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.