The Patriots own the Raiders’ first-round pick next April, courtesy of the Richard Seymour trade. When that deal went down, most people though the pick would be in the Top 5, but after the trade for Jason Campbell and drafting of Rolando McClain in April — plus the team’s placement in a weak AFC West and draw of a weaker NFC West on schedule — there was some reason to believe Oakland would have a renaissance season.
And then, they started playing games. The Raiders got their clocks cleaned by the Tennessee Titans yesterday, and all that hope of the Patriots getting a Top 5 pick might come to fruition after all.
Want some more on all this? Cam Inman of the Oakland Tribune chronicled a shaky first start from Campbell and dubbed this one the “Music City Massacre”. Well respected columnist Ray Ratto brought this glimmer of hope: “Nothing much else to say about the Raiders after a hopeless performance in Nashville except this: They open at home against the Rams. They actually don’t have to fix a thing, and they still should beat St. Louis.“
So, yeah, that first-round pick isn’t looking so bad as it stands now.