I'm going to go back and read the rest of the posts in a moment, but I just wanted to say this:
Who knows what any team has on their draft boards.
For all we know a dozen or more teams may have had DHB as a top 10 pick.
But given the way the NFL is and the crap we are getting, they are hardly likely to come out and say it, are they?
And secondly, because people keep acting as if they know what will happen already during the 2009 season:
Look at the 2007 draft. Calvin Johnson (2nd overall) was taken before Dwayne Bowe (23rd overall).
Do you know who had more catches his rookie year?
Bowe = 70
Johnson = 48
Think any Detroit fans would rather have Bowe?
How about adding in the 2008 season?
Bowe = 86
Johnson = 78
So, even though Bowe has had more catches than Johnson, would you call Johnson a reach at 2nd overall? Would you now argue that the Lions should have traded down because Bowe was available?
Do not judge a player by what you are told before he has even played in the NFL.
And do not judge a player as a success or failure based upon a single, rookie season.
And as far as WRs go, do not judge them entirely upon their numbers.
Cable on Heyward-Bey - Inside The Oakland Raiders - A look inside the world of the highly classified Oakland Raiders from the writers of ANG Newspapers
Q: Thought of trading down and still getting him?
Cable: No, that was never the plan. We knew what we wanted to do the whole time. This was the choice that we thought we had to have to move this team to the next step.
Q: Offers to trade out of the pick?
Cable: We never ever really talked about wanting to move. We were pretty strong about what we needed to do. Like I said, we targeted this one about a month ago and getting this team where it needs to be, and obviously thatís the ability to score more points. This was the no-question pick.
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Tim Brown was really fast when he was first drafted. Capable of running a sub 4.4 forty. Can't remember where I read it, but the timed speed I recall was 4.34 when he was drafted.
Problem is that too many people on here are too young to remember his early days.
Lofton was a total speedster - why do you think Al traded for him?
Irving Fryar was another speedster.
if Tom Cable knew a month ago that DHB was the pick, then they should have done their due diligence to see if they could find any takers at #7...especially with Crabtree and Monroe still on the board. but they stayed put, got nervous at the possibility of losing DHB and picked their guy.
but had they explored possibilities, that would have given the Raiders options if they got an additional pick out of it and still taken DHB. people can compare that with Kansas City reaching for Tyson Jackson because they couldn't trade down but the difference in guaranteed money between #3 and #7 is almost double which would have been too much for other teams at #3.
i highly doubt that there was any other team that would have taken DHB at the top half of the draft.
First off HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW SMART-ARSE, THAT EVERY SINGLE TEAM HAD DHB BELOW CRABTREE AND MACLIN?
Because the TV experts told you so?
Did you look at every single draft board?
NO. SO STOP TALKING LIKE A FOOL.
Secondly, if you get so pissed off at the way the Raiders do things then find another club to support.
We have always done things this way. We will always do things this way.
If you don't like it, go support the Patriots.
Tim Brown was always a threat to go deep.
He had numerous catches of over 40 yards early (first five years) in his career.
Go check the stats.
Sounds like you only watched the GRuden years when Tim was way into his thirties and as with most WRs had lost a lot of speed at that time.
I gotta hand it to RFnet.. they really got the members here, but then what your getting is what comes along with that..
with that being said, when you have over a thousand people talking on the same subject, not everyone will get along.. and then too many watching ESPN draft, since they either can't watch NFL network, or don't, and ESPN is as biased to RAIDERS, as CNN is to democrats.
I will always enjoy the inside info, and the quality of news from the access the staff has here, but it is just too big to post, or get involved in any threads that 95% of the time don't make sense by disgruntled Raider fans, or fans that are laughing at us.
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yes i agree man. DHB was a great pick, thats who the raiders wanted and that who they got, Bill walsh was critized for drafting JOe montana cuz he was a "reach", he only won 4 superbowls and is one of the greatest QB of all time .
Walsh said if u want a guy, go get him!!!! not what other people think.
some of u just bite into what ESPN is and even NLF network, but remebr they alwasy bashon the riaders, so come on now let this play out,
plus i agree about crabtree, he didnt want to be here, it was reported that his table blew a sign of relief when we drafted DHB,
he;s not a deep trheat, systematic WR, does have a diva attitude, didnt want to be with us!!!! and his competition in Coolege wasnt so great iether except for Texas, but that a riviraly game, like us playing the chargers, ur always pumped for that, and his catch in the game was the CB mistake wchih made Crabtree loook good. and yes i remeber and forgot about carlos francis hahaha.
DHB wants to be here, he;s humble, hungry willing to learn, and has the attitude and cahracter cable wants and this new change in the Nation, the raider nation
I completly agree with Wr being our biggest need, I have been saying that since the season ended but I completly disagree with the Raiders decision to draft DHB at #7. If they werent happy with Crabtree or maclin ok fine I can live with that even if I dont agree. But there were other players at other positions of need that I just cant beleive the Raiders didnt have rated higher on their board than DHB that they could have taken. They could have taken a guy like Robiskie (who I wasnt real high on either) or Massaqoi in the 2nd or even Barden in the third (I think the Giants got a steal with him) and still addressed the Wr position with one or two quality talents. I just have never seen or heard anything about DHB that would justify him being that "ONE" player that the Raiders just had to have. His speed is the only thing and I think picking a guy who may not be as good a football player but boy is he fast is just plain stupid. With the Raiders draft history it looks real bad to me.
sure Bowe had 86 receptions to 78 but Calvin Johnson had 1331yds and
12TDs compared to Bowe's 1022yds and 7TDs. Bowe has benefited greatly early in his career to play with Tony Gonzalez and does most of his damage on short routes. Johnson can do it short or long and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
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