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Darrius Heyward-Bey, The Most Complete Receiver

Posted on: April 26, 2009 10:00 pm
Edited on: April 26, 2009 10:03 pm

To all the naysayers and doubters; Darrius Heyward-Bey was positively and unequivocally the best receiver on the board when the Raiders selected him. By "best receiver" I mean that he was the most complete receiver on the board; he works hard; he blocks hard; and understands his role to make the TEAM better – rather than just his own personal numbers. 

With Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, and the zone-blocking-scheme, the Raiders are a run-first team... how nice is it for them to have a complete receiver on the roster that can help the team improve upon its strength – running the ball. I can just see Michael Crabtree, acting like Randy Moss when he wore the Silver 'n Black, taking running plays off and then complain that he is not getting the ball enough... this does not seem to be the case with Darrius Heyward-Bey.

The only fear I have with Darrius Heyward-Bey is his hands... JaMarcus Russell throws a hard ball and I am concerned that he may not be able to hold on... but, we shall.  However, his athleticism and willingness to block for the running game makes him the better total receiver.

In regards to Michael Crabtree, he may work out for the 'Niners, but that does not mean that he would work out in Oakland - just like Randy Moss did not work out for the Silver ‘n Black, but is playing phenomenally in New England. The 'Niners running game is getting old and thus Crabtree will likely get a lot of touches which should keep him happy, regardless of the score; however, with the Raiders running machine, it is doubtful that he would get as many touches and thus, would likely begin to vocally complain [which would kill any locker room chemistry] or perhaps even flat-out quit as Moss did.

In the end, the Raiders drafted the most complete receiver in the draft who happens to also be one of the fastest. Darrius Heyward-Bey will seemingly work hard with, and without, the ball - and, more importantly, not likely become a caner in the locker room as that other guy across the bay might.

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 7:11 pm

Darrius Heyward-Bey, The Most Complete Receiver

Even better rashaun woods had more tds in college than crabtree and how is he doing.The draft is a crapshoot every year someone is a cant miss player and turns out to suck.(vernon gholston,alex smith,vince young,)

Since: Mar 4, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2009 7:04 pm

Darrius Heyward-Bey, The Most Complete Receiver

Wasnt alex smith the best a few years ago good job niners.Whos throwing the ball to crabs anyway.

Since: Jul 3, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 3:59 pm

Darrius Heyward-Bey, The Most Complete Receiver

Did you know that Jerry Rice was the 16th player taken in the 1985 draft?  Did you also know that he was the third receiver taken in that draft?  Yet, he became arguably the best receiver in the game?  How can that be when the “experts” did not have him rated as the number one receiver?  Perhaps the Raiders just skipped those other two [higher rated] guys and went straight to their J. Rice.

In the end, experts can be wrong and their opinions are just that - opinions - and the Raiders ended up selecting a hard-worker, with few if any apparent character issues, who has great size, speed, and natural ability.


Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 1:43 pm

Darrius Heyward-Bey, The Most Complete Receiver

Say Hi to Al Davis the next time you step up for another cup of that kool aid your drinking.  Your most complete receiver in the draft with poor hands is once again another brick in the wall for an owner that still thinks that its the 1970's and drafts accordingly.  True Crabtree will never be a cancer in the Oakland Raiders locker room but will undoubtedly be talked about as in "wow we could have had all that talant but didn't pull the trigger".  I know your post makes you feel better but for the rest of the reasoning football world it just makes little sense.  Sorry Raiders, failed again!

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