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Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Posted on: April 24, 2010 1:37 pm
 
I noted in an earlier blog posting that the Oakland Raiders were quietly enjoying a very solid draft. Any Al Davis team is certain to have explosive playmakers and the Raiders certainly have that. They've made moves to improve a woeful run defense with their first two picks of inside linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Lamarr Houston.

The Raiders also addressed their need for an offensive tackle with two extremely talented middle round prospects in Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell. While neither may be able to contribute as a starter immediately, both could ultimately develop into quality starters.

The biggest move, of course, was the addition of quarterback Jason Campbell.

Campbell has the big arm necessary to take advantage of Darrius Heyward-Bey's big play ability. He's used to attacking defenses down the seam through the tight end with Chris Cooley and inherits a young tight end in Zach Miller, who has quietly become of the AFC's best at the position.

Considering the that the Broncos are unlikely to get immediate help from their top draft picks, Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow and the Kansas City Chiefs are still a year or more away from truly competing, Oakland could emerging as San Diego's primary competition in the AFC West.
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Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 6:13 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Can you read?  He said ONE of the AFC's best.  Miller would probably be very similar to those guys if he had QB's like Manning, Rivers or Schaub, but even with JaMarcus he put up 66 for 805.



Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

replace probably their second best defensive player (Kurt Morrison--who they practically gave away) who led the team in tackles the last 5 years.



Who the hell is "Kurt" Morrison? If you are referring to "Kirk" Morrison, then you obviously have zero opinion on this subject, because you know nothing about the player or the organization.

All Raider fans love and support Kirk. But it doesn't matter how many tackles he had. What about how many he missed, how easy he was blocked, and the tackles that he did make came 5+ yards after the line of scrimmage. He is an OLB playing completely out of position.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

You must have never seen how Campbell was handcuffed by an unbelievably conservative offense in Washington.  His biggest strength is his arm and the Skins never threw the ball down the field.  This could end up being one of the best deals made on draft day.



Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

I can't imagine what all the excitement is about Campbell.  On his best day he was mediocre.  To say that the Raiders provide more competition than Denver or Kansas City isn't saying anything.  It's still a two-team division: The Chargers, and everybody else.  The fight for second place in the AFC West is probably the most meaningless battle in the NFL.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:27 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Zach Miller on any other team would be an All Pro for years to come.  He doesn't get the stats that those other guys do, but look at the supporting cast on the team.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Cirknick,

If you read it again it is clear by what was written, Rang meant to say one of the best, not the best.  And I would say that given the right quarterback Zach Miller could easily be a star in the Raider offense.  Remember the Raiders have historically had many talented ,even HOF tight ends.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Have you seen Zach Miller? An have you seen who his quarterback is? All three of those guys you named play with quarterbacks that get them the ball, not to mention teams whose defense isn't on the field the whole game. Even so, looking at skills, measurebles, and age, I would take Zach Miller today over all three.



Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 24, 2010 5:08 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Yeah Campbell is a big upgrade at QB and will help them right away but the others i don't see making immediate impacts.  the 2 OL-men were good picks but they will probably not be starting next year barring injury to others.  I like McClain but he is going to replace probably their second best defensive player (Kurt Morrison--who they practically gave away) who led the team in tackles the last 5 years.  I doubt McClain has that big of an impact on their poor run d because instead of replacing a bad player they decided to replace a good player.  The raiders are moving in the right direction with their moves but they are still at least a year or two away from contending.  But for the first time in a long time they did have a good draft.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2010 4:19 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

Lol...you need glasses. The article said that Miller is one of the best , not the best, in the AFC. The best in the NFC is Vernon Davis. Wow...looks like good things are happening to the Raiders and 49ers. 



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 24, 2010 4:04 pm
 

Campbell, draft make OAK a surprise contender

I don't know what is dumber/funnier about this article, the Raiders being surprise contenders or Jason Campbell making the Raiders surprise contenders. 


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