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Draft Rumors Tick and Tock with Raiders on the Clock



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    The Raiders may trade Darren McFadden.

    By the time you read this, Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden may be a Houston Texan. Or a Detroit Lion. Or, worse yet, a Donkey.

    Fasten your face paint, Raiders fans, because this might be a wild and crazy NFL Draft day before the NFL Draft even starts.

    ESPN is reporting that the Raiders are shopping McFadden in an attempt to move up in Thursday night's NFL Draft.  Early Draft day rumors reported in the Detroit  Daily Press say the Lions are interested.

    The Lions own four picks in the top 100, with picks No. 2 (1st Round, so just forget about that one), No. 35 (2nd Round), No. 66 (3rd Round), and No. 100 (4th Round).

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen dropped the rumor in a Thursday morning segment on "Mike & Mike", discussing blockbuster NFL Draft trades fans might expect to see throughout the day. "Even a guy like Darren McFadden, who was the fourth pick of the (2008) draft," Mortensen said, "Stay on your toes."

    Not shocking enough? Check out the Ben-Roethlisberger-to-the-Raiders rumor.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Tuesday, "Here are teams that Steelers have called about Roethlisberger: Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Bills, Jaguars, Seahawks and Browns." You can sit and ponder why Schefter listed those teams in that particular order.

    Mr. Al Davis has not commented publicly on either of these rumors from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.

    But Mr. Davis has previously called Chris Mortensen "a professional liar" and Adam Schefter a "false rumor mongerer," so you can take a wild guess what he would say if he did comment publicly.

     Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who would like to assure Raiders fans that in the event of a Ben Roethlisberger trade, California does have a mandatory motorcycle helmet law.