The worst pick in the first half of the first round was the Raiders’ selection of Maryland wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7 with higher-rated wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin still on the board.
They could have traded down several spots or more and still gotten Heyward-Bey and picked up some additional draft picks to fill their many holes on offense and defense.
The Raiders, as always, are enamored of speed, and Heyward-Bey’s 4.30 40-time was the fastest at the Combine. However, he was not an impact player in college, never showed consistent hands and is not an accomplished route runner.