The football part of the why the Raiders would travel down the road of Richie Incognito is a timeless narrative within the NFL’s tunnel-visioned existence.
The assumption that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden would spend the off-season looking to replace quarterback Derek Carr wasn’t as practical a notion as portrayed.
While forecasting how a team’s draft will ultimately be judged on the field remains incredibly subjective, this isn’t: The class had a much different feel this year than last. Cleaner. Fewer red flags to investigate. Players that other teams hadn’t passed on for medical or off-field issues.