Drafting Problems: Raiders Have Solutions to Figure Out

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Published: April 10, 2009


... you get players sandwiched and no one can get breakaway yards.

Take last year's draft as an example.

The lead pick had the Raiders select Darren McFadden, a stellar player from Arkansas who was well thought of in several circles. The odds are good that, if the Raiders didn't pick him up, he might have gone to New England, or another club.

Oakland, meanwhile had proved they had a good running committee in Justin Fargas, LaMont Jordan, Dominic Rhodes, and an untested Michael Bush as a wild card.

The Raiders stuck with a gut reaction, and McFadden brought his game to Oakland.

For what it was worth, he did have a great game against Kansas City and then would not get above 50 rushing yards for the rest of the season. Turf toe did a number, and while he did have 29 receptions, he wasn't the impact player we expected.

So, how does this factor in to the upcoming draft?

First of all, the Raiders have several glaring holes to addre...

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