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Raiders get second coming of Lott-Tatum

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 6:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Tom Cable said he didn’t want to put too much pressure on second-round draft pick Mike Mitchell, but then went ahead and did it anyway, comparing his hitting ability to Ronnie Lott and Jack Tatum.

So the Raiders got a wide receiver who is the next Randy Moss, and a safety to be compared with with two of the most fearsome hitters of all time.

And of course, the Raiders got exactly who they wanted.

In this case, there is no reason to doubt them.

Mitchell, until a few weeks ago, was so obscure he doesn’t have a bio listed on the NFL Draft Tracker on NFL.com or on the extensive list by compiled by Sportsxchange. The Sportsxchange lists 30 prospects at free safety and 32 at strong safety, and Mitchell’s name is not listed. There are 728 prospect in all, and Mitchel lis not listed.

Mel Kiper Jr.’s pre-draft book lists him as the 40th-ranked safety.

The Raiders didn’t even have a biography to pass out before Cable met with the press.

But Mitchell, as Cable indicated, did pick up steam. He visited 15 teams, and the Chicago Bears were believed to be particularly interested.

At his Pro Day workout, Mitchell was 6-foot, 221 pounds, ran a 4.43 40-yard dash, had 21 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and had a 37.5 inch vertical leap.

“A very, very physical guy,” Cable said. And it just so happens he can fly. Another good pick for us.”

A conference call with Mitchell is to follow.

Here is video of some of Mitchell’s big hits.

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  • http://atm Raider O

    I’m not sold on the DHB and I don’t like it, but I love the Mike Mitchell pick.

  • edward teach

    Well, one thing’s for sure. All three of our young wideouts are way faster than the two DBs that Denver drafted today. They also didn’t do a whole lot to address their run defense. We should be able to put up a lot of points on them.

    The Chiefs still don’t have a nose tackle.

    The Chargers got a 250 pound linebacker that will have to deal with 300 pound-plus offensive tackles.

    Relative to the division we didn’t do too badly. I hope we pump up the defense a little bit tomorrow.

  • priesttj

    In other words value is personal. Like when you see a car you really like and maybe I don’t like it. Teams rate players differently as you know. If this kid is what think he is. He will have been rated as a top 10 pick easy. He just came on very late and we were extremely lucky to be there and bring him in.

    Simple as that. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a safety like Mike Mitchell a long while.

    So you can talk value all you want. How does MBush look in terms of value at this point and we got him in the 4th. This stuff is so freakin arbitrary it’s not funny. Who cares as long as he can play.

    And buddy he can flat out play.

  • Ron

    God works in mysterious ways — but Al Davis takes the cake.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I am noticing several are concerned about what NFLN and BSPN analysts are saying here is a repost of an earlier post that shows you that the analysts are absolutely clueless…

    Usually when the Raiders pick and BSPN analysts mock it turns out to be a good thing for the Raiders….

    When they agree watch out!

    BSPN praising Raider 1st rounders…
    Jam. Russell (unproven – looks promsing two wasted years)
    Huff (ARRRH!)
    Gallery (Overall #2 for a Guard that took years to develop)
    D Mac (unproven injury prone may work out in the end…
    Buchanon (Showtime needed a curtain call!)
    Brayton The DE we cut after trying to make into LB -
    Gibson – Marginal player cut after several years

    BSPN Mocking at Raider 1st Rounders
    N.A. “Raiders really reached” Not!
    Seabass – I mocked too…. They are probably right on this one….

  • http://atm Raider O

    The M Mitchell pick made my day.

    I was about to cry after the DHB pick.

  • Tommy Trojan25

    Players I like for Day 2

    Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
    Jamon Meredith OT South Carolina
    Jarron Gilbert DE San Jose State
    Lawrence Sidbury DE Richmond
    Jasper Brinkley MLB South Carolina
    Ramses Barden WR Cal Poly SLO
    Duke Robinson OG Oklahoma
    Jason Williams OLB Western Illinois
    Marcus Freeman OLB Ohio State
    Louis Murphy WR Florida
    Derrick Williams WR Penn State
    Jarett Dillard WR Rice
    Herman Johnson OG LSU
    Darry Beckwith MLB LSU
    Roy Miller DT Texas
    Ricky-Jean Francois DT LSU
    Troy Kropog OT Tulane
    Jason Watkins OT Florida
    Austin Collie WR BYU
    Brandon Tate WR UNC
    Dorell Scott DT Clemson
    Xavier Fulton OT Illinois
    Patrick Turner WR USC
    Kaluka Maiava OLB USC
    Matt Shaughnessy DE Wisconsin
    Kyle Moore DE USC
    Frantz Joseph MLB Florida Atlentic

  • Voldemort

    We’re screwed! Today sucked!

  • alisgod

    Voldemort Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    OK, I just watched the youtube video on Mike Mitchell,…..I think the time the Rams jumped us for Orlando Pace has forever haunted us.

    —————
    Dude, exactly my point. I hate it when people say you can wait. We could have had Pace and Donavan Darius but no we got Russell and Gibson/Shweigert

  • Will D

    This is possibly the worst draft in Raiders history! I mean you have all the top rated players at positions we need and we don’t get any of them. We haven’t even touched an offensive or defensive lineman. Imagine that!!!!

  • dickv

    s at through the Mitchell highlight reel for what its worth. I wish people would make a best 15 play reel and worst 15 play reel so we could really get a better understanding of these you tube players.

    mitchell did bring the pain. Noticed him dropping a few buckeyes.

    Whatever it is I am steal going to be @ the coliseum next fall.

    Mitchell sure had a lot of pre draft visits in the last few weeks for being considered a undrafted free agent by the “experts”. i have to hear what Gil Brandt has to say although I know he is a friend of Big Al. He still is the most respected draft analyst not employed in an NFL front office. I am guessing he missed the Ohio pro day.

    After peeping the 40 times I have to say

  • onceuponatimeinthewest

    onceuponatimeinthewest Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:07 pm
    WTF,ONO,The Sky Is Falling, Relax, All of you so called experts,Lets see how this plays out. The draft is not a science.Most players that play out are UFA’s on the 2nd day,Or are late round picks.

  • Crow

    Hilarious.

    No one in the country had this guy rated anywhere near the first day…except Al.

    The old man simply cannot die soon enough.

    Mike Mayock: “I’d never even heard of this guy until he ran at the Combine.”

    This team is a joke.

  • Raiderjambo

    The way I see it, if these EXPERTS were that damn good, then how come they’re not working in any NFL Franchise as G.M.s? I’ve read both draft picks interviews, and I like what I hear as an old diehard Raider fan. Both of them say they are not frightened of WORKING HARD & IMPROVING as football players. At long last, we’ve maybe got a couple of young kids who are willing to put team before being a frickin prima donna!

  • coinman

    I fear that Al is so determined to prove he can still find “diamonds in the rough” and discern talent better than anyone in the league, that we will have to live with the results of his experiments for some time. To pass up Monroe, then apparently not try to get Laurenitis or Rey-Rey in the second is, I believe, going to hurt for awhile. I expect Brace, who we gave to the Pats, will serve them well for a long time. I was excited by this draft- now I am just dismayed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    I bought a truck today, so the day wasn’t a total waste. Doing my part to contribute to the economy.

  • Crow

    “Raiderjambo Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The way I see it, if these EXPERTS were that damn good, then how come they’re not working in any NFL Franchise as G.M.s? ”

    Because television pays more for less work. Not hard to figure out.

  • angelodebo

    Al Davis is a giant JACKASS! And he proved it again today! Now..saying that…I’m not as upset with the picks b/c, lets face it, its a “crap shoot”. My issue with these obsurd embarrassing pics, is the fact that Bey could have been taken waaaaay later in the first round..and Mitchel could have been taken in THE EARLIEST, 3rd round. Why take him in the 2nd round when they could have taken Stintm, Brace, Barwin etc…and then draft Mitchell! This Franchise is a JOKE!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    The question is this…

    Did the Raiders improve at the positions they drafted?

    I can’t really say that they did.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com SilverNBlack666

    Just when you might think this team is on the mend and may come back because AL is making good decisions not signing free agents for more than they are worth………Now this….give Al his drool rag back!!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    I liked DHB just at about #13-18 not at #7.

    I honestly never heard of Mitchell except for some posts on the board. I thought we could go Dline in the 2nd but if the scouts think this guy is really good and that Chicargo was going to jump us then so be it….

    I know we probably got an F from Mel…. That in itself makes the day somewhat successful.

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    Let’s give the kid #32. And have Jack hobble out to practice on his peg leg, to help the kid out with the finer points of knocking the ufck outta the clown coming over the middle.

  • jhill

    On a positive note, the film doesn’t lie about his hitting abilities, and it seems like that’s what a lot of you wanted.

    And I do like the fact that we picked up a 4th and 6th rd pick as well.

    And at least the WR and DB picks are out of the way, LOL!

  • alisgod

    Crow Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm
    Hilarious.

    No one in the country had this guy rated anywhere near the first day…except Al.

    The old man simply cannot die soon enough.

    Mike Mayock: “I’d never even heard of this guy until he ran at the Combine.”

    This team is a joke.

    ———–
    Hey Crow, except that 15 of 32 nfl teams thought enough of him to be at his pro day and 8 of them invited him in for a private workout…..

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    75…

    Hope it wasn’t a Tyota.

  • angelodebo

    SilverNBlack666..I was saying that 20 min ago. “Al has been pretty stable this offseason..making nice subtle yet good moves to improve this team”. Then..he goes and drafts the 4th best receiver..when #1, 2, & 3 are all on the board. He then drafts a safety that probably could have been picked in the 4th RD. If this safety was so good..where are his awards? Did he get Mac MVP.? Defensive player of the year? Defensive player of the game? Its not the MAC isn’t being scouted!

    Every NFL scout knows who is who in the MAC..Now granted this guy may have moved up the boards after pro day..maybe moved into the 6th or 5th RD..NOT THE 2ND ROUND..AL DAVIS IS A DOUCHE

  • Crow

    Watching this guy’s highlight video, I can tell you one thing about him: He’s going to miss a TON on tackles. He’s all about the hit. He doesn’t wrap up at all in that clip. Looks like another Marques Anderson.

  • ctraidersfan

    How does anyone know if we improved at the positions that were drafted today. We don’t know. WE won’t know for months whether these were good choices or not. It sucks how much everyone is all gloom and doom. Cheer them on and lets see if we can get back to greatness.

  • Raiderjambo

    67 Ya really thunk?

  • RAIDERnbroncoland

    Those of you who keep saying we should have waited to get DHB or Mitchell, are out of your minds. If these are the guys you really want you need to wrap them up when you can. It is like saying I won’t get in the buffet line yet because most of the people look like Vegans and the steaks will be there when I get there and finding out they are all carnivores and all you are left with is salad and bread crumbs.

    Suck it up and lets see how these men preform.

  • Crow

    “Hey Crow, except that 15 of 32 nfl teams thought enough of him to be at his pro day and 8 of them invited him in for a private workout…..”

    You think teams don’t workout mid-round prospects? Come on, now. You can’t polish a turd. Don’t even try.

  • coinman

    Jhill: I’m not sure Al doesn’t have his eye on more WRs and DBs!

  • The Snake

    Mayock actually really liked Mitchell he said he was a sixth round pick.

    Kiper said a seventh.

    The guys on ESPN news said he would have been available on Monday.

    I mean come on when even Eric Allen who is usually all about the Raiders is laughing at the pick you have to wonder.

  • Crow

    “I know we probably got an F from Mel…. That in itself makes the day somewhat successful.”

    Brilliant.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I think M Mitchell will be great.
    If M Mitchell is a bust, I will stop posting here.

    I really enjoy talking football with you guys, but that’s how much I believe in him.

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    Crow Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:19 pm
    “Raiderjambo Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    The way I see it, if these EXPERTS were that damn good, then how come they’re not working in any NFL Franchise as G.M.s? ”

    Because television pays more for less work. Not hard to figure out.

    ———

    That’s true, but what is even more true is that they have a fear of failure, Keyshawn, Kiper, McShay would be laughed out of every coaches office in the NFL.

  • angelodebo

    Al Davis proved again today..he’s lost his mind! I feel bad for Cable..Cable seems to have good intentions but I highly doubt he had any imput in these picks..If he did..then he’s dumber than I thought!

  • never buy anything raiders till al retires

    I am willing to bet that a retarded monkey throwing bananas at pictures on the wall could have come up with a better draft than this.

  • jhill

    new post

  • angelodebo

    HA! Al davis once again makes fools out of all of us Raiders fans! God..we took a (at best) 5th RD MAC safety in the 2nd RD..WOW!

  • Crow

    “That’s true, but what is even more true is that they have a fear of failure, Keyshawn, Kiper, McShay would be laughed out of every coaches office in the NFL.”

    Yet any of them could out-draft Al Davis. Given 30 minutes to research the prospects and a copy of Lindy’s draft guide and anyone here could do a better job of drafting than Al Davis.

  • Crow

    # never buy anything raiders till al retires Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I am willing to bet that a retarded monkey throwing bananas at pictures on the wall could have come up with a better draft than this.

    ——

    What he said.

  • http://justwinbaby! 909RaiderLifer

    Dammit Jerry, fix your server!!!!!!!!!

  • angelodebo

    What a joke this franchise is!

  • dickv

    Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
    Jamon Meredith OT South Carolina
    Jarron Gilbert DE San Jose State

    These are players I pegged for the raiders in round #2. If they are able to land one of them and they feel they have the best SS safety and WR in the draft does it really matter where they drafted these guys at

  • Ghost2Post

    Can we start this day over again?????

  • Ron

    Ghost2Post Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    Can we start this day over again?????
    ——————————

    Groundhog Day! Thank God we get another chance tomorrow!

  • DarthPirate

    Yeah there are still potentially great players left in the third round. We go at number seven in the third, so it is not impossible that those guys will be left.
    ——————-
    # dickv Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Michael Johnson DE Georgia Tech
    Jamon Meredith OT South Carolina
    Jarron Gilbert DE San Jose State

    These are players I pegged for the raiders in round #2. If they are able to land one of them and they feel they have the best SS safety and WR in the draft does it really matter where they drafted these guys at

  • Florida Pete

    Marshall: oh, man… Raji is there for us !!!

    Cable: oh, man, i can’t believe Monroe fell to us…

    Marshall: raji…

    Cable: monroe…

    Marshall: b j RAJI !!!

    Cable: eugene mon – ROE !!!

    Davis: who’s the very fastest guy…

    Cable: you mean between Raji and Monroe ???

    Davis: no, i mean darius heyward bey…

    Marshall: !

    Cable: !

    Raider Nation: !

    Ziyi Zhang: !

    Jessica Alba: !

  • Tomycar

    15yearsold15yearfan Says:
    April 25th, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    i dont care about how nnamdi turned out those were dumb picks you dont choose the fastest 40 over the best receiver

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

    you dont waiste a 7 on a player who didnt want to be here.. we did that with Moss remember? how did that work out for us? Crabtree didnt want to be a Raider..