Who would you take with the first overall pick?
Do you take the safe route and grab Joe Thomas, Wisconsin's enormous (6-foot-8, 315 pounds) left tackle, and make sure your quarterback stays protected? Do you grab JaMarcus Russell, the top QB in the draft, and hope he reignites the franchise like Vince Young did with Tennessee last season? What about Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson, who most scouts agree is the best talent in the draft? Or do you take your chances on a defensive stud like Lousiville's Amobi Okoye, Clemson's Gaines Adams or LSU’s LaRon Landry?
If we were Al Davis, we'd take Russell. Thomas is tempting, but so was Robert Gallery, who the Raiders chose with the No. 2 overall pick in 2004, and has been nothing short of a bust in his first three seasons. Russell, meanwhile, has the arm, the body and the ability to appease the Raiders' No. 1 weapon, Randy Moss. There are some lingering questions about his passion for the game, but we think a month in football-rabid Oakland will solve that problem.
Now you're on the clock. Who do you take with the first overall pick?
If I'm the Raiders?
The Raiders offense last year was pathetic. They need improvements at every single position. There's two schools of thought to this:
1. Calvin Johnson is the best player but not the most pressing need.
2. Jamarcus Russell is the biggest need, but is nothing more than the next David Carr if he's in that offfense.
The Raiders need to make every attempt to ACT like they are taking Calvin Johnson in hopes that someone like the Bucs, Vikings, Falcons or Redskins will give them a bounty of picks for his services. If noone bite pre-draft, I say take Calvin and trade with whichever team gives the best offer while allowing them to get a good offensive player.
I am taking Russell. His abilities have yet to match his physical traits, but are only a year or two away. The Raiders are beginning from the ground up with new coaches, and a new quaterback is the only logical choice. They will surprise people this year, and will be championship contenders soon.
Joe Thomas?... Robert Gallery, anyone? The Raiders won't even think about taking Joe Thomas. Calvin Johnson?... Randy Moss and Jerry Porter, anyone? The Raiders don't need Calvin Johnson. Andrew Walter?... Brady Quinn or JaMarcus Russell? The Raiders NEED a QB, whoever it is.
If I'm the raiders.... I trade the pick to a spot lower in the top 10 or 15. I would attempt to trade this pick for a respectable veteran QB (sorry, I don't have any names that come to mind), or another pressing need.
Jamarcus Russell is a great athlete and physical specimen, but he hasn't shown the consistency to warrent a number 1 pick. Also, they don't really need Calvin Johnson, who I think is the best player in the draft. They won't take Joe Thomas because of the result of the Gallery pick.. I honestly think they should trade it if something comes up worthwhile.
BUT, Al Davis is a headcase and will take Jamarcus Russell.
The Raiders desperately need someone to throw to Moss the ball. Jamarcus Russell is the answer. They should have took Matt Lienart or Vince Young last year. Had they done that, they could be drafting Johnson this year with Lienart / Young throwing to him and Moss in 07/08.
Tough call here, but I think Michael Jordan forever ruined future drafts in all sports. Nobody wants to be the Portland Trailblazers (with the #2 pick, Portland selects...Sam Bowie Univeristy of Kentucky). The safer picks would be Thomas or Quinn, but how as a GM can you pass up a guy with tools like Johnson or especially Russell?
if im the raiders i trade the pick with the bucs. the bucs are giving 4 picks to the lions for the 2 pick is the rumor.the raiders have so many holes that need filling.the need all the picks they can get.at 4 the can still get a QB.
If you look at the prior history of college quarterbacks drafted at the top of the pick..there aren't many ones who were successful in the NFL. Remember just because they were good in college , many do not make it in the Pros!!
I must agree that I would try to trade down and pick up additional choices or an experienced QB. I feel that Russell will be a good player, but the Raiders need more than one player and their o-line has serious problems.
No one but Calvin Johnson. No brainer.
They should trade down and get two second round picks. Then get joe thomas in the first round, in the second round get Drew Stanton or Trent Edwards and Anthony Gonzales.
The Raiders only have to real options here. 1. They take JaMarcus Russell. 2. They trade the pick. They're not gonna go for Joe Thomas when CJ Mosely can be floating around in the 2nd or 3rd round and everyone knows that Quinn can't win the big game. They already have alot of talent at wide receiver so there's no point in picking Calvin Johnson.
What I don't understand is why annual losers like the Lions, Raiders and Cardinals don't trade down. One skill position player is not going to turn any of those teams from a 4 win team to a 9 win team. They need to build their lines up first and that requires them taking non-glamour guys in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Every year these losers draft WRs, RBs and QBs, and every year they stink.
Alrighty, first of all the Raiders dont need a reciever. So that takes Calvin Johnson off the list. Second of all their defense wasn't half bad, so the defense isnt a pressing need either. The only smart choice would be a QB. Russel would fit into their system but I think Brady Quinn would be the better pick.
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