BTSC 2010 Community Mock Draft - Pick #8 by the Oakland Raiders: Taylor Mays, Safety, Southern California

I love this pick and writeup from carolinaeasy. Funny stuff, informative, and at the end of the day, could turn out to be spot on. I will say though that I think some of his assessments of the Raiders recent 1st round draft choices are a bit harsh. Not sure I'd call Michael Huff a 'bust' for example. Anyway, still good stuff and many thanks to him for the selection. Next up? The Buffalo Bills at #9, represented by mojo88. -Michael Bean (Blitz) - 

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2010 BTSC Community Mock Draft:

  1. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
  2. Detroit Lions - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
  4. Washington Redskins - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
  5. Kansas City Chiefs - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
  6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
  7. Cleveland Browns - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

The Oakland Raiders' recent draft history is like listening to the sad, and incoherent ramblings of a senile old man. Oh wait, they are the work of a senile old man, sorry! Here is a quick breakdown of the Raiders' first round draft picks since 2000.

2009 (#7)Darrius Heyward-Bey - 9 catches, 124 yards, and a touchdown, for the entire season. This after the Raiders passed up Michael Crabtree who had 48 catches, 625 yards, and 2 touchdowns in 11 games. Bust?

2008 (#4)Darren McFadden RB- The jury is still out on McFadden who has had mixed results since entering the league two years ago.

2007 (#1)JaMarcus Russell QB - Bust, Bust, Bust anyone?

2006 (#7)Michael Huff S - Another bust, he is no longer the starter and has had a terrible time in coverage, and making tackles in run support.

2005 (#23)Fabian Washington CB - Another bust, Washington was traded in 08 for a fourth round draft pick.

2004 (#2)Robert Gallery OT - Bust as a tackle, he has never been able to overcome his flexibility and agility issues, but as a guard he has been pretty decent. So overall? A push.

2003 (#31)Nnamdi Asomugha DB - This was akin to the Heyard-Bey pick in '09, Asomugha was an unknown, and this was seen as a reach. Since then he has blossomed into a fine star.

2002 (#17)Phillip Buchanon DB - Pburnt was a bust who was traded on draft day in 2005.

2002 (#23)Napoleon Harris LB- Had initial success but since then slide to the point of being traded to bring in Randy Moss. Bust

2001 (#28)Derrick Gibson DB - Can't cover, can't tackle, not playing NFL football today. BUST.

2000 (#17)Sebastian Janikowski K- Maybe a bit of a reach, but you really can't argue with the stability that Sea bass has provided in the kicking game for the Raiders.


Out of 11 picks 7 are busts, the last 4 picks are all top ten, and there are four busts. Recent history has not been kind to Al Davis. We know that Davis will be unpredictable, and we know he loves speed,. So based upon this history, and the fact that Al Davis is nuts I am going to select Taylor Mays Safety from USC. I know it is a reach at #8, I know he isn't fundamentally sound and is prone to being out of position and is known primarily for his highlight real head shots. But hell this is the Raiders baby! It won't make sense!
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