Time to Get Rolling Again

Apologies for the light blogging the last couple months.  Was anyone else sort of exhausted by last season, too?  I know I was.  Sometimes it takes a little while to recharge the batteries.

The subject that brought me back into it today came about when a friend of mine asked me: “What combine workout warrior will the Raiders overdraft this year?”

So, I thought I’d chime in with the five players who I think best fit the ‘Raiduh’ profile this year:

1. Everson Griffen, DE, USC–A physical freak at 6-3, 275 pounds who ran in the 4.6’s in workouts.  Had nine sacks for the Trojans last year but he could’ve doubled that total and still underachieved (given his talent level).  A sometimes immature player who could have a hard time in the pros unless his position coach can light a fire under him. 

2. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland–Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay see him as a possible pick by Oakland (which actually means he’s an unlikely pick, but no matter for the purposes of this list).  He’s 6-6 and 314 with elite measurables.  He never started a full season for the Terrapins, but since Darius Heyward-Bey was his teammate, I’m sure Al Davis could take a flyer on him.

3. Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson–He’s the fastest wide receiver in this year’s draft, which means the Raiduhs will likely pick him.  World class speed at 10.01 for the 100 meters.  He and Heyward-Bey could race at the end of practice and catch deep balls from Ken Stabler.

4. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida–A high-level athlete who only played one year at South Florida before declaring for the draft.  His talent is not in question, but his lack of experience might be too much for Oakland to pass up.

5. Mike Mamula, DE, Boston College–Okay, the prototypical workout warrior is not in this draft, but I still think there’s a chance the Raiduhs accidentally pick him.

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3 Responses to Time to Get Rolling Again

  1. CMBarkley April 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Nice post, it made me laugh. Silly Raiders.

  2. Ed Newman April 19, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    A recap of the first round Raider atrocities over the last decade or so might give a good laugh.

    CJ Spiller seems like the perfect Raider pick, though he might be too good an actual player to make their draft board. And how did they let Ginn get traded to another team? If Al Davis were still alive that never would have happened.

  3. Buckeye Guy April 27, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

    The pundit nailed Jacoby Ford and Bruce Campbell to the Raiders! Two underachievers with great “physical statistics” perfected suited for the silver & black.

    That said, the Bills the Jaguars may have usurped Oakland as the draft day dummies for 2010.