2010 NFL Draft: What the Oakland Raiders Shouldn’t Do

As everyone knows, this is Al Davis' time to shine. Nothing involved in tonight's draft will move unless Al Davis gives the word. That said, Mr Davis hasn't hit on a number one pick since Nnamdi Asomugha in 2003.

Davis hasn't changed his approach on drafting, and everyone knows what his tendencies are. If the height/weight/speed ratio aren't on an off-the-charts level, it's likely you won't be first-round pick for the Raiders.

That said, there are certain red flags that Davis should take into consideration before knighting a prospect as a great player. Here are just a few things Al Davis should avoid in the war room.


Mr. Al Davis. DO NOT:

Trade for Ben Roethlisberger

There have already been reports that the Raiders are looking into this trade. This should be avoided at all costs. It's not for the fact that Big Ben isn't a good player. He's a proven player on the field, and at 28 years old, still has a number of productive years left.

The problem is the PR baggage this trade has with it. Roethlisberger will be suspended for, more or less, six games due to violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Roethlisberger officially has the image of a bad seed, and that image won't be leaving any time soon.

People still think of the Raiders from the late 60s and 70s. A squad of physically gifted goons and cheaters that would just as quickly fight you off the field as on the field. The Raiders constantly get pegged as the home for players with character issues, when in reality that's not really the case for today.

Trading for Roethlisberger will continue to instill that image into the NFL fan mindset, and that's not really what the Raiders need right now. Davis has always been open to giving players a second chance, but this is a case where it shouldn't be considered.


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