Well another year and another draft where the Raiders are picking high. Except this time they are picking first. Boy it seems like just yesterday the raiders were the dominant team in the AFC west. But the times have changed and the Raiders are ready for rebirth under new head coach Lane Kiffen. And no I do not care at all that Kiffen is only 31 years of age it is totally irrelevant to the offensive football knowledge that he brings to the table for the Oakland Raiders.
But to the point now of the NFL draft. It is no mystery that Jamarcus Russell is the sexy pick for the Raiders in 2007. I can argue this choice both ways and I will. The pros of picking a player like Russell are he will be a franchise QB for years to come. His size and arm strength make him just the player the Raiders are looking for and since all offenses are built around the QB it would make sense for them to pick one.
The cons to picking Russell are there will be a maturation process like with any NFL QB coming from college. The only problem is no one knows how long that will be. Secondly it doesn't matter how good Russell is if he doesn't have an offensive line that can hold its own (hint Joe Thomas).
But of course the Raiders already invested a first round pick in a supposed hall of fame offensive tackle named Robert Gallery which has turned into a Hall of Fame mistake. I don't know if trying that again would be worth while for immediate results which are what the Raiders are looking for.
This leads me to the man that could be the best choice for the Raiders in 2007. Calvin Johnson the 6'5'' Wide Receiver from Georgia Tech. Now we all know the Raiders have Randy Moss but he has voiced a lot of unhappiness with the new head coach and the team. Moss really has no place to complain with his performance in 2006 so trade him for all I care. I think it would benefit both parties. I think the receiving trio of Johnson, Porter, and Whitted sounds pretty dangerous no matter who the QB is. And Andrew Walter is a capable QB when he is given time to make decisions in the pocket which I think you will have a hard time arguing.
Both Calvin Johnson and Jamarcus Russell would make an immediate impact for the Raiders in 07 it will be interesting to see what they do in the first round. You never know what good old Al Davis has up his sleeve.