Draft Pick Breakdown: Tyvon Branch


I don’t like all the things the NFL Network does, but this link to NFL.com will send you to a great breakdown of the Raiders 2nd pick.  I’ve got to admit, I didn’t see this one coming.  I was so focused on finding a receiver that could turn into a starter but return kicks and punts right a way, that I didn’t even think we’d grab a corner.  The corners I scouted were man-to-man cover corners, and although Branch has the recovery speed to play in the Raiders secondary, he hasn’t worked much man-to-man.

I think this is an excellent selection, and a little insurance incase Nnamdi Asomugha leaves next year.  I don’t think Tyvon Branch will be ready to be a star in two years, but the coaches will know what they have by then, and whether he can one day start.