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Ramses Barden was a 3rd round pick by the Giants back in 2009 but he hasn't made much of a name for himself yet. He is set to become a FA this year and with the NY Giants focusing on trying to retain Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, Barden appears to be heading for greener pastures. Perhaps those pastures could be on the other coast.
Part of why Barden hasn't made a name for himself yet is being behind the likes of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz and part is the transition from a small Division I-FCS school (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) into the fast paced environment of the NFL. He was considered a sleeper in the '09 draft but that potential has yet to materialize in the NFL.
What intrigues me about Ramses is his size, Barden is 6'6 and 225lbs and he looks like a giant (pun intended) on the field. He ran a fairly pedestrian 40 time at the combine in 2009 of only 4.68 so he isn't a burner but the Raiders have plenty of speed guys already.
Ramses had one particular game this season that really caught my eye while he was filling in because of injuries to New York's WR corp. He played very well when given the opportunity. He caught 9 out of 10 passes thrown his way for 138 yards on a Thursday Night Game against the Carolina Panthers.
Now he is seeking for the chance to have those kind of opportunities on a regular basis so that he can become the player that he knows he can be. With the chances to make plays on the Giants being few and far in between he is now ready to see what another team has to offer, although he was always comfortable in the bright lights of New York.
Whatever team is able to sign Barden is going to get a beast of a receiver and if they can find the proper ways to use him he could end up being one of the steals of free agency. The Raiders need to add a big body receiver like this to their roster and if they can't afford to sign one of the many top flight FA WR's this year then perhaps adding Ramses could be the cheap fix option instead.