Saturday, April 24, 2010
Oakland gets good value in fourth round
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders are trying to replicate their fourth-round magic from 2009.
It looks like they are off to a good start. Oakland, which has wheeled-and-dealed in the lower portion of this draft, has scored with two fine value picks in the fourth round.
It took Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell and Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford in the fourth round. Oakland traded a fifth-round pick and linebacker Kirk Morrison to Jacksonville for the chance to take Ford.
Both Campbell and Ford were combine stars. Ford was the fastest receiver at the combine. He should have a role as a situational receiver and as a returner in Oakland.
Many league observers thought Oakland would take Campbell very high because of his outstanding combine and because he filled a big need. However, because of his rawness and shaky game film, many league observers thought he was taken at the right place. Along with third-round pick Jared Veldheer, Oakland has two good tackle prospects to develop.
I really like that Oakland took Campbell and Ford. They have a chance to be solid contributors in a couple of years. Last year, Oakland scored in the fourth round with receiver Louis Murphy and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.
The Raiders liked Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka. However, he was taken by Philadelphia in the fourth round. Oakland could look at other quarterbacks Jonathan Crompton and Dan LeFevour.