Al Davis At the NFL Draft: Times They Are a Changin’

After CBS switched the coverage in my area from the Raiders/Giants game to the Lions/Steelers game at half time in Week Five, I got to much worse does it have to get before Al Davis realizes what’s happening to this once great franchise and the best fan base in football? 

For all we know, this could be exactly what he wants. Think about it. Some people are saying that he is he just trying to drive the attendance down so he can petition the league to move the team again. That’s ridiculous, and I don’t believe it, but it is a scenario that would explain things.

The fact is for the last seven years, the Raiders have gotten a little bit worse than they were the year before. This last offseason, Davis drafted a guy with the seventh overall pick that produced nine catches for 124 yards and only one touchdown in 16 games.

Darrius Heyward-Bey has shown absolutely no desire to catch the ball in traffic and only seems to help the team by being a decent blocker down field. Unfortunately for the Raiders, there is more to the wide receiver position than that.

The two picks after him would have helped this team a whole lot more. 

Eugene Monroe is starting and being productive in Jacksonville. B.J. Raji is a beast that has played one season in the league and is already getting double and triple teamed.  Once again, Al Davis made the ‘sexy’ pick, taking speed over anything else. 

Meanwhile, we already had a good group of young receivers, and now their offensive line is one of the worst in the league. The defensive line isn’t that great either. Mr. Davis seems to have forgotten that NFL games are won at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. 

Head scratching draft picks like this are nothing new to Davis or Raider fans. 

In the second round of the 1981 draft, he took a ...

About the Author