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.”