Oakland Raiders Make Right Move Not Dealing for Donovan McNabb

Jason CriggerContributor IApril 5, 2010

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Weeks of speculation that Donovan McNabb was going to be the 2010 opening day quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, came to an end Sunday night when the 11-year veteran was dealt to the Washington Redskins for the 37th overall pick in the 2010 draft and a third or fourth round draft pick in next year's draft.

While McNabb would've been a huge upgrade over what the Raiders will probably throw out on the field come September, it wasn't worth giving up their second round pick this year for what was essentially going to be a one-year rental.  

Like most years, there is no telling what the Raiders are going to end up doing in the draft, but considering what has been flying around the rumor mill they all make more sense then the trade that never was.

The Redskins were considered to be the landing spot for Notre Dame golden boy Jimmy Clausen with the No. 4 overall pick, but now that the Redskins have a guy who is proven it seems as if Clausen could potentially fall to Oakland with the eighth pick.  

Kansas City signed Matt Cassell to a large deal after acquiring him from New England last year, so you have to think that they are out of the Clausen sweepstakes.  

The only conceivable landing spots for Clausen, other than Oakland, would be to Seattle, who could use a quarterback to replace aging Matt Hasselback as well as joining new head coach Pete Carroll; or Cleveland, who has Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace battling for the starting position.

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CBSSports.com's analysis of Clausen has the Thousand Oaks, California native as a "fiery competitor who demands the best from his teammates"—everything JaMarcus Russell is not.

In most years, drafting a quarterback only a few years removed after drafting a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick would be a very questionable move, but in an uncapped year Al Davis can afford to make this move.

However, if the Raiders fail to land Clausen with the eighth overall pick, there is still hope.

The Silver and Black could still land their future signal caller in the second round, the pick they would've surrendered by trading for Donovan McNabb, by drafting University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

McCoy might not be what the Raiders typically look for in a quarterback, but let's face it, for a franchise that is 31-81 since the 2003 season, drafting McCoy, the winningest quarterback in NCAA history could be the move that changes the franchise's fortunes around.

Whatever happens between now and the 2010 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders should find solace knowing that Al Davis and Co. made the right move.

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