ESPN’s Chris Mortensen this morning mentioned Oakland’s Darren McFadden as a veteran player that may surprisingly be available during the draft. Mort has close ties to the Arkansas program, so the news carries a lot of weight. And it’s surprising.
While McFadden has underperformed, he’s shown more promise than other recent Raiders first-round picks. Mort also mentioned Shawne Merriman as a sleeper to get dealt. (Although Merriman would have to sign his restricted free agent tender.)
We put together a list of available veterans for our big draft question preview over at NBCSports.com. Check it out after the jump:
Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, Redskins linebacker
Rocky McIntosh, Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, Giants defensive
end Osi Umenyiora,
Titans running back LenDale White, Bills running back Marshawn Lynch,
Ravens running back Willis McGahee, Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers,
Dolphins quarterback Tyler Thigpen and Raiders linebacker Kirk Morrison.