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Hue Jackson talks up Richard Seymour

5/6/2011

Oakland coach Hue Jackson said in a Sirius Radio interview that defensive lineman Richard Seymour was the best draft pick of the 2011 draft.

Oakland acquired Seymour from New England in Sept. 2009 in a deal that sent the Patriots Oakland's top pick in 2011. It turned out to be the No. 17 pick, which New England used on Colorado tackle Nate Solder.

Seymour is a good player and he has been solid for Oakland, as he gave the defense a much-needed dose of toughness.

But in fairness to the rest of the 2011 first-round picks, Seymour will turn 32 during the season and he missed three games last year. If Jackson is talking for the long haul – and that’s the entire point of taking a player in the first round -- then Seymour may not be the best player in this class heading toward the future. Would you trade Von Miller for Seymour right now or Marcell Dareus or A.J. Green? Probably not.

But he has already given Oakland production, which no other 2011 first-round pick can say. Jackson has reason to be pleased.