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Kiper’s projection: Raiders take Clausen

Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. was one of the first aboard the Bruce Campbell bandwagon more than a month ago.

Now Kiper has Raiders taking Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

As for Campbell, Kiper believes the Raiders could eventually land him as well _ with their second round pick, No. 39 overall.

Kiper explained his reasoning during a national conference call Wednesday morning put together by ESPN.

He conceded that his initial push for Campbell to Oakland was because “he’s a workout warrior and the Raiders have tended to reach for players in the past, and I thought as a hunch, maybe they would . . . it was a grins and giggles type thing.”

Kiper lives in the Baltimore area and as such is familiar with Campbell, the University of Maryland tackle who despite his magnificent body, speed and physical skills did not get a single first team vote for All-Atlantic Coast Conference.

“I’m thinking he played in some games like a third, fourth, fifth-round pick, and he still needs a lot of work. He needs more fire and intensity and aggressiveness and doesn’t perform to the level of his physical talent,” Kiper said. “If I’m seeing that, and some other people in the league are, then why would the Raiders take him at No. 8?

“So at the end of the day, I have him in the early second round. I took him out of the first round.”

Why Clausen?

“Sure, you could take a left tackle,” Kiper said. “You could take a Trent Williams. You could take a Bryan Bulaga but they went to the Iowa program a few years ago with Robert Gallery, would they do that again? I went with Clausen because I think they need him. I’ve been told the money situation with Russell won’t prevent them from taking a quarterback and I think Jimmy Clausen at this point would be a heck of a choice.”

Then maybe, just maybe, Campbell becomes available anyway.

“In the second round, maybe a Rodger Saffold, a left tackle from Indiana. Maybe Campbell falls all the way down to that. You take Campbell in the second round. That’s not out of the realm of possibility.”

Kiper, by the way, ranks Clausen as the best quarterback prospect of the draft, one of the few to have the Notre Dame quarterback ahead of Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford.

“I do it for no other reason than how he played, how he performed,” Kiper said. “He was playing through torn ligaments in his toe, and a lot of people don’t know that. People who don’t like him can’t give me a good reason why they don’t. Maturity issues may have been there when he came out of high school, but they’re not there any more.”

Kiper deserves a certain amount of respect given his length of time in the business and the endless preparation and study. He’s never been an NFL scout himself, but he talks to them all the time. He helped make the draft a cottage industry.

“It’s the most important part of building a team,” Kiper said. “The fans know it, the players know it. Luckily for me, I knew it 32 years ago.”

Not that Mel, like everyone else in the business, hasn’t whiffed on a few.

This is what Kiper said on ESPN about Russell moments after Roger Goodell called his name at the 2007 draft.

“JaMarcus Russell is going to immediately energize Raider Nation, that fan base, that football team, on the practice field and in the locker room,” Kiper gushed. “Three years from now, you could be looking at a guy who’s certainly one of the elite top five quarterbacks in this league.

“Nobody has an arm like JaMarcus Russell and I think his mobility is a little underrated. Obviously, he needs a little time . . . but his skill level is John Elway-like.”

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  • edward teach

    No disrespect to Rich Gannon, but 12 should have been retired before HE wore it.

    BTW, yahoo sports now has Pouncey going at #11 to the Broncos. They passed on Mawae, reportedly because they considered him too small to play against the big nose tackles.

  • YoungAmerican

    # M Lonetree Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    ocbears,

    Al Davis has chosen one wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft in twenty years and you think he’s going to become Matt Millen?

    ————–

    Who knows what Big Al is going to do? That’s why talking about the Raiders’ draft is always so freaking fun. If Al has proven anything over the years, it’s that anything and everything is possible.

  • kvnbntly

    straight across deal nnamdi for campbell, hayensworth and swap draft positions with wash, then we’ll get screwed and the lions will take okung

  • maddenraiderfan

    Why do you all want to get rid of Nnamdi? If we do that, who is going to play opposite Berry when we draft him?

  • kvnbntly

    mcclain is the closest to can’t miss, and williams with experience at center, kyle wilson though a big reach has raider cb written all over him, iupati has huge upside

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Washington doesn’t have another pick after their first one until the 4th round. Trading up for their 4th pick would be a good move for both teams…… If only my dreams of Suh or McCoy next to Seymour could come true. That ranks right behind my fantasy wishes of hoping Jessica Rabbit would come to life and switch places with my girl! Lol

  • kvnbntly

    taylor mays with #39

  • kvnbntly

    it could happen lol

  • ocbears

    M Lonetree,

    The Raiders have taken the same amount of of DTs in the same time span, yet so many of us are calling for one this year.

    Plus, how many years do we keep drafting DBs in the top 2 rounds?

  • kvnbntly

    worst case scenario we would have mccoy,haynesworth and seymour, we now can go 4-3 3-4 at will

  • CJ Legend 34

    Good point Deuce! The knock on this guy is he takes to many plays off!
    ———————————————–
    DeuceDeuce Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:58 am
    M Lonetree Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:51 am
    read ‘em and…

    2009 stats –

    Tommy Kelly
    55 tackles (37 solo)
    1 sack
    2 passes defensed

    Albert Haynesworth
    37 tackles (29 solo)
    4 sacks
    5 passes defensed

    —————————————————-
    I don’t see any great cause for celebration from either of them. So why would some of you wish to trade anything for Fat Albert (unless stomping the face of a prone Cowgirl linemen is the reason)?

    Like I was saying Kelly isnt the problem..

  • kvnbntly

    till al dies

  • Ryan

    What was Clausen’s #? Was he #12? DHB changed from 12 to 85. Hmmmm.

  • DKnight007

    Al Davis drafts and makes decisions based on what BSPN reports about the Raiders.

    So whatever, they report or speculate about the team….expect the oppostite to happen!

    The looney old man and his cronies like playing childish games like that instead of trying to do whats right to make the team into a WINNER again!

    I would have no problem with Clausen being picked at #8….he would beat out Juggs Russell within the first week of camp!

  • kvnbntly

    what is the cutoff date for not paying russel his roster bonus????

  • Ryan

    New Post.

    Kvnbntly,
    Cut off date is Russell has to make the opening day roster.

  • DKnight007

    Clausen was #7 at ND….

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  • DKnight007

    Hmm…seems some of you clowns who hate Clausen must really hate Notre Dame huh??

    Trying to compare Clausen to Quinn is comparing apples to peaches. Clausen can sling it, has good field vision, is a hard worker, is smart and studies, has a strong enough arm, and is accurate!

    It wasn’t Clausens fault ND’s defense sucked and he had no REAL running game behind him….but he put up solid numbers at Notre Dame and is a REAL Pro QB prospect unlike Quinn!

    Clausen would be beat out Juggs Russell the first three days of camp! LOL

    I would take him in a heartbeat ahead of Juggs Russell and he can sit and learn behind Grads and Frye or Grads and Sage.

    Then in Round 2….draft a true POWER back like Tobey Gerhardt who will compete hard with DMC and Bush.

    Gerhardt will move the pile and score on the goal line, convert first downs in short yardage, catch the ball out the backfield and play a little FB and block!

    Then in Rounds 3 through 7 pick O-Line and D-Line and and a MIKE LB.

  • Raider17

    RR, I luv that ur recording the picks. I don’t post here often but you got me going. Anyway, I haven’t seen this name yet. C.J Spiller will be the pick if he’s there.No way Al passes on this guy. Al makes big splashes, and head scratchers in the 1st round, and this will be another one. If this does happen Bush will be moved on draft day.

    Win Lose or Tie Raiders till I Die!

  • djohnnyg

    Raider Rockstar,

    I would pick NDAMKOUNG SUH.

  • djohnnyg

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    Al Davis drafts and makes decisions based on what BSPN reports about the Raiders.

    So whatever, they report or speculate about the team….expect the oppostite to happen!

    The looney old man and his cronies like playing childish games like that instead of trying to do whats right to make the team into a WINNER again!

    I would have no problem with Clausen being picked at #8….he would beat out Juggs Russell within the first week of camp!
    ——————————————————

    THANK YOU!!!

    Al Davis is an 81 yr. old GM of a pro football franchise, and instead of trying to win, or trying to earn some points so he makes it to heaven (it’s an uphill climb considering what a total dickhead he’s been, not to mention all the careers he’s tried to ruin just for spite), he is most concerned with proving people wrong, rather than doing the right thing. I’m sure that Al WAS going to trade for Mc Nabb UNTIL Schefter reported he would; then, just for spite, and to prove Schefter wrong, he bowed out. What a dic.k he has become.

    What do you have for us this year Al? Another double digit loss season for the “Team of the Decades”? Quit living in the distant past you bastar.d and do something to win, or go someplace and die, you bitter SOB.

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