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Which QB was compared to Brett Favre? Which pass rusher was the safest in his class? Answer and find out!

NFL: APR 27 2018 NFL Draft Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I wanted to try something different this morning. I’ve always been rather obsessed with hindsight, especially when it comes to the NFL and the mad declarations people make about the futures of players, teams, coaches, games, and so on.

Nobody knows anything about what’s to come and yet we continue to fool ourselves into believing that we do. The draft is perhaps the greatest example of that as many will be looking to the 2020 class and say, “Well, you NEED to get this guy” and “Wow, you WASTED a pick on that guy” and ultimately, most of what we believe will be incorrect.

A top-5 pick will produce nothing and not because of injury.

An undrafted player will become a valuable starter.

The Raiders may have picks that make them look like geniuses and others that make them look like fools. Of course, for many years they unfortunately fell into the latter category but results have been a bit more generous in the last six years. I’ve decided that instead of just relaying my hindsight research to you directly, I’d make it into a game. Trivia.

Below are 10 quotes about NFL draft prospects who were eventually selected by the Raiders. I’ve redacted dead-giveaway information for obvious purposes but left almost everything else untouched. If you want to play the game — for which there is no prize but personal pride — then I suggest:

  • Not looking at the poll results before you answer
  • Not reading the comments before you answer*
  • Not Googling the answers before you answer — you’re only cheating yourself

I think there’s also the consideration to be made after you finish all 10 questions:

  • *Please don’t immediately spoil every answer in the comments. Not to dissuade active discussions here, in fact I want to encourage them: what pieces of the evaluation really surprised you? How did you feel about said picks at the time? I am not saying to not discuss the answers, but there’s no need to just list out 10 names and say, “I am smart!”

Some of the poll options may be obviously incorrect answers to you because the dates or names don’t match up, and that is not accidental. In trivia, you may not have four answers that line up perfectly and some results that you can immediately cross off the list.

Okay, have fun with it ... I’ll shutup now.

I HAVE NOW POSTED THE ANSWERS AT THE BOTTOM, READ THEM AT YOUR OWN RISK

“Should have filled out more than this”

Which current or former Raiders player did an AFC scout say this about:

“When you watch him on tape, it gives off the same vibe as watching a good player’s old high school tape before he grew into his body. He’s been there for four years and should have filled out more than this in my opinion, but he has some talent, so I’ve got to keep him alive in our meetings.”

Poll

The "high school tape" quote was about

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Maurice Hurst
    (45 votes)
  • 22%
    Eddie Vanderdoes
    (175 votes)
  • 58%
    Maxx Crosby
    (465 votes)
  • 13%
    Jack Crawford
    (105 votes)
790 votes total Vote Now

“I’ve never seen him drop a ball”

Which current or former Raiders pick did a draft analyst say this about:

“The man catches absolutely everything. I’ve never seen him drop a ball during his time at [college redacted]. If it hits him in the hands, he almost always hangs onto it. Maybe the best low-ball receiver in college football, constantly digging out low throws with his hands underneath, even with a defender closing over top of him. Concentration and ability to adjust last second to balls outside his frame is uncanny. Has made a ton of amazing, highlight-reel grabs at full extension, often work back the opposite direction his body is moving to snag balls behind him. Only negatives are that there are obvious limitations to his catch radius and target area given his size.”

Poll

The great hands player is

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Jerry Porter
    (35 votes)
  • 75%
    Hunter Renfrow
    (591 votes)
  • 15%
    Amari Cooper
    (119 votes)
  • 4%
    Jacoby Ford
    (36 votes)
781 votes total Vote Now

“Player comparison: Kam Chancellor, Seattle Seahawks

Which Oakland draft pick drew comparisons to arguably the most influential strong safety of the decade by PFF?

“This comparison is low-hanging fruit, but the reality is there just isn’t another existing player in the NFL who can play up to[his] ceiling based on his size and athleticism. Chancellor’s role is one that many teams try to emulate and [he] is one of the few capable of living up to that type of hype.”

Poll

The Kam comp belongs to

This poll is closed

  • 54%
    Obi Melifonwu
    (416 votes)
  • 14%
    Karl Joseph
    (112 votes)
  • 27%
    Johnathan Abram
    (214 votes)
  • 3%
    Keith McGill
    (23 votes)
765 votes total Vote Now

“If he keeps playing this heavy we may never see the same player from before.”

Which defensive tackle got this evaluation and comparison from NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein?

“SOURCES TELL US “He was a big-time recruit and he really looked the part in 2014 and in the one game he played in 2015. He flashed this year but he just wasn’t the same guy. I want to project him as a healthy player but if he keeps playing this heavy we may never see the same player from before even if he is fully healthy.” - AFC west coast scout

NFL COMPARISON Ahtyba Rubin

BOTTOM LINE He has the talent to become a disruptive, productive starter if his body bounces back to his earlier form. If not, he’s still a solid rotational defensive tackle.”

Poll

The next Ahtyba Rubin is

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Maurice Hurst
    (60 votes)
  • 42%
    Eddie Vanderdoes
    (312 votes)
  • 37%
    Mario Edwards
    (276 votes)
  • 11%
    P.J. Hall
    (82 votes)
730 votes total Vote Now

“The next Dwayne Allen

Which tight end was compared to the Colts’ once productive weapon for Andrew Luck by WalterFootball?

“Player Comparison: Dwayne Allen.

Allen is a faster, more athletic version of [prospect]. However, they have a similar playing style. Allen is a good receiver who is underestimated, and that has been the case for [prospect]. Allen went early in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and when healthy, Allen has been a better tight end than teammate Coby Fleener, who was chosen a round earlier. [prospect] could go in a similar range on the second day of the raft.

NFL Matches: Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Miami, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville”

(*they said “raft” in their eval. **no Oakland listed as a match.)

Poll

The next Dwayne Allen is

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Mychal Rivera
    (108 votes)
  • 5%
    Nick Kasa
    (34 votes)
  • 16%
    Foster Moreau
    (109 votes)
  • 63%
    Clive Walford
    (428 votes)
679 votes total Vote Now

“If ranking players based on physical appearance and on-field temperament only, [prospect] might be a top ten pick, but his severe technical deficiencies and lack of awareness make this raw defender an enticing mid-round developmental project.”

Who did USA Today’s DraftWire see as a top-10 athlete with a mid-round grade?

“The allure is less about what he is and more about what he can become, especially given his aggressively violent playing style. He needs coaching and direction at the next level, but the payoff could be massive if [prospect] puts the time and work in. His arrow is absolutely pointing up, and I’d probably take a swing at his gifts and positional versatility in the latter stages of the third round if I’m an NFL team.”

Poll

Great athlete, but is that all?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Jihad Ward
    (287 votes)
  • 25%
    Obi Melifonwu
    (167 votes)
  • 8%
    Maxx Crosby
    (55 votes)
  • 21%
    Sio Moore
    (140 votes)
649 votes total Vote Now

“Among the Best, and Safest, Pass-Rushers in the Draft”

Who did Bleacher Report cite as one of the best pass rushers in his draft class in spite of a weak combine?

“Just because a prospect such as [him] doesn’t possess elite upside as a pass-rusher doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be considered a first-round pick. First-round values are players who can make an impact early in their NFL career and grow into one of the cornerstones of the team. [Prospect] could provide immediate starting capabilities in the NFL, and his growth as a senior along with completeness as a prospect should make him a key cog in any defensive line.”

Poll

Who was the safe pass rusher who got a first round grade here?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Clelin Ferrell
    (373 votes)
  • 12%
    Shilique Calhoun
    (83 votes)
  • 14%
    Arden Key
    (95 votes)
  • 15%
    Lamarr Houston
    (101 votes)
652 votes total Vote Now

“In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper of ESPN has [prospect] going 28th to the Denver Broncos. In cohort Todd McShay’s mock, [prospect] lands at pick 24 and the Indianapolis Colts.”

Which defensive back was a fast riser in his draft class based on his pro day numbers?

“Unable to work out at the combine, [prospect] registered a 4.33 40-yard dash and a 33.5-inch vertical leap .... It won’t be a surprise now to see [prospect] taken in the first 50 picks of the draft.”

Poll

The fast-rising DB is...

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Gareon Conley
    (164 votes)
  • 14%
    Trayvon Mullen
    (92 votes)
  • 50%
    D.J. Hayden
    (325 votes)
  • 10%
    Isaiah Johnson
    (66 votes)
647 votes total Vote Now

“The Ultimate Draft Sleeper”

Which offensive lineman was seen as a small school sleeper by ... CNBC?

“His domination against opponents got him an invite to the Texas vs. the Nation, a college senior all-star game that pits the top players from Texas against those that hail from every other state. It was there where [prospect] showed he could play against Division I talent ... When [prospect] showed up in Indianapolis for the Combine, there was nothing Division II about him. He ran the fastest three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttles of all the offensive lineman and came in fourth in the 40-yard dash with a time of 5.09 seconds.”

Poll

The small school sleeper

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Paul McQuistan
    (37 votes)
  • 41%
    Brandon Parker
    (265 votes)
  • 3%
    Kevin Boothe
    (21 votes)
  • 48%
    Jared Veldheer
    (308 votes)
631 votes total Vote Now

“NFL COMPARISON: Brett Favre

Which prospect did NFL.com compare to Brett Favre?

“While scouts will want to see more from [prospect] in the vertical passing game, it’s tough to ignore his overall skill set. In addition to these quarterbacking skills, [he is] a proven leader and it has been reported that he comes off as quite charming in interviews with teams. When these facts are combined with the number of quarterback-needy teams in the draft, it’s very likely that [prospect] will ultimately be a top-15 pick.”

Poll

Brett Favre is ...

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    JaMarcus Russell
    (94 votes)
  • 10%
    Tyler Wilson
    (69 votes)
  • 54%
    Derek Carr
    (344 votes)
  • 20%
    Connor Cook
    (130 votes)
637 votes total Vote Now

OKAY, TIME FOR SOME ANSWERS.

REALLY.

I’M POSTING THEM.

NOW.

SO STOP READING.

IF YOU WANTED TO WAIT.

BEFORE.

BEING.

SPOILED.

The player who should have filled out more by the draft was MAXX CROSBY

I’ve never seen HUNTER RENFROW drop a ball, they say

The next Kam Chancellor, as he obviously became, was OBI MELIFONWU

You don’t want to see EDDIE VANDERDOES play that heavy

The next pretty good Dwayne Allen type tight end is CLIVE WALFORD

That top-10 prospect who wasn’t a top-10 pick was JIHAD WARD

The best, safest pass rusher in the draft of course was SHILIQUE CALHOUN

The cornerback who crept up into the end of round one, then went much higher: DJ HAYDEN

The ultimate draft sleeper was JARED VELDHEER

And finally the next AND CURRENT Brett Favre was ... TYLER WILSON