Raiders Still Not Tipping Hand

It's less than 24 hours until the NFL draft, and the Oakland Raiders continue to keep everyone guessing about what they're going to do with the top overall selection.

Most people around the league have been guessing that the Raiders will use the choice on LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell. But sources familiar with the deliberations said the Raiders had not been in contact today with Russell's representatives, at least as of this afternoon. Meanwhile, there apparently were ongoing talks between the Raiders and the representatives of Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

The Raiders negotiated earlier this week with Russell, Quinn and Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson. It's not clear if they'll sign any of the players to a contract tonight, as NFL rules permit the team with the top choice to do in advance of the draft.

By Mark Maske |  April 27, 2007; 4:33 PM ET  | Category:  Raiders
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We have to remember the "Al Davis Factor" in all this. Al could do anything. If they take Quinn #1 overall, it will be a blunder. They should either take Calvin Johnson #1 overall, or trade down. They could probably trade #1 overall to Tampa, pick up a ton of picks and maybe a player like Brian Kelly, and still pick #4 overall.

Posted by: Brian | April 27, 2007 5:48 PM

Peter King said you were a liar. You've been hinting things all day. What's the real story? Are the Raider phone lines busy? Next time you call say you're Mike Shanahan. That should get a response. and remember Peter King is calling you a liar.

Posted by: Eric Idle | April 27, 2007 7:38 PM

Man you just know Russell and Quinn are praying that the Raiders don't pick either of them. Crazy Al has sunk that team and they are down for the count for a long time.

Posted by: J. Plunkett | April 27, 2007 11:27 PM

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