RAIDERS TAKE STEP FORWARD

May 1, 2007 7:03 AM

Only the Iraq war lasted longer than the first round of the NFL draft. In fact it took over 12 hours just to reach the first pick of Round 4. Drafts rarely alter the Vegas board as far as futures odds to win the Super Bowl. And why should it? Drafts need to be judged over three or four years, not knee-jerk reactions of sports talk shows and endless media analysts.

It does appear the Oakland Raiders did extremely well, landing JaMarcus Russell and dealing for QB Josh McCown and

WR Mike Williams, along with picking Louisville RB Michael Bush to start the fourth round. Thumbs up to Minnesota for taking RB Adrian Peterson and to Miami for the guts to draft Ted Ginn Jr, the Ohio State speedster in Round 1.