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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Mailbag: Should Oakland deal McFadden?

By Bill Williamson

Midweek mail call:

Niko from Lake Villa, Ill., wants to know if I think the Raiders could get a second- or third-round draft choice for running back Darren McFadden in the offseason.

BW: I think the Raiders would jump on it if they could get a third-round pick for McFadden. Perhaps they could, but it won’t be easy. McFadden has just one more year left on his contract and he is injury-prone. I’m not sure another team would commit too much to get him. But if a certain team thinks he would be a great fit and a player to spark a deep playoff run, it might be worth a third-rounder.




Wes from Houston, Mo., wants to know what I think about the season Kansas City first-round pick Dontari Poeis having.

BW: I think Poe is fine. The scouts I speak with think he is really coming along. He has been dealing with some double-teams and he is handling those well. His statistics aren’t gaudy, but that isn’t unusual for a nose tackle. I think Poe has a chance of being a fine player.




Jerry Porter from Evanston, Wy., wants to know what I think about the play of Denver defensive lineman Mitch Unrein.

BW: Unrein has had a good year and he is a quiet part of a solid defensive line rotation. He is a stout, hard-nosed player and as he showed a few weeks ago, he can be an offensive threat when he caught a touchdown out of the backfield against Tampa Bay.