Sunday, March 14, 2010
Oakland hopes new pass-rusher pays off
By Bill Williamson
The Raiders made an interesting move Sunday by trading for Cleveland outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.
Oakland sent a third-round pick for Wimbley -- the third-round pick it acquired in the Derrick Burgess trade last year with New England. Oakland will keep its own pick in the third round.
That's why I don’t think this was a bad move for a player who has not lived up to his rookie success. Wimbley, the No. 13 overall pick in 2006, had 11 sacks as a rookie. He has had 15.5 sacks since.
He is not a bad player, but he may not be an ascending player, either. Wimbley has to show he can still improve. He will have to transition from the 3-4 that Cleveland ran to the 4-3 in Oakland. He is supposed to play outside linebacker, but he could also possibly play defensive end.
Oakland has some decent, young pass-rushers. If Wimbley can regain his pass-rushing groove this will be a decent trade.
On the flip side, this draft is considered to be very deep. So, there will be good players available in the third round. Oakland may have been served well to take four players in the top 100 picks instead of a player who was given up on by Cleveland.
The Raiders gave up their 2011 first-round pick to New England for Richard Seymour last September. It needs to get more young talent. Trading top picks is not the way to get younger.