Now that the league is back to business as usual (well, not really but according to Judge Nelson it should be) we can get down to some real draft day drama. Tonight’s NFL Draft could be one of the most dramatic non-sporting events for a professional sports league or it could be as boring as Bill Belichick hosting open mic night at the Ha Ha Hole.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
During the last week there has been a lot of speculation surrounding the Oakland Raiders potentially moving into round one. Jerry McDonald has already broken down which possible assets the Raiders could move in order to get back into primetime tonight. Of course, that all depends on whether or not teams will be at liberty to swap players for picks. If we’re still playing by NFL lockout rules then only picks can be traded for picks.
Naturally the next step is just who would the Raiders be eyeing if they moved into the first round.
According to PFT, Al Davis has Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick as the top signal caller on his draft board and could feel the urge to move up in order to secure his services.
Some have likened Kaepernick to Randall Cunningham. While that might be a reach, there is no doubt Kaepernick is a mobile thrower with a big arm that surely makes Davis droll. Kaepernick is an impressive athlete standing 6’5” and tipping the scales at 230+ pounds. He’s also got 4.5 speed and scored a 37 on the infamous wonderlic test.
Here is where it could get complicated. Depending on whom you believe, Kaepernick could fall to the Raiders at #48 tomorrow or could be gone as early as #15 to the Miami Dolphins tonight. This year’s draft has just that kind of uncertainty.
One thing is for sure, the Oakland scouts have had plenty of opportunities to watch Colin play over the years. He attended high school in Turlock and played college ball not too far from the Bay Area in Reno.
The only inherit risk in drafting Kaepernick is that he’ll need time to learn the position in the NFL. While he’s got plenty of experience, Kaepernick took most of his snaps in the shotgun playing in Chris Ault’s pistol offense at Nevada.
Overall he has all the tools to make a successful transition to the next level. Given the up and down performances Jason Campbell went through last year, it stands to reason that the Raiders will need to select a QB at some point in the coming days.