Mark Dominik Channels Al Davis

April 10th, 2012

The signing of defensive tackle Amobi Okoye sure gives the Bucs some depth — some would argue much needed depth — on the defensive line.

Speaking about the move Sunday afternoon on SiriusXM NFL Radio, former Cowboys player personnel director Gil Brandt, the architect of the famed Cowboys teams of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s, loved the move for the Bucs and likened the move by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik to those of Al Davis.

Okoye, a former first round pick who was selected at the ripe age of 19, is the kind of player Brandt said Davis would have signed as well.

Brandt noted that Davis, the brainchild behind the Raiders, loved to pick up former first round draft picks who, for whatever reason, washed up with their original teams.

More often than not, Davis was able to squeeze a few more years out of these players, if not turn around their careers, Brandt said. This is why the Raiders were often looked upon as a last outpost for many players.

“If you looked at the roster of the Oakland Raiders over the years, it was always stacked with guys who were picked high in the draft,” Brandt said. “The Raiders took them and developed them. They stole a guy from us named Todd Christensen. Al knew he had upside.

“What I’m trying to say is you take [Okoye] now and hope the original team was right [in their draft evaluation] and hope that he realizes that maybe he has to work a little harder or get in better shape.”

Brandt was of the opinion that Okoye still has much gas left in the tank. Brandt believes that Okoye, coming out at 19, hurt himself. He said Okoye had a decent rookie year with the Texans and for whatever reason, slid backwards and then got lost in the wash when Houston converted to a three-man front.

4 Responses to “Mark Dominik Channels Al Davis”

  1. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    Hopefully, WE can Just WIN BABY!

  2. raphael Says:

    Dominik = Rock Star

  3. Eric Says:

    What happened to the Green Bay/Steelers model?

    Hard to keep track of the rock star.

    Now we want former first rounder fools gold? Is this for use only after draft mistakes?

    At lease he’s malleable.

  4. SteveK Says:

    I love the Amobi Okoye addition, if for nothing else it frees us from Hayneswurf’s potential addition.

    Yay for Dom, no more Hayneswurf.

    One less waste of space on the D.