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Gentlemen, start your engines

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 9:19 am in Oakland Raiders.

I’ll be supplying updates from Raiders HQ in Alameda throughout the day.

My final mock draft was posted in Bay Area News-Group East Bay papers this morning, with some picks I already regret.

In the interest of full disclosure, I actually had tight end Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew going to Atlanta (having worked on the draft before the trade of Tony Gonzalez to the Falcons) and only an alert copy editor (thanks, Dave Belli) saved me with a phone call.

I gave the Falcons Boston College defensive tackle Ron Brace instead, then sent Pettigrew to Arizona. That, unfortnately, bounced San Jose State defensive tackle Jarron Gilbert out of the first round, including a real clever line about jumping out of the pool and into the starting lineup.

During our mock 10-pick draft on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area Friday night, the Jacksonville selector gave some thought to Ohio State running back Chris “Beanie” Wells. I felt validated for a moment, knowing I’d picked Wells for the Jags myself to pair with Maurice Jones-Drew as a replacement for Fred Taylor.

Fellow panelists Kevin Lynch (49ers insider) and Matt Maiocco (Santa Rosa Press Democrat) told me I was crazy. You can find running backs anywhere in the draft. You don’t take them at No. 8. At least not this year. They’re probably right.

Other potential gaffes _ I left Percy Harvin out of the first round altogether, thinking if he didn’t have enough sense to show up clean to the most important weekend of his professional life, then teams would question his decision-making enough to leave him out the first round.

The general consensus is that I’ve erred big time on that score _ who cares about a toke or two when you’re a potentially devastating slot receiver? I’m usually cynical enough to realize talent trumps a minor drug issue every time. Teams and the league frown and threaten, then look the other way if it means a few electrifying touchdowns.

I also had defensive end LSU Tyson Jackson way too low, at No. 15 to Houston. He’s had some support at No. 3 to Kansas City and No. 10 to San Francisco (by Maiocco).

No confirmed deals as of yet, although the Raiders are reportedly, and not surprisingly, shopping end Derrick Burgess.

The gamble on Burgess is that he’s in a salary year, which could mean double-figure sacks. Do you ride out that potential production or move him to get a mid-round draft pick that could conceivably have little or no effect in 2009 but strengthen you for the future?

I’d lean toward keeping him and making him a nickel rusher, giving him fewer plays and keeping him fresh, riding out the last year. Sacks are hard to come by.

But the Raiders have a better idea of Burgess’ and his body type than I do. They could be shipping out a spent player, with someone else hoping for 10 sacks they’ll never see as Burgess spends half the season nursing injuries.

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  • HayesDaze37

    MR — If nothing else, you multi-guys are offering us some side entertainment during these down times! (Excepting your more vile remarks, of course — which you multi-personalities always resort to when your mental capacities become overloaded.)

    Ahh, that felt good. Cleansing. Good for the soul, even.

    ————————-

    Dear AL,

    This is a “very deep” draft, and there are a lot of players worth risking picks on. Time to TRADE DOWN ASAP, get the value for the pick and maximize this draft’s potential!

    Thank you,
    Loyal #37

  • Braveheartraider

    If we dont fix the D we’ll find out if it really was all Ryan’s fault. This is Huff’s chance now with a new scheme. We’ll find out about him too.

  • JT52

    There you go Crow

    More discipline = more plays being made on D

  • Einstein

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Crow Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “Einstein…ironic name.”

    ….

    Ha!

    Here, here.
    ———————————-

    Here, here? WTF is that? My name is ironic? Dude, you tout the name MADDEN. Madden defends Al Davis more than ANY RAIDER IN HISTORY. MADDEN LOVES AL DAVIS.

    So who’s name is ironic you dumb a$$. lol, nevermind.

  • SnB Defense

    Rob Ryan was a bad game caller for sure. The problem with blowing him up too much is that someone felt he was qualified to be a defensive coordinator AND all of his assistants found jobs with other NFL teams.

    So, was the scheme sooooo bad that simply changing it will get the team to average. Perhaps, again the playcalling was bad. But I gotta guess the talent played a BIG role in it too.

    I hear about gap discipline and tackling. Seems like pretty basic stuff that any NFL coach should be able to pick up with all the film study they do.

    Let’s give John Marshall a chance. DT,DE,MLB

  • SnB Defense

    Braveheart,

    If we don’t draft defense…this will be John Marshall’s strategy heading into games against the NFC East. Especially with the LDE and DTs on the roster.

    http://www.moviesoundclips.net/movies1/braveheart/country.mp3

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Whatever, “Einstein”. LOL.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    OMG, SnB thinks Ryan ran the D, too. They’re coming out of the woodworks today, guys. It is draft day…

  • Braveheartraider

    SnB LMFAO…

  • http://atm Raider O

    With the 7th pick, the Oakland Raiders select:

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, yeh, I’m the only person on the planet who realizes Al Davis is the biggest problem with this team. Every single person who comes in here and talks about that just has to be me. Because there is only one. Me. You’re a genius. National Geographic channel should do a show on you.

  • Einstein

    MaddenRaider your act is so tired….

  • HayesDaze37

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:01 pm
    Crow Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    “Einstein…ironic name.”

    ….

    Ha!

    Here, here.

    ——————————————-

    MR — You embarrass yourself all the time!!!

    Make fun of Einstein’s choice of name, and then say “here, here!”

    That’s hilarious Einstein, urrr, I mean MRStein! The phrase is “HEAR, HEAR.”

    What a maroon.

  • Braveheartraider

    SnB that you laughing in the background?

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:08 pm
    With the 7th pick, the Oakland Raiders select:

    =====================================================

    A Smith.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, get help. I’m serious.

  • SnB Defense

    Braveheartraider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:10 pm
    SnB that you laughing in the background?
    ======================================================
    Naw…that was Terdell Sands and Jay Richardson wimpering in the background

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Whatever you say, “Einstein”. LOL.

  • HayesDaze37

    Now that I’m cheered-up even more, I’ve got some productive stuff to do for the next several hours.

    You all enjoy yourselves, I’ll check in for more entertainment as we go along.

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?

  • Braveheartraider

    SnB…Everyone in the house heard the clip. They all grabbed swords instinctively! Thanks for the laugh.
    45 to go

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, we’ll see if it’s a great day to be a Raider fan. If Al’s still in charge at the end of the day, it won’t be.

  • Einstein

    MR, I’m curious, who do you “want” the Raiders to draft today?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    BTW, Hayez thinks every single one of you are me. Play along, guys. It’s like having a senile old relative with you. Just roll with it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think Al will take Maclin, I said it.

    I want Monroe or Smith, but I think Al likes Maclin. He reminds him of Tim Brown. IMO

  • JT52

    Curry is decked out in Silver and Black woo hoo

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Einstein, it doesn’t matter as long as Al’s in charge. If my rumor turns out to be true, I’d like Madden to take Raji. Start building a real, run stopping defense for a change.

  • 15yearsold15yearfan

    i wish i could get paid to get 29 answers wrong

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Aaron Curry looks like a solid citizen. Big strong hands too.

  • Einstein

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Einstein, it doesn’t matter as long as Al’s in charge. If my rumor turns out to be true, I’d like Madden to take Raji. Start building a real, run stopping defense for a change.

    ————————

    Fair enough. Though I don’t agree, still a fair answer.

  • http://atm Raider O

    42 mins and the drafts starts.

  • HayesDaze37

    Before I leave…

    MR won’t say who exactly he wants…because if it’s realistic, and Al makes the pick, and then the pick fails, he and Al will both be losers together.

    MR is perfect, just ask him. Some of his other characters aren’t, though. Maybe one of those other characters will give an answer — either way, if/when anything goes wrong, MR will claim to have known it all along. Just like Kiffin was the inventor of the running game. So full of wisdom, that/those MR.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Try again, Hayez, you senile moron. I gave my pick. Also said it wouldn’t matter if Al stays in charge. Let’s hope the rumor is true. Madden’s Raiders, baby. Finally, we’d be in NFL team again.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, yeh, you nailed it. Every single Raider fan on the planet who agrees with me about Al Davis (like the ones who call into radio shows every single day), are all me. I’m all of them. Your detective skills are astounding. Seriously…

  • HayesDaze37

    Raji…and what else, MR? Put your Raiders salvation ideas in motion for us. Let’s make it a challenge for you, though — you cna’t give Al the boot (he’s the owner, duh!).

    Narrow-minded finger-pointing doesn’t rebuild franchises.

  • Einstein

    MR how old are you?

  • Braveheartraider

    There’s not a Raider fan past or present that doesn’t appreciate what Davis has done for the Raiders. The Raiders are because of him. their persona, philosophy, mystique, the lot. But there comes a time…
    Anyway, not long now

  • edward teach

    Bill Williamson is reporting that the Chiefs and Falcons are working on a deal that would send Glen Dorsey to Atlanta for picks #27 and #90. KC would then take BJ Raji at #3 to play NT in their new 3-4 defense.

  • HayesDaze37

    Al’s failures (and great successes) are pretty evident, MR. Old news, and the TEAM’s on the right track. Your negativity won’t affect that either way.

    And just as I predicted, you couldn’t give a pick without adding a caveat about it not being successful if Al’s still here. Even if we have the best draft we ever had, it would be a failure? Duh..more logic from the master, MR.

    Funnier and funnier by the minute!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Einstein, I don’t know where you’re going with asking me about my age, but I can tell you this. I’m the most mature person on this blog, sans Jerry.

  • Einstein
  • Einstein

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Einstein, I don’t know where you’re going with asking me about my age, but I can tell you this. I’m the most mature person on this blog, sans Jerry.

    —————————

    Just asking a simple question man. Any particular reason as to why you can’t or won’t answer the question?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, I don’t care about the second round. I’m sorry I’m not some fantasy sports geek that plays out the entire draft in my head. It just so happens I’ve got other things to do. But you asked me who I’d pick, and I said Raji. Now ask all of my other alter egos who they’re going to pick. Like, everyone else in here right now. The whole world is me, Hayez. Every single person. They’re all me. (roll sound: Twilight Zone)

  • 4evaRaider

    thankx BreaveheartRaider and Thec1!!!

    Not much DR you 2 tom killer!!!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Einstein, you’re asking a personal question on a blog where almost everyone is anonymous. So, yes, your question warrants a question in response.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    LOL. Hayez said the team’s “on the right track”. He’s been saying that since ’03…

  • HayesDaze37

    Showing once again, MR is no fan. It’s much more than that. A psychologist might say it’s a man thing, MR. You’ve got a man thing going on for Al. This is a football blog, dude. Therapy is a few blogs over.

    My productive thing includes opening a beer now…T-minus 30…

  • crister

    trade down. trade down. trade down. gimmy some ray ray maualuga.

  • Braveheartraider

    Ok. If Crabtree is there thats my pick. Then A Smith or other Tackle from Monroe and J Smith. Curry after that or Jackson.
    None of the above I trade down for Raji or Oher

  • Einstein

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Einstein, you’re asking a personal question on a blog where almost everyone is anonymous. So, yes, your question warrants a question in response.

    —————————————

    Is it a fair assessment to say you are in your early 20′s?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Einstein, give it up. Your first strategy was to try and go heads up with me with childish put down. I told you that it just wasn’t you, and that you sounded ridiculous. Evidently, you took my advice seriously. So now you’ve changed gears, and are trying to trip me up with all of these personal questions. Just talk draft, “Einstein”. You’re probably a smart guy when it comes to potential draft picks and their pros and cons. When it comes to arguing in defense of Al Davis, you’re just witless and confused.