I wrote my Thursday column about Al Davis’ vast influence on the Raiders’ draft this year. And believe me, even though Davis is gone, his influence is all over the place. The Raiders, as I write this post, do not have a pick until after the third round. That is because of Davis. Davis had a particular draft philosophy and he had personal needs, and those two things led to a depleted draft this year. Call this depletion Davis’ legacy — at least part of his legacy. To read my column, please click here.

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  1. chris

    another senseless column on AL , Lowell. You always dwell on the negative when it comes to coach Davis. Why no mention of Heyward-Bey, who had a breakout season last year….Crabtree who? Oh yeah that Crabtree guy across the BEY, who everyone laughed at AL Davis for not taking instead of Heyward-Bey……AL got the last laugh on that one. And what about Jacoby Ford, the NFL’s best kickoff return man and an above average receiver….last laugh goes to AL again……..and finally, Denarius Moore, who looked brilliant as a rookie….all fast guys who’ve succeeded in the NFL with many years ahead, thanks to AL Davis, and his brilliant eye for talent……even on his death bed, AL was at the top of his game. Reggie can thank coach Davis for not having to worry about the offensive side of the ball in this upcoming draft.

    April 25th, 2012 8:54 pm

  2. B-Rad

    I would have given a 3rd round pick for Terrelle Pryor in a heartbeat,
    but when you pay coaches less than almost any other NFL team
    each year, and meddle in their affairs on top of that, you may not
    end up with coaches who are able to develop these guys.

    April 25th, 2012 10:07 pm

  3. Capts

    Al made some amazing picks and trades, he also made some extreme blunders. Most of his blunders came when he was near the end of his life and in poor health. Pride is what made Al both great and tragic. This was very evident in his last years. Still, Pryor and Routte probably aren’t the best examples of Al’s later years draft shortcomings. One’s an unknown, the other is an average player. Hardly Jamarcus territory.

    April 25th, 2012 11:24 pm

  4. Johnc

    Ok , Lowell I think this was a great column. It was educational , well written and very entertaining. I get your sense of humor( having grown up in Queens. )

    April 25th, 2012 11:43 pm

  5. Nice Guy Javy

    Still doing everything you can to try and convince the world that Al Davis was an idiot. You’ll never win this battle. Smart people who know football will never accept your portrait of Al. We know better and the person who looks like an idiot is only you. Al must have really hurt your feelings at some point. Your deep disdain for the man is so obvious when you write about him. Give it up. Al was a giant in NFL history and you are an annoying ant of columnist.

    May 7th, 2012 4:20 am

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