Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 5/22/12
When the Raiders drafted Juron Criner in the 5th round this year, it was not a need pick at all, but it was a tremendous value pick. Criner has been really impressing in practice thus far. Drafting good wide receivers has become something of a trend for the Raiders over the past few years and now they have a huge depth of talented young receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey was a publicly shamed pick at 7 overall in 2009, but finally started living up to the pick last year. Denarius Moore was a great value as a 5th round pick last year. Jacoby Ford was a 2010 4th round pick, Louis Murphy was a 2009 4th round pick, and of course Criner this past year. With so much talent at the position, some think that a trade could be on the way. ESPN’s Bill Williamson, who is an expert on the AFC West, feels differently. He feels that the Raiders will keep all of their receivers and see how things play out in camp. That does leave the door open for a trade in the future, but nothing is imminent. If a tra...
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