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Crabtree is this year’s McFadden

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, March 13th, 2009 at 11:26 am in Oakland Raiders.

Last year the most heated debate among readers of this forum was about Darren McFadden.

To draft, or not to draft?

Most people seemed to believe Al Davis simply couldn’t pass up the chance at such an explosive play-maker, and that line of thinking turned out to be correct.

Those who wanted the Raiders to look elsewhere cited the presence of Justin Fargas, Michael Bush and even Dominic Rhodes, who broke 100 yards rushing in the Raiders last two games of the season, and saw McFadden as a skinny-legged gamble with a questionable background.

Some joker even thought the Raiders would opt for Ohio State edge rusher Vernon Gholston because he was precisely the sort of workout warrior who looked great getting off the bus and would make quarterbacks go down, and go down hard.

(For what it’s worth, I was later told Davis liked Gholston a lot _ just not enough to pass up McFadden. Given McFadden’s promise, even with his injuries, and Gholston’s first year, it looks like a good decision so far).

Lane Kiffin later told everyone it was McFadden all along, although it’s hard to know what to make of that given Davis’ on-the-record statements regarding the truthfulness of his former coach.

Judging from some of the pre-draft debate already heating up, this year’s biggest debate will be whether or not to draft Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Crabtree supporters believe he would be the ideal playmate for JaMarcus Russell and an instant contributor to a receiving corps that includes Johnnie Lee Higgins, Chaz Schilens and a hoped-for rejuvenation of javon Walker.

Detractors note he’s not as tall as advertised, is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot and is not as fast as Missouri’s Jeremy Maclin.

I checked out 20 mock drafts and 16 of the had the Raiders taking a receiver at No. 7. Eleven of them bought into the argument that Davis will go with speed and take Maclin, even if Crabtree is available. Five thought the call would be Crabtree.

Where were also two votes for Boston College nose tackle B.J. Raji and one each for Mississippi tackle Michael Oher and USC lineacker Rey Maualuga.

How some mock drafts see the Raiders using the No. 7 pick:

Todd McShay, ESPN: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Jamie Dukes, NFL Network: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Charles Davis, NFL Network: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
Clark Judge, CBSsports.com: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Pete Prisco, CBSsports.com: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Rob Rang, NFLdraftscout.com: OT Michael Oher, Mississippi
Chad Reuter, NFLdraftscout.com: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
NFLdraftdog.com: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Pat Kirwan, NFL Network: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Russ Lande, The Sporting News: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
Don Banks, CNN-SI: DT B.J. Raji, Boston College
Jim Trotter, CNN-SI: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Wes Bunting, National Football Post: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech
Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
KFFL: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
NFLdrafttscource.com: WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri
Walterfootball.com: DT B.J. Raji, Boston College
Steve Silverman, NBCsports.com: LB Ray Maualuga, USC
Chris Steuber, Scout.com: WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech

Note: Missed McFadden’s brief talk with local reporters Thursday night when he pronounced himself fit and ready to go because of a prior obligation (I’m helping coach my son’s Little League team and it was the season opener). Will be out of touch much of the weekend but will try and post something if news breaks and time permits.

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  • Dirty Raccoon
  • Dirty Raccoon

    Mike Taylor???

  • DarthPirate

    Crabtree, Maclin, or an OT, I really feel that we can’t go wrong where we are picking.

    I will say this about Maclin, he has INCREDIBLE football speed. He looks 10 steps faster than everyone else out there. Granted that was in college, but quickness does carry over to the pros, especially lateral quickness.

  • Oh contraire…

    That’s touching, Raider Racoon. I will “revolt”, however. Got a problem with it?

    Raider O, so, was there an answer to my question anywhere in that serenade to Al Davis?

  • Raider O

    I know I didn’t answer your question directly, but those were my thoughts.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Mike Taylor Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    Dirty Raccon suffers from small dik syndrome, lol…lmao…sorry DR, youre busted!!…lol.

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    Busted for what troll?

  • RockyMtn.Raider

    Sign Holt..would stabilize the young receivers and show them what it takes to be succesfful in the NFL. Then sign Pace for two years, (1 guaranteed). 1st round pick…D line…the other picks…O Line. Need a foundation for this team, and it has to be the lines. Need protection for JRuss and HAVE to be able to stop the run. If the Silver and Black can’t do both..forget about seeing the playoffs for years….

  • Oh contraire…

    Raider O, why can’t you just stand on your feet and answer, “Al has made no changes at all in upper management”. Why did it take you a paragraph, and you still never actually answered? Wow. Being full of s’t and even trying to lie to yourself is hard work, isn’t it?

  • Oh contraire…

    Raider O, I’m aware you didn’t answer my question directly. I’m mocking the fact that you didn’t, and why you didn’t. You didn’t because you know it’s a downright shame that such a poor team has made no changes in management. But your inner Davis worshiper had to squirm your way out of the question.

  • Raider O

    I did bro 499, but I don’t think you like my answer! lol

  • Oh contraire…

    You guys realize how stupid you sound when you say, “Al made no changes, and I think that’s a great choice!”. You know you don’t believe that. So you just can’t say it. That’s where all of this b.s. spin comes from. I’ve got you morons clocked. Clocked!

  • http://www.priest.com Mike Taylor

    DR,…you have been b-u-s-t-e-d!!!!! lmao!!!

  • Oh contraire…

    Raider O, of course I didn’t like your answer. It wasn’t an answer to my question. It was off topic. My god you’re an idiot.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Al Davis is the MAN behind all of the Raider mystec.

    Al Davis is the reason MANY of football fans are fans at all.

    If this team did not have Al, what would our identity
    be?

    Could you realy imagin the RAIDERS without AL DAVIS?

  • darkknight01

    If the old man plans on taking Maclin ahead of Crabtree or just picking Maclin if Crabtree is hot there……then the old man should TRADE DOWN and look to pick Heyward-Bey instead if he is hell bent on taking a WR that in the grand scheme of things is barely faster than Crabtree.

  • Oh contraire…

    Raider fans are fundamentally the dumbest sports fans in the world. I challenge you guys to name a dumber group of sports fans than the Al Davis loyals?

  • http://www.priest.com Mike Taylor

    Sorry DR,..had to,..you been exposed boy!!!! lmao!!!

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Oh contraire… Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
    Raider O, I’m aware you didn’t answer my question directly. I’m mocking the fact that you didn’t, and why you didn’t. You didn’t because you know it’s a downright shame that such a poor team has made no changes in management. But your inner Davis worshiper had to squirm your way out of the question.

    This is sad, but I am with O, I will support Al til we both die!

  • Raider O

    Why lie, I do like Al and give him credit all the time, for the hood and the bad. Now before I start demanding fir a new GM, I would have to remember that we where a PO , and SB team 6 years ago, and that lasted for 3 or 4 years. That team was OLD and takes time to rebuild. That’s my opinion.

  • darkknight01

    DarthPirate Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 4:52 pm
    Crabtree, Maclin, or an OT, I really feel that we can’t go wrong where we are picking.

    I will say this about Maclin, he has INCREDIBLE football speed. He looks 10 steps faster than everyone else out there. Granted that was in college, but quickness does carry over to the pros, especially lateral quickness.

    ^^^^^Yeah but what about pure WR skills, concentration, strength, hands, toughness, body control when being able to adjust to the football…having the ability to get open no matter what. Those are the WR skills that are tough to teach.

  • Oh contraire…

    Dirty Raccoon, Al Davis can not manage the team forever. At some point, someone will have to take over. So, that being considered, why shouldn’t he consider retiring now, now that’s it’s obvious the game has passed him by? He’s going to leave one day, eventually. Since he can’t build a team anymore, the sooner he leaves, the better. We’re not talking about the “mystique”. There is no mystique anymore, anyway. Free agency, moron. Teams don’t stay together for more than a few years. The Raiders are the mercy of their ability to build a modern day football team. Nobody’s afraid to come into Oakland anymore. Mystique? You have to be nuts. It’s obvious I’m talking to a bunch of insane retards right now.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Mike Taylor Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 5:01 pm
    Sorry DR,..had to,..you been exposed boy!!!! lmao!!!

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    Can you explain this a little more?

  • http://rock967.com/main.html Lynn from Snot

    TRADE DOWN !!!! No need to take a gamble on high priced over hyped draftees that have yet to prove their worth. take Mack and another need pick and roll with it.

  • http://www.priest.com Mike Taylor

    517,..only dumber people are non raider fans hangin in a raider blog!!!,..that would be you loser OC!!!!

  • Oh contraire…

    LOL. Raider O just said it takes 6 years to rebuild. Yeh, it does take Al Davis 6 years, and then some…

  • Raider O

    If you don’t like my answer, why not ignore it? Do you have to insult me?!? You asked me a question and I answered it to the best of my abillity. Show some class.

  • Oh contraire…

    Does it ever sink in with you guys just how dumb you really are? Why sacrifice so much dignity just to be faithful to some 80 year old, rotten person who would treat you like crap if he ever met you? Davis loyalists are sadder than battered women who keep going back to their abusers. Same mindset.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Free agency, moron

    It’s obvious I’m talking to a bunch of insane retards right now.

    Come on now we don’t have to act like Raider fans just because we are.

    522 Oh,
    I agree this will happen sooner or later, I am all for it when it does. But that choice is 100% Mr. Davis’.
    When he makes it I will tip my hat to a man who has givin all he could to this team, and to the game.

  • Oh contraire…

    Raider O, I’m not insulting you, per se. Just your moronic points. You said that it takes 6 years for teams to rebuild. They’re your words, idiot. Don’t say stupid things if you don’t want to get laughed at.

  • Oh contraire…

    you guys are too fuqquin stupid to talk to. Goodbye.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Raider O Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 5:04 pm
    If you don’t like my answer, why not ignore it? Do you have to insult me?!? You asked me a question and I answered it to the best of my abillity. Show some class.

    RIGHT ON O!!! Give this turkey the boot, ya know what just ignore him/it, he will go away.
    You and I gave him an answer, he did not like it, he was looking for someone to bash Al with, and did not find any takers. Too bad for him!

  • Raider O

    Like I explained before. The reason it has been a long proccess, that Al thought he could just add to, or fix that SB team by adding Kollins and Moss, so we didn’t start rebuilding till 04. IMO.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Raider O, and 4Eva yall are ok man!

  • Raider O

    Agreed Raccoon.

  • Raider O

    You too bro.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Everyone make a mistake now and then, unfortunatly when you are a NFL GM it takes a few years to correct them. We morgataged our souls during our run in the early 2000′s, then we paid for it the last few years. Now it is time to kick a$$ again!

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Raider on brother, Raider on!!

  • JohnnyTyler

    You Raider Kool Aid drinkers are such morons. Go find the letter sent by Al Davis to the University of Tennesee(GOOGLE it) if you want to see how much of a senile old fool Al Davis is. He and all the garbage he pulls are an embarassment to Raider fans everywhere.

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Say, Raider O, let’s go get a beer.

  • Raider O

    Hey, let’s do it. Where should we have the beer at?

  • Dirty Raccoon

    Well, I dunno. Motel 6?

  • Raider O

    Ooooh. You gonna show me why they call you dirty raccoon?

  • Dirty Raccoon

    You bet Raider O. I’m going to make you say, “ooooooh”.

  • Raider O

    Be there in a half hour. I’ll wear my cowboy outfit. Oooh, I’m horny!

  • Dirty Raccoon

    You just get over here, you little tramp. The Raccoon’s ready to eat. Owwwwwooooh!

  • Raider O

    That last post wasn’t mine, but it’s funny as hell. LMAO

  • Troll Fart

    Brien the General Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 3:32 pm
    408, fuk Roy Williams. He is a bitch azz n*gga for real. I put that on mamas bruh. Punk forgot who he was!

    brien I don’t think your a n*gger. Not really. You’re more liek Vanilla Ice.

  • The revenge of Oakglenn the contarian, I mean contrarian

    omg…if you didn’t think Al Davis was crazy by now….

    http://www.cbssports.com/images/nfl/raiderskiffinletter.pdf

  • Raider O

    Last few posts are not mine. Raccoon, and nation. Later guys.

  • Troll Fart

    408RAIDER(GO SHARKS & FREE DIRTY) Says:
    March 13th, 2009 at 4:34 pm
    yo troll how’d ya make that demon smiley???

    Like this :evil: