Saturday, April 19, 2014

Prospect Visits (Cont'd)

Raiders met with Valdosta State WR Gerald Ford.  Ford is a big body receiver who was named Gulf South Conference Offensive POTY in the winter of 2012.














The Raiders will also host former USC DE/OLB Morgan Breslin.  Breslin, like Miles Burris is a local kid who grew up in Northern California.  Hails from Walnut Creek, CA.




Updated from WalterFootball.com:

SR - Senior Bowl meeting.
EW - East-West Shrine meeting.
COM - Combine meeting.
INT - Interested.
VINT - Very Interested.
PRO - Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
LOC - Local visit.
PRI - Private visit.
% - indicates more than one meeting.
# - indicates meeting set up outside of the 2014 Senior Bowl or the 2014 East-West Shrine Game

Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue (EW)
Ken Bishop, DL, Northern Illinois (PRI)
Blake Bortles%, QB, Central Florida (PRI) (COM)
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (SR) (VINT)
Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky (INT)
Bashaud Breeland, DB, Clemson (PRI)
Morgan Breslin, LB, USC (PRI)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (COM)
Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas (EW)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (PRI) (VINT)
Gianni Carter, WR, Duquesne (PRO)
Jadeveon Clowney, DL, South Carolina (PRI)
Austin Flynn, DL, Arkansas (PRO)
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (PRI)
Willie Gibson, WR, Cumberlands (VINT)
Tyler Hoover, DL, Michigan State (PRO)
Mike Hunchak, OL, Hofstra (INT)
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (PRI)
Keith Lewis, DB, Virigina-Lynch (PRI)
Keon Lyn, DB, Syracuse (PRI)
Aaron Lynch, DL, South Florida (PRI)
Johnny Manziel%, QB, Texas A&M (PRI) (COM)
Dexter McDougle, DB, Maryland (PRI)
Zach Mettenberger%, QB, LSU (PRO) (COM)
Terrance Mitchell, DB, Oregon (PRI)
Zach Moore, DL, Concordia (PRI)
Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee (EW)
Weston Richburg, OL, Colorado State (SR)
Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh (PRI)
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State (PRI)
Chaz Sutton, DL, South Carolina (PRI/PRO)
Brandon Thomas, OL, Clemson (PRI*)
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (COM)
Brent Urban, DL, Virginia (SR)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Kaelin Burnett and Matt McCants

LB Kaelin Burnett and OT Matt McCants have signed their Exclusive Rights Tenders with the Oakland Raiders.

ALL IN BABY!

Photo courtesy of @raiders
Photo courtesy of @raiders



Sunday, April 13, 2014

BoJack's Big Board 4.13.14

Big Board Top 50 Prospects



1. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
3. Greg Robinson OT Auburn
4. Khalil Mack DE/LB Buffalo
5. Jake Matthews OT TAMU
6. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
7. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
8. Mike Evans WR TAMU
9. Anthony Barr LB UCLA
10. Kony Ealy DE Mizzou


11. Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
12. Derek Carr QB Fresno State
13. Blake Bortles QB UCF
14. Marqise Lee WR USC
15. Eric Ebron TE UNC
16. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
17. Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
18. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
19. Odell Beckham Jr. LSU
20. CJ Mosely LB Alabama


21. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
22. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
23. Rashede Hageman DT Minnesota
24. Zack Martin OT Notre Dame
25. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
26. Davante Adams WR Fresno State
27. Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
28. Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame
29. Kyle Van Noy LB BYU
30. Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA


31. Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
32. Allen Robinson WR Penn State
33. Johnny Manziel QB TAMU
34. Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
35. Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
36. Jason Verrett CB TCU
37. Stephon Tuitt DE/DT Notre Dame
38. Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama
39. Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
40. Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State


41. Morgan Moses OT Virginia
42. Tre Mason RB Auburn
43. Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
44. David Yankey OG Stanford
45. Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
46. Jimmie Ward SS NIU
47. Dee Ford DE/LB Auburn
48. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
49. Bishop Sankey RB Washington
50. Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame




QUARTERBACK:
1. Teddy Bridgewater Louisville
2. Derek Carr Fresno State
3. Blake Bortles UCF
4. Johnny Manziel TAMU
5. Jimmy Garoppolo EIU
6. AJ McCarron Alabama
7. David Fales SJSU
8. Zach Mettenberger LSU
9. Tajh Boyd Clemson
10. Tom Savage Pittsburgh


RUNNING BACK:
1. Carlos Hyde Ohio State
2. Tre Mason Auburn
3. Bishop Sankey Washington
4. Ka'Deem Carey Arizona
5. Jeremy Hill LSU
6. Charles Sims WVU
7. Lache Seatrunk Baylor
8. Terrence West Towson
9. Andre Williams Boston College
10. Devonte Freeman Florida State


WIDE RECEIVER:
1. Sammy Watkins Clemson
2. Mike Evans TAMU
3. Marqise Lee USC
4. Brandin Cooks Oregon State
5. Odell Beckham Jr. LSU
6. Davante Adams Fresno State
7. Kelvin Benjamin Florida State
8. Allen Robinson Penn State
9. Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt
10. Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
11. Martavis Bryant Clemson
12. Paul Richardson Colorado
13. Cody Latimer Indiana
14. Bruce Ellington South Carolina
15. Josh Huff Oregon


TIGHT END:
1. Eric Ebron UNC
2. Jace Amaro Texas Tech
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
4. Troy Niklas Notre Dame
5. CJ Fiedorowicz Iowa


OFFENSIVE TACKLE:
1. Greg Robinson Auburn
2. Jake Matthews TAMU
3. Taylor Lewan Michigan
4. Zack Martin Notre Dame
5. Cyrus Kouandijo Alabama
6. Morgan Moses Virginia
7. Joel Bitonio Nevada
8. Antonio Richardson Tennessee
9. Jack Mewhort Ohio State
10. JuWuan James Tennessee


CENTER / OFFENSIVE GUARD:
1. Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA
2. David Yankey Stanford
3. Gabe Jackson Miss State
4. Marcus Martin USC
5. Trai Turner LSU
6. Brandon Thomas Clemson*
7. Weston Richburg Colorado State
8. Dakota Dozier Furman
9. Travis Swanson Arkansas
10. John Halapio Florida


DEFENSIVE END:
1. Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina
2. Kony Ealy Mizzou
3. Dee Ford Auburn
4. Scott Crichton Oregon State
5. Trent Murphy Stanford
6. Demarcus Lawrence Boise State
7. Marcus Smith Louisville
8. Kareem Martin UNC
9. Will Clarke West Virginia
10. Chris Smith Arkansas


DEFENSIVE TACKLE:
1. Aaron Donald Pittsburgh
2. Rashede Hageman Minnesota
3. Timmy Jernigan Florida State
4. Louis Nix III Notre Dame
5. Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame
6. Will Sutton Arizona State
7. Dominique Easley Florida*
8. Kelcy Quarles South Carolina
9. Ego Ferguson LSU
10. Anthony Johnson LSU


OUTSIDE LINEBACKER:
1. Khalil Mack Buffalo
2. Anthony Barr UCLA
3. Kyle Van Noy BYU
4. Ryan Shazier Ohio State
5. Dee Ford Auburn
6. Carl Bradford Arizona State
7. Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech
8. Trevor Reilly Utah
9. Christian Kirksey Iowa
10. Jordan Tripp Montana


INSIDE LINEBACKER:
1. CJ Mosely Alabama
2. Chris Borland Wisconsin
3. Shayne Skov Stanford
4. Christian Jones Florida State
5. Yawin Smallwood UConn


CORNERBACK:
1. Justin Gilbert Oklahoma State
2. Darqueze Dennard Michigan State
3. Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech
4. Jason Verrett TCU
5. Bradley Roby Ohio State
6. Keith McGill Utah
7. Lamarcus Joyner Florida State
8. Bashaud Breeland Clemson
9. Marcus Roberson Florida
10. Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska


SAFETY:
1. Calvin Pryor Louisville
2. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
3. Deone Buccannon Washington State
4. Jimmie Ward NIU
5. Ed Reynolds Stanford
6. Dion Bailey USC
7. Terrence Brooks Florida State
8. Craig Loston LSU
9. Ahmad Dixon Baylor
10. Kenny Ladler Vanderbilt

Friday, April 11, 2014

Black Reign

You Have To Have Faith.  Let's Get It On Oakland.

Less Than A Month Away From The 2014 NFL Draft!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Pre-Draft Visits (Updated 4.14.14)

The Oakland Raiders have conducted or will conduct private workouts with the following 2014 NFL Draft Prospects:

CB Terrance Mitchell - Oregon (April 12th)
QB Blake Bortles - Central Florida (April 14th)
Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews (April 14th)

All three will privately visit and work out with Oakland before the Draft.

















Per WalterFootball.com... South Florida DE Aaron Lynch has had a private workout with Oakland, as well as Clemson Offensive Lineman Brandon Thomas.  Lynch has a huge ceiling, but may have even bigger maturity issues, he is very young, but has talent.  Brandon Thomas tore his ACL working out for New Orleans last week...he was likely going to be a 2nd to 3rd Rd. pick, now he will likely drop a round or two and will medically sit out most, if not all of the 2014-2015 season.





Maryland CB Dexter McDougle will visit Oakland



Crown Jewel Defensive Prospect Jadeveon Clowney will visit Oakland next week...



DE Zach Moore - Concordia, St. Paul will visit Raiders (date n/a)



Marshall OT Garrett Scott will visit Raiders (date n/a)













Pitt QB Tom Savage will visit Oakland on Friday, 4/10



CB Brashaud Breeland - Clemson visited Oakland (date was unknonwn)



CB Kyle Fuller - Virginia Tech will visit the Raiders (date unknown), Fuller is one of the more complete CB prospects in this draft and would fit nicely for Oakland in Tarver's versatile scheme.  Likely a possible 2nd Rd. target.  Mayock loves Fuller.

Thanks to Mario Clavel and draftbreakdown.com for providing the video!



QB Zach Mettenberger - LSU will visit the Raiders (April 8th)

Thanks to JPDraftJedi for providing the film!


Per WalterFootball.com ---

SR - Senior Bowl meeting.
EW - East-West Shrine meeting.
COM - Combine meeting.
INT - Interested.
VINT - Very Interested.
PRO - Pro Day meeting.
LOC - Local visit.
PRI - Private visit.
% - indicates more than one meeting.
# - indicates meeting set up outside of the 2014 Senior Bowl or the 2014 East-West Shrine Game.


Ricardo Allen, CB, Purdue (EW)
Ken Bishop, DL, Northern Illinois (PRI)
Blake Bortles %, QB, Central Florida (PRI) (COM) 




Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (SR) (VINT)
Xavius Boyd, LB, Western Kentucky (INT)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (COM)
Carrington Byndom, CB, Texas (EW)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (PRI) (VINT)
Gianni Carter, WR, Duquesne (PRO)
Willie Gibson, WR, Cumberlands (VINT)
Mike Hunchak, OL, Monmouth (INT) 




Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana (PRI)
Keon Lyn, DB, Syracuse (PRI)
Johnny Manziel %, QB, Texas A&M (PRI) (COM)
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (COM)
Rajion Neal, RB, Tennessee (EW)
Weston Richburg, OL, Colorado State (SR)
Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech (COM)
Brent Urban, DL, Virginia (SR)


...

WR Cody Latimer - Indiana (April 14th)



QB Johnny Manziel - Texas A&M (April 6th - April 7th)



DT Ken Bishop - Northern Illinois (April 15th)




















OLB Ryan Shazier - Ohio State (undisclosed date, workout conducted)




CB Keith Lewis - Virginia Univ. of Lynchburg (April 7th)



(To be updated as the pre-draft countdown continues...)

Monday, March 31, 2014

CB Carlos Rogers Signed

The Raiders continue to fill their missing pieces in the secondary with veteran defensive backs.  This marks the second take-away from the cross-Bay franchise.

Rogers will likely serve as the slot corner in Jason Tarver's diverse defensive scheme.
















4/4/2014 - The Oakland Raiders signed free agent P Daniel Zychlinski


MJD Signing Thoughts, #DJaxtoOakland and Updated Top 32


I thought the Raiders should go out and get Maurice Jones-Drew before the start of free agency.  My thought process was that the fit was perfect.  Rashad Jennings, MJD's backup excelled in his role.  A healthy MJD is a much talented and productive player.  Now that he's officially a Raider, he's coming home.  Just a few years ago, both MJD and Darren McFadden shared the backfield in the Pro Bowl.  Now they're going to share the workload in 2014.

The general consensus with the national media is that MJD is not the same player he was and he's just another also-ran declining veteran that Reggie McKenzie's collected this offseason.  There are only a few out there that think this is a good signing or that MJD will have a productive year.  Is the negativity because its the Raiders or is MJD really washed up?

Looking at it from a production standpoint, MJD did have a down year.  The Jaguars were also one of four teams that were worse than the Raiders last year.  With the only other legit offensive weapon in Justin Blackmon playing all but 4 games last year, opponents stacked the box and dared Jacksonville to throw the ball.  Obviously a tandem of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne didn't strike any fear for an opposing secondary.  On top of seeing 7 man fronts on a regular basis, MJD was coming off a serious Lisfranc injury that derailed his 2012 season which, interestingly enough, ended against Oakland.

The good news is that MJD is going to be one extra year removed from the serious midfoot injury.  He's also going to be playing close to home.  MJD has always found a way to motivate himself and bounce back.  What kind of player he will be for Oakland remains to be seen, but I'm gonna put my money on MJD.

Even better is the money that the Raiders will be committing to MJD.  Word was leaked today that his deal is only worth an average of $2.5M per year.  That's a great team deal with very little money tied to the salary cap.  Kudos to Reggie for signing him to a team friendly deal.  Not only does he help Oakland in the short term, but it also keeps the teams options open with cap space for the future.

Here's a E:60 on Jones-Drew from back in 2011.  It shows the type of competitor MJD is and what kind of person he is off the field.  I've followed him since his UCLA days and personally I'm stoked to see the Raiders bringing in a player who has something to prove AND is a great veteran fixture in the locker room and in the community.



I may be in the minority when it comes to DeSean Jackson and his possible (imminent?) signing with Oakland.  I'm not 100% on board with his addition to the Raiders.  First and foremost, as a Raiders fan, I would love to see an offensive weapon be added to the roster.  The Raiders haven't had a legitimate perimeter threat since pre-Jamarcus Russell.  Jackson would instantly upgrade and enhance the signings of Matt Schaub, MJD, and James Jones.  He would be the key in stretching the field and opening up the Raiders offense.  The other added element in Jackson's game that has been lacking as of late for the Raiders is the return game.  From the potential of what D-Jax would bring to Oakland, the ability to sign him and bring him back to the Bay would be a win-win.

I'd be lying though if I said I'm not worried about some of D-Jax's off the field associations.  The NJ.com article using Aaron Hernandez in their article about D-Jax's purported gang ties was ridiculous.  Hernandez was convicted of manslaughter.  He actively took part in the death of another human being.  Though D-Jax may have some ties to the Crips, that could very well just be childhood buddies and school friends that he's still in touch with.  Jackson went to Long Beach Poly High School and that surrounding area of Southern California is well known to have a presence of both Crips and Bloods.  It is a cause for concern that his off-field associations and activities may have a negative effect on him as a team player.

If this was any other year besides this one, I'd be inclined to think that the Jackson to Oakland idea was a bad idea.  With no veteran leadership and an unstable QB situation, Jackson would probably have a meltdown every week.  He'd probably have ended up with every other failed free agent WR experiment (ie. Jerry Porter, Randy Moss, Javon Walker).  When there is a player who's seen as a diva at WR, it only works if there is a experienced veteran QB in place.  A developmental QB like Terelle Pryor throwing to Jackson would have been a recipe for disaster.

But this is no longer the case in Oakland.  Even with a bad year, Matt Schaub is still an experienced veteran with Pro Bowl credentials.  That might not be on the Peyton Manning or Phillip Rivers level (like HC Dennis Allen compared it to), but its a huge upgrade from an inconsistent QB who's still learning to throw or an undrafted free agent behind center.  This team is now also loaded with respected veterans with the additions of the aforementioned Schaub, James Jones, Justin Tuck, Lamarr Woodley, and Antonio Smith.  Having guys like that in the locker room could help Jackson keep his mind right and on football.

The thing that will determine if Jackson is a good or bad fit is the contract.  I'm almost certain that Jackson will go to whatever team that will pay him the most.  The Jets have the most money left in cap space and the presence of Michael Vick might tempt him enough to sign there (if New York is interested of course).  Jackson is visiting the Redskins today.  Robert Griffin to Jackson might be too enticing for owner Dan Snyder to resist.  It would be a double get for the Redskins adding a weapon like Jackson and keeping him within the same division as his former team.

But the point that I'm making is that as much as there are ties to California and the Bay area, Jackson is not going to play at a bargain price.  He's been unhappy in the past with his contract situation and has made it known publicly.  #DJaxtoOakland may be trending, but ultimately he's going to go to the highest bidder, whether or not its Oakland.  If Reggie holds true to form with his offseason dealings, he's not going to overpay or get tied up to any deal that weighs down the team.

DRAFT IMPLICATIONS


The addition of Maurice Jones-Drew tells me that the Raiders most likely will not draft a running back.  McKenzie recently stated that none of the additions this offseason will affect the way he approaches the draft.  That means of course he values talent over need.  I think if the Raiders stick with their picks and don't acquire additional picks, they're going to pass on RB in the early rounds.  With a crowded backfield of MJD, DMac and Latavius Murray, even a talent like Bishop Sankey or Ka'Deem Carey in the early rounds wouldn't make sense.  Not with the other positions that need upgrading.  If Murray shows anything this year, he could be the back of the future for Oakland.

So if the Raiders do go RB, it will most likely be in the later part of the draft.  A couple of late RB possibilites:  Rajion Neal (Tennessee), Silas Redd (USC), Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State), Alfred Blue (LSU) and Brandon Oliver (Buffalo).

I don't want to speculate too much into what D-Jax's addition will do for the team's draft strategy until he officially becomes a Raider.  But I will say that if Sammy Watkins is on deck at pick #5, the Raiders must draft him, with or without Jackson on the roster.  A player like Watkins is too good to pass up on.  If the Raiders did get D-Jax, I'd be inclined to think that they'd probably trade Denarius Moore for a pick.  Its not that I don't want him on the team, but he would be a tradable asset with a bargain rookie contract to boot.

Updated Top 32 3/31:

1. Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
2. Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
3. Greg Robinson OT Auburn
4. Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
5. Jake Matthews OT TAMU
6. Anthony Barr LB UCLA
7. Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
8. Derek Carr QB Fresno State
9. Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
10. Blake Bortles QB UCF
11. Mike Evans WR TAMU
12. Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
13. Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
14. Eric Ebron TE UNC
15. Aaron Donald DT Pitt
16. Kony Ealy DE Mizzou
17. Zach Martin OT Notre Dame
18. Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
19. Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
20. CJ Mosely LB Alabama
21. Marqise Lee WR USC
22. Johnny Manziel QB TAMU
23. Hasean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
24. Jason Verrett CB TCU
25. Rashede Hageman DT Minnesota
26. Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
27. Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame
28. Kyle Van Noy LB BYU
29. Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
30. Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
31. Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
32. Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech



Carlos Rogers Visiting...

Another former 49er cornerback is in Alameda today...


Saturday, March 29, 2014

The DeSean Jackson FA Saga...

...has just begun.

Mutual interest exists between DeSean Jackson and the Oakland Raiders...it has been reported, but not entirely confirmed, that there may be an initial deal set in place for DJax to become a Raider, but the Jackson camp will run meetings with other teams to see if the price can be driven up.

Jackson is set to visit the Washington Redskins on Monday (a divisional foe of the Eagles)...we'll just have to wait and see where this ends up going.

#DJaxToOakland overwhelmed Twitter Friday night and most of Saturday.  Raider Nation is definitely on board with Jackson becoming a Raider.  Signing Jackson would give Oakland an instant #1 WR target in a corps that has been lacking star power for far too long.

Question marks and speculation are running rampant on Jackson right now.  From gang affiliations to poor locker room morale, to missing meetings, to being extremely outspoken and disruptive...whether or not all, or any of these negatives are true...the real question is whether or not Oakland has the locker room to handle a personality like Jackson.  Football-wise, it's a no brainer...Jackson would be a huge boost for the offense.