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Kiper’s projection: Raiders take Clausen

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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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  • YoungAmerican

    # DeuceDeuce Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Totally possible……If were playing Madden.

    ——-

    Hey, all I’m saying is that Campbell and Haynesworth are being dangled out there by the Redskins. And evidently they value their 2nd round pick more than they do Haynesworth.

    And apparently the Ravens have made Gaither available for less than his 1st round tender (probably because Michael Oher is making 1st round money).

  • RaiderRockstar

    Am I allowed to change my pick to a 1st and 2nd round draft pick this year?

    ***

    Madden: for my list it’s:

    1 player. any player

  • RaiderRockstar

    it seems to me that Heyward-Bey’s name didn’t come up in connection with the Raiders until really close to the draft, and I think it was Lombardi that said it first. Everybody thought he was crazy at the time, I think.

    ***

    Mayock was first. then Lombardi and a few others decided to follow suit

  • Nnamdi21

    C’mon Jamarcus.

    Lets fix the O line, give our talented RBs some holes to run thru and Jamarcus the extra 1/4 sec. he needs to find a receiver.

    Fix the O line, save the Raiders.

  • Seymour Bush

    Richochet Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    # Seymour Bush Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 10:49 am
    =======================================
    # Richochet Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Damn OakglenSeymour…
    Just waiting for me seems to be your passion.
    ==============================================

    This seems off even for you wacky! And you wake up on the wrong side of the couch every morning. Wacky stay off the internet, take the meds the docs told you to take, and go home to live with mom. It’s just not happening for you in the real world.

  • YoungAmerican

    no need to overthink it by adding in late round picks or players we’re trying to dump

    ———-

    True, I’m just basing it on what the consensus is on Jason Campbell’s value. Obviously, the less we can give up the better.

    But we also could really use another 3rd round pick since we traded our other one. While Morrison is a good player, I don’t think he’s the answer at MLB for the Raiders.

  • DeuceDeuce

    Robert Gallery update
    Most of you want to know how Gallery is doing. The left guard had offseason surgery to fuse vertebra, widen the spinal canal, and clean out calcium deposits.

    The Raiders aren’t giving updates but he is at the team facility rehabbing and all indications are things are going well. According to the team web site, he said he is ready to go for 2010: “I’ve just been here rehabbing, so now everybody’s here and we’re getting into the offseason program.”

    I know it’s not much, but we should get coach Tom Cable for a Q and A next week and he will be asked about Gallery.

    Raiders.com also asked the former tackle what he thinks about playing left guard. “I like it,” he said. “In this league, you have to get in one spot and work and get consistent in that spot. I’ve been there for three or four years now. That’s all I can ask for.”

    SIGNING: Also, defensive end Chris Cooper, who last played with the Raiders in 2003, was signed as a defensive tackle to help with depth issues.

  • M Lonetree

    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)?

  • Nnamdi21

    No one listened to Mayock but he was the 1st to say Davis would go Bey. Not until closer to the draft did others start to comprehend what he was saying and that Davis looks at the draft waaaay dif thatn everyone elese.

  • # Seymour Bush Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Are you melting down again wacky? Wife didn’t come home again last night did she? Don’t worry, she’s probably gone forever. But with a dead beat husband who spends all his time getting flamed on the internet day in and day out, it’s probably best that she took off. if you really loved her, you would understand.
    =============================
    In other words, your cowardly ass has wisely declined to address my comments…

    You’re not as stupid as you look.

    Then again…you just might be.

    Hey, for fun?
    Speaking of “dates”…

    First you state “I was with this hot woman half my age”…after pointing out you’re going out with a 15 year old, you then changed it to “I’m with this hot 20 year old”.

    So, is she 15, or is she 20?

    Oh..now is when you avoid the question by commenting on my wife, or kids..in other words, YOU’RE TOAST 🙂

    15? damn…freaking pedophile crossposting skankhound

  • DeuceDeuce

    Another reason we need to go o-line heavy…..Preparing for injuries…

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Dear Santa,

    I know it’s months until December, but can you tell your elves to somehow work out a trade of our 2nd rounder for Gaither, our first round 8th pick and a third and fourth rounder for Jason Campbell and Washington’s 4th pick, and please let one of those prized defensive tackles fall to us at the 4 spot……PLEEEEEEEEASE….Pretty Pleeeease!

  • Seymour Bush

    Seymour Bush Says:
    April 6th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Simple people want simple answers to complex issues.
    =====================================================
    Richochet Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Stick to simple words.
    See…simple people, simple ideas, simple concepts, simple statements.
    =========================================

    Wow wacky now you are just going to pull a mistabrOwn and repeat everything I say word for word. Sad, sad, weak little wacky!

  • YoungAmerican

    # 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)?

    ————

    The difference is that Haynesworth draws a whole lot of double-teams. Kelly doesn’t command that kind of respect from offensive lines.

    Having a player like Haynesworth who can occupy blockers will not only help our already pretty decent pass rush, but it will help our linebackers in run support as well.

  • Trade DMAC for a prone Cowgirl lineman!

  • edward teach

    I hope DHB works out. He seems to be about as far from primadonna as a WR can get, and genuinely seems to want to work hard and get better.

    If he learns to catch, we have Calvin Johnson II. If he doesn’t, well…

  • Seymour Bush

    Wacky the snowman
    was an effed up stupid tool,
    with his wife long gone,
    his business done,
    his kids were left at school…

  • RaiderRockstar

    While Morrison is a good player, I don’t think he’s the answer at MLB for the Raiders.

    ***

    Ricky Brown will compete with him for the MLB job and I think we should draft Micah Johnson in Round 5 too …

    may the best man win!

    whoever it is, I sure hope we have a real nose tackle by Week 1 or else they’ll be put in a position to fail

    draft Dan Williams at #8 or trade down to #15-20 and grab Terrence Cody!

  • DeuceDeuce

    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..

  • CJ Legend 34

    Al draft Clausen? LMAO!!!!!!!

    Mel Kipers draft boards suck! This guy is wrong every year come draft time. If it was not for the rock hard hair spray hair due and the time he has been sitting around the draft boards he would be history.

    Clausens arm is not strong enough for Al to pick him up.

    If we can’t take Sue get the best O-lineman still on the board. It will not matter who is behind the line if they don’t get enough time they are toast!!!

  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t even think DHB has to turn into a superstar to help the team. They just have to find easier ways to get the ball in his hands, and let him utilize his speed. He can “stretch the field” in theory, but I’d love to see him work more in the slot doing short routes. Throw some screen passes his way, too, and get him some YAC.

  • ocbears

    Hey everybody! I’m been lurkin on this blog for a long time now but wanted to get more involved in the discussion.

    I hear Rockstar is taking everybody’s 1st round picks. I have a name: Demaryius Thomas. Mark it down, fellas.

  • I would love to see the Raiders trade for Jason Campbell and then use the first couple of rounds to add to the O-line.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I hear Rockstar is taking everybody’s 1st round picks. I have a name: Demaryius Thomas. Mark it down, fellas.

    ***

    Bears: the Georgia Tech WR is who you want in Round 1 or who you think Al Davis will draft ???

  • Chaos

    Can we trade back Jamarcus to the NFL for like a 7th round pick?

    Maybe sell his contract to yousuckass.com for a box of cheeseburgers and a billboard at the stadium………

  • ocbears

    I think Al might grab him. I don’t want another WR, although we desperately need one.

  • RaiderRockstar

    The CBS Sports-affiliated NFL Draft Scout assessed Demaryius Thomas as the ninth-ranked wide receiver available for the 2010 NFL Draft and projected him as a second- or third-round selection.

    He’s 6’3″ 229 lbs with a 4.38 forty time

  • RaiderRockstar

    ocbears:

    who do you want the Raiders to draft in Round 1?

    pick 1 player. any player!

  • DeuceDeuce

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 11:59 am
    I don’t even think DHB has to turn into a superstar to help the team. They just have to find easier ways to get the ball in his hands, and let him utilize his speed. He can “stretch the field” in theory, but I’d love to see him work more in the slot doing short routes. Throw some screen passes his way, too, and get him some YAC.

    I better see some damn bubble screens for DHB..

    And Campbell can throw them perfectly…They threw a lot of em to S.Moss..

  • ocbears

    Who Al will take: Demaryius Thomas

    Who we should take: Dan Williams

  • DeuceDeuce

    Our luck tho….Campbell will go to the Bills

  • DeuceDeuce

    ocbears Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    Who Al will take: Demaryius Thomas

    No way.

  • Tom cables pimp hand

    You know what rockstar… mark me down for dez bryant… I’d like to trade our second to the skins for haynesworth, and a fourth as well for campbell. I theink ed wang would be a good pick up at tackle in the third. So that we we have a solid wr to go along with chaz, a dt in haynesworth, o-lineman in wang, and a qb in campbell. But I wouldn’t be too mad if we got clausen… He throws a catchable ball.

  • DHB is now no. 85 instead of 12.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Our luck tho….Campbell will go to the Bills

    ***

    DD: who knows?

    5 teams are reportedly interested if the asking price is only a 5th rounder and the Jags aren’t one of them

  • ocbears

    Duece, it’s a surprise pick. You never know. If Kiper says we’ll take Clausen with all that money locked up in JR, what’s to say we won’t take another WR with all that money locked up with DHB?

    It would be a dumb move to take another WR in round 1 but I wouldn’t put it past anybody.

  • Mickey Rat

    We need to pick either the bets LT or DT available with pick #8. I also think we should sign Bulger to compete with Grads & JRus in pre-season. The more competiton at QB the better. Winner starts, next best is the back-up, whoever is left gets cut.

  • That was the problem all along , he had a QB number 12 now he has a wide out one, 85

  • I don’t know how we go about doing it, but we NEED this guy returning kicks for us next year, and not returning them for any division foe.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMZ21GhrwBA

  • YoungAmerican

    Hopefully Al’s ego is a little bruised from losing out on McNabb. I could see him trying to turn Campbell into his next great reclamation project purely as a matter of revenge.

  • M Lonetree

    This is the year when Darrius becomes like a bird of prey snatching everything in his talons.
    This is the year when Darren becomes the most gifted RB in the league displaying a wolf’s intensity and the elusiveness of a snow leopard.
    This is the year when JaFranchise displays his mastery of the skies and his command of all around him.

    spring hopes eternal in the heat beat.

  • Nnamdi21

    Lynn from Snot Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    DHB is now no. 85 instead of 12.

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

    12 should be retired.

  • DeuceDeuce

    ocbears Says:
    April 7th, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Duece, it’s a surprise pick. You never know. If Kiper says we’ll take Clausen with all that money locked up in JR, what’s to say we won’t take another WR with all that money locked up with DHB?

    It would be a dumb move to take another WR in round 1 but I wouldn’t put it past anybody.

    Would be dumb to take D.Thomas ahead of Bryant, Tate, Gilyard is what im saying. Stupid dumb. Not Hyphy Dumb..

  • maddenraiderfan

    Why do you guys still listen to ESPN?

    They are never ever right, especially when it comes to the raiders.

    Did you all just forget the McNabb thing?

  • DHB’s number goes up by a factor of 7, can we expect it in his production as well?

    That would be close to 75 catches 900 yards and 7 TD’s.

  • M Lonetree

    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?

  • 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