FanIQ NFL Mock Draft: #1 Oakland Raiders

4/9/07 in NFL   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

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FanIQ NFL Mock Draft: #1 Oakland Raiders
Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech
JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU
Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin
Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame
Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma
Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson
Alan Branch, DT, Michigan
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You want the fans take on the NFL Draft, that's what you're going to get. Over the next 3 weeks we'll be conducting our own Mock Draft with fans of the respective teams (in most cases) playing GM. With the 1st pick, I'll be getting the draft underway. Unfortunately trades aren't an option ...

1st Pick, Oakland Raiders: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech

Strongly Considered: JaMarcus Russell, Joe Thomas

Explanation: Here's a guy ... ok I won't subject you to any more of that. Why not JaMarcus who appears the locked in choice? I've never been a fan of selecting QB's this high unless they are a sure thing. And despite all the measurables, Russell is far from such a title. I'm going to be weary of a guy who earned his draft status in just one nationally televised game. Russell made his fair share of bad decisions during his years at LSU. Arm strength and size mean nothing when poor decisions are made.

Honestly, if I were the Raiders I'd explore every conceivable option to trade down. Oakland needs players, emphasis on PLURAL.

Since that's not a likely option, Al Davis needs the best player available. Calvin Johnson fits that criteria this year. It's not ideal to build a team from the WR up, but Johnson appears to finally be a talented wide receiver that won't be a prima donna. Randy Moss is not going to be a Raider long term, but as least in the short run a Johnson/Moss pairing would be straight cash homey.

I'd give serious consideration to Joe Thomas as well. Robert Gallery hasn't lived up, but they're not giving up just yet. Plant Thomas on the other side for now and hopefully whoever plays QB will last 4 quarters. In the end it's Johnson. Raiders need playmakers, and a sure thing. Besides, I think a fine QB will be available at the top of Round 2.

Who would you have selected? Feel free to bash away.

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4/9/07   |   Shrugging Atlas   |   2 respect

MrNFL wrote:
JaMarcus would die a painful death with that offensive line. 

Well...he did say in ESPN's Sunday conversation that he could throw the ball 60 yards from his knees.  They should have asked how far he could throw it laying on his back...

4/9/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

BestofChicago wrote:

Raiders need a QB not a WR. They have Randy Moss and what has he done? NOTHING. Why? THEY HAVE NO QUARTERBACK!

 

Draft Russell

JaMarcus would die a painful death with that offensive line. 

4/9/07   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

4/9/07   |   Eric   |   239 respect

BestofChicago wrote:

Raiders need a QB not a WR. They have Randy Moss and what has he done? NOTHING. Why? THEY HAVE NO QUARTERBACK!

 

Draft Russell

The WR makes the QB a better player. So, maybe drafting another WR will make the QB better. Or good enough to alteast compete. I don't think drafting a QB is wise. Look at the QBs to come out of the drafts the last few years. Only a couple are capable of carying their team 5-7 years down the road. I don't think Russell is a QB that will be successfuly in 5 years. Sure he has a great arm and good accuracy, but I don't think he's capable of leading his team to the playoffs. The only QB I would take in the first round is Quinn, but he's obviously not going to be worth a top 10 pick. So, if stability at QB is what you want, trade down to #11 or so, and pick up Brady Quinn.

4/9/07   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

BestofChicago wrote:

Raiders need a QB not a WR. They have Randy Moss and what has he done? NOTHING. Why? THEY HAVE NO QUARTERBACK!

 

Draft Russell

Actually, they have a pretty horrible offensive line. That's more of a problem than QB.

Calvin Johnson is easily the best and biggest impact player in this draft. It's a solid pick.

4/9/07   |   BestofChicago   |   51 respect

Raiders need a QB not a WR. They have Randy Moss and what has he done? NOTHING. Why? THEY HAVE NO QUARTERBACK!

 

Draft Russell

4/9/07   |   Fat

I agree with this pick.  Johnson is as close to a sure thing as there is in this draft.  Russell is certainly not a sure thing.  While I know Johnson has to have someone to throw him the ball, he is a unique talent, and would be the smart pick!

4/9/07   |   Adam

Good work CF.

4/9/07   |   Eric   |   239 respect

The smart thing to do would be drafting CJ and trading Moss, and try to pick up a QB in either Free Agency, or via trade.

4/9/07   |   Seth   |   301 respect

Any chance you (the Raiders) now try to trade away Moss?