Now I’m an Andre Smith guy


I’m waffling enough to be a politician, although I offer the defense of an ever-shifting situation.

I took Alabama left tackle Andre Smith on “Chronicle Live” Friday night on behalf of the Raiders, after going with Boston College run-stuffer B.J. Raji for ESPN Radio only to switch to Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree when told he had become available.

In a mock draft conducted by host Greg Papa, with media types (announcers, beat writers, radio hosts) doing the selecting for their own cities, the top six selections went like this:

1. Detroit–QB Matt Stafford, Georgia. (Hope you made the right call, Lions, you just spent $41.7 guaranteed to make it happen).

2. St. Louis–OT Jason Smith, Baylor. Rationale: The perfect longterm replacement for Orlando Pace.

3. Kansas City–OT Eugene Monroe, Virginia. Rationale: Chiefs would love to trade down, but if not, Monroe, along with 2007 draftee Brandon Albert, gives Kansas City two long-term solutions at tackle.

4. Seattle–WR Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech. Rationale: Jim Mora has a man-crush on Crabtree. Honest.

5. Cleveland–QB Mark Sanchez, USC. Rationale: Coach Eric Mangini loves him (there we go with man crushes again) and wants to start his regime with a QB of the future. The Browns would trade Brady Quinn and play Derek Anderson until Sanchez was ready _ probably in 2010.

6. Cincinnati–LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest. Rationale: He’s the best player available, the Bengals would be stunned he was available, and Marvin Lewis would want him over Andre Smith, although not by much.

That left me at No. 7, choosing for the Raiders. My first choice is to trade back, depending on the deal. Short of that, my choices are Andre Smith, B.J. Raji and Jeremy Maclin (who is probably the Raiders consensus picks when you total up all the mock drafts).

I gave Tom Cable his “Cadillac,” believing he could sell Davis on the idea that they just got what might be the most talented player in the draft and a guy who could anchor the left side of the line for the next decade.

Why would Davis go for it?

For one, once upon a time in 1997 he wanted Orlando Pace, and even maneuvered to the second selection to get him, only to have the Rams and Dick Vermeil trade up to No. 1 and get him instead.

Considering who was available, Smith would be the player who would seem to have the capacity for “greatness.” By that, I mean a chance to join the pantheon of great Raiders as a true dominator. Don’t think that doesn’t carry some weight.

So I took Smith, and the rest of the draft went like this.

(Because it was a one-hour show, the NFL in this case consisted of 10 teams _ no time for the remaining 22).

8. Jacksonville–WR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri. Rationale: After failing miserably with first-round picks Reggie Williams and Matt Jones, plus free agent Jerry Porter, the Jaguars need help.

9. Green Bay–DT B.J. Raji, Boston College: The perfect player to plug into the middle of their new 3-4 defense.

10. San Francisco–DE Tyson Jackson, LSU; and OT Michael Oher, Mississippi: No, the 49ers don’t really get two players, but the panel guests were Matt Maiccco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and 49ers insider blogger Kevin Lynch of the Chroncle, and each got to make a pick.

I’d give their rationale, but since this is a Raiders blog, I’m guessing you don’t care.

My back-and-forth selections illustrate how the process becomes once you get past the first few picks.

Here’s how I’d rate the Raiders picks, going to the first name on the list that was available at No. 7.



3–Smith (either one)





What about Percy Harvin?

Profootballtalk.com floated the idea of the Raiders taking Florida wide receiver/running back Percy Harvin, taking on a tone of blind speculation.

I’ve since heard there are some NFL types who are buying into the possibility as well _ that the Raiders are considering Harvin with the No. 7 pick despite the alleged positive marijuana test.

I’m putting that into the same category as the Darrius Heyward-Bey rumors. I’ll believe it when I see it. With Darren McFadden already on the team, what would be the point of drafting Harvin?

McFadden’s duties go far beyond being a running back. He’ll also be a slot receiver, put in motion, and be used as a chess piece in hopes of isolating hin one-on-one. Harvin would only cut into some of those duties. Doesn’t make sense.

What about Boldin?

With the Cardinals lowering their asking price, why wouldn’t the Raiders offer the No 40 pick overall as well as may be a player or two to acquire Anquan Boldin?

Here are a few reasons:

Boldin is no diva, taking hits and dishing them out. He’s one of the toughest receivers in the league, and therefore older than his calendar age of 28 (He’ll turn 29 in October).

Boldin wants huge money _ Larry Fitzgerald type money. The kind of money that can throw a salary structure out of whack.

Boldin is a run-after-catch receiver, rather than a downfield receiver. It’s not a pass JaMarcus Russell throws particularly well (yet), nor one which is preferred by the owner.

Boldin would not be playing for the wide-open spaces Arizona Cardinals. He’d be playing for the Raiders, which under Cable are planning to be a predominantly running team with McFadden, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas.

His opportunities to catch passes will be fewer, because rather than “long handoffs,” the Raiders will really hand the ball off to one of their three backs.

At the 11.7 yards per catch Boldin had last year, if he were to catch, say, 60 passes for the run-oriented Raiders, he’d gain 702 yards. Not exactly the numbers of a wide receiver who wants to be paid among the NFL’s elite.

I’m not saying it’s a horrible idea, just that it’s not as much of a slam dunk as it sounds.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jhill

    Percy Harvin from Florida, were talking about here, right?

    I can understand if you don’t want him, but to question his talent is somewhat of a headscratcher. All 5 of the panelist agreed on his talent. He will be a top 15 pick today, and only slides b/c of pot.

    But he’s Peter Warrick? And not as good as Britt, Nicks, and Barden?


  • 4evaRaider

    Stafford,Sanchez and McDaniel??? 3 QB’s B4 we pick,maybe,imo

  • In fact, put me down on the Tyson Jackson bandwagon.

    If they trade Burguess, LDE is wide open for Jackson to start from day one.

    One more thing on Jackon, much like Carter, he can play inside on passing downs, that kind of versatility provides added value to the DL rotation.

  • jeremy s

    he is not as good a wide reciever as those guys. again, not questioning his physical abilities but he is not a true wr.

  • Braveheartraider

    Jackson would be a good pick. Not many of us saw it as a possibility, but with Sanchez maybe going in the top four somebody will drop. Maybe Jackson, maybe Curry.

  • What’s up nation, it’s Draft Day.

    What the hell, one more final Mock Draft. ( R8 lol)

    1- A Smith
    2- M Johnson/ DHB
    3- Magee, Scott, Baker, or Sammie Lee
    4- Bruton/ M Mitchell/ Vaughn
    7- Russell Allen/ Ty Sales

    DE/ WR

  • jhill

    I think Harvin is going to be to the WR position what Chris Johnson was to the RB position. I compare him to Steve Smith of Carolina, and would be happy to have him. Especially over DHB!

  • jhill

    Jackson is a high riser Marley. Talk of him going 3 to the Chiefs, if you believe Kiper.

  • The draft is here, I’m so excited.

  • Braveheartraider

    Harvin would suit a team thats settled at both RB and WR, come in on third down n stuff. No good to us though.

  • r8rpaver

    O LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    trade down and get both Mack and Maualuga in 1st.Man what a dream scenario!!!

  • jeremy s

    chris johnson was a true running back though. yes he had great speed but he was the only ball carrier at ecu. in addition to his speed he also had great vision and knew how to play the rb position. harvin is a jack of all trades kind of guy. he will be a good return man, line up in the shotgun, line up at tailback, and be a good 2nd or 3rd receiver but i don’t think that he will develop into a no. 1 receiver in the nfl.

  • Percy Harvin can be compared to Devin Hester, but Hester was primarily a CB at Miami, Harvin has always been a WR-RB in Florida so he should contribute much faster than Hester as a WR.

  • The tricky Rams, they have a rumor out that they bought a ticket for Sanchez to come visit them on Sunday.

    I think they did that so they can increase their trading power, and force teams who like Sanchez to start trade talks with them.

    Very smart you tricky little Rams.

  • Dammit! NFL Network shows the crowd outside Radio City and of course their is a Raiders fan dressed like Freddy Fukin Kruger.

    Why do idiots have to give us fans a bad name. How come it couldn’t be a regular guy with a hat or jersey?

  • *there is

  • edward teach

    Al should draft Usain Bolt in the seventh round just for the hell of it.

    He probably can’t catch or run routes, but neither can a lot of guys we’ve drafted just because they were fast. All else being equal we might as well have the fastest guy in the world.

  • r8rpaver

    Man i feel like a kid on christmas eve
    I think the clock is slowwwww
    I dont feel trady

  • jeremy s

    i hate that crap too raider75. everyone, outside of true raider fans, think that we all dress up like it is halloween or a star wars convention for anything that has to do with the raiders. yeah, it is entertaining to see some of the characters in the stadium on game day but that is only some people, and it is GAME DAY!

  • jhill


    I respect you guys’ opinion on this, but this just in on NFLN … The Jets have a trade in place with the Jags at 8 if the guy the want is there. The guy they are most likely looking at? Percy Harvin.

    What a great day this is starting off to be. Good conversation this morning gents. Giving me more reason to “delay” the trip to Mama-in-laws to help out with the garage sale that jacked off my tee time, LOL!

  • jhill


    Have you been watching the Percy Harvin Network, I mean the NFL Network all morning?

    I mean, I half way wanted this guy before I woke up, but damn they are pumping this guy up. They have EVERY war room they go to talking about him. Literally!

  • R8,


    I didn’t know you were here!!

  • jeremy s

    haha jhill. my tee time got screwed because i had to go to my in laws house as well. gotta get her pool ready. was going to get 18 in before the draft. now i have to wait until 2moro.

  • jeremy s


    i think the guys on nfln are smokin the same stuff harvin was.

  • I think harvin is a little overrated.

  • jhill

    Sorry about that Jeremey, nothing better than 18 to start your day. But at least you’ll be around the pool. I have to take the swing shift selling my daughter’s 3 year old gear to people who couldn’t afford to go by new 3 year old gear. And my wife took my 905T 9.5 degree to sell it. She better get at least $100 for that, or I’m quitting on the spot, LOL! Maybe my daughter can take a break from the wiggles and sell her own crap.

  • jhill

    Which reminds me .. O!

    Noggin channel is WAY more tolerable than Elmo. Just change the channel bro! They are two young to miss something for more than … well then next cartoon that come on.

  • edward teach

    It’s Mayock. He’s got Harvin rated as the 5th best player in the entire draft on his latest board. Seriously. He doesn’t want to look like an idiot for putting Harvin ahead of Jason Smith, Aaron Curry, Andre Smith, BJ Raji, Tyson Jackson, etc. (which he did), so he’s gotta go out and pump it up a little.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    im glad the hornets are playing at 10 to give me something to do

  • alisgod

    Man is it me or Hakeem Nicks seem to be man among boys out there.

  • Where is 408, I have not seen him here in 4 days?!?
    Maybe he is with Harvin! lol

  • jeremy s

    jhill, lmfao! that is a scary thought about letting your wife try to sell your driver. i won’t let my wife any where near my clubs. yeah, i will be around the pool but that is it. i have to “shock” it and put all kinds of chemicals in it because she doesn’t believe in pool covers during the fall and winter. that pool looks like swamp thing could live in it.

  • r8rpaver

    hay O look at post #161

  • jeremy s

    i also have to agree about the noggin channel. my 2 year old loves it.

  • Jhill,

    Please, dont say his name.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

    If Curry’s still there at #7, no way we pass him by.

    If Curry’s gone, and Sanchez is still on the board…TRADE our #7 for the Jets #17 and their 3rd-round pick this year AND next year. Use our first two picks on WR or LB, in either order. Big problem with this scenario is the Jets might even go up to #2 to take Sanchez.

    If Burgess is traded, DE must be the first or second pick…but can we can get the guy Al wants by trading down or does the team need to stay at #7 and take one of the “can’t miss” prospects? (I wonder…how can they be prospects, and be “can’t miss” at the same time?)

    Either way, WR must be in the forefront for us…and Hakeem Nicks, Maclin, even DHB have a chance to be as successful at this level as Crabtree.

    And yes, Maclin can be very successful in the NFL — two straight years of leading all of major college in total yards is no fluke. The guy can play, and the Raiders need playmakers desperately.

  • Moose

    anyone got the link of Jerry on tv?

  • Watchin a little NFLN. I am about to go buy a truck. Hope I can get it done before the draft starts. Made an offer already.

    Just say no to Harvin. The Raiders need talent, but they need TEAM players even more. They need productive, hard working, team first guys.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan
  • r8rpaver

    Raider O Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 9:06 am
    Where is 408, I have not seen him here in 4 days?!?
    Maybe he is with Harvin! lol

    ======================================================= After the sharks 2nd loss he went AWOL.. hasnt been any tower snipers this week in san jose so thats a good sign

  • R8,


    I can’t help it.


  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    draft sanchez trade him to the redskins for one of their wr and some picks i know the jets have more picks but snyder is willing to give up more

  • jhill

    Well, I couldn’t say much since she put two of her “Bags” out there. Not to worry though, I haven’t hit that thing in about 4 years. Callaway X has been doing the job. Wifey’s trying to get a new dining room table, so yeah, clean out the storage and save me some cash out of pocket.

    Why the hell do we have storage units anyway guys? Even if it’s our garages? WTF?

  • R8,

    I hope all is well with him.

    Can you OD from Pot? lol

  • r8rpaver

    Why the hell do we have storage units anyway guys? Even if it’s our garages? WTF?

    ======================================================= because we have wifes that wont get rid of $hit…….I mite need that sometime…..LOL

  • HayesDaze37

    Drafting someone to trade is never good unless the trade deal’s already signed-off on…otherwise, all your leverage is gone. Trade the pick for the best deal you can, when you can — and don’t look back.

  • jeremy s

    i have been hitting a r7 for the last couple of years. still got my ti bubble 2 and big bertha war bird s2h2. for some reason, i can’t seem to let go of some of my old clubs. i feel you on the storage unit crap. we have one that is full of stuff that she says we are going to sell in a yard sell. i told her that by the time she finally has the damn yard sale, we will have spent $300 on the storage unit.

  • r8rpaver

    “O” if you could i would have already LOL

  • jeremy s

    new post