We discussed it a bit in the Raiders' forum because, likewise, we may be in the same predicament in light of the direction Mr. Al Davis may actually choose to go. Unfortunately for you guys and us, experts and draftniks alike weren't lying when they said this was a very deep and strong defensive tackle class. It could go as deep as five or six names this year -- Suh, McCoy, Williams, Price, Cody, and maybe Jones.
You may be out of luck, unless you would consider Odrick or D'Anthony Smith (both great fits, actually), but it would be wiser to go elsewhere at that point barring a trade down imo.
And as far as the Raiders selecting Dunlap, it's not going to happen whether he declares or not; he'd be lucky to see the top half of the draft in spite of a great finish to this season [on the field]. Character has become a greater point of emphasis under Cable, and maybe will be even moreso for his possible successor. Al's recent draft history would only reaffirm that perception.
Contrarily, I am not going to dispute the possibility of JPP because he is the superior athlete and doesn't come with the baggage and piss poor mental outlook that the organization has consciously attempted to avoid in the midst of our seven consecutive years of futility.
Last edited by 619 : 01-04-2010 at 08:20 PM.