The Oakland Raiders surprised everyone by moving a third-round pick in exchange for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant during Round 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday evening.
There’s absolutely no questioning Bryant’s talent level. The issue here is that he was suspended the entire 2016 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and fell out of favor big time in Pittsburgh last season.
It doesn’t seem that new Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is too worried about Bryant’s work ethic. In fact, he pointed to watching Bryant practice during the coach’s days as an analyst for ESPN.
Here it is in all of its glory.
— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) April 27, 2018
We’re glad Bryant knows how to practice. The alternative likely wouldn’t have been too positive, right?
Oakland has revamped its wide receiver group for Derek Carr this offseason, adding both Bryant and Jordy Nelson to the mix while releasing Michael Crabtree.
On the field, Bryant should provide Carr a solid weapon. However, he is pretty much one more failed drug test from being banned from the NFL altogether. Giving up a third-round pick for a player of this ilk who is entering a contract year has to be seen as a major gamble.