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, as landing a prospect that becomes a perennial Pro Bowler or All-Pro could turn the franchise around, and you get an added value if you can get that player later in the first round or beyond.Unfortunately, if you miss on a prospect, that can set your franchise back for a few years Ed Oliver Jersey
, especially if that player was one of the first few off of the board when you desperately needed the talent to turn it around. The first round is what scouts most pay attention to, as these are the guys that are expected to play right away. We’ve seen some players get drafted in the first round and turn out to not be a good fit, but have improved while on a different team.Then, there are the players that were such bad draft picks that either no team has wanted them (save for a roster emergency) or are waiting for their contracts to expire so they don’t have to take the cap hit or use a roster spot. Twenty of these players have been drafted in the first round over the past few years that really disappointed their franchises Cody Ford Jersey
, and haven’t found their footing in the league no matter where they’ve gone. A report on Thursday indicated wide receiver Antonio Brown is close to returning to practice with the Raiders and Brown’s activity level on Saturday supports that idea.Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said Brown “took all the reps today in our walkthrough” and that he anticipates the wideout will be practicing soon. Gruden and quarterback Derek Carr each complimented Brown’s retention of material despite not practicing this month.“He did everything with us just now and the man’s recall is unbelievable,” Carr said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “He came in and, no mental errors Devin Singletary Jersey
, and in this offense, that’s not easy to do. Especially, whenever you have a day off, even Dawson Knox Jersey
, especially as a player, you come back and you’re like, you’ve got to stay on coach Gruden’s offense all the time. You can tell Antonio’s been studying because he came out and didn’t miss a beat . . . he was a part of everything we did today.”The Raiders have been waiting quite a while for Brown to be part of anything they were doing, so Saturday’s development on the heels of warming up with the team before Thursday’s game feels like some light at the end of the tunnel.