Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

November 30, 2006
Draft picks - already?

Question: Who do you think the Raiders should draft with their first pick in 2007? It looks like they could have a great shot at Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson or defensive end Gaines Adams from Clemson. Is there any chance they could get saftey Sean Taylor from the Redskins? Who are the top free agents out there who could help the Raiders and how long will it take to turn things around in Oakland?

- Louis Markos, Massachusetts

Answer: Is it time to talk about the draft already? I guess it is with nine losses already. For a team that has struggled on offense, Johnson would be an option. Chances are Jerry Porter will be gone next season and Randy Moss’ future is always murky. Even if Moss is around, he’s not at his prime and it wouldn’t hurt to rebuild around a wideout with tremendous size and speed. Gaines would give the Raiders a young defensive end to pair with Derrick Burgess, but defense isn’t where the Raiders need the most help. It would be hard to imagine the Raiders passing on an explosive player in the passing game or an offensive lineman.

Getting Sean Taylor would be tough because the Raiders have invested in young players on defense and bringing in a player with character issues that would be ahead of one of the Raiders youngsters would go against what they’ve built on defense.

Free agent options could include 49ers tight end Eric Johnson and New England tight end Daniel Graham or a wideout like Drew Bennett of Tennessee.

There’s no telling how long it would take to turn things around in Oakland. The Raiders are a competent offense away from being at least a team that can win eight games.

- Jason Jones


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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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