By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 12:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Some notes and thoughts regarding the Raiders as Day 2 of the NFL draft approaches:
– The quarterback the Raiders seem to have been the most identified with in this year’s class is Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick, who reportedly visited the facility. Another report suggested he was the top quarterback on the Oakland draft board.
But if there’s an early run on quarterbacks today and Kaepernick is snapped up, what do the Raiders do if Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett plunges to No. 48?
He’s a classic Al Davis quarterback, a bigger, stronger version of Andrew Walter who thrived in the Southeastern Conference.
Mallett also may or may not have some personal issues, with rumors of drug use which reportedly has been disclosed to NFL teams.
Davis talked about Russell’s personal problems and Oakland not wanting to deal with them, but keep a couple of things in mind in that regard.
One of Davis’ favorite sayings is, “I’d rather be right than consistent,” and that Mallett in the second round would come at a fraction of a cost of Russell.
You blow $39 million guaranteed on the top pick in the draft and it sends the franchise reeling. If it doesn’t workout for $5 million or so with the No. 48 pick in the draft and its a minor setback.
– Columnist Monte Poole wants a center.
I may be in the minority, but it looks to me like Samson Satele was the most consistent performer of the returning offensive linemen from 2010, considering that Robert Gallery is on his way out and that Jared Veldheer, while showing the most promise, had some very difficult games.
They should be looking at guards and tackles before a center.
Other than Veldheer, the Raiders’ tackle situation is murky. Colleague Steve Corkran reports Khalif Barnes is reluctant to accept another one-year contract because he wants a chance to start instead of playing his backup tackle, backup tight end role of a year ago.
It’s not clear if Mario Henderson, a four-year veteran, was given a tender. There are also are whispers that Langston Walker may be considering retirement. That story has not been confirmed by Walker or his representation.
– I have no doubt the Raiders were busy on the phone looking at possibilites to get into the first round, but make no mistake, the accounting department will shed no tears about waiting until Round 2.
Figures I obtained recently reveal the Raiders have spent or committed $164,105,636 to 13 first-round draft picks since the year 2000.
The five drafts in which Oakland picked in the top eight _ covering Rolando McClain, Darrius Heyward-Bey, JaMarcus Russell, Michael Huff and Robert Gallery, account for $136,686,636 _ or $22,781.106 per player.
Here’s how it breaks down in terms of guaranteed compensation for all first-round picks since 2000:
2010 LB Rolando McClain, No. 8 overall, $22,825,000.
2009 WR Darrrius Heyward Bey, No. 7 overall, $23,500,000
2008 RB Darren McFadden, No. 4 overall, $26,042,500.
2007 QB JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 overall, $32,019,120
2006 S Michael Huff, No. 7 overall, $15,000,000
2005 CB Fabian Washington, No. 23 overall, $5,538,000
2004 T Robert Gallery, No. 2 overall, $17,300,016
2003 CB Nnamdi Asomugha, No. 31 overall, $3,575,000
2003 DE Tyler Brayton, No. 32 overall, $3,520,000
2002 CB Phillip Buchanon, No. 17 overall, $4,900,000
2002 LB Napoleon Harris, No. 23 overall, $4,295,000
2001 S Derrick Gibson, No. 28 overall, $2,611,000
2000 K Sebastian Janikowski, No. 17 overall, $2,611,000