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NFL Draft: Al Davis' Draft History


Al Davis has been around a long time. Some believe he's been here for thousands of years. Those people are clearly wrong. Millions of years is more like it.

All kidding aside, Davis has been drafting for the Raiders for decades, so looking back at his NFL Draft history, it's easy to find a pattern.

In the wake of the Khalif Barnes signing and Michael Johnson's incredible Pro Day, most mock drafters are stuck between giving Oakland Johnson, B.J. Raji or a receiver (Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin) at No. 7 overall.

So, which one will it be? Let's look at Davis' history to find the answer.

Below is a chart of all of the positions and how many times Davis has selected each in the corresponding rounds in the past 30 years.

Position
Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
QB
3
1
2
RB
3
1
6
WR
3
1
2
TE
1
3
0
OT
4
3
1
G
1
1
3
C
1
2
0
DE
4
6
4
DT
2
2
0
OLB
1
2
1
ILB
1
3
1
CB
6
1
3
S
3
1
2
K/P
1
0
0


I highlighted the receivers, defensive ends and defensive tackles on purpose because the four main candidates for the No. 7 slot are Johnson, Raji, Crabtree and Maclin (assuming the likelihood that Brian Orakpo is off the board).

As you can see, Al Davis simply doesn't like drafting wideouts and defensive tackles early. He hasn't taken a receiver in the first round since 1988 (Tim Brown), and the last time he selected a defensive tackle in the first round was 1997* (Darrell Russell).

*Note that Russell for some reason is listed as a defensive end on NFL.com. Interestingly enough, Russell, at 320 pounds, ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds, thus making him more attractive to Davis.

Excluding cornerbacks - that's not an option in 2009 with Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Johnson - Davis has chosen more defensive ends in the first round than any other position. And Davis has also selected more ends in the first three rounds (13) than anything else.

So, according to the old owner's history and the fact that Johnson clocked in unofficially at 4.49, Oakland is bound to take the athletic Georgia Tech end at No. 7.

Of course, this is Al Davis we're talking about here. He once drafted a kicker in the first round, so anything is a possibility.



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