Day Two in the books

As expected, the Oakland Raiders selected a wide receiver in the 2004 NFL Draft. The only difference was that it came on Day Two instead of Day One. In fact, so far, they have taken two of them followed by a defensive end in round six.

As expected, the Oakland Raiders selected a wide receiver in the 2004 NFL Draft. The only difference was that it came on Day Two instead of Day One. In fact, so far, they have taken two of them followed by a defensive end in round six.

The Oakland Raiders used the fourth round draft pick (99th overall) on Texas Tech wide receiver Carlos Francis followed by Syracuse wide receiver Johnnie Morant (5th round, 134 overall.

The 5-9, 190-pound Francis has great speed as evidenced by his 4.34 40-yard dash. First-year head coach Norv Turner believes that Francis will add the dimension of being a deep threat to go along with the desired power-running game.

"It's a combination of speed and production," Turner said. "We want to be able to push the ball down the field and a guy like Carlos can stretch the field.

As for Morant, he has excellent size at 6-4, 221. He is viewed as a guy who can make spectacular catches along with being a capable blocker but also a "boom or bust" prospect. The fifth round, however, is hardly that big of a risk.

There were a lot of mock drafts that had the Raiders taking Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald with the second pick in the draft. Oakland, feeling that it needed to immediately shore up its offensive line, then selected Iowa offensive tackle Robert Gallery.

Defensive end was viewed as a big need for Oakland but it did not address that call until the sixth round. The Raiders opened that round by selecting Delaware defensive end Shawn Johnson. Oakland, which has been deficient in the pass rush from this spot in recent years, hopes that Johnson can the dimension of getting pressure on the quarterback. The only downside on Johnson is that he is undersized at 250 but possesses good quickness.

The Raiders then added another sixth round pick from New Orleans through Dallas. With that selection, Oakland took North Texas inside linebacker Cody Spencer with the 182nd pick overall. The 6-0, 234-pound Spencer is viewed as a player with limited upside but has value as a backup or special teams performer.

With the first of its two seventh round picks, Oakland drafted San Jose State tight end Courtney Anderson. The 6-6, 265-pound Anderson has the size to be both a good receiver and blocker. Anderson also needs time to develop in those areas but the Raiders are in a position to have patience in that area.

For the second straight year, Oakland had the infamous Mr. Irrelevant, known as the final pick in the draft. Colorado State linebacker Andre Sommersell has that distinction for this draft. Gustavus Adolphus wide receiver Ryan Hoag had that merit last season with Oakland. The Raiders cut Hoag at the end of training camp. He latter became a New York Giant.


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