While we’ve got very little claim to the first round or even day of the NFL Draft this year (much unlike past years), there is one microscopic connection. Highlights of our team getting scorched by Calvin Johnson will probably be shown to the world today. After watching him break ankles against the Hoos several months ago, I made this prediction in a running diary ():
10:15: As Sewell gets taken down on a strange looking scramble, it dawns on me that we’ll be seeing these touchdown plays by Calvin Johnson broken down by Mel Kiper in a few months ad nauseam. Well, that’s something to look forward to.
Last night at Lindy’s Red Lion in Foggy Bottom (solid burgers), there was ol’ slickback on the hovering flatscreens, breaking down video of CJ shredding Wahoos left and right in Atlanta. I have a feeling that wasn’t the last time we saw video of that game this weekend either.
And, to weigh in on the Raiders’ so-called dilemma, it’s a no-brainer. Take this guy. Calvin Johnson is a can’t-miss wide receiver prospect. I know the Silver & Black need a QB. They did screw up last year in not taking Leinart or Cutler. But don’t compound the mistake by not taking what could be the best WR draft pick in a long time. Sure, you have some wide receivers already: an aging malcontent diva and a guy who used to be effective. I think Johnson would probably set things up after the (failed) Randy Moss era, no? And then you take the top QB with your second pick (probably Drew Stanton).
That’s what I’d do. Of course, I’m just some random guy with a laptop. Not one of these brilliant owners or GMs expertly running a team without making mistakes that “set the … franchise back for years.”