Tag:Oakland Raiders
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:49 pm
 

Biggest loser in McNabb trade? Jimmy Clausen

Over the past few weeks there has been increasing talk in the scouting community that the Washington Redskins were going to do something at the quarterback position. With the draft less than a month away, I (and the league personnel I'd spoken with) generally presumed that the Redskins would focus their quarterback search there. With Sam Bradford essentially unattainable , the belief was that Washington would select Jimmy Clausen with the 4th overall pick.

Obviously, Washington went in another direction with their quarterback search, landing Donovan McNabb for their 37th overall selection in the 2010 draft and a conditional 3rd-4th round pick in 2011.

And because the Redskins filled their need at quarterback, Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen could see a significant drop on draft day.

Considering the big contract signed by Matt Cassell last year, the Chiefs aren't likely to reunite Charlie Weis and Clausen with the fifth pick. Similarly, the Seahawks gave up too much in trade and contract money for they to be likely to use the sixth overall pick on the Irish passer. Cleveland president Mike Holmgren has publicly admitted that he's not a huge Clausen fan. The Raiders won't take him with JaMarcus Russell still drawing checks.

The only obvious contenders in the top ten are the final two teams within it -- the Buffalo Bills at No. 9 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 10. With neither of these clubs guaranteed to take the hotly debated Clausen, his "slip" on draft day could prove even steeper.

The slip from the potential 4th overall choice to No. 9 doesn't sound that significant until you look at the contracts.

Assume for a moment that Clausen would have been the 4th overall choice. He likely would have signed a deal slightly better than the one received by last year's 4th overall pick, Aaron Curry. Curry signed a six year deal for 60 million, including 34 million guaranteed.

The ninth overall pick last year, nose guard BJ Raji, signed a five year deal with Green Bay for 28.5 million, including 18 million guaranteed.
Posted on: March 9, 2010 5:44 pm
 

Top prospects do little at OU Pro Day

There was a lot of hype surrounding the Oklahoma Pro Day -- enough that representatives from nearly every team showed up (including a handful of head coaches and front office executives. In fact, 31 of the NFL's 32 teams were present. Only the Raiders weren't represented.

As it turned out, however, most of them could have stayed home as the top prospects didn't do much of anything to alter their grades.

According to scouts I spoke to who attended the workout:

Quarterback Sam Bradford , as I reported yesterday, did not attend the Pro Day.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (6-4, 298) and tight end Jermaine Gresham (6-5, 259) were measured, but did not participate in any drills. Both measured in a few pounds different today than they had at the Combine (McCoy was 295, Gresham was 261, respectively). Offensive tackle Trent Williams also elected to stand on most of his Combine results, but did participate in the short shuttle (4.4) and 3-cone drill (7.4).

Gresham may have helped his cause with a "solid showing" in receiving and blocking drills.

Another potential first round pick -- cornerback Dominique Franks , a 5-11, 191 pound junior -- bettered his Combine time in the 40-yard from 4.52 seconds to times varying from 4.44-4.50, according to scouts in attendance.

The two players who may have helped themselves the most were players not invited to the Combine and thereby forced to take advantage of the high number of scouts attending.

Offensive guard Brian Simmons was not invited to the Combine, but perhaps should have been -- especially considering the relatively weak crop of talent at the position this year. Simmons measured in at 6-4 1/4, 315 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash between 5.19-5.26. He was timed at 4.75 in the short shuttle, 7.61 in the 3-cone and posted a 28" vertical jump and a 8-10" broad jump.

Nose guard DeMarcus Granger (6-1, 320) may have helped his cause by showing off his strength. He posted a Pro Day-high 32 reps of 225 pounds. 


Posted on: February 27, 2010 3:28 pm
 

Maryland OT Bruce Campbell dazzles in drills

Characterized by some as the Vernon Davis of offensive tackles, Maryland's Bruce Campbell proved just as dazzling in Combine drills today as his fellow former Terp did in 2006.

Campbell, who measured in at 6-6 1/2 and 316 pounds, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, according to NFL.com. The time was the fastest recorded by any offensive lineman tested Saturday. Campbell also lifted 225 pounds 34 times -- an especially impressive total considering his very long (36 1/2") arms.

More important to scouts than Campbell's speed and explosive power, however, was how easily he moved in drills. Campbell has a very deep kick-step, showing good balance and the agility to slide laterally in "mirroring" his opponent.

The eye-popping test results speak to what we've been saying about Campbell for months. In terms of potential, Bruce Campbell is the best tackle talent in this draft. With only 17 career starts, however, he remains a very raw prospect.

Vernon Davis used his spectacular workout to leap into the top ten, ultimately being the sixth overall pick by the 49ers in 2006. Expect to see a team make a similarly aggressive move for Campbell based on his potential. The Raiders, who own the eighth pick, are a logical candidate due to their need for a left tackle and owner Al Davis' affinity for great athletes.

 
Posted on: April 26, 2009 10:17 am
 

Good morning NFL Draft

Good morning to everyone...

Well, Day one is in the books and Day two begins in just a few moments. Expect the picks to come pretty fast and furious to start things off as the teams have had all evening to sift through the notes, digest what happened yesterday and react today.

Some of the initial surprises I had yesterday was the run on wide receivers, dropping of offensive tackles, the Oakland Reachers, and the Denver Blowups.

Certainly no one can fault the Giants and Titans for finishing the first round with receivers Hakeem Nicks and Kenny Britt, given their needs -- and many had forecasted the clubs would pick precisely who they picked -- but it was still a bit of a surprise to some veteran scouts to see those two clubs take wideouts in the first round. The Giants and Titans had historically stayed away from the position in the first round.

With receivers and pass rushers taking up so many picks, a few of the top rated offensive tackles slipped down the board. I saw the writing on the wall a bit with Eben Britton and William Beatty in a few late conversations with clubs heading into the draft, which is why I dropped each from my final mock, but I was surprised to see Phil Loadholt slip out. It did not surprise me at all, however, to see the Vikings end up with Loadholt. According to my sources, he was in strong consideration with their first pick, but the team couldn't pass up the opportunity for a playmaker like Percy Harvin.

I'm annually stunned by the some of the selections that come from the Oakland Raiders... I was among those who projected Heyward-Bey to the Raiders at #7. My fellow senior analyst Chad Reuter was the first to make this projection, I believe, and correctly forecast it among our 5 Bold Predictions, as well. However, the selection of the safety Mitchell in the second round sent shockwaves throughout the league. Interesting player with a lot of upside and certainly was moving up the board, but the two teams I polled immediately after the pick had him pegged in the 6th and 7th rounds, respectively.

And those Broncos... Wow. Don't get me wrong, I love the Moreno pick. Love it. But after that, things started to slip and then snowball terribly. Ayers at #18 didn't surprise me, but I'm lower on him than many are. I was stunned by the decision to trade next year's first round pick to the Seahawks for #37 overall. Only a few picks later, the Seahawks traded back into the 2nd round with Denver with their 3rd and 4th rounders. Not only did the total points from the 3rd and 4th round picks not equate to the value of Denver's second (so Seattle won this trade, according to the chart), by flipping 2nd rounders, the Seahawks essentially gave up a 3rd and 4th round pick for the Broncos 1st next year. Considering the Broncos finished last season 8-8 with Jay Cutler, this could turn out to be a historically bad trade for the Broncos.

It certainly puts a lot of pressure on the Broncos to draft well with the 3rd and 4th round picks acquired for this draft.

Have fun today... 
Posted on: April 24, 2009 7:20 pm
 

OT that slips by STL could keep slipping...

It is generally assumed that the St. Louis Rams are going to take one of the top tackles with the second overall pick. The consensus is that the pick will be either Baylor's Jason Smith or Virginia's Eugene Monroe.

The tackle not selected by the Rams could take a serious tumble down the board, according to the latest rumors circulating throughout the league.

The Chiefs will consider one of the tackles, especially Monroe, I'm told. However, most believe the Chiefs have locked in on either Wake Forest linebacker or LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson with third pick and will allow either tackle to continue to slide past.

Seattle also has concerns along the offensive line and are thought to be higher on Jason Smith. Still, they seem to be focused more, at this point, on USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree and Curry, should he remain available.

Cleveland, is obviously set at left tackle with young Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, but may consider one of the tackles for the right side. The fifth overall pick on a right tackle seems is pretty steep, however, especially when insiders suggest the Browns are locking in on either Sanchez or Boston College defensive tackle BJ Raji.

Cincinnati would seem like the logical landing point for the tackles, but I'm told offensive line coach Paul Alexander loves Andre Smith and wants to take him over any other tackle in this draft. Few teams take their position coaches' opinions into account more than the Bengals, and it isn't difficult to understand why, considering the success the Bengals have had in developing several quality (non-first round) offensive linemen over the years, including Eric Steinbach, Stacy Andrews and Andre Whitworth, among others...

The Raiders certainly need help along the offensive line, but I'm told Al Davis is going to devote much of the draft towards acquiring weapons for JaMarcus Russell... I'd argue that protecting his blindside would be a good way to towards helping Russell out, but the Raiders think differently than most teams on draft day and seem to be leaning towards a receiver...

The Jaguars could be the first realistic option for the falling tackle -- and even they are certainly no lock considering the fact that they signed Tra Thomas in free agency... Watch out for a small trade up from Green Bay (#9) or San Francisco (#10) who would each welcome the falling tackle on their team.

Considering the tackle passed by St. Louis at #2 could be available this late, some lucky team may be poised to be one of the few top ten drafting teams to actually get a bargain on draft day.
 
 
 
 
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