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Oakland Raiders Among The Valedictorians In 2010 Draft Picks

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIMay 2, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  2010 NFL Draft prospects pose for a group photo with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell along with former and current NFL Players including Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, Joe Montana, Floyd Little, Drew Brees, John Randle and NFL Commissioner during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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There is certainly a reason to celebrate the progress of the Oakland Raiders in the category of draft choices in 2010. According to the Sports Weekly, published by USA Today, the Oakland Raiders are among the valedictorians of the class.

Three teams received "A" grades:

Oakland Raiders

Detroit Lions

Seattle Seahawks (A+)

Reality stares us in the face. So many have given the Oakland Raiders failing grades. Now, with the excellent rank for outstanding draft choices in the 2010 draft, the self-esteem of the Raider Nation and of the team can rise up, again.

The next measure of improvement will be accessed during the preseason when the Oakland Raiders play the following teams.

Oakland Raiders 2010 Preseason Schedule
DateTimeOpponentTV
Thursday, August 126:00 pm at Dallas CowboysTBA
Saturday, August 215:30 pm at Chicago BearsTBA
Saturday, August 286:00 pm49ers.gif" border="0" height="17" style="width: 25px; height: 17px;" width="25"> San Francisco 49ersTBA
Thursday, September 27:00 pm Seattle SeahawksTBA

Gathering the data for the first four opponents in 2010 will be exciting, especially when comparisons are made about performance, and, of course, victories.

Now the Seattle Seahawks made "A+" for draft choices, while the Oakland Raiders made ""A". Will the performance of the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, September 2, excel and exceed the performance of the Seattle Seahawks. Time will tell.

Dallas Cowboys made a C, and the Chicago Bears got a C-. Will there be a correlation between the preseason performance of the selected teams?

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Now by virture of the proximity of the Oakland Raiders and the San Francisco 49ers there ought to be a lot of competition this year. Let's call it sibling rivalry in the state of California.

The Raiders' "A" ought to give us grounds to forecast a win over the 49ers since they only got a B+ in the 2010 draft picks. Everyone knows this parameter for forecasting is too simple.

Do you understand how some people score well on standardized tests, but do not perform well on day-to-day activities. Here's hoping our score on the draft is a predictor of our scores during preseason.

Go Raiders! Make good grades in 2010!

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