Depth Chart Analysis: Oakland Raiders Wide Receivers

The Oakland Raiders receivers have a significantly better quarterback throwing them the ball in 2010.  I don’t think anyone would argue that, with the acquisition of Jason Campbell and having jettisoned JaMarcus Russell.  However, are there actually receivers worth owning on the team (outside of tight end Zach Miller)? 

Let’s take a look at the receiving corps and find out.


Darius Heyward-Bey

We all know the Raiders reached for him when they used the seventh overall pick in 2009 to draft him out of the University of Maryland.  That type of position brought huge expectations that he never had a chance to live up to, especially with Russell trying to throw him the ball.

However, even with a bad QB he should have produced better numbers.  Playing in 11 games he managed just nine catches for 124 yards and one touchdown.  Having run a 4.25 40-yard dash at the combine, he does have the potential to be a big play threat with Campbell’s big arm.

After last season’s debacle he’s going to be an afterthought on draft day, and rightfully so.  Still, all you have to do is look at his 2008 stats at Maryland to know that he has a lot more ability then what he showed last year.  That year he caught 42 balls for 608 yards, as well as rushing the ball 15 times for 202 yards.  That tells me that if the Raiders find ways to incorporate him into the offense and get the ball in his hands, he could make some plays.

Don’t draft him as a starter, clearly.  You may not even want to draft him for your bench, but keep an eye on him.  He has the potential to become a useful option as a bye week or injury fill-in.


Chaz Schilens

There are thoughts that he has the most ability of any Raiders receiver, but there are some significant conc...

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