Raiders' New Safety, Michael Mitchell, is NFL Draft Shocker
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The biggest shock of this weekend's NFL draft was the performance of the Oakland Raiders. (It might not have been quite as huge a shock, given that Al Davis, the longtime owner of the Raiders, may have lost his mind by this point.) The Raiders' first-round pick was surprising enough, when Davis declared the Raiders were taking Darrius Heyward-Bey, projected by most as the third- or fourth-best wide receiver in the draft and a late first rounder, at Number 7 overall. The real shock, though, was still to come.
Hell, even Kiper and the draft guys were shocked, almost to the point of speechlessness. (Which, by the way, was perhaps the best two minutes of the entire draft.) They talked about a couple of teams considering signing this kid as an undrafted free agent following the draft, maybe a team taking him in the seventh round, but a second-round pick? Absolutely insane.