After two trades and 5 minutes of total confusion that brought the NFL draft to a screeching halt, the Oakland Raider selected Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston with the 44th pick in the 2010 draft.
Originally slated to pick 39th overall, the Raiders exchanged picks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while acquiring a 5th round pick for their troubles. They then turned around and made yet another deal with the New England Patriots. The Pats slid into the number 42 slot, the Raiders moved down to 44 and gained a 6th round pick in the process.
All that just to select Houston from Texas who was actually born in San Francisco.
Lamarr, a 6’3”/305-pound space eater, joins Rolando McClain in the continued efforts to shore up the Raiders wretched run defense. A natural athlete, Houston actually played running back in high school and should fit nicely into the traditional 4-3 scheme employed by Oakland.
When asked what he brings to the Raiders, Lamarr responded by saying, “a winning pedigree”.
Two picks in the bag, both used on the defensive rebuilding effort. Now there are but two questions that remain: 1) When will the Raiders address their needs at offensive tackle? and 2) Why do the Silver and Black continue to trade with the New England Patriots?