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2010 NFL Draft: Second round action

on April 23, 2010

More and more time passed and the most coveted players remained on the table. Neither Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame nor Taylor Mays of USC had been chosen by the time the Raiders 44th pick came around.

Minutes before their time came up, the Raiders traded their 39th pick to the Buccaneers for a 2nd round pick and a spot in the 5th round. Turned out to be a good trade as Tampa failed to nab any Oakland’s prospects, picking Arrelious Benn of the University of Illinois. Announcers on the NFL Network mused that Davis may be looking at Bruce Campbell.

Time for the 42nd pick and chaos broke out. Phones were ringing in the pit, no trades were definite. In the end, the Raiders had given their pick to the New England Patriots who obtained tight end Ron Gronkowski from Arizona. In the meantime, the Raiders delayed yet again, two more positions to 44.

Soon enough, a new face caught the eye of the camera in the Green Room as it became apparent that Lamarr Houston of the University of Texas would become the newest addition to the Raiders. After letting go Gerard Warren during the offseason, Oakland needed a solid replacement at the defensive tackle position and analysts believe Houston can be that good.

Warren was prepared. He strutted onto the stage with a Raiders helmet, even sporting a wristwatch. He’ll be happy to move home to California where he was born.

Note: A few minutes after this post, both Jimmy Clausen and Taylor Mays were drafted by the Panthers and the 49ers respectively.

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