Raiders Trade Down and Down, 49ers Pass on McCoy

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    Bay Area NFL fans, the Raiders and 49ers are not listening to that advice you're shouting at the television.

    The Oakland Raiders flummoxed their fans, as well as ESPN2 and the NFL Network who were both at a lengthy loss to explain what had just happened, when they traded down and then down again in the second round. They ultimately took Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston at No. 44.

    Then San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary basically dropped his pants at the Faithful who coveted Colt McCoy, passing on McCoy in the second round to select defensive back Taylor Mays of USC.

    Sorry, Stanford people. Toby Gerhart went to the Vikings.

    The Raiders had the No. 39 overall pick in the second round, and traded it to Tampa Bay for the Bucs' second rounder (No. 42) plus a fifth. Then the Raiders traded that No. 42 pick over to New England, and got New England's second rounder plus a sixth.

    What is it with making trades with the teams that gave the Raiders their all-time most painful playoff beatings?

    Maybe it's just shrewd. Sure, some Raiders fans are going to stew in their six-packs all weekend because a bad, bad offensive line was not addressed in the first two rounds.

    But this is an NFL Draft particularly rich with OT's, and they're not flying off the shelves as quickly as had been anticipated. Some of the guys the Raiders want figure to still be available later, plus the Raiders have parlayed themselves some additional picks.

    Houston, who actually is the size of a large city in Texas, seemed thrilled to go to the Raiders. "I'm happy, it's a blessing," Houston told  Deion Sanders on the NFL Network, "I'm going to be back in California, where I was born."

    So who'd the Raiders pass on to acquire these precious fifth and sixth rounders?

    The Buccaneers took receiver Arrelious Benn. If that gets 1,000 yards receiving this season, I will eat a bag of unsold No. 12 Darrius Heyward-Bey jerseys.

    The Patriots used that 42nd pick to take tight end Rob Gronkowski, whom the NFL Network's Mike Mayock called "a first round pick" and "a steal at 42." I'd just like to have seen Gradkowski-to-Gronkowski completion.

    In Taylor Mays, the 49ers got a guy who started every single game and made All-American every single year at USC, something of a national powerhouse.

    And at this rate, Colt McCoy might still be available with the 49ers' No. 224 pick in the seventh round.

     Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who remembers it wasn't that long ago when Colt McCoy was considered the top overall player in the 2010 NFL Draft.