“I think so,” said Cable at Lucas Oil Stadium. “If you look at what he brought to our team. The ability of opponents or lack there of to run at him on that side of the line of scrimmage. I would like to see a little more pass rush out of him, which he would probably be the first to tell you that. With all those things considered, yeah, definitely, you get that out of a first round pick and [you’ve done well.]”
The Patriots gave up leadership for the pick, and the Raiders benefited.
“I think he was everything that I thought he would be,” Cable said. “You know, I had heard a lot about him as a person and what he would be like in the locker room and on the practice field, and preparation and all those things and to me, he accomplished everything I heard about him.
“The thing that I was probably most excited about was how much he impacted our young players on our football team. He’s been in the NFL for quite some time and knows how to prepare, how to get himself ready, how to take notes, the time it takes day to day, week to week as you go through the season and ultimately how to take care of your body. So I think there was a lot of good lessons learned there for a bunch of young football players.”