The Oakland Raiders just made my favorite pick of their draft thus far.
It may be a luxury pick, but the Raiders’ selection of Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones could end up being a terrific choice. Jones -- a Bay Area native – was one of the rising players in the draft.
He is a classic Oakland pick because of his great speed. He may be the fastest player in the draft. He has been compared to Tennessee running back Chris Johnson and Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles as far as explosive speed goes.
He has to prove he can make the transition from a small school and he has to prove he can stay healthy. But this is a quality pick.
Jones can also return kicks. Look at the options Oakland has now. Jones and Darren McFadden could create a nasty backfield in certain situations. Plus, Jones could take pressure off Jacoby Ford as a returner if Ford continues to become a bigger factor as a receiver.
Perhaps the game will be too big for Jones or perhaps he’ll be the steal of the draft. I love this pick.