In just about 24 hours we will know the fates of Brady Quinn, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Gaines Adams, and the Washington Redskins' future at the 2007 NFL Draft.
In all liklihood, the sixth pick of the draft, held by the 'Skins, will go to a defensive lineman. But which one? Possibly Jamaal Anderson, or maybe 19-year-old Amobi Okoye, and if they are met with a miracle, Gaines Adams. Marred by a discouraging draft past, the Redskins need to grab a sure thing.
The more intersting pick, it seems, will be the first one, held by the Raiders.
Experts agree that it will be between JaMarcus Russell, the huge quarterback, and Calvin Johnson, the huge, almost ensured, talent.
The Raiders need a quarterback, that much is for certain. But with an owner like Al Davis, will they satisfy a need or satisfy the clearly aged mind of an owner gone stale?
Russell is huge and possibly solid. Johnson is possibly great and definitely solid.
If it were my money, I'd go with the sure thing, which is Johnson. It looks like the Raiders need a change in philosophy more than they need a great quarterback. A solid veteran with with a stabilized offensive structure to go along with an already fine defense would do loads more for the franchise than a rookie quarterback thrust into a bad situation.
Sure, the Raiders already have Randy Moss, but is anyone expecting him to stay around much longer with that attitude of his?
Go with Johnson, Mr. Davis. He's a good kid and a sure thing. Or you can trade the pick to the Redskins. Your choice.