NFL Nation: Willie Reid

The history of the No. 95 pick

March, 26, 2012
The Oakland Raiders’ first pick in the 2012 draft will be near the end of the third round at No. 95. They were awarded the pick (and two others) in the compensatory draft Monday. The Raiders are hoping to score a quality player (perhaps a starting outside linebacker) with the pick. Let’s look at the recent history of the No. 95 pick:

My take: This list is an indication that scoring late in the third round is no sure thing. Graham is, of course, a star and he was the best player taken in his round that year. Manningham is a productive player, but there are also lot of misses on this list.

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Morning take: Although the distance can change at any moment, this is still a hard one to figure out. Part of me says there's no reason Rivers shouldn't have a deal in place, while another part of me says the Bengals are historically one of the NFL's most tight-pocketed teams. So, let's reserve judgment for now.

Morning take: The drafting of receiver Limas Sweed in the second round says it all the from the Steelers' perspective. If this doesn't light a fire under Reid, nothing will.

  • Edward Lee of the Baltimore Sun reports Ravens starting tight end Todd Heap hurt his calf and sat out of Sunday afternoon's practice.

Morning take: I'm running out of words to describe the Ravens' injuries. See the 20 previous "Morning Takes" for more insight.

Morning take: To go even further, Edwards and quarterback Derek Anderson are tailor-made for each other as two home-run hitters. Seeing the pair hook up again Friday in a game-like scenario for the first time this year brought flashbacks to Edwards' 16-touchdown season in 2007.