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Oakland Raiders Draft Review: Beauty in the Eyes of the Beholder

Published by on April 28, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Webster's Dictionary defines "reach" as a noun that is "the extent something can reach."

During the 2009 NFL Draft, the word "reach" was judiciously used to describe some picks, while the word "potential" was bestowed on other selections with prejudice.

Draft experts, such as Mel Kiper, Jr., Mike Mayock, or most of the assembled teams of draft analysts, would have us believing they clearly know the difference between a player who is a "reach" or has "potential."

When a team sets their mind upon a player they feel will fit the club's system best, there is rarely no hesitation in moving around the draft to obtain him. In some instances, a team may mortgage their future picks, a la Ricky Williams, to ge...

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