Raiders meet with receiver at NFL Combine

The Oakland Raiders met with a wide receiver prospect at the NFL Combine this weekend, despite word coming out that Randy Moss and Jerry Porter would be retained for the coming season.

But, the truth is they couldn't afford to not be seen courting Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. He is, by far, the surest wide receiver prospect since Larry Fitzgerald and he could be even better.

At 6-foot-5, 239-pounds, Johnson clocked in 4.35 in the 40-yard dash. He is a combination of size, speed and strength – without the Moss attitude.

"Not many people have my size, speed and strength," Johnson said. "The one thing that I think will make me great, I would say my character and my willingness to compete. I believe those things will make me one of the best."

It would not be a stretch to say that as many as 29 NFL teams have Johnson at the top of their NFL Draft board.

Are the Raiders genuinely interested or throwing up a smokescreen?

Well, the answer is two-fold. They are definitely interested in Johnson but have to decide if they want to take a position of need – quarterback.

SilverandBlack.com has confirmed that Oakland met with the talented wideout.

"All of my meetings I felt went well," said Johnson. "I'm not going to get into how or what I think."

He collected 76 catches for 1,202 yards with 15 touchdowns in 2006.

And many believe he has just scratched the surface of his talent level.

Several scouts polled by SilverandBlack.com say there is no way you can pass up a talent like Johnson, regardless of how many "potential – and that is the key word here - franchise quarterbacks are on the board."

"The combination of my size, speed and my strength and then my willingness to help out whatever team takes me," Johnson said of his best attributes. "I believe those things combine to help me be the ultimate player on the next level."

The Raiders would be wise to look long and hard in Johnson's direction and if they truly believe it is in their best interest to choose another prospect – a trade may be the only viable option.


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