Draft Pick Breakdown: Arman Shields
Just when I thought the Raiders were doing a decent job in the draft, they go and draft another John Bowie (the guy the Raiders selected with the pick they got for Randy Moss). You guy’s send Fabian Washington to Baltimore for this? Take a look at this link to NFL.com, and make sure to watch the footage to the right. I remember watching this kid at the Combine and saying he looked like crap. Don’t think this is about speed, because this kid only runs a slightly above average 40.
When you take a chance like this you need to have few risks, but this kids coming off an ACL tear that took him out of 10 games this year! Decent size at 6’1″194lbs, but no real advantage over most corners. Yes this kid has a lot of potential, but so do many others. I saw nothing from his junior or short lived senior season that warranted taking him over the many talented players available, including a few receivers.
Local product Lavelle Hawkins was just sitting there for the Raiders to take, and instead of taking the guy that scored a beautiful touchdown for Lane Kiffin and the Oakland Raiders staff at the Senior Bowl, they take a Richmond Spider. If we could learn anything from the current San Francisco 49ers regime, is that they draft players who excel for them at the Combine, and have found nothing but success. Hawkins should be a Raider, and not a Tennessee Titan. Oh, and did I mention Hawkins went right after Shields…garbage