Oakland Raiders: Potential Is the Name of the Game

August 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Al Davis makes a draft pick, he usually looks at this one quality: potential.
Al Davis' problems have stemmed from not finding a consistent quarterback, making horrible free agent signings, and changing coaches with too much frequency.
Davis is often insulted for his "poor drafting."
I don't get it.
With exception to 2007's pick of JaMarcus Russell, Al Davis has been spot on with his first round selections. What people tend to neglect is that it takes years to evaluate a draft class. Al Davis tends not to draft NFL ready players with his first rounders.
The Raiders longtime owner can do this because he is patient. Davis is the owner and GM, so he can wait awhile on a draft pick, and not fear for his job.
But when Al Davis gives up on a draft pick, you know that the player just can't get it done at the NFL level.
Slowly but surely, the Raiders first round draft picks have been quietly developing into very good players since 2003.

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