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Mel Kiper

So ESPN is airing the latest Mel Kiper Mock draft and he mentioned something that further validates a point I've been trying to make to some of you. No offense but a lot of Raider fans are damaged goods, some of you will never be able to overcome what drafting Jamarcus Russell did to you personally and emotionally. It's tainted your view on prospects and no prospect proves this better than Jadeveon Clowney. The very fact that some of you even compare Russell to Clowney shows how warped your view of reality is. The only comparison between the two of them should be related to being the top pick in the draft, but in that case you should mention other top picks in the draft. But using Russell as a way to gauge the success of Clowney shows your inability to think independently of your emotional scars. You guys are like women who have been cheated on and can never trust another guy again. I've explained countless times to most of you that Clowney has always been "The Guy", that he's been the top prospect in the country since he was 14 years old. Some of try to make it seem like he came out of nowhere like Russell did after the Sugar Bowl, you say Clowney is only getting the attention because of his hit against Michigan. Just because YOU didn't know he existed doesn't mean the rest of the world didn't, Mel Kiper said he had Clowney as the 3rd pick in the draft after his freshman year behind only Luck and RGIII, said he was the hands down top pick last year and this year. While I would love for my Raiders to trade up to #1 and take him, I know it's not going to happen, the reality is this draft has many different levels of talent, Clowney according to Kiper and McShay is in a class of his own, then beneath him comes Mack, Watkins, Robinson and Matthews in the 2nd class, and so on and so forth. Mark my words, 10 years from now the one thing we will all agree on is that if we could do the 2014 draft all over again, that we would trade up to get Clowney. And everyone that dogged this guy is going to have to swallow their pride and eat their words at the end of this season. Jadeveon Clowney will not only win Defensive Rookie of the Year, I predict he'll finish in the top 10 in Defensive player of the year too.

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