While Oakland Raiders fans debate who they want the team to select with the number four pick in the draft, the team’s play-by-play announcer, Greg Papa, apparently has his sights set on Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. On his afternoon show with John Lund on 95.7 The Game, The Afternoon Delight, Papa revealed that he has already been practicing touchdown calls for Cooper:
“Coop could give me a lot of possibilities for touchdown calls. ‘That’s Amari!’ And anytime you throw a fade to him it’s a ‘Coop-a-loop!’ I’ve already thought about it.”
He and Lund then sang “That’s Amari” to the tune of “That’s Amore,” the song made famous by Dean Martin. The two went on to discuss why it was that Papa was so big on Cooper for the Raiders, and here’s what he said:
“He is so smooth, looks like he’s played in the NFL for eight years.”
Wide receiver is clearly the biggest need for the Raiders this offseason, but many believe that taking a wide receiver in the top five or 10 picks is a gamble not worth taking. It’s even harder to pull the trigger that soon on a wideout when the draft class is stacked with receivers as it is this year.
The Raiders could go with an edge rusher — they need a lot of help in that department, as they currently do not have a true-pass rushing defensive end on the roster. Justin Tuck and LaMarr Woodley were supposed to provide that edge threat, but Woodley spent most of last season on injured reserve and is likely to be cut. Tuck ended up having an admirable season, but was far from what one would call a dominant force. There’s also always the possibility that one of the top two quarterbacks in the draft could fall to number four, giving the Raiders an opportunity to trade back for more picks.
For those reasons … as much as I’d love to hear all the creative ways Papa could call touchdowns to Cooper, I’m not sure I love the idea of drafting him with the Raiders’ first pick.