When the Oakland Raiders selected wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey with the No. 7 pick in the NFL Draft, pretty much everybody on the planet’s reaction was: What the f*ck? Heyward-Bey was listed as a late first round pick by virutally everyone, and with Michael Crabtree still on the board, no one quite understood what the Raiders could possibly have been thinking.
Well, now Heyward-Bey claims he’s so fast that he hurt his hamstring and was forced to sit out the final day of mini-camp. Here’s his explanation of what happened: “Just tightened up. My legs are a little too tight. Running too fast.”
The official reasons for his early exit from mini-camp were a sore hamstring and fatigue. Fatigue? I’m sorry but if you’re selected with the seventh overall pick in the draft, you fight through being tired. Seriously. Heyward-Bey missed the afternoon session on Saturday and the entire day Sunday due to his issues.
As a nice little addendum to this story, Oakland’s second round pick, Ohio safety Mike MItchell, missed the last day of workouts as well. In case you don’t remember, Mitchell was the guy who ESPN didn’t even have highlights of because he was rated so lowly on its boards. He was listed as the 73rd safety on Mel Kiper Jr.’s board, the Raiders took him in the second round.
Back to Heyward-Bey. I feel bad for the kid. He didn’t ask to be taken as a monumental reach in the first round, but the Raiders have completely set him up to fail. Now everything he does is going to be focused on and everyone will be looking for him to be a huge bust. Every move he makes is going to be dissected to an insane degree because they screwed up and took him way too high.
Nice work, Raiders.
Good luck, Darrius.