Nnamdi Asomugha says the Raiders should draft a receiver

Nnamdi Asomugha made the rounds on the Disney Sports Network today lending his voice and face to various programs on the mega sports conglomerate. Perhaps an audition for a second career once his playing days are over, Nnamdi offered analysis on the top defensive backs in the draft, talked about the proper technique for a cover corner in the NFL and said the Raiders should select a wide receiver in round one.

On NFL Live, Asomugha was asked for his thoughts on JaMarcus Russell and the ensuing NFL draft. Nnamdi went on to say that he felt the Raiders owe it to Russell to get him a playmaker in round one of the draft. The Pro Bowl corner was so impressed by Russell’s growth in his first year as a starter that he feels it is imperative that the Raiders get a big weapon to match that big arm.

Nnamdi, ever the portrait of quiet confidence, also said that a shut down corner is a better defensive weapon than a top notch pass rusher.

While Asomugha might be a team captain and the current face of the franchise, I highly doubt his word carries much weight in the Raider war room. I’m also very skeptical that Asomugha, or any NFL player for that matter, has spent much time analyzing the prospects in the draft. However, his analysis and thoughts are in step with what most have prognosticated for the Raiders on draft day. Many have speculated that the Raiders are eyeing  Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, Missouri return specialist Jeremy Maclin and Maryland speed merchant Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh pick in the NFL draft.

For what it’s worth, Asomugha wasn’t bad in front of the camera. Despite seeming a little uncomfortable at times, Nnamdi offered great insight and gave poignant opinions rooted in his years of NFL experience.

Despite his opinion of what the Raiders will do in round one, Nnamdi was quick to also say that, “You never know what to expect from the Oakland Raiders on draft day.”

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    Draft more guys with the heart and the desire to play like Asomugha and we will be alright!

  • Chris Shellcroft

    So true Raider Ed. If we had 10 more guys like Aso, we’d be looking at a dynasty.

  • cj

    they should of asked him what do we need on defence?

  • Torpedo

    I don’t understand why so many people think we should draft DHB with the number 7 is Crab and/or Maclin are gone. If we take him,we’ll need to trade down,actually quite a ways back in the 1st. Personally,I would like to see use trade down for a few extra picks.As far as a WR,I would like to see Bardon on board. He’s 6′ 6″ !!! He reminds me of Harold Carmichael how played for the Eagles. Carmichael was 6′ 7″ and was a handfull to defend,due to how tall he was. I think he’s in the HOF. Bardon would be a very big target and he can catch a ball in traffic. Just Bardson Baby!!!!!!

  • psj3809

    Pay me what Aso’s getting this year and i’ll have the heart and desire also !

    We couldnt have 10 more guys like Aso as we’ll be 200 mill over the cap !

    Aso’s a great player but hes like the rest, just wants more and more money and isnt happy with ‘just’ 20 mill or so in the bank already

  • jake

    Well, I am sure he made our current w/r’s feel very welcome with his remark about replacing them. He should worry about covering w/r. He is a nice guy but not the GM. I think Russell would like a little time to find the receiver Nnm is talking about, and maybe, just maybe, an improved offensive line would help slow down the pass rush. I doubt a w/r will help slow down the pass rush.

  • JohnWayneBobbitt

    Couldn’t agree with Nnamdi more. The only Raider needs are (in order): WR, DT, S, ILB (Morrison & Howard should play outside), but still the biggest need is WR because of all the 3 & OUTS last year.

    Knowing the Raiders they’ll probably draft someone that has all of us shaking our heads.

  • Chris Shellcroft


    I think you’re missing the point. Nnamdi got that contract because he has heart and desire. It’s not the other way around.


    If our current receivers can’t handle a team captain calling them out, then they don’t belong in the NFL anyway. I think Higgins has a place in the offense no matter what, but he’s not a #1.