Iíve on the phone regularly the last two days talking up the NFL Draft and what the Raiders might do with the fourth overall selection.
And Iíve remained consistent. I think the Raiders will take a defensive lineman.
Iíll be appearing on SportsCenter tomorrow for another mock draft. Iíve selected DE Vernon Gholston or DE Chris Long in all the radio drafts Iíve been a part of.
DT Glenn Dorsey hasnít been available in any mock draft Iíve been a part of. I only see Darren McFadden as an option if the Dorsey and Long are gone, the team doesnít like DT Sedrick Ellis to take him fourth and the team changes its way of thinking and isnít wowed by Gholstonís impressive athleticism.
Also, theyíd have to all of a sudden not like Michael Bush, believe Justin Fargas will get hurt, think Dominic Rhodes might get suspended again and be resigned to the fact that LaMont Jordan will still be on the team.
In short, a lot would have to happen for another running back to worth drafting.
The Kansas City Chiefs officially traded Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen, making them the favorite to be at the bottom of the AFC West again.
Allen was the brightest star for the Chiefs and he routinely terrorized the Raiders. His presence changed pass protection and forced the Raiders to usually run plays away from him.
The Chiefs will be even younger on defense and still need to rebuild their offensive line to protect Brodie Croyle or possibly Boston College QB Matt Ryan.
Lane Kiffin will have his pre-draft press conference tomorrow at noon. It will be his first time addressing the local media in a group setting since Dec. 31.
All of my draft stories were due a while ago, but that doesnít mean there wonít be plenty of talk about with Kiffin.