Chiefs take Jackson


Kansas City’s selection of LSU defensive lineman Tyson Jackson rekindled the possibility that either Eugene Monroe or Andre Smith could fall to No. 7, which would present the Raiders with a pleasant dilemma.

Do you take a body guard for JaMarcus Russell, or a weapon in the passing game?

Unless, of course, you’re thinking about stopping the run or trading back.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer


    With the #7 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft, The Oakland Raiders have selected University of Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward Bey. According to the University of Maryland web site, Heyward-Bey was one of the nation’s most explosive receivers during his three-year career.

    University of Maryland bio…

    He has good size and blazing speed … earned freshman All-America honors in 2006 and honorable mention All-America accolades in 2007 … a two-time All-ACC performer … two-time member (2007-08) of the Biletnikoff Award watch list … ranks second in school history in career receiving yards (2,089), third in receptions (138), tied for third in TD catches (13) and tied for sixth in 100-yard receiving games (4) … also 17th in Maryland history in career all-purpose yards (2,403) despite never returning a punt or kickoff … caught at least one pass in 34 of his last 37 career contests … posted 228 receiving yards in his three bowl-game appearances … one of the fastest players in the ACC … his 40 time of 4.23 in 2006 set the school record among WRs … surrendered his final year of eligibility to enter the 2009 NFL Draft … invited to the 2009 NFL Combine.

    As a Junior (2008): An honorable mention All-ACC choice by AP/ACSMA … started all 12 games he appeared in … led the team and ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards (50.8 ypg) … among the nation’s leaders (FBS) in rushing by a wide receiver with a career-high 202 yards … second on the team with six touchdowns (five receiving, one rushing) and third in all-purpose yards (69.9 ypg) … had two plays of 75 yards or longer … his 609 receiving yards rank 18th on the Maryland single-season list … a preseason honorable mention All-America choice by The Sporting News … 16th-ranked receiver in the nation by Lindy’s in the preseason … a preseason second team All-ACC choice by Athlon and Lindy’s … member of the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award and Maxwell Award … member of the Terrapin Council, the team’s leadership committee … named the team’s offensive MVP … caught four passes for 70 yards vs. Delaware (8/30) … also scored on a 12-yard run against the Blue Hens for his second career rushing touchdown … took a catch and run from QB Chris Turner 80 yards for a touchdown against MTSU (9/6) to account for the team’s longest play of the season and the second-longest play of his career … snared two catches for a team-high 59 yards vs. Cal (9/13), including a 27-yard touchdown reception from Turner in the third quarter … rushed for a career-high 81 yards on a pair of reverses and also snared a 32-yard TD reception from Turner in the second quarter against Eastern Michigan (9/20) … broke loose for a career-long 76-yard run on a reverse play during the third quarter at Clemson, setting up the Terps’ first touchdown … play was the longest run given up by the Clemson defense since 2000 and longest run by a Maryland player since 2003 … recorded a career-high 11 receptions for a season-high 101 yards and a 9-yard TD reception vs. Wake Forest (10/18) … that reception total tied for the sixth-highest in school history … caught two balls for 28 yards and rushed twice for 15 yards vs. NC State (10/25) … notched five receptions for 92 yards, including a 63-yard TD reception at Virginia Tech (11/6) … that reception tied for the third-longest play by the Maryland offense this season (Heyward-Bey accounted for three of those four plays) … recorded five receptions for 43 yards vs. North Carolina (11/15), becoming the third Maryland player to surpass 2,000 career receiving yards in the process … snared three receptions for 22 yards and rushed twice for 11 yards vs. Florida State (11/22) … missed the first game of his career at Boston College (11/29) due to a leg injury … posted four receptions for 48 yards vs. Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl (12/30).

    As a Sophomore (2007): An honorable mention All-America choice at wide receiver by Pro Football Weekly … led the team in receptions (51) and receiving yards (786) … ranked ninth in the ACC in receiving yards per game (60.5) … fourth-leading rusher on the team (107 yards) … his 51 receptions tied for 10th on Maryland’s all-time single-season list, while his 786 receiving yards are seventh … had 21 receptions over the final four regular-season games … started all 13 games … one of three offensive players (also Dane Randolph and Edwin Williams) to start each game … earned the team’s most valuable offensive player award … member of the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award … (vs. Villanova) … consensus preseason all-conference choice … a preseason first-team All-ACC selection by Athlon, Lindy’s and The Sporting News … caught a season-high six passes for 81 yards … (vs. FIU) … led the team in receiving with four catches for 48 yards … long catch was for 24 yards … (vs. WVU) … had three catches for 56 yards … (vs. WF) … took a hand-off on a reverse in the third quarter and ran a season-long 54 yards down the sidelines … also had one catch for 12 yards … (vs. Rutgers) … caught five passes for 61 yards … scored his first touchdown of the year on a 15 yard catch and run in the second quarter … (vs. GT) … led the team with four catches for a season-high 109 yards, including one for 47 yards … it was the third time in his career he had surpassed 100 yards receiving in a game … (vs. UVA) … led the team with four catches and 52 receiving yards … (vs. Clemson) … started but did not record any stats … snapped a streak of 19 consecutive games with a catch … (vs. UNC) … led the team with five catches for 64 yards … (vs. BC) … totaled a season-high 112 all-purpose yards … caught five passes for 75 yards receiving and scored on a 37-yard run off a reverse … (vs. FSU) … led the team with five catches for 82 yards … caught a 14-yard slant pass in the third quarter for his second touchdown of the season … (vs. NCSU) … matched a season-high with six catches … had 47 receiving yards … (vs. OSU, Emerald Bowl) … had three receptions for 99 yards, his second-highest total of the season … hauled in a 63-yard touchdown reception from Chris Turner at the end of the first quarter … that catch was the second-longest by a Terp in a bowl game … his 99 receiving yards rank fourth on the Maryland single-game bowl list.

    As a Redshirt Freshman (2006): Emerged as one of the top young players in the ACC, earning a number of postseason honors, including first-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News and Rivals.com … also a second team All-ACC honoree at wide receiver … collected first-team All-Freshman ACC by The Sporting News … played in all 13 games, including 10 starts … led the team in receptions (45) and posted a Terps’ freshman record 694 receiving yards … the receiving yards rank No. 9 on the Maryland all-time single-season list and No. 3 on the ACC all-time freshman single-season chart … the receptions are tied for 17th on the Terps all-time single-season chart and tied for No. 7 on the conference freshman single-season list … also hauled in a team-high five TD passes (tied for 15th on the Maryland single-season list) … shattered the school record for longest play with his 96-yard touchdown catch from Sam Hollenbach vs. Miami … ranked fifth in the ACC (No. 99 nationally) in receiving yards per game (53.4) and ninth in receptions per game (3.5) … had two 100-yard receiving games on the season … earned the team’s freshman of the year award … (vs. W&M) … saw first career game action … (vs. MT) … made his first career reception, a 19-yard gain … the catch came on a screen which he turned upfield for a first down … (vs. WVU) … caught a season-high five passes for 49 yards … (vs. FIU) … earned his first career start and notched four catches for a team-high 35 yards … (vs. GT) … matched his season-best with five receptions for 111 yards, nearly equaling his season total to date (113) … streaked down the left sideline for 57 yards before being tackled at the GT 6-yard line inside the two-minute mark in the fourth quarter … (vs. UVA) … caught a season-high tying five passes for 39 yards … (vs. NCSU) … caught two passes for 36 yards … (vs. FSU) … caught the first two touchdown passes of his career with 57 yards receiving on three catches … the first score was a 5-yarder that was set up by his 22-yard catch on the same drive … later in the game he raced 30 yards for the game-deciding score … (vs. Clemson) … caught four passes for 18 yards … (vs. Miami) … provided the spark in the offense, with a season-high tying five catches and a career-best 175 yards … had two TDs (65 and 96 yards) … the latter was the longest in school history, eclipsing a 92-yarder by Ed Bolton from Stan Levine (vs. South Carolina, 1949) … (vs. BC) … caught four passes for 37 yards … (vs. WF) … recorded three receptions for 37 yards … (vs. PU, Champs Sports Bowl) … recorded four receptions for 81 yards, including a 46-yard TD catch from Sam Hollenbach on a perfectly thrown ball over his shoulder.

    As a Freshman (2005): Redshirt season.

    At McDonogh High School: A three-year letterwinner and two-year starter … played wide receiver and outside linebacker … had 47 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns as senior and 40 for 802 yards and 12 TDs as a junior … consensus first team all-state as a senior … a PrepStar All-American … a SuperPrep All-American who was ranked 17th nationally at his position by that publication … listed as the 23rd-best wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com’s Tom Lemming … a four-star player by Rivals.com who was picked as the fourth-best player overall in the state of Maryland and the 12th-best wide receiver in the country … an all-area and all-conference selection as a junior … a first team All-America in the indoor 60 meters … was fifth at nationals as a junior as well as MIAA champ in the 100 and 200 meters … timed at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash at the Nike combine at the University of Virginia … ran a 6.35 in the 55-meter dash in January, 2005 … also posted a 40-inch vertical jump as a prep … also recruited by Boston College, Alabama, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Michigan State, among others … coached by Dominic Damico.

    Personal: Born Feb. 26, 1987 … mother is Vivian Heyward-Bey … majoring in American studies … hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting.

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    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Height: 6-15/8 | Weight: 210 | 40-Time: 4.30
    Darrius Heyward-Bey | Maryland Terrapins
    Official Bio

    A smooth, fluid athlete…Long strider with rare speed…Explosive with great acceleration and a burst…Quick and agile…Terrific height and bulk with long arms…Excellent leaper…Nice body control and ball skills…Tough and not afraid to work the middle…Vertical threat who can separate…Also a dangerous weapon on reverses…Great work ethic…Could also contribute as a return man…Still has a ton of upside.

    Is inconsistent catching the ball and does not have great natural hands…Questionable instincts and awareness…Still very raw as a route runner…Not much wiggle and won’t make people miss…Doesn’t break a lot of tackles…Average strength…Marginal blocker…Has little or no special teams experience…Wasn’t real productive..Workout Warrior?

    A three-year starter in the ACC…Was a track All-American in high school…Redshirted in 2005…A two-time All-ACC selection…Featured prominently in the Maryland record books, ranking second in career receiving yards, third in receptions and is tied for third in touchdown catches…Was grossly underutilized in the Terrapins offense and the quarterback play left much to be desired as well…Dynamic playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball…Intriguing prospect with top-flight measurables but might be a better athlete than football player…Boom or Bust type who will require some patience and development but he has all the tools to be a #1 wideout in the NFL.
    Career Statistics
    Year GP Rec Yds YPC TD
    2005 RS – – – –
    2006 13 45 694 15.4 5
    2007 13 51 786 15.4 3
    2008 12 42 609 14.5 5
    Totals 38 138 2,089 15.1 13

  • BUSH29willtranscendDMAC20

    iam i the only guy supportin this pick?? Go Raiders AL is god!! 7-9 baby

  • There you go Nnamdi Al got you a receiver. Careful what you ask for.

  • JHEMP50

    Um guys… maybe no one wanted to trade. the only player worth it was sanchez. just maybe the raiders didnt like the attitude of crabtree, and mack is just another higgins. if you’re worried about getting the third best receiver in the COUNTRY, you’re trippin’

  • Raider Dell

    I’m here getting laughed at by my son’s friend who is a Donkey fan and he is yelling for Rey, and the donkeys select Ayers. Talk about a quiet room, should I hand it to him, I can’t believe they let Rey go playing a 3-4 defense.

  • Tommy Trojan25

    We needed to trade for oher at 19 before the eagles, oh well…

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    # BUSH29willtranscendDMAC20 Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    iam i the only guy supportin this pick?? Go Raiders AL is god!! 7-9 baby
    obviously only an idiot would support this pick

  • Comedian, are you joking? (no pun intended) Just because Asomugha wasn’t a big name doesn’t mean he was limited to one athletic skill, as Darius-Bey is.. Aso was a lockdown corner at Cal. Either Al ate his wheaties that morning, or Aso was B. Allen’s pick.

  • YoungAmerican

    If Oher drops out of the first round and in our laps and we don’t take him, I’m going to throw my TV out the freaking window.

  • Tommy Trojan25

    Maybe they’re not taking Oher, and if that’s the case, then trade up NOW and take Oher!

  • Samhain

    It was it is. Al makes the picks and we have to deal with them. I will wait to see the guy play before I talk my s@#$.

  • LTR

    6′-2″ – 210 4.3 speed, I like the pick, just not at 7. Would have liked to have received an additional pick to move down. Maybe there were no offers to move.

  • Ryan

    Wow, those DHB numbers are not good. It is the ACC, but 13 TDs?

  • severeraider

    Al Davis is really starting to piss me the f*** off….I was gonna buy season tickets but now f*** that he won’t get a dime from mr. By the way good luck DHB hopefully this pick doesnt set us back 7 years ( it will at least 3)

  • NoMoreFargas

    I can’t wait for dhb to drop his first td pass against the chargers . Some people were saying cable wouldn’t let him draft dhb ha ha no one tells al what to do.

  • john s.
  • The Comedian

    Greg Papa – “Late in the 4th quarter, Raiders trail the Chargers 24-20 here on Monday night. Russell back to pass, breaks free, fires deep. IT. IS. DROPPED! Oh no! Heward-Bey beat Jammer by 10 yards but could not make the catch. Here comes Lechler for another punt.”

  • Well, as usual, a pivotal day in Raider football where Al, unfortunately, does NOT prove me wrong. Catch up with you guys later. I can’t wait to come back tonight and read the usual spin from the loyalists. Funnier than a Chris Rock show.

  • Tommy Trojan25

    Actually, Asomugha was a safety at Cal, but that’s neither here nor there when it comes to ddiscussing DHB.

  • Copenhagen_Fan

    MR Aso was a safety at Cal.

  • xMxReaperxMx

    so, does anyone see a chance for maualuga to drop to 40?

    or any potential for the raiders to trade up for him?

    Heyward-Bey was a pathetic pick.

  • Just Win Baby

    I’ve been pushing for Heyward-Bey for a long time on here…..just not at no. 7. I fully supported trading down to get him, but I think we could have done better at no. 7. This pick surprised even me, and I want this guy on the team. He didn’t show much emotion when he was picked. I wonder if he didn’t want to come here. Has there been any interview of this guy about being picked yet?

  • YoungAmerican

    I have to support this pick… I hope to freaking god that Al is smarter than all of us and he knows something we don’t. I want Heyward-Bey to succeed. If this works out, it’s going to be awesome having two receivers who can torch defensive backs.

    Don’t worry… be happy…

  • JHEMP50

    LTR- EAXACTLY. there probably weren’t any offers after sanchez was gone.

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    Guys, I’m not thrilled with the pick either. I would’ve preferred Maclin if we went WR, but I DIDN’T want Crabtree…check out this article on him, plus Polian’s comments…interesting read.



    Attitude questions
    Citing a source, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Thursday that the Browns were so put off by Crabtree’s “world-revolves-around-me attitude” that coach Eric Mangini went looking for another receiver.

    The Rams ELIMINTATED him from consideration after he turned off some of their officials with a similar approach, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

    “He came across as a little goofy and kind of ARROGANT,” said an executive in personnel for the Raiders. “Just a different guy.”

    Declaring for the draft two years early, the 21-year-old Crabtree made his announcement Jan. 13 during a news conference at an upscale hotel in his hometown of Dallas that was orchestrated by Deion Sanders.

    Weak crop
    Earlier in the week, President Bill Polian of the Indianapolis Colts, an NFL scout since 1978, called this the weakest draft he could remember.

    “As you know, I never complain about the draft,” Polian said. “But this one . . . whew.”

    Because there are so few impact players, the top half of the first round could become one of the most unpredictable ever. SSeveral scouts said there’s NO SUCH THING AS A REACH IN THIS DRAFT BECAUSE ALMOST NOBODY STANDS OUT.

  • raiderfrank

    i am so pissed at Al, damm it. This team is not going anywhere with this old man at the helm. this is not a F****** track meet , this is football. No crabtree, no monroe, no raji. Are you for real?? Please go away Al, please.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Introducing the new james jett DHB!!!!

  • JB

    What a waste of a golden opportunity. Eugene Monroe was there for the taking and, Al selects the track star with questionable hands – Brilliant, just fukin brilliant. O one hand we could have had a 10 year starter who fits our system and on the other Al picks what – another James Jett. we are doomed with our current leadership. I guess we now know for sure that Cable has no pull and is nothing more than a “yes” man hand puppet. I hope you enjoy having Al’s hand up-yo-a$$ Tom Cable. You should have just gone to Washington with Mora. I know bring back Kwame Harris. Maybe you can re-cycle him. Bey – What a sad joke. Al, they are laughing at you – not with you. You are the joke.

  • severeraider



    Asomugha played Safety at Cal, but that doesnt change the fact that this was a BS pick. Come on Al, i defend you tooth and nail and u give Darrius Fukkin Heyward-Bey??? He just slapped every single Raiders fan collectively in the face and pissed on any chance that we have of winning the division.

  • Raider Dell

    New post

  • JHEMP50

    GOD, people. He’s still the THIRD RATED WR IN THE FREAKING WORLD!!! you guys are acting like we picked another Chaz Schillens in the first round. normally i just read the post, and watch you guys b!tch, but this is ridiculous. are you people even fans?

  • NoMoreFargas

    Any chance rey rey is their in 2rd?

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    im gonna hate having to face ayers 2 times a year

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    new post

  • Rellik30

    Crabtree looked like he was gonna cry. Plus he was wearing a pink shirt. Pu$$y.

  • The Comedian

    Real MR –

    No joke. No one thought Nnamdi would be THIS good. If you did, maybe you should have been running the draft for the last few years.

    Let’s hope DHB is good. If not, we can always draft another track star next year.

  • Ryan

    Who’s better?

    Russell to Miller.


    Stafford to Pettigrew.

  • raidersince87

    i dont even know what to say

  • raiderdre

    You guys are funny! I am upset too! Heres the thinking! They want to develop J Mac slowly so get the fastest guys run deep routes every play J Mac does’nt pass all game and it opens up the run! With the three backs we got We rotate every series! That way we keep the sorry D off the field and keep them fresh! LMAO

  • Copenhagen_Fan

    Where is the Raider Nation Collective when you need ’em?

  • RaiderLen

    Glad to se this place is upand running again.

    Why AL? Why?



  • priesttj

    It’s not that Heyward-Bey wont eventually be a player. It’s the fact that we could’ve gotten him and muh more by trading down. Unless there was someone else who was interested as high as 10-15. I seriously doubt it.

    I blasted the kid and Big AL because what I saw on film was a very underdeveloped player. How lng will it take to get this kid in the lineup and just think of the pressure he’ll be under to perform. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

    Now if he comes in as a rookie and catches 40+ passes and 5+ TD’s I’ll forgive it. The only thing I saw that Liked when I saw him was his redzone ability he has a legitimate verticle and attacks the ball in flight. Other than that Big Al’s trying to get a Randy Moss in the rough.

  • GRaider


    I’m a big Michael Bush fan. I assume we start him and start McFadden in the slot, switching McFadden to RB as a change-up.

    As for today’s pick, it’s tough enough for WRs to transition to the NFL. All the DBs are fast, so it’s hard to separate based on 40 speed. At #7, however, you expect a WR without listed weaknesses. Questionable hands/dropped balls is as big a weakness as a WR can have.

    When KC reached for Jackson as a 3-4 system fit, and NY traded for Sanchez to fill a need, we had the amzingly good fortune of having the elite pass-blocking LT fall into our lap. IT ALWAYS STARTS UP FRONT.

  • xMxReaperxMx

    So does anyone think Rey will be there in the second?

    what teams do you guys see as being interested in him?

    Heyward-Bey is pathetic.
    here’s to hoping im wrong.

  • VT Raider

    And now look at what the Browns have done in the last 2 years, Joe Thomas and now Mack. How are the Browns smarter than we are. Yeah, they need a WR but if you hit on these linemen, you have them for a decade or more, not with WR’s

  • NW Raider

    Robiskie in the second

  • Mad Road Dog

    Well, we all knew this would happen, Al Davis has lost his mind, he is an idiot and I am glad I did not renew my club level season tickets. Dominant linemen win the war in the trenches and Al not only goes after another WR but one of the worst ones available. Al Davis has single handedly run the Raiders into the ground and will continue to destroy this franchise with these kind of picks.

  • VT Raider

    We should have passed on DHB and taken Barden in the 2nd

  • xMxReaperxMx

    two WR’s with the first two picks?
    i doubt it.