NFL  > Oakland Raiders  > The Oakland Raiders who will they draft?I think it will be a couple of O linemen
April 3, 2011, 11:38 PM
What will Al Davis and his beloved Raiders do in this years draft?It seems that Oakland would be wise picking up a couple of power house run blocking linemen.And a fast linebacker like Oregon`s Casey Mathews.But what do I know Im just a die hard Raiders fan.What do you people think
April 4, 2011  02:15 PM ET

I'm hoping for OL - LG specifically to replace Gallery. Although rumor has it Carlisle will move into that spot with Matthews stepping in at RG. Still, they need more depth on the line.

April 4, 2011  02:15 PM ET
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Al Davis should sell the team to someone that can build it into a winner. Poor old Al is ready for Sunny Rest Retirement Home.

If you haven't figured out that this will never happen, you haven't been paying attention...

April 4, 2011  03:21 PM ET

The writing on the wall is, Asomugha is heading out of town, so defensive back has to be a priority for the Raiders. Then again, since when has conventional wisdom applied to the Raiders on draft day?

April 4, 2011  03:28 PM ET
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Then again, since when has conventional wisdom applied to the Raiders on draft day?

Last year?

April 4, 2011  03:40 PM ET
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The writing on the wall is, Asomugha is heading out of town, so defensive back has to be a priority for the Raiders. Then again, since when has conventional wisdom applied to the Raiders on draft day?

Aso will resign with the Raiders

April 4, 2011  03:44 PM ET
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Aso will resign with the Raiders

I really hope so. He's a great player and a great person.

April 4, 2011  03:47 PM ET

LoveItHateIt - Their draft last year was alright, I'll give you that, but... Darius Heyward-Bey. 'Nuff said.

foovill - I dunno. If I had the option to get out of Oakland, far away from the whims of Al Davis and his coaching-carousel and bad draft choices, and be able to go basically anywhere I want because everybody wants me, I'd be on the first plane out of there.

April 4, 2011  03:50 PM ET
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LoveItHateIt - Their draft last year was alright, I'll give you that, but... Darius Heyward-Bey. 'Nuff said.

foovill - I dunno. If I had the option to get out of Oakland, far away from the whims of Al Davis and his coaching-carousel and bad draft choices, and be able to go basically anywhere I want because everybody wants me, I'd be on the first plane out of there.

Yeah, I know they have made some horrific choices in the past. But he did ask 'since when'...

April 4, 2011  03:58 PM ET

I yield. Haha. But still, the Raiders are an organization that's pretty much in trouble. I think Asomugha leaves. Look at it from this perspective...

The Raiders have been dysfunctional for years. The coaches keep changing. The quarterback position is a mess. The offense overall is a mess. The only thing holding the already not that great defense together is Asomugha, and it's got to be frustrating to be one of the best corners in the league, on a team that just can't get it done. He has the option to leave, and absolutely every team in the NFL would love to have him, and some of them are going to give him a blank check. He can sign either for money, or sign with a contender for a smaller paycheck. It'd be hard to find a situation much worse than the one in Oakland.

Asomugha leaving just makes way too much sense. I think the Raiders should go corner 1st round, quarterback or O line 2nd round.

April 4, 2011  04:11 PM ET
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I yield. Haha. But still, the Raiders are an organization that's pretty much in trouble. I think Asomugha leaves. Look at it from this perspective...The Raiders have been dysfunctional for years. The coaches keep changing. The quarterback position is a mess. The offense overall is a mess. The only thing holding the already not that great defense together is Asomugha, and it's got to be frustrating to be one of the best corners in the league, on a team that just can't get it done. He has the option to leave, and absolutely every team in the NFL would love to have him, and some of them are going to give him a blank check. He can sign either for money, or sign with a contender for a smaller paycheck. It'd be hard to find a situation much worse than the one in Oakland.Asomugha leaving just makes way too much sense. I think the Raiders should go corner 1st round, quarterback or O line 2nd round.

Aso will be pretty spendy - and that's the only thing the Raiders have in their favor. With the lockout preventing any movement, it's going to be difficult for teams to figure out that kinda cash so quickly. But, maybe not... perhaps teams are making the space in their minds, ready to make that move when the opportunity arises. Will be sad to see him go though.

I like the idea of a DB in the first round and the draft is pretty deep in that position. OL is deep too, so there should still be some quality players left in the 2nd round.

April 4, 2011  04:27 PM ET

I'd take a pay cut to go to a contender, as long as it's not a giant drop in salary. Take Tampa Bay, for instance. Low, low payroll, and definitely a contender. I'd be talking to Morris the moment the lockout ended if I were Asomugha. That seems like it'd be the ideal landing spot (best cash/team value), if Tampa opens the checkbook a little bit. If not, there's still plenty of good teams that would be willing to do what it takes for him. I'm not an expert in the financial standpoint of most of the teams, so I can't speculate where else would be a good place for him to land, but there are definitely teams out there..

And I just realized that the Raiders don't own a first-round pick this draft.

April 4, 2011  04:43 PM ET
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And I just realized that the Raiders don't own a first-round pick this draft.

Aw crap. That's right. Oh well, Seymour was worth it!

April 4, 2011  04:49 PM ET

Poor Richard Seymour, stuck in Oakland. So, yeah. Given Oakland's terrible draft positioning, I think their best bet this year is to grab an O-lineman with their first pick, solid linebacker with the 2nd. Wherever those happen to be.

April 4, 2011  05:20 PM ET
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Aw crap. That's right. Oh well, Seymour was worth it!

Seymour is worth more to the Raiders than having a 1st round pick would be this year.

Definitely both O-Line and DB are needs, that should be adequately addressed in rounds 2-7.

As for Aso, he's touched the ball twice in 3 years. He's a nice luxury item, but the Raiders could use the cash it would cost to re-sign him in other places.

April 4, 2011  05:28 PM ET
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Why doesn't Oakland just forfeit the season?

Right along with the Dolphins...

April 4, 2011  05:33 PM ET
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Right along with the Dolphins...

Please - Don't feed the trolls.

April 4, 2011  05:56 PM ET
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As for Aso, he's touched the ball twice in 3 years. He's a nice luxury item, but the Raiders could use the cash it would cost to re-sign him in other places.

To be fair, he isn't targeted all that often. But you're right, the money could be used elsewhere. I know you could care less, but I love having him on the team.

April 4, 2011  05:59 PM ET

The only good thing that could come from Aso leaving Oakland is if they made a KILLING in free agency with the free cap space. Like, Miami Heat-caliber signing. But there's just no way that'll happen.

April 4, 2011  06:03 PM ET
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The only good thing that could come from Aso leaving Oakland is if they made a KILLING in free agency with the free cap space. Like, Miami Heat-caliber signing. But there's just no way that'll happen.

Depends on the CBA, and if there even would be any cap space free or if there would even be any room to sign Aso anyway. We're talking unknown #'s here.

 
April 4, 2011  06:51 PM ET

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