Originally viewed as a potential first-round pick, Michael Bush suffered a right leg fracture in the season opener and was lost for the year.
He would also miss his Pro Day due to soreness in his left foot - making some teams shy away from him.
Bush, 6-foot-3, 243-pounds, is a bruising inside runner that has the agility to bounce outside and has the balance to make quick cuts, despite his bulk.
He could pay huge dividends down the road.
In 2005, Bush set school single-season records for rushing touchdowns (23) and points scored (144). He led the nation in scoring with an average of 14.4 points per game, picking up All-Big East Conference first-team accolades. He ranked second in the conference with an average of 114.3 yards rushing and 139.6 all-purpose yards per game. He started eight of 10 games, sitting out the Rutgers and Syracuse contests with a left foot bruise. Still, he paced the squad with 1,143 yards and 23 touchdowns on 205 attempts (5.6 avg). He was fifth on the team with 21 receptions for 253 yards (12.0 avg) and a score and also attempted one pass.
Ironic – you bet. The Raiders nabbed cornerback John Bowie with the pick they acquired from New England for Randy Moss. As first reported by SilverandBlack.com, Bowie was one of the Raiders pre-draft visitors.
Bowie was the fastest player involved with the first annual Texas vs, The Nation, timing out at a 4.38 40-yard dash.
A track star and spring champion in the Big East Conference in the 100-meter and relay, he has only started one year and was plagued by injuries in 2004 and 2005.
The Raiders opened up round five by taking Ohio State defensive lineamn Jay Richardson, 138th overall.
With a big wing-span and good speed, Richardson could be a solid situational pass-rusher for the Raiders that develops into more as he learns to keep his pads low and take on blocks.
He wasn’t a full-time starter until last season. He took over defensive end duties in 2006, starting all 13 games where he made 25 tackles (15 solos) with four sacks and 8.5 stops for losses. He also recovered a fumble and batted away seven passes.
Oakland’s second pick in the fifth round, 165th overall, was used to select Washington State safety Eric Frampton.
A 1st-team All-Pac Ten selection last year, Frampton collected 100 tackles and five interceptions as a senior.
Considered to be a player on the rise because of his ability to put classroom work onto the field quickly, Frampton is athletic and shows good range. He will get caught out of position but offers tremendous upside.
For the second time on day two, the Raiders picked a tailback, taking Oren O’Neal with the first pick in the sixth round, 175th overall.
The difference is O’Neal is a fullback and lead blocker. His job is to pave the way for the running backs behind him.
A hard worker who measures 5-foot-11, 242-pounds, O’Neal plays with solid leverage and picks out blocking assignments well. He will need to improve on driving the opposition upon impact.
He carried the ball just eight times last year for 59 yards and his most productive year came as a sophomore when he notched 146 yards.
The Raiders closed out the draft with the selection of Louisiana Tech wide receiver Jonathan Holland, 254th overall.
A track and field sprint champion, Holland is a legitimate deep threat that has a second gear to get behind defenders.
He tallied 33 receptions for 503 yards (15.2 avg.) and three touchdowns. He also made a name for himself as a gunner on the punt coverage unit, recording 11 tackles (eight solos) while recovering one fumble.
He is not a solid route runner but offers a good amount of upside value as a late seventh-round pick. He is the third receiver Oakland has netted through the NFL Draft, including the acquisition of Mike Williams.