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Mel’s having second thoughts

Upon further review, Mel Kiper Jr. isn’t lukewarm on the Raiders’ draft, after all.

Kiper was in the minority when he gave the Raiders a C-plus on his original post-draft grade, while Oakland’s first-round selection of Rolando McClain, second-rounder Lemarr Houston and linemen Jared Veldheer and Bruce Campbell (third and fourth) were considered decent values at a position of need.

Having been on two pre-draft conference calls involving Kiper, it seemed the pundit was influenced by the fact that the Raiders didn’t take Jimmy Clausen, the Notre Dame quarteback he had targeted for the first round.

Kiper is a big Clausen guy, and who knows, he may be right.

But in a recent “ESPN Insider” assessment (you have to pay extra to get it), Kiper had this to say about the Raiders draft and Houston in particular:

“I’m honestly starting to think I really underrated this guy. I look at the measurables and in terms of combine tests, he’s better almost across the board than Gerald McCoy. But that’s just the athleticism. In terms of tackles for loss he also topped McCoy, playing a similar schedule in the Big 12. He has plenty of size at 6-3, 305 pounds to be a solid part of the Oakland 4-3. If this guy becomes a big impact player early in his career I’ll no longer be surprised. As I look back at what he did, it’s another reason to think I may have undersold what Oakland did in the draft. Houston could be a steal.”

Not sure if Kiper knows if Houston is beginning his Raiders career as an end, and not a tackle, or if it even matters. Most national post-draft stories and evaluations have Houston as a tackle, even if he’s been exclusively outside during practices where media is allowed.

Coach Tom Cable’s rationale is that Houston will be lining up on the strong side over tight ends and winning that matchup, where he’ll be backed by trade aquisition Kamerion Wimberly and immediately upgrade a poor run defense.

Hard to know until they really start hitting how good Houston is, but based on his practices during “non-contact’ workouts, things ought to bet pretty interesting in full pads. He’s already been in a few scuffles.

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  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Each his own. Enjoy the game. I’ll let you know if there’s any good porn on you can put into your picture in picture, because your’e bound to get bored.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    You would refer to Rosanne as a woman. We know you’re a fat white girl guy, Bri en.

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Each his own. Enjoy the game. I’ll let you know if there’s any good porn on you can put into your picture in picture, because your’e bound to get bored.
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    Naw ill pass……the home footage of the 3some you,jeff garbage-cia and kiffin had together is something that doesnt in the least bit interest me

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    You would refer to Rosanne as a woman. We know you’re a fat white girl guy, Bri en.
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    she does a have a pu$$y right? no matter how mangled and destructive it was according to Tom Arnold she still has one….a woman….KEYWORD woman

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    BHP please keep posting……….MR is in the house…..the laughs will be like a double on tundra

  • priesttj

    Kyle Orton?? Kyle Orton?? Kyle Orton wins a title when dinosaurs walk the earth again.

    Oh! I forgot because Cable answered an uninformed reporter rather than embarrass him that means the 4/3 has a NT………….whew !! somebody help this kid.

    Hey Boy! if you don’t know something ……ask instead of pretending you know. That way you learn.

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    # priesttj Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Kyle Orton?? Kyle Orton?? Kyle Orton wins a title when dinosaurs walk the earth again.

    Oh! I forgot because Cable answered an uninformed reporter rather than embarrass him that means the 4/3 has a NT………….whew !! somebody help this kid.

    Hey Boy! if you don’t know something ……ask instead of pretending you know. That way you learn.
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    LOL did you obviously not see that Bears just needed a QB who wasnt utter trash and they win that game with EASE? Come on. Orton showed ability to lead that offense already beforehand. Grossman sucked. Key point in game was what?

    I’ll tell you old fuch…..2nd an 1 goes to 3rd and 20 to 4th and 35 all thanks to Rex whe nthey were down 22-17….then an INT goes to House to make it 29-17….Manning didnt even play well!

    LOL cable cares about embarrassing people after they constantly make fun of him? Stop it old man you are losing bad on this one

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    BHP i got an answer at every turn, stop and block. I’m un-fukwitable

  • priesttj

    Well they should’ve had someone to go to instead of Kyle Orton an maybe the coach would’ve made the change. In that case I can’t blame him.

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    # priesttj Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Well they should’ve had someone to go to instead of Kyle Orton an maybe the coach would’ve made the change. In that case I can’t blame him.
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    Idiot notice next season how awful Bears were offensively with Grossman….dumb fuk. Ask Bears fans what they think. I guarantee I can produce many that say Orton should have been the QB that season so kiss my ass

    LOL too funny you were against a coaching change for your rump ranger friend Russell

  • fat kidd

    didnt randy hanson mess with cable

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Boycott Al Davis!

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    BHP you are a Warrior and Laker fan so what the fuk do you know?

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Boycott Al Davis!
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    LOL

  • priesttj

    DELUSIONAL!!! do you tell yourself that you can fly as well? Stop lying to yourself Boy!

  • fat kidd

    “If you need a friend, there’s no better friend than Al Davis. He’s my best friend. I’ve always said that if I even needed anything and I had one phone call, it would be to Al Davis. ”
    John Madden

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    Boycott Al! Don’t spend a dime on the Raiders until Al is gone. There is no other answer. Every dime you spend on the Raiders is a contribution to mediocre football. 6 years since Gannon’s retirement, and who have we developed in to a franchise QB? What FA have we signed? We now have Jason Campbell. 8 years since Gruden is traded…one winning season. Head coach today is Tom Cable. DON’T GIVE MONEY TO THIS!

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    # priesttj Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    DELUSIONAL!!! do you tell yourself that you can fly as well? Stop lying to yourself Boy!
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    No i’ll fly when you run out of viagra prescriptions

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    # fat kidd Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    “If you need a friend, there’s no better friend than Al Davis. He’s my best friend. I’ve always said that if I even needed anything and I had one phone call, it would be to Al Davis. ”
    John Madden
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    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Boycott Al! Don’t spend a dime on the Raiders until Al is gone. There is no other answer. Every dime you spend on the Raiders is a contribution to mediocre football. 6 years since Gannon’s retirement, and who have we developed in to a franchise QB? What FA have we signed? We now have Jason Campbell. 8 years since Gruden is traded…one winning season. Head coach today is Tom Cable. DON’T GIVE MONEY TO THIS!
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    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • priesttj

    Just as I thought, you’ve lost it. Your nights are long huh? when the day comes you go outside looking for friends………….in the backyard.

    Seek help boy!

  • fat kidd

    ”Al Davis is the smartest man I ever met”
    Bill Parcells

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    # priesttj Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Just as I thought, you’ve lost it. Your nights are long huh? when the day comes you go outside looking for friends………….in the backyard.

    Seek help boy!
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    Night not long….they are fun lol….yours?

    Your backyard is filled with 49er/raider flower pots aided by giants/a’s, warriors/lakers and cal/stanford decorations

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    The Return Of Godliness Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    BHP please keep posting……….MR is in the house…..the laughs will be like a double on tundra
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    double entendre, Bree, The Wannabe

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    # fat kidd Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    ”Al Davis is the smartest man I ever met”
    Bill Parcells
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    Shhhhhhhhh dont say that…MR will find a way to say Parcells is a loser or an idiot

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    # KoolKell Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    The Return Of Godliness Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    BHP please keep posting……….MR is in the house…..the laughs will be like a double on tundra
    ——————————

    double entendre, Bree, The Wannabe
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    LOL forgive me old man kell im a lil drunk i messed up on the o shoulda been an E…but long story short you know what i meant lol

  • fat kidd

    “I personally like Al Davis a lot. He’s a great owner and he’s great to play for as long as you play hard. The reason why I like Al is because he’s dedicated to winning. He’s a football guy.”
    Jack Tatum

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    KoolKell, you upset I making fun of the senior citizens of the community?

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    Kell you shoulda been here earlier…..according to BHP Desmond Bryant will be the greatest DT in the world…..riveting stuff

  • priesttj

    That wasn’t my family it was yours.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    No team has ever gone 7 straight seasons losing 11 more games. I don’t know what’s the longest amount of time a GM has ever had, anywhere, to get it right, but here in Oakland Al Davis is giving himself 7 years and counting. How arrogant is that? Oh, what’s that I hear? It’s somehow cool that Al is arrogant? That’s his personality? No, that’s your Raiders, losing YEAR AFTER YEAR. Al Davis is the reason why you guys get laughed at everywhere you go in your Raider gear, and don’t act like you don’t. You just block it out. Boycott Al Davis, for your own dignity!

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    No team has ever gone 7 straight seasons losing 11 more games. I don’t know what’s the longest amount of time a GM has ever had, anywhere, to get it right, but here in Oakland Al Davis is giving himself 7 years and counting. How arrogant is that? Oh, what’s that I hear? It’s somehow cool that Al is arrogant? That’s his personality? No, that’s your Raiders, losing YEAR AFTER YEAR. Al Davis is the reason why you guys get laughed at everywhere you go in your Raider gear, and don’t act like you don’t. You just block it out. Boycott Al Davis, for your own dignity!
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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    MR you shouldnt focus so much on Al Davis like that….focus on finally scoring with a LIVE woman. 408 and a couple of the fellas have a standing offer to go in and get you a pro

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Ever feel like you’re shoveling sand against the tide when defending the Raiders? You don’t have to. Set yourself free. Refuse to support the Raiders in any way until Al Davis is GONE! You know it’s exhausting. Some of you have sacrificed entire days off from your job in blogs like this desperately trying to defend a loser who’s simply indefensible. Free yourself. Free yourself. Free yourself. You’re better than this. You deserve better than this.

  • fat kidd

    “I think that Mr. Davis is one of the fathers of the game of football. Think of what he did for the AFL and build it to what it is. How he talked about the long ball and brought a certain toughness to the NFL, the Silver and Black and what it represents. You have to look back and think about all of the men who gave everything for the sport of football and you have to mention him as one of the pioneers of the game.”
    Ronnie Lott

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Ever feel like you’re shoveling sand against the tide when defending the Raiders? You don’t have to. Set yourself free. Refuse to support the Raiders in any way until Al Davis is GONE! You know it’s exhausting. Some of you have sacrificed entire days off from your job in blogs like this desperately trying to defend a loser who’s simply indefensible. Free yourself. Free yourself. Free yourself. You’re better than this. You deserve better than this.
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    I agree with you MR!

    Free yourself…..lose your virginity….trust all of us vets that dwell the blog it is an experience in a half…..just trust us MR…..once you get that babby you will turn into a half way cool guy

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    Ronnie Lott is a b*tch

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    BHP and Kell singing right now………..”Hello my baby Hello my darling Hello my ragtime galllllllllllllllll”

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    If you think Al Davis is some kind of warrior for civil rights, ask yourself, why hasn’t Al Davis brought any former black players or coaches in as partners? Jerry Buss brought Magic Johnson in. Buss has a much better record on civil rights and the advancement of blacks than Al Davis does. Al Davis views blacks as thoroughbreds, performers on the field. He can’t use them either at the management or ownership level. It has been said of Al Davis that he admires Hitler, and doesn’t like black football players from Notre Dame because they’re too “smart”. What does that tell you? Al Davis likes his black big, strong, fast, and DUMB. So did slave owners.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    just stopping by, logged on the internet to see my bankroll grow on my bodog account, damn u fools need a life!lol.jk. anyways shouldn’t u bay area fools be ghost riding or popping pills n’ getting hyphy.lol

  • priesttj

    Now he’s hearing things…………sad

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    # raideredoutL.A. Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    just stopping by, logged on the internet to see my bankroll grow on my bodog account, damn u fools need a life!lol.jk. anyways shouldn’t u bay area fools be ghost riding or popping pills n’ getting hyphy.lol
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    Naw that died out after 2006 but you LA guys are living that downlow life wearing skinny jeans and makeup

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    What GM would still be around after 7 years? Al Davis is not only the worst GM in football, he’s also the worst owner in football because he refused to fire a GM that’s failed for 7 straight seasons.

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    # priesttj Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Now he’s hearing things…………sad
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    I’m sorry BHP what is it you play on your vinyl? some Fats Domino? Naw thats too new for you………….ummmmmmmmmmmmm Robert Johnson or Howlin Wolf?

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    If you think Al Davis is some kind of warrior for civil rights, ask yourself, why hasn’t Al Davis brought any former black players or coaches in as partners? Jerry Buss brought Magic Johnson in. Buss has a much better record on civil rights and the advancement of blacks than Al Davis does. Al Davis views blacks as thoroughbreds, performers on the field. He can’t use them either at the management or ownership level. It has been said of Al Davis that he admires Hitler, and doesn’t like black football players from Notre Dame because they’re too “smart”. What does that tell you? Al Davis likes his black big, strong, fast, and DUMB. So did slave owners.
    **************************************

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    What GM would still be around after 7 years? Al Davis is not only the worst GM in football, he’s also the worst owner in football because he refused to fire a GM that’s failed for 7 straight seasons.
    *****************************

    HAHAHAHAHAHA

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Naw that died out after 2006 but you LA guys are living that downlow life wearing skinny jeans and makeup

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    LOL, nah dog u talkin bout beverly hills n’ sh*t. nobody wears that in these parts.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    in case u guys missed it, there’s a good read on the raiders on post #205, i think it hits dead on that our o-line still needs alot of work. damn new post.

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    # raideredoutL.A. Says:
    June 5th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Naw that died out after 2006 but you LA guys are living that downlow life wearing skinny jeans and makeup

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    LOL, nah dog u talkin bout beverly hills n’ sh*t. nobody wears that in these parts.
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    Haha no one in LA is referring to anyone as “dog”….this isnt the 90s man

  • priesttj

    No and I don’t play “ol McDonald had a farm” either so I hope that doesn’t disappoint you. I know you have a fondness for nursery tunes.