Was the Darrius Heyward-Bey a Good Risk to Take?

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Published: April 29, 2009


... were reaches, and in most cases the the Raiders could have traded down and drafted the same player, or gotten that player is a different round.

The madness of Raider fans starts with Darrius Heyward-Bey. While I agree that they could have gotten him 15-20 picks later, this wasn't totally a bad choice.

Most GMs believed that outside of the top four our five picks, the next 30 were pretty equal. So many teams were only willing to trade up if they were afraid the person that fit the need would be gone when they got to draft.

The Raiders chances of trading down were greatly impaired with Sanchez being picked at five. The only person that was worth trading up for was Monroe. The teams that needed a left tackle had either already picked, or were going DE in round one-Buffalo- due to the depth in this class.

Other than Jacksonville, which picked Monroe, the next team that would have been looking at tackle, was Detroit at 20. I don't see them...

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