The Oakland Raiders have been the butt of many jokes around the NFL when it comes to draft day decisions but this year Oakland addressed many needs. Oakland drafted well on Day three, picking up a player they discussed taking in the first round, Bruce Campbell the offensive tackle out of Maryland in the fourth round.
Oakland also traded their fourth or fifth round NFL Draft pick in 2011 to the Washington Redskins for quarterback Jason Campbell. The trade of Campbell to Oakland will muddy the already confusing quarterback situation in Oakland. Bruce Gradkowski was expected to start over faltering former first round NFL Draft bust, JaMarcus Russell.
Jason Campbell comes to Oakland after losing his job to veteran Donovan McNabb after Washington traded with their bitter rival, the Philadelphia Eagles. Jason Campbell can fit in with the Raider style of football, stretching the field with more accuracy than JaMarcus Russell. Jason Campbell in an interview with Rich Eisen of the NFL Network said, “I feel like I’m going there to be the starter.”
Will JaMarcus Russell be an Oakland Raider on the opening weekend of the NFL season? According to the NFL Network’s Mike Lombardi, “Russell is set to be paid 9.5 million dollars in 2010 but if they cut him before the season they only have to pay him 3.5 million dollars. Based on those numbers if Russell does not renegotiate his contract downward he will most likely be released.”
Oakland’s first NFL Draft pick of day three Bruce Campbell.
Bruce Campbell was the star of the NFL Combine as an offensive tackle. During the NFL Channel coverage of Bruce Campbell he was given the name “Workout Warrior” by the NFL Channel staff. Campbell has raw talent but is rough around the edges. Oakland was expected to draft Campbell with the eighth pick overall but Oakland was patient and waited until the fourth round on day three to get their man.
One plus in taking the pure athletic talent in Bruce Campbell is coach Tom Cable. As a former offensive line coach Tom Cable could be the best thing to happen to Campbell, as he develops into a starting offensive tackle in the NFL. Campbell will most likely be rotated in and out of the Oakland line up early in the season and then once the season progresses, Campbell should be starting.
Oakland’s second NFL Draft pick of day three Jacoby Ford.
Jacoby Ford is a speedy wide receiver out of Clemson and the competitive SEC. With the acquisition of Jason Campbell, Oakland will have some lightning fast receivers to run the deep post. Just one question, can any of them catch? Ford was a standout at the Senior Bowl and may have caught the eye of Oakland’s scouting staff during that week.
Ford was not rated very high on most NFL Mock Draft’s but that doesn’t always mean that much. He will have a fellow Clemson teammate to cover him during practice also. Ford will not start but look for him to shifted in and out of the game to stretch the field and wear down opposing cornerbacks.
Oakland’s third NFL Draft pick on day three Walter McFadden.
Oakland loves to confuse the media, so why not take another McFadden in the NFL Draft. Walter McFadden is no Darren McFadden but he is a standout from an SEC school. Walter McFadden is a solid cover corner out of Clemson and will be a nice compliment to Nnamdi Asomugha when he makes his way into the Oakland line up.
The down side of McFadden is that he is not known as physical corner and isn’t much help coming up and stopping the run. The hope will be that Asomugha can stoke McFadden’s fire and teach him how to get more physical. When McFadden does play opposite Asomugha, he will have plenty of balls thrown in his direction. The rest is up to McFadden to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Oakland’s fourth NFL Draft pick on day three Travis Goethel.
Oakland traded linebacker Kirk Morrison to Carolina shortly after they drafted Rolondo McLain with the eighth overall pick. Now late in the sixth round they pick up a workable back up for McLain in Travis Goethel. a linebacker out of Arizona State.
Goethel is another defensive player that Oakland adds with a tremendous nose for the ball. Goethel is not afraid of contact but doesn’t always deliver the mos bone jarring hits. Look for Goethel to star on special teams and fill in as needed at the linebacker position.
Oakland’s fifth and final NFL Draft pick on day three Jeremy Ware.
Jeremy Ware , another defensive back for Oakland as their last pick. Ware will no doubt be used as a special teams player and will add depth for Oakland in the secondary. Ware won Michigan State’s President award an award for perseverance so he should be a strong character addition. Ware graduated in December showing that he was not only attending Michigan State for football.
Ware is not afraid to get involved in the tackling game, racking up three tackles for a loss and two sacks from the secondary. Ware will most likely not start and it will be a challenge for him to take the field on opening day as a member of the Oakland roster. His perseverance will be tested in his first NFL training camp.
Overall with the Kirk Morrison and Jason Campbell trades, the Oakland Raiders have shown they are going to try to shake the negative image of the last few years. Oakland’s new philosophy is much like the same old Raider philosophy. Strong secondary defense, fast receivers and a quarterback that can air it out with accuracy.
NFL Draft Day 3 Live NFL Network April 24, 2010
NFL Draft Day 3 Live ESPN TV April 24, 2010.