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NFL Draft 2009 Round 1 #7- Oakland Raiders- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey

The fastest and the top rated receiver in the draft but this pick comes as a surprise. Mel Kiper is hyperventilating on ESPN about this pick.

James Joyner asks “Is he the Ted Ginn, Jr., of the 2009 Draft? Ginn was a controversial pick at the time, but he hasn’t been a disaster. 56 receptions last year, and you have to take into account that Miami barely played him the first few games of the season.

Back to Heyward-Bey

ESPN writes- This is a significant reach considering both Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin are on the board, though if this is the type of player the Raiders often go for. He has outstanding top-end speed, running a 4.30 at the combine, and he?s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He also has good size at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds. Our concern with Heyward-Bey is his inconsistent hands. In addition, he needs to work on his route-running.

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Is he the Raiders’ Ted Ginn, Jr.?

Posted by James Joyner | April 25, 2009 | 04:08 pm | Permalink

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