After spending yesterday afternoon and evening at AT&T Park covering Mark McGwire's return to the Bay Area as the St. Louis Cardinals' hitting coach, I'm back in my Silver and Black saddle today.
The Raiders continue to have what many observers see as a solid draft. In fact, they finally got their man this morning. Or the man everyone thought they wanted in the first round.
But instead of using the No. 8 overall pick on Maryland left tackle Bruce Campbell, they were able to land him 98 picks later, in the fourth round. Campbell was the Combine's Ultimate Workout Warrior, not to be confused with the guy who took Hulk Hogan's WWF heavyweight belt at WrestleMania VI in the belt-vs.-belt showdown at the SkyDome.
Honestly, I love this pick. Especially here. In the first round? Not so much. He is so raw and malleable it will be interesting to see what Tom Cable, an offensive line guru at heart, can make of him.
Following is the NFL.com analysis of the pick: "The Raiders pick up the most athletic offensive tackle from the NFL Scouting Combine with their selection of Bruce Campbell. Though many expected the team to nab him in the first round, the Raiders patiently waited to acquire him with the 106th pick. While he is raw in several aspects of his game, Campbell's outstanding athleticism gives him a chance to develop into a solid player in time."