Cable's First Draft: Maybe His Last.

erik molinaContributor IApril 17, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  The ESPN broadcast team of (L-R) Mel Kiper, Chris Mortensen,Keyshawn Johnson, Steve Young and Chris Berman work the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26, 2008 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Coach Cable has a lot of pressure and has dealt with it so far with sound judgement.

Seemingly not a puppet but his own person, putting his print on this team. He was quick to pull the trigger on CB Hall, FS Huff, WR Curry and SS Wilson. So why would it be so difficult to expect anything else with this years draft?

This is my first attempt at predicting a draft, but I take Coach Cable's sound reasoning and logic into consideration as well as Mr. Davis.

First round

With the seventh overall pick, Oakland has a shot at Eugene Monroe since it is likely the six teams in front of Oakland may pick QB's and defensive players. Even so if Monroe is gone, they pick Andre Smith.

Based on his body of work, he already is better than anything Oakland has. I believe Tom Cable tipped his hat when referencing that there may be some good OT later in the rounds but not one of the Caddy's, using the term to describe the top LT's in this years draft and yes that would include Smith.

They dangle FS Huff, CB Routt, Burgess and QB Walter as trade bait and either through some combination of these players, Al's shrewd tactics get a third round pick.

Second Round 

Oakland drafts Alex Mack if he is still there, or Max Unger to solidify the offensive line by adding a franchise center who makes all the adjustments on the line. The players added through free agency have been for depth and insurance. There can be one or two that surprise and push for a starting role, however none of these have been able to hold the starting job else where. 

Imagine if you will the following offensive line:

LT Smith LG Gallery C Mack RG McQuistan RT Henderson

If Oakland does not address its crazy glue offensive line in this years draft, expect another embarrassing debacle at the hands of a division rival, the San Diego Chargers in front of a national televised audience...Again!

Third Round

According to draftcountdown, defensive tackle Dorell Scott (6'4'' 318 lbs) is a,"Good athlete...Ideal size and bulk...Terrific speed and quickness with a burst...Very strong...Stout at the point of attack...Can occupy multiple blockers...Uses his hands well...Shows the ability to shed blocks...Can shoot gaps and disturb passing lanes...Able  to  penetrate...Has upside."
He still has room to fill in his massive body.

(If we Trade for third)

Third Round 

DE Paul Kruger 6'5'' 265 lbs 4.6 40 time, or SS Chris Clemons; fastest safety in this years draft.. enough said.

Fourth Round 

OLB Jason Williams; the fastest OLB in the draft. A classic Al pick and one of need.

Seventh Round 

WR Aaron Kell, 6'5'' 180 lbs receiver, can develop into a large target to run across the middle for JR. Can even be a project for a future TE.

Free Agency

Pick Up - SS Roy Williams, a much needed presence against the run, who can substituted on coverage plays.

Pick Up - DE Jason Taylor, A proved situational pass rusher who is an excellent locker room presence.

So I've tried to apply a strong sense of soundness while being sensitive to Al and giving him his speed freak fix. I think it's a pretty good marriage and more importantly it's what Cable is showing how he can coexist with Davis and hopefully thrive like coaches Madden and Flores.

By the way—Could Madden be the Front Office "Guy" Al had promised us?


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