The Raiders had nine picks, but it was a struggle vs. previous much better draft and offseason hauls from Reggie McKenzie. Conley’s gambling style isn’t worth the character risk, and Melifonwu and Vanderdoes were taken more because they look the part than anything else. Those early picks had an Al Davis feel to them. Between Sharpe and Hester late, there isn’t much front-line help for a rising young AFC title contending team.
The Titans needed to go wide receiver-secondary in some combination with those two first-rounders, and GM Jon Robinson didn’t disappoint with playmakers Davis and Jackson. Taylor and Smith provide additional receiving support to QB Marcus Mariota.
So far, with Sashi Brown in charge for two years, the plan has been about more volume and more patience. Forget “Moneyball.” Odds are, there will be several personnel wins with this much athleticism and versatility.
That’s 24 picks in two years to overhaul a roster and go out with old. That also allows the Browns to take a late calculated character risk on a player such as Brantley. Gonzalez was a sneaky-good pick late in the draft.
Gordon is suspended indefinitely from the program by Baylor coach Art Briles for a violation of team rules. It was reported later that Gordon had failed a drug test, as it showed up positive for marijuana.
“He’s a guy who’s done it all,” Leggett said. “He’s a Cheap Dodgers Jerseys winner, he’s a leader and it all comes down to the last two minutes in the national championship. I mean he’s just different honestly, and I feel like he’s going to play for a long time.”