Raiders Show Why They’re the Raiders, Select Biggest WR Bust Heyward-Bey

If there’s one player in this draft that I’m confident will wind up being a bust, it’s Darrius Heyward-Bey. Because Maryland’s quarterback was a local kid from LA, Chris Turner, I saw a good amount of their games and paid attention to what they did. Let me tell you this: I never once remember hearing or seeing Darrius Heyward-Bey, and that’s part of my biggest concern with him. How is it possible for a guy who’s supposedly a top-10 pick in the NFL draft to be so easily taken out of games in college? For an 8-4 team, does 42 catches, 609 yards and 5 touchdowns impress you? That doesn’t seem too impressive for a 12-game season. Heyward-Bey only had one game where he caught more than five passes and that also was his only 100-yard game of the season. Does that scream out game-changer to you? Me neither.

Al Davis and the Raiders are running the team the same way they did 30 years ago when Davis was a genius — playing the speed game. Heyward-Bey ran one of the fastest, if not the fastest 40 times at the combine. Darrius ran a sub-4.30 40 which was a time good enough to get Chris Johnson drafted from East Carolina in the first-round by Tennessee last year. Speed certainly is a weapon, but I’d be more concerned with taking a player who’s more of a play-maker with great route-running abilities and hands. Speed alone wouldn’t make me take a guy with the 7th pick in the draft. I feel sorry for you, Raider fans. You needed a big-time receiver and instead you got a speed demon who can be taken out of the game without much trouble. Way to rebuild the franchise, Oakland. Thanks for playing.

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  • http://sidelionreport.com kevinferguson

    Well, be fair

    lets watch him drop a few passes with his stone hands whilest running his route poorly.

    I love the Raiders. They provide so much entertainment on Draft day.

  • SpinMax

    What’s even more ridiculous is some mock drafts had the Raiduhs taking this guy solely based on his 40 time.
    Pretty much making fun of them….and they were right! Then you have Michael Mitchell…who of course
    had a great 40 time…but they could have taken him in the 5th round! What the hell?!!?

    ah well, always great entertainment

  • Rocko

    Maybe Al wants to start a track team! I think he has all the 40 yd times of all the players and whatever position he wants to fill, he see who has the fastest time and picks him. I’m surprised he didn’t take the Jamacian sprinter who won gold at the Olympics as his first pick. He’s fast, really fast!

  • http://bareknucks.com CWitt

    I agree that Heyward-Bey will most likely not succeed playing in Oakland, but I promise you.. If he makes a squad with a talented O-line and QB he will a better NFL WR than Crabtree.

  • Jeff J

    It’s time for Al Davis to get his hands out of the cookie jar and retire. He still runs the organization as if it was the 80’s, oh wait you already said that :).

  • Doron

    Just because you haven’t seen a player does not negate his abilities or credentials. In addition, if you watched Maryland games and didn’t notice Heyward-Bey you probably weren’t paying much attention considering he was the top receiver and biggest playmaker for the past 2 or 3 years. I have watched DHB for the past 2 seasons in person, and can tell you that he will definitely not be a bust based on anything he does. In terms of natural skills and tools, he is second to none in this draft. Also, he played on a team that ran the ball a majority of the time (as most NFL teams do as well) and when he was thrown to, he was either double-covered or overthrown to, probably both. However, when he was thrown to and the ball was within reach, he almost always made the catch, but more importantly he would always go for YAC and because he’s so fast and strong, would stretch routine plays into big gains.

    The only reason I see for his failure is the team he plays for; this is not an attack on the Raiders organization or their fans, but there is a reason all of us cringed when we heard Commissioner Goodell say his name in the same sentence as the Raiders. If they are serious about succeeding and developing their talent then they have drafted a very good player who will be part of that future success. If they continue on their current path, then the whole team will be a bust, not just DHB. I wish you both a successful season; all of us here in Maryland will be watching and hoping for some big plays from JaMarcus to Darrius.