blitz a lot in a game, much like Demarcus Ware. Too bad the Raiders run a 4-3 defense...

BJ Raji wouldn't work out in Oakland. He is much like the over-hyped, Glenn Dorsey and Shaun Ellis the so-called "unblockable" DT's. Also, he got to pile up stats off of Ron Brace. Brace to the double teams while Raji got the stats.

That's why a lot of top-end from a 4-3 defense DT's aren't that good lately. This is off topic but the 2002 draft provided a load of the best talent on the D-line today (look it up).

And finally, the false hope that Al  Davis will trade down. It is not in recent memory thta Big Al has ever traded down, nor will he start.

Even if he wanted to, the sad truth is, teams don't necessarily want any of the top ten picks anymore, because of the inflation of rookie salaries in recent years. Plus, for a team with two picks in the first round would ask for more that just the No. 7 pick.

And to those who say they want quantity over quality. When you say Quality, that means a starter, pro bowler, leader, play-maker...When you say Quantity, that means Back-up, non-pro bowler, follower, average.

Read this excerpt from an article on Crabtree concerning him during his freshman year in college:

"This summer, Wells, who says he has worked security for some of the Dallas Cowboys, arranged for Crabtree to work out at Deion Sanders' football camp in Dallas. For two days, Crabtree ran routes against Pacman Jones and other NFL defensive backs while Sanders and his pal Michael Irvin gave him pointers.

"Crabtree says Irvin showed him how to beat press coverage and maneuver through a defensive backfield. The NFL players say Crabtree showed them a few things too. "Man, he's a helluva player," says Omar Stoutmire, an 11-year NFL vet.

"The way he goes up and fights for the ball—you won't find many receivers who can do it like that. I saw him make three catches against some of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. That's all about attitude."

Just in case you want to check, the paragraph at the end of the article:


We need guys who can play...

Watch this video, and tell me if you've changed your mind...


 This is only true if he falls to the Raiders in the first place.

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