Our football culture today wants instant analysis and so we, as the media, cater to the desires of the readers and offer instant grades and breakdowns of each and every player drafted every year.
Working over the weekend for Bleacher Report, I also provided grades of each player the Raiders drafted and if you are interested in the instant analysis I provided you can check it out here.
However, after another day of reflection, listening to GM Reggie McKenzie speak about why he chose players and further studying up on the players, themselves, I wanted to re-do my analysis to account for some of the additional information and thoughts.
Round 1, trade with Miami from No. 3 overall to No. 12 overall:
Miami has been crowing about this trade ever since it happened and I can understand why. They moved up 9 positions and paid a paltry sum in exchange, only the 42nd overall pick along with their first-round selection at 12.
If Raiders GM McKenzie can be believed, however, the Raiders were going to take DJ Hayden at No. 3 overall had they not received any trade offers and so the Raiders still got their guy and were able to get a second-round selection as a bonus.
Additionally, this draft was not “top-heavy” meaning there weren’t many great players at the top spots and the two that were widely considered to be the best, OTs Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel went first and second, respectively.no comments