I know it's Steelers Week, but I already have a post about that and it had lots of exclamation points so I just thought I'd spark another conversation - one that many people here will dismiss saying "I DON'T CARE!" But clearly, we all care quite a bit. or should.
Look at Oakland's schedule the rest of the year. They only have 3 games at home and those are against the Bears, Lions, and Chargers. Then they have 5 road games, including trips to San Diego on short rest this week, Kansas City, and GREEN BAY in December. Two more trips to Minnesota, who are playing much better with Christian Ponder and who can run on anyone now, plus Miami which might surprise a few more teams down the stretch.
Personally, I don't think this team can win more than 8 games, which would put them in the 12-15th draft postion. It's very possible they could only win 7, and not unfathomable to only win 6. That would easily put their pick in the top 10. That's prime Trent Richardson territory. Worst case scenario, we might be looking at a scenario where we would only have to trade up 2 or 3 spots to get him, which probably wouldn't require giving up our other 1st round pick - maybe a 2nd and 3rd? Or our 2nd this year and our conditional 2nd next year (I really don't think that's going to turn into a 1st...if the Raiders were going to make it to the AFC championship they were going to do it this year, not next year with zero draft picks).
A lot of people around here think this is way too high to draft a RB. Even more might say it's certainly not worth trading UP in the first to get a RB. But a lot of those same people thought 4th was too high to draft a WR last year. How's that worked out? Look at Atlanta. They mortgaged TWO years' drafts to move up 21 spots to get Julio Jones...a receiver. And not even the top receiver prospect in the draft. But were they crucified for it? Far from it. People applauded the move. They could see that the Falcons were one or two specific pieces away from being a championship caliber team, and adding an elite receiver was #1 on that list. Now think about the 2012 Bengals. Defense should be fine. We could use a piece here and there, a high rated DB would be nice, but even without that it should be a top 10 unit or better. And on offense we'll be set on the line with the hopeful addition of a starting guard, which you could find in free agency. But add an elite RB to the mix with a 2nd year Dalton/Green combination? That team would have to be considered an instant Super Bowl contender. So if it made sense for the Falcons to sellt he farm to move 20+ spots for a receiver, it would certainly make sense for us to have a small yard sale to get a feature running back that we desperately need.