irony that the Oakland Raiders, staring at the chance to take the number one QB
in this year's draft, is rumored to be trying to get rid of arguably their
number one receiver. Of course, Randy Moss is an acquired taste, but as he has
gotten older, the taste is becoming a little too sour for even an organization
that just seems to love bitter pills.
the Oakland Raiders are a train wreck, and they don't even have the luxury of
having a lot of money to throw at LSU's JaMarcus Russell, because they have
seemingly mastered the art of doing less with more, better than just about
anyone outside of the New York Yankees.
want to be Russell? Yeah, you are the number one pick, and the signing bonus is
going to be sick, but you are still at Oakland, the long term prognosis is bad,
and you are already walking into a situation where the most noticeable veteran
leadership there is an aged guy wearing Elvis glasses, and a noted malcontent
That's why it doesn't take me long to figure out that if you want the draft bust of 2007, this is it.
|Being the best player in the|
draft isn't always a good thing
You notice I
didn't say it had anything to do with Russell. I think this kid is legit. Not
real polished, and he'll need some time to work that impressive physical
potential into NFL-style finesse, but if put in the right situation this kid is
person Oakland is the right situation for is someone who doesn't mind getting
paid but losing, having your own players bail on you at any point during a game
and your fan base is about as patient as a stock broker on ephedrine.
Russell will probably be the guy,
but "JUST WIN BABY" has been replaced with "Just get through your
first contract and JUST PRAY, BABY", that someone sweeps you out of
person who could potentially have it worse than the number one pick is the guy
at number two. Talk about the kiss of death, being a wide receiver being taken
by the Detroit Lions.
If there is
a faster way for a receiver to go from being the next best thing, to
antediluvian, I'd like to see it.
Either the receiver is a complete
disappointment (see: Charles Rogers) or the quarterback (see: Joey Harrington)
is so bad they can't make the most out of the supreme talent they get. Former
If Calvin Johnson becomes the bust of this draft, it won't be because he isn't any good.
It will be because he got taken by the Detroit Lions.
should pull a|
John Elway and refuse to go
Is he really
that good? Probably not, but in a QB draft this thin, his prototypical
measurables and overall quality makes him a top 10 pick at the very least,
whereas if he would have came out least year, he might have been waiting until
star, and I think this is totally appropriate to this particular draft, will be
not one of the glory-getting-offensive-players, as is typical to the draft. It
will be someone on the defensive side of the ball.
And no, I'm
not going to say Adam Carriker.
I like to
consider myself objective…most of the time.
It won't hinder Landry, though, because safety is one of those positions, where you can still be great even if everyone around you is abysmal. With the offensive positions, especially QB and WR, you are dependent on so many other things and people. But with Landry, he's going to come in and start laying people out the second he arrives.
I love defensive minded defensive players. That sounds ridiculous, but I'm not a big fan of technicians and just pure athletes. While Deion Sanders was a phenom of sorts, I couldn't' stomach a defensive player who was actually afraid to hit people. That's not Landry's problem and won't be. I may not be rooting for his team, but I'll tune in to watch that kid, because he's going to be worth the price of admission.
|Landry is one
I can't wait to watch.
I, of course, would be remiss to
not mention the players from
Carriker is easily the most versatile of the two, though, and whichever of the systems he plays in, he'll be a solid contributor. I am not ready to say he's going to be a star. I love his brutish strength and deceptive quickness, but when you are 6-6 and almost 300 pounds, it's up to the Defensive Coordinator almost as much as it is to the player himself, if he gets put into a situation where he can succeed. I could easily see Carriker getting slotted into a 3-4 system, which will mean he might not ever really stand out as a pass rushing machine, but much like former Husker John Parella did for almost his entire career in the NFL, he may not get the week-to-week glory, but when it's all said and done, everyone will know that was one guy who could play.
one who I think his success will be completely and totally dictated by the
system. He's too much of a ‘tweener for the 4-3, but stick him in a 3-4, I think
he's got a chance to have a very nice career. He's fast and big enough to work
inside and savvy enough to know how to get off that initial block. Bradley may
never go down as a true playmaker, but if you are "dependable" in the NFL, on
defense, that's almost just as good.
Brandon Jackson is someone I thought could have gone in the first day, but I am now
leaning toward the second day, but it isn't because of the competition. I think
outside of Adrian Peterson and MAYBE Marshawn Lynch, there isn't a back out
there that is clearly better. But Jackson didn't have a good combine, and while
he regained a little momentum from the individual workouts after the event down
in Indy, between that and his shoulder history, I think he'll probably be taken
potentially in the third around and perhaps the fourth back taken overall.
Jay Moore is a bit of an enigma
to me at this point. He's not far behind Carriker in his overall game, but he is
a bit in every category. Not quite as big, not quite as quick and not quite as
strong. That puts him in a no-man's land of sorts as to just where he fits and
how you use him. Like Carriker, he could be seen as a guy who could have a nice
future in a 3-4 defense, because I am just not sure he has the pure athleticism
to be consistent in a 4-3. But he does have that motor, and if former Husker
Kyle Vanden Bosch proved anything, you don't need to be a freak to succeed. You
just have to have freakish desire. Does
|It's hard to
know if Carriker will|
be a star or not, but he should
still be pretty darn good
If there was
one guy who I thought actually got himself into the draft, whereas I didn't
think he would get drafted at all, it's tight end Matt Herian. No, he's not the
most aggressive at going after balls and he's certainly not an accomplished
blocker. But someone 6-5 who can jump 34 inches or more, and who does have some
decent speed – there's got to be a spot where someone will at least give him a
good look. His athleticism is so impressive, it makes you forget just how
tentative he's become since a broken leg over two years ago. Can someone light a
fire under this guy? Can someone get some tenacity to go with that impressive
physical frame? I don't know, but his pure athleticism will get him drafted,
definitely second day, perhaps in the fifth or sixth round.
the bubble a bit is Ola Dagunduro, who has the size and enough speed to be
considered draft-worthy. But much like the theme of this Husker breakdown, the
system will benefit him more than he will benefit the system. He's certainly
going to be a better run stopper than he will be at getting up the field.
Dagunduro has potential in all areas, but I have a feeling that he will be
looked at, as somewhat "raw" going in. It's just a matter of how you apply his
size and speed and figure out how it suits a team best. That makes him a
project, and sometimes that means free agency, but I think Ola is just good
enough in all areas, he'll get snagged up, either late sixth or early seventh
most of his last year pretty much killed any shot he had at getting drafted.
He's got good enough size and speed someone might take a look. And his
familiarity with the west coast system and its terminology will only help, but
he's a stretch at even free agency at this point.
I'd say Todd
would get a look, but as the fullback position fades into oblivion in the NFL, I
think his chances at even getting noticed fade as well.
Cryer is just too undersized to play inside, not fast enough to play outside, and that means he's probably not going to get much of a look either. Maybe someone will pick him up for the practice squad, but while there are some good things to Cryer, many of his physical traits will have him on the outside looking in.
|A GREAT Husker,
but I don't see|
the NFL in the future of one Zac
In the end,
for the Huskers, this could be a respectable draft and one that will keep those
defensive recruits in high school still looking at the Huskers, perhaps still
wanting to be a blackshirt. But offensively, outside of a fair representation
from Brandon Jackson, this class won't turn any heads.
maybe, but not heads.
Call it a good draft, because
players like Carriker, Bradley and under the right circumstances,
it. Draft analysis (or whatever you want to call it) done. JeMarcus Russell, I
sure hope you get paid, because you are going
to be miserable in
Nobody deserves that.
And I'd like to thank Calvin
Johnson for wowing me with all those great plays you made at Georgia Tech. If
you end up with the Lions, you might end up wishing you were a Yellow Jacket
once again. Hell, after
As for the
Huskers, it's good, not great, but having a player in the first round of the
draft can never be underestimated. It's not the glory days of having to count
all the Huskers gone after day one, but it's better than having to wait until
day two before anyone gets taken.
Call it a
plus for the big red and for me, I'll will wait anxiously to see how the Huskers
do, and just as anxiously to see how long it takes the first person Landry hits
to get up. I'm betting on a minute-thirty-five.