NFL Draft – Day 3 Storylines:
(QB) Jason Campbell traded to the Oakland Raiders:
The Washington Redskins traded Jason Campbell to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth round pick in 2012. It looks like Campbell will have a good shot at starting for the Raiders considering he will be competing against one of the worst quarterbacks in the league in JaMarcus Russell.
Seattle Seahawks trade for (RB) LenDale White:
Pete Carroll brought in a former USC Trojan in running back LenDale White, and he gave up a fourth and sixth round pick to get him. The Seahawks also acquired defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson in the deal.
It is interesting to consider the value of White and Vickerson compared to Jason Campbell – a starting quarterback. White, a lower-tier starting running back, and Vickerson, a player that may not even make the final roster, equal greater value than Campbell, an average to slightly below average starting quarterback. Not to mention, Campbell was traded for a future fourth rounder. When comparing these deals, the value associated with each player does not add up.
Oakland Raiders select (WR) Jacoby Ford (108):
This is a hilariously typical pick for the Oakland Raiders. It seems like every year the Raiders front office (Al Davis) falls in love with some track star that should not be in the NFL. Darrius Heyward-Bey was taken seventh overall by the Raiders a year ago, and he contributed nine total catches this past season. They found this year’s version of Heywar-Bey in the sixth round – expect similar production. Picks such as these have rendered the Oakland Raiders irrelevant for the last seven years.
New York Jets select (RB) Joe McKnight (112):
This is a surprising pick. The Jets signed LaDanian Tomlinson this past off-season to couple with upstart Shonn Greene. McKnight will be joining an already crowded backfield, and he does not exactly add a new dimension to the offense. McKnight has considerable upside as a late round pick, but I did not see him going to the Jets.
Chicago Bears select (QB) Dan LeFevour (Pick 181) and Carolina Panthers select Tony Pike (204):
Both of these late round picks were intriguing quarterback selections. Chicago took LeFevour to ostensibly add depth behind Jay Cutler, and Carolina selected Pike as perhaps a backup plan behind Jimmy Clausen and Matt Moore. I think LeFevour will end up being the better pro – he played around less talent, he is a better overall athlete, and he was a starter since his freshman year at Central Michigan.
Pittsburgh Steelers select (RB) Jonathan Dwyer (188):
This is what the Pittsburgh Steelers do: they are very conservative in free agency and they stockpile talent come draft day. Dwyer is another example of a solid late-round draft selection, and he adds to what will be a very solid draft class for the Steelers.
Tennessee Titans select (S) Myron Rolle (207):
Rolle has to be one of the most unique people in the draft. He is a former Rhode’s Scholar, and he has been out of football over the past year. There are plenty of question marks as to his potential as a safety in the NFL, but he was a third-team All-American as a junior. Rolle is also dedicated to becoming a neurologist, which has led some front offices to question his dedication to football.