Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mock Draft Update

Thanks to all who have provided guidance and commentary regarding Raider Take’s participation in the Blogger Mock Draft (see take and comments below). Collectively, your comments represent the best analysis I’ve seen regarding the draft from a Raiders perspective. History, insight, opinion, implications, considerations and cautionary tales—it’s all there.

Here’s the latest: Bush, Williams, Leinart and Ferguson have been selected. The Packers at number five are now on the clock, followed by the 49ers, and then the Raiders. In other words, we have two picks ahead of us, so there will be several solid choices on the board when our turn comes up. With the understanding that two of these players will be gone before we pick, here’s what we’re looking at: Huff, Hawk, Young, Davis, Justice, Bunkley, Cutler and Ngata.

I think I’ve narrowed it down to one of these three: Huff, Hawk, Bunkley or Ngata.

The consensus pick is Huff, if he’s available. The next consensus pick is Hawk. After that, I’d say it’s Bunkley or Ngata—thoughts?

Justice has too much baggage. Some have suggested Young or Cutler, but there doesn’t seem to be much enthusiasm in here for grooming a QB. AllyOop made a persuasive case for offense, and specifically Vernon Davis, but Huff and Hawk seem to be the consensus picks, and it’s pretty slim pickings after Ferguson (and Justice) on the O-Line category.

My goal is to do the Raider Nation proud with a sensible and reasonable pick. Please keep your comments coming, there’s still time to make your case and set me straight.


Blogger StickUm25 said...

Looks like Hawk is gone. If SF goes Huff I'd take Bunkley. Ngata has the size, but I don't see a lot of huge lines in the AFC west, so the speed guy might be better for us.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

The plot thickens. I got a trade offer from Green Bay. They wanted to swap places (5 and 7) AND our second round pick. No way.

Good points about Bunkley. Anyone else out there got thoughts on this? Thanks in advance.

12:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i say go with Huff. I'm willing to bet the 49er guy, goes with Vernon Davis. If he goes Huff, then definitely go with Bunkley.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to confuse the issue, but if Huff is gone, and you believe in the "best player available" approach, I think there's a great argument for Davis!

1:18 PM  

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