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  • Shoulda traded up for Olsen

    the though just now came to us but Olsen got picked only 2 picks ahead of our 2nd rounder and we ended up taking a TE with our 2nd rounder. With the gap b/w Olsen and Miller being pretty substantial, I feel like we shoulda made a move into the late 1st to grab Olsen after the Panthers passed on him at 25. The pats showed they were willing to trade down and I bet the Chargers woulda willingly traded down, Craig Davis surely woulda been there at 33. Woulda been a great move, too bad we didnt make it.

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    Why do you think the gap was that significant? Most people had Miller ranked ahead of Olsen early in the process, and I was still tempted to rank Miller over him after the combine.

    People blame Kyle Wright for Olsen's lack of production in college, but a huge part was Olsen's general lack of instincts for the position. He doesn't find the soft spot in zones very well and doesn't run great routes, something Miller excels in. Add in the fact that Miller is a slightly better blocker, and I see no reason he wasn't the better choice, especially considering that trading back for him landed us the pick which was used for McCown and Williams.
    Last edited by Paranoidmoonduck; 05-01-2007, 04:37 AM.

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    • #3
      During one of the post-draft interviews on Raiders.com, Kiffin said he had Miller rated higher than Olsen. I honestly don't think the gap was that wide. People went crazy for Olsen just because of his 40 time at the Combine.
      Last edited by Windy; 05-01-2007, 05:09 AM. Reason: it's late and i don't make sense

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      • #4
        Given how things shook out (the 4th we flipped for McCown and Williams) Miller was the right choice.

        Olsen has the better time but Miller has good hands, is a better blocker and came cheaper.

        Thats 3:1 in my book for Miller.


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        • #5
          Raiders had Miller not Olsen as the #1 TE on their board.

          If Olsen was there and Miller they would have took Miller
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          • #6
            Olsen can't block to save his life, Miller not a great blocker but good also has great hands so I dig the pick.
            Taking a Knapp.

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            • #7
              The only problem I had with the Miller pick was that we traded down so we could get McCown and Williams.We could have got Alan Branch.
              "The liberator who destroys my property, is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free."-Tyler Durden

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              • #8
                alan branch is just a clone of what we have already in terdell sands. we planed all along to trade back to pick up an extra 4th. it work out prefect.

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                • #9
                  we should have stayed at where we were and gotten alan branch


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                  • #10
                    The only guy we should have picked but didnt was Walter Thomas.Holland will probably be on the Practice Squad Walter could have made the team.
                    "The liberator who destroys my property, is fighting to save my spirit. The teacher who clears all possessions from my path will set me free."-Tyler Durden

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                    • #11
                      Olsen is a big WR, Miller is a TE. Miller will be the better pro, watch.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by doingthisinsteadofwork View Post
                        The only guy we should have picked but didnt was Walter Thomas.Holland will probably be on the Practice Squad Walter could have made the team.
                        Walter would have been on the practice squad for probably at least two years. He's a great athlete, but he's played 6 games of football total.

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                        • #13
                          I would've taken Miller over Olsen for us as well. We have already had plenty of TE's that can't block, we don't need another one.

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                          • #14
                            Sure Olsen can stretch the field vertically, but he has very inconsistent hands. Miller, on the other hand, has some of the best hands in the draft.

                            When bringing up a young QB, a safety outlet is one of the most important things for his development. Miller is not the fastest, but he knows how to get open and he will hang onto the ball when it's thrown to him. If he can just sit there on 3rd and 5 and grab a 6 yard dump pass, I'm good.

                            A TE who can stretch the field vertically is a luxury. In developing Russell, we don't have the comfort of being able to take such a luxury.

                            Oldie but a goodie.

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                            • #15
                              I'd just like to add to NIP's point. Miller will have dramatically less trouble hauling in Russell's short range bullets than Olsen would have. This guy was hauling in Sam Keller's strong throws one handed.

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