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Raiders live chat with Jerry McDonald, Tuesday, 1 p.m. PDT

By Jon Becker
Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 3:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Join Jerry McDonald for some pre-NFL draft talk on Tuesday, April 21 at 1 p.m. PDT during our weekly Raiders live chat.

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    # Dakota Says:
    April 21st, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Jerry yelled at M Lonetree during the chat…

    lol

    that was funny

    DAMN YOU M! I SAID THIS YEAR!!!!!
    ____________________________________________________

    Bwahahahhaa!

  • severeraider

    My draft

    Rd1- Michael Crabtree WR
    Rd2- Gerald Cadogan OT
    Rd3- Lawrence Sidbury Jr. DE
    Rd4- Chris Baker
    Rd4- Mike Mitchell S*
    Rd7-Cody Glenn OLB

    *will be acquired through a draft day trade

  • NoMoreFargas

    What’s up nation.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!!
    Hows y’all doing this morning?

  • OAKlifer

    Morning Nation!!!

    Jerry MAC wants Crabbs!!!!!!!

    So do I….What the hell right, try for the homerun swing hope fully we never draftg this high again might as well take the BEST player available and hope he is a star!!!

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Good Morning Raider Nation.

    The jockeying for draft position is getting hectic and full of smoke. If the 2 QB’s go in the top 5, then our pick will be so much better. LT or Crabtree.

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Hwnrdr, NMF, OAKlifer, exla …

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning RaiderRockstar,
    1 day closer to 4-25-09 4:00 p.m. E.D.T.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I watched NFL Live last night and Trey Wingo had James Hasty, Marcellus Wiley & Nnamdi Asomugha on the panel.

    They asked Nnamdi what he thought the Raiders would do. He said that the trend has been to build the offense with guys like Robert Gallery, JaMarcus Russell, Zach Miller and Darren McFadden.

    Funny he didn’t mention Barnes, Henderson, Higgins or Schilens. Not even Fargas, Bush or Walker …

    He said that the Raiders should add a dynamic wide receiver on offense to give Russell a go to guy and a deep threat to stretch the field. somebody to make plays and score points

    Mel Kiper Jr. got on there with Nnamdi and asked him if he would rather have Jeremy Maclin and William Beatty or Andre Smith and Mohamed Massaquoi … Nnamdi picked Maclin!

    your thoughts?

  • RaiderRockstar

    They asked Nnamdi about Russell and he said Russell has all the physical tools, but needs to improve on the mental aspect of the game. Basically indicating that he’s dumber than a stack of bricks … he thought Jeff Garcia might help in this area

    Nnamdi said that a shutdown corner is more important than a dominant pass rusher (big surprise). He said that a defense can bring heat from the LB or safety position, but a shutdown corner is alone on an island. When did Rob Ryan ever blitz or send LB’s or DB’s with a full head of steam at the QB? maybe 3 times per season? Is this part of the Marshall plan to be more aggressive on D? Nnamdi obviously wouldn’t have said that if we were still going to implement a Ryanesque style of defense, right?

    Wingo said that the Raiders have excellent return guys, but Higgins is basically just a special teams guy right now. Nnamdi remained silent

    Interesting, huh?

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I hope we play the Lions soon. What a diss in this article. “If you get rid of Matt Millen, you don’t want to be like Al Davis.” http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AlIMbhH.nI.azX9lYn2nvSA5nYcB?slug=dw-lionssign042109&prov=yhoo&type=lgns

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    I would assume that Nnamdi discussed defensive plans and changes to defense before he agreed to the new contract. He’s alway been in direct contact with AD.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Draft analysis: Andre Smith

    For the past two days, we examined the top-two receivers in the draft — Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin — and what they could do for the Raiders if drafted with the No. 7 overall pick three days from now.

    But be sure, the Raiders need more than a wide receiver to fix their struggling passing and scoring offense. The best receivers in the world can only do so much for quarterback JaMarcus Russell if he doesn’t have time to launch the ball out of a crumbling pocket.

    The Raiders need an elite left tackle, and have needed one for years now. Pass protection on the left side has been a problem, and has been for years now. Penalty-free play on the edge has … well, you know the song by now.

    Raiders coach Tom Cable said there are four positions in need of addressing in this draft. Left tackle is one of them, and a major one at that. Mario Henderson has a future here, but Khalif Barnes is under a one-year deal and returning right tackle Cornell Green was in trouble before his recent arrest.

    Today, let’s look at the best left tackle expected to be available at No. 7 — while assuming the top-two, Eugene Monroe of Virginia and Jason Smith of Baylor, won’t be.

    ANDRE SMITH, OT, Alabama

    Scouting report: The 6-4, 332-pounder won college’s award as the top lineman for a reason. He’s mighty quick for someone his size, making him able to accelerate to the second level in run blocking while being strong and long-armed enough to keep edge rushers at bay. And don’t bother trying to bull-rush the man.

    Pros: He has the potential to be a star right out of the gate, something that eluded their previous three first-round tackles (Mo Collins, Matt Stinchcomb and Robert Gallery). Size doesn’t really matter in a zone-blocking scheme, which favors speed and athleticism. What makes Smith different is he has it all. Not that Al Davis burns through coaches, but Smith can easily adapt to a power scheme if a coaching change brings a new system.

    Cons: It’s the off-the-field stuff that hammers the guy. He was suspended from Alabama’s bowl game because of contact with an agent. He was not in shape for the NFL combine, then bailed early without giving a head’s up, then fired his agent. Davis isn’t scared off by character red flags, but Cable is much more weary. His game has inconsistencies that must be coached out of him.

    Draft impact: If the Raiders go o-line in the first round, that leaves them with fewer instant-impact wide receivers to choose from. The receiver class is deep, but up to six figure to go in the first round. In other words, the Raiders will get no better than the seventh-best receiver in the lot by Round 2. The lessened quality could force them to add a second in quantity in a thin allotment of five draft picks.

    End result: Smith can step immediately into the starting lineup, though likely at right tackle in Year 1 (as did Gallery) with Khalif Barnes and Mario Henderson competing for left tackle time. That would take pressure off Smith as he picks up Cable’s zone-blocking scheme while filling a gaping hole in the line (because right tackle Cornell Green is just about through). If there are any real concerns over his conditioning and such, Cable is more than happy to work it out of him. For once, Russell and his cannon of an arm could get enough time in the pocket to really launch a deep one.

    -David White (SF Chronicle)

  • vegas raider

    Morning Nation, in bright and early today.

    I would be pretty happy with just about anyone at #7, other than Maclin or tits Smith. Not all these “top 10″ prospects will pan out, some will be huge busts, and my money would be on Maclin and Smith being the best candidates.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Crabtree says he can run a sub 4.4

    Al Davis is a players owner and probably wouldn’t make him prove it …

    Mel Kiper Jr. said that the Browns are leaning toward Raji or Orakpo in this draft, assuming Aaron Curry won’t be there. He’s pretty sure they are going defense, even if Braylon Edwards gets traded to the Giants. They will get their WR with the Giants pick #28 overall and maybe another with their high pick in Round 2.

    The Browns worked out Kenny Britt on Tuesday. They also had recent visits with North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks and Georgia WR Mohamed Massaquoi

  • RaiderRockstar

    where are Dirt Lot, LMN & 4eva?

  • vegas raider

    Anyone read the book about Michael Oher? If we draft him I’ll certainly read it, Michael Lewis’ books are usually pretty good. I read Moneyball, and part of Liars Poker.

  • RaiderRockstar

    TRADE WINDS BLOWING

    The Raiders are fielding numerous calls from throughout the league about the possibility of their trading out of the No. 7 spot in the NFL Draft on April 25-26.

    Raiders coach Tom Cable said earlier this month that he is aware of managing general partner Al Davis’ history of holding on to his first-round picks but that the Raiders had to be open to breaking from tradition if the opportunity presented itself.
    One Raiders official said Tuesday that the Raiders haven’t received any suitable offers for the No. 7 pick as of yet. He added that the Raiders also are listening to offers for running back Justin Fargas, quarterback Andrew Walter, cornerback Stanford Routt, safety Michael Huff and defensive end Derrick Burgess.
    Burgess has only one year left on his contract, is coming off an injury-plagued season and his production has dropped off the past two seasons. He also didn’t endear himself to Cable and the Raiders by taking so long to return from a triceps injury last season.

    -Raider Beat

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    RRS…

    Morning! im here, I have been out buying a new bed, haven’t slept very good lately so I thought it was time for an upgrade!

  • jhill

    So Nnamdi doesn’t think that JLH, Shields, or Schillens is that dynamic WR that JRuss needs?

    Well that’s surprising, LOL! Maybe the kids won’t get the year to prove they are anything more than we already know they are. It is what it is.

    And can we now stop with the Maclin is JLH comparisons?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Running back Justin Fargas and quarterback Andrew Walter might be the property of new teams by the end of the draft proceedings. Neither player has much trade value, but either has the potential to fetch a late-round pick or be packaged to move up in a round to get a particular player the team really wants.

    -Raider Beat (posted today)

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Vegas, LMN, Jhill …

    whats up fellas?

  • jhill

    So which is it RRS?

    JRuss is dumb?

    Has bad footwork?

    Has no WRs?

    Has residual happy feet and jitters from post harrisatlefttackle-itis?

    Is inexperienced?

    Had 3 diff offenses in 1 season?

    Has zero excuses this year?

    Or does he with the new case of hendersonorbarnesatltallseason-itis flowing through HQ?

    I dunno?

  • vegas raider

    Nmamdi goes up against those guys in practice, and probably feels based on what he sees that those guys are light years away from what he normally faces on Sundays.

  • vegas raider

    Morning Rockstar, I want to get excited about the trade opportunities, but when I read it was from the Raider beat, I dismiss it immediately.

  • jhill

    Incredible day in So Cal RRS.

    Back and forth from outside to in as nice as it is.

    Top of the morning.

  • jhill

    The RB guys got that from Jerry’s chat yesterday, LOL!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill:

    Jeremy Maclin had 102 catches for 1260 yards and 13 TD’s last year. He had 80 catches for 1055 yards and 9 TD’s the year before that …

    I agree. He’s not Higgins. Just because he has speed and can be utilized as a returner does not mean they are equally as talented as a WR.

    Can Higgins run routes and catch balls as well as Maclin? I don’t think so.

    Higgins was behind Walker, Carter, Curry and Lelie on the depth chart last year. He was even behind Mike Williams & Tim Dwight on the depth chart as a rookie.

    Maclin is a projected Day 1 starter. Higgins was not and is not …

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    Morning Vegas & Jhill

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vegas & Jhill: you guys are probably right …

    Raider Beat is a joke!

    was just killing time browsing different sites this morning since the AM crew had not arrived yet

  • NoMoreFargas

    Was Jlh even a no.1 wr at Utep him and maclin are close in size but no where near the same when it comes to being a wr, but I would still address the o-line

  • vegas raider

    Both Maclin and Crabs were much highly regarded coming out of HS than any of our young guys, were much more productive in college, and are higher regarded in the draft. On talent and skills, which the draft and college recruiting is all about, both those guys are well ahead of JLH and Schilens.

    I just worry that Maclin relied on speed in college, and speed alone won’t get it done in the league. If we had to pick which guy in the top 10-15 range is going to be the “bust”, which no doubt at least two guys will be, Maclin and one of the QB’s seem like the logical choices.

    Morning LMN, enjoy the new “sack”.

  • vegas raider

    Raider beat has some decent food for thought at times, but all there “Scoops” , Porter coming back, Walker being cut, etc., are bogus.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill post #523

    I’m not sure what it is with Russell. I just want to give the kid a solid O-Line and WR corps to work with, as well as some continuity in the coaching staff.

    Cable, Tollner, Hackett and Garcia is a HUGE improvement over Kiffin, Knapp, Defillipo & Tui!

    Knapp was the only guy there with NFL experience and he’s a run oriented guy. He failed to transform Vick into an elite passing QB. He did some good things with Jeff Garcia … I’m guessing it helped Garcia having a mentor like Steve Young too though

  • RaiderRockstar

    vegas raider: I disagree

    I think the two biggest BOOM or BUST picks in the Top 10 are Andre Smith & BJ Raji

    In Round 1 as a whole I’d say Mark Sanchez and DHB

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    Vegas…

    absolutely, Raider Beat, is nothing but a fan site where they are thinking loud… no, absolutely no news-value..

  • vegas raider

    Rockstar,

    See post #514, where I say Maclin and Smith are the biggest bust potential, so we agree on one of them. I don’t see it in Sanchez either, and I am an admitted Pac-10 homer.

    I think Raji will be solid, not great but not a “bust”. Time will tell………

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    New thread…

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