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Nevada QB Kaepernick lines up visit with Raiders

 

Raiders new coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that he and “coach” Al Davis are behind Jason Campbell as the unquestioned starter at quarterback next season. However, it’s always wise to plan for the future, especially at the most important position.
Hence, the Raiders have scheduled a visit with Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, according to the National Football Post. Here’s the link: http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Colin-Kaepernick-up-to-10-workouts-to-visit-Raiders.html
Kaepernick is a tall quarterback, who scored a 37 on the Wonderlic and possesses a very strong arm. All three are intangibles that managing general partner Davis covets.
Even better, there’s a decent shot that Kaepernick will be available in the second round of this year’s NFL draft, when the Raiders are scheduled to make their first selection – they traded away their first-rounder to the New England Patriots for defensive tackle Richard Seymour just before the 2009 season.
Jackson and Davis might be sold on Campbell for now. However, it’s worth noting that Jackson admitted that he was part of the decision, along with then-coach Tom Cable, to bench Campbell at halftime of the Raiders second regular-season game last year. Campbell also was removed from a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the season and replaced by Bruce Gradkowski the following game.
Also, Campbell, Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye – assuming he is re-signed – are the only quarterbacks on the Raiders roster, and they all turn 30 at some point this season. Earlier this offseason, Jackson said quarterback is the one position that he doesn’t feel the need to get an immediate return from this season.
Kaepernick would have the benefit of learning from three veteran quarterbacks for at least one season, without the pressure of being thrown into the mix right away.
It has been a long, long time since the Raiders discovered a legitimate starting quarterback in the draft. The past three, JaMarcus Russell (first round, No. 1 overall), Andrew Walter (3rd round) and Marques Tuiasosopo (2nd round) flamed out without making an impression as a starter.
Kaepernick’s stock has been rising on the strength of a solid showing at the NFL Scouting Combine and numerous private workouts. He now is projected to go anywhere from late in the first round to the third round.
“I had a chance to see him last summer at Peyton Manning’s Passing Academy,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said in a national conference call. “I spent three days watching the kid throw the ball with Peyton and Eli (Manning). He’s got a huge arm. He’s a great athlete, and he’s got a big frame. The kind of guy you want to buy into. He’s the kind of guy that’s going to rise a little bit.”
The Raiders have enough talented players on their roster, as well as draft picks, to trade up into the first round if they fear Kaepernick is at risk of going before the Raiders pick at No. 48.
Last season, Kaepernick passed for 3,022 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,206 yards and 20 touchdowns. He is the only player in Division I history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 4,000 yards.

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  • J Hill

    341.Dakota Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    What happened to the Lakers?

    ——————————————————-

    They didn’t trade Gasoft for Carmelo!

    AND ….

    They traded my boy Sasha instead of that dumptruck Shannon Brown.

    But they will STILL win it all, lol!

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    Bo,

    I will be in Chicago for two Cubs’ games later this month…the 26th and 27th…..a night game followed by a day game against the Rockies.

    GOOOO CUBS!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Cool Dakota. I’m going to a game on 5/11.

    I love asking Cubs fans – in April – what their magic number is.

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    351.J Hill Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    But they will STILL win it all, lol!
    +++++++++++++++++++

    They better, because this really is the last stand. It could be another decade before we are championship caliber again. Kobe is done as anything more than a roll player. Gasol can’t carry a team. Bynum will always just be a tease.

  • J Hill

    I can’t wait until the season is over so we can trade Gasoft to Minnesota for Kevin Love and their #1 pick.

    Ricky Rubio and Gasoft are PERFECT for Minny.

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    353.Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 8:36 am
    Cool Dakota. I’m going to a game on 5/11.

    I love asking Cubs fans – in April – what their magic number is.
    +++++++++++++++

    Really? I figured that with the opening day loss we were already mathematically eliminated…

  • http://straightcashhomey.net/post/20310438/eddie-jones-los-angeles-lakers-you-probably Dakota

    355.J Hill Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 8:40 am
    I can’t wait until the season is over so we can trade Gasoft to Minnesota for Kevin Love and their #1 pick.

    Ricky Rubio and Gasoft are PERFECT for Minny.
    _________________________

    Gasol to Minny for Love
    Kobe to NO for Paul
    Bynum to Orlando for Howard

    We are the LAKERS….reloading time!

  • RaiderDebo

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/11/panthers-piling-up-cam-newton-tape/
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Don’t know about you guys, but I think I’ll go with Nawrocki’s account. I mean, this Feldman guy only coached Cam. Nawrocki has never met him. LOL!!!

  • Silverandblack666

    this blog is officially dead!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo,

    what 2007 Draft Grade would you give Coach Davis?

    JaMarcus Russell : arrested, cut
    Zach Miller : can’t block, injury prone
    Quentin Moses : cut
    Mario Henderson : arrested, free agent
    Johnnie Lee Higgins : free agent
    Michael Bush : arrested, back up
    John Bowie : traded for Randy Moss, cut
    Jay Richardson : cut
    Eric Frampton : cut
    Oren O’Neal : cut
    Johnathan Holland : cut

  • irjonny

    # J Hill Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    I don’t see any starting spots open for our 2nd rd pick on the Oline or the front 7.

    Really not happy with our FB position for what it’s NUMBER ONE job duty is. I understand the “threat” that he poses to the other team from a passind standpoint, but like Mike Vrable said “he blocks like a WR”. Move Reece to TE like most other fat WRs in the league.

    Rd 2 – S
    Rd 3 – FB
    Rd 4 – DT
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++=

    you’re right i totally forgot about the FB position. who is the standout FB for this years draft class??? ( wish we would’ve gotten john connor last year)
    personally i think we have a lot to improve on the o and d lines. also i think with our DB depth we can afford to take a different position early on.

    rd.2 – OL/QB
    rd.3 – LB Mathews or WR little
    rd.4 – OL/TE
    rd.5 – DB

  • RaiderDebo

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Jimmy-Smith-to-visit-the-Raiders.html
    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    Guess we’re moving up?

  • Guy

    They aren’t going to draft every player they bring in for a visit, but I wouldnt be too mad if they traded up for Smith if they feel Asomugha is gonna leave.

  • DKnight007

    317.Un-Lockout Says:
    April 10th, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    If we want to win the west and go to the playoffs our draft should be as follows:
    Rd2: Wiz 2.0, This gives us: LT-J.Veldheer,LG-D.Loper,C-Wiz,RG-B.Campbell,RT-L.Walker(re-sign + spend 4th round pick on RT) I think DMAC and Bush can lead the league in rushing behind that.
    Rd3: Casey Matthews, This completes an already bad a$$ front seven. Casey is just as good as his brother and we will be lucky if he is still there in the third, but according to most mock drafts, he will be. I believe some team will pull their heads out of their butts and pick him before this, but if he falls to us here we have to take him. He would instantly be the best player on our D.
    Rd4: Chris Hairston (RT)Langston Walker is almost done, I say we re-sign him for 1 more year because he is a beast of a run blocker, and bring Chris Hairston up to speed in the mean time. Hairston was a pretty damn good RT in college, so he may win the job outright in camp (if there is a camp).
    Rd5: Virgil Green (TE) I live in Reno, and am not usedto seeing the Wolf Pack play well, so I am always skepticle when it comes to Nevada players, but this dude can fly for being 6′3 and Al will probably take him. That is not a bad thing though, this kid is good, and we need another pass catching TE.
    Rd6: DeAndre Brown (WR) This dude is a beast! He is a 6′5 posession reciever. An injury in college hurt his draft stock, but this is the type of WR we need to compliment all the fast guys we have. Schilens could be that guy, but we all know we can’t count on him to be healthy.
    Rd7(1): You will notice that I have not taken a CB yet in my draft. That is because I don’t think it is that big of a need. Even if we are unable to re-sign Nnamdi, I think CJ and Routt are more than capable. And we have Ware and Walt McFadden, what does it say about them if we freak out and draft a CB early? I do think it’s vital that we re-sign Huff though, it’s hard to find a good single deep saftey in this league, and he seems to be getting the hang of it. Although, it does scare me that he didn’t get the hang of it until his contract year. At this point in the draft I would take either a FS or a CB, but at this point in the draft you just kinda keep your fingers crossed and hope for a diamond in the rough(which AL seems quite adept at finding, actually)
    Rd7(2): If I take a CB above, I take a FS here and vise versa.
    That’s how we win the west and make the playoffs for years to come. And once you’re in the playoffs, anything can happen!

    ^^^^^^^
    Like this mock.

    Even though I would rather see a DT/DE like Thornton taken in Round 6 ahead of a WR. Since Green was taken in Round 5 in your mock.

    Solid mock! I would LOVE to have both Wiz and Matthews on this team! They will pay dividends!

  • DKnight007

    367.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:03 pm
    rd.2 – OL/QB
    rd.3 – LB Mathews or WR little
    rd.4 – OL/TE
    rd.5 – DB

    ***

    irjonny, nice job bro

    2 OL, QB and a few DB’s are definately in play

    I can see us adding a linebacker, but not necessarily a replacement for Groves at WLB. I like Q Groves. He got much better as the season progressed

    Sam Williams, Ricky Brown & Bruce Davis can all leave imo. Travis Goethel is your backup MLB

    TE = wasted pick

    ^^^^^^^
    Getting a TE like Green or Jordan is Round 4 or 5 is NOT a wasted pick! LOL

    Getting a freakin CB or safety in anywhere between Round 2 and 5 IS a wasted pick IMO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Really not happy with our FB position for what it’s NUMBER ONE job duty is. I understand the “threat” that he poses to the other team from a passind standpoint, but like Mike Vrable said “he blocks like a WR”. Move Reece to TE like most other fat WRs in the league.

    ***

    LOL @ Jhill

    Reece went from undrafted scrub to practice squad to 53 man roster when Luke Lawton got suspended for the final 2 games of the ’09 season. had a few KR attempts.

    Hue Jackson made him a potential Pro Bowl candidate and how freaking bad can he be at lead blocking when we finished 2nd BEST in the league at rushing?

    KC finished #1. Can anybody tell me who their FB is, without a Google search?

    I never liked Reece before Hue Jax “discovered” him. I always thought he was a utility player. RB/FB/WR/TE. Play multiple positions, but master of none – like Fred Wakefield. His blocking is getting better and with both McFadden & Bush both returning, I’m not a bit concerned about the FB position!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jimmy Smith visit is more of a “due diligence” type of thing, in case he drops to #48 imo

    I don’t think we’re gonna trade up into the 1st round, but I have little doubt that if we do … it’ll be for a CB

    Al Davis has gotten predictable in his old age

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Enough with the Lakers talk. The Bulls are winning it all this year.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Is Word Press really that hard to manage? Jerry, tell your IT guy to get his head out of his ass.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 9:45 am
    Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo,

    what 2007 Draft Grade would you give Coach Davis?

    JaMarcus Russell : arrested, cut
    Zach Miller : can’t block, injury prone
    Quentin Moses : cut
    Mario Henderson : arrested, free agent
    Johnnie Lee Higgins : free agent
    Michael Bush : arrested, back up
    John Bowie : traded for Randy Moss, cut
    Jay Richardson : cut
    Eric Frampton : cut
    Oren O’Neal : cut
    Johnathan Holland : cut

    ①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①①

    You know Coach was still reeling from the 06 season and obviously was in a fog. 2-14 is pretty embarrasing no matter how you try and spin it and it clearly slowed his mind. How would you feel if you were the butt of all the ridicule he endured. Could you think clearly? Probably not. I’m sure in his mind he probably thought he was doing a good job, but he has the benefit of hindsight now.

  • RaiderRockstar

    rd.2 – OL/QB
    rd.3 – LB Mathews or WR little
    rd.4 – OL/TE
    rd.5 – DB

    ***

    irjonny, nice job bro

    2 OL, QB and a few DB’s are definately in play

    I can see us adding a linebacker, but not necessarily a replacement for Groves at WLB. I like Q Groves. He got much better as the season progressed

    Sam Williams, Ricky Brown & Bruce Davis can all leave imo. Travis Goethel is your backup MLB

    TE = wasted pick

  • RaiderRockstar

    Veldheer-Loper-Satele-Carlisle-Campbell

    Houston-Kelly-Seymour-ShoNasty

    Wimbley-McClain-Groves

    I don’t see any starting spots open for our 2nd rd pick on the Oline or the front 7.

    ***

    Jhill, me neither

    Al Davis loves DB’s. I would like Wiz or Kape @ #48 but it ain’t gonna happen

    We need another WR since Higgins is a free agent and Chaz is injury prone. a veteran possession WR to move the chains would be ideal, but I have this sinking feeling that AD, Inc. will add yet another young wide for Sanjay Lal to mentor. You’d think he has his hands full with DHB, Murphy, Ford & Nmiller!

    DB & WR in Rounds 2 & 3. Print That (unfortunately)

  • Dakota

    Al Davis LOVES our current FB….probably because he doesn’t do what a FB is supposed to do….Block….you know how Al likes guys that can’t do what they are supposed to be able to do….Russell couldn’t throw, DHB can’t catch, Gallery can’t pass block…..Al loves that!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    McFadden? Well, we sure do need a good CB…

  • RaiderRockstar

    The next Madden Curse candidate is down to four men: Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Hillis, Michael Vick, and Adrian Peterson.

    ***

    still no Chargers, Chiefs or Broncos?

    awesome. Madden rules!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis LOVES our current FB….probably because he doesn’t do what a FB is supposed to do….Block….you know how Al likes guys that can’t do what they are supposed to be able to do….Russell couldn’t throw, DHB can’t catch, Gallery can’t pass block…..Al loves that!!!!!!

    ***

    Dakota:

    Al Davis drafted Darren McFadden, Mike Bush, Zach Miller, Jacoby Ford, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski & Shane Lechler.

    He traded for Jason Campbell & Samson Satele. He hired Hue Jackson and Al Saunders

    Nuff Said. Commitment to Excellence

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Military Spending By Country:

    1 USA – $687,105,000,000, 4.7% of GDP
    2 China – $114,300,000,000, 2.2% of GDP
    3 France – $61,285,000,000, 2.5% of GDP

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures

  • Dakota

    370.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    Al Davis LOVES our current FB….probably because he doesn’t do what a FB is supposed to do….Block….you know how Al likes guys that can’t do what they are supposed to be able to do….Russell couldn’t throw, DHB can’t catch, Gallery can’t pass block…..Al loves that!!!!!!

    ***

    Dakota:

    Al Davis drafted Darren McFadden, Mike Bush, Zach Miller, Jacoby Ford, Jared Veldheer, Bruce Campbell, Sebastian Janikowski & Shane Lechler.

    He traded for Jason Campbell & Samson Satele. He hired Hue Jackson and Al Saunders

    Nuff Said. Commitment to Excellence
    _______________

    True, at least he got two or three right….McFadden, Miller and Lechler, if he counts as a kicker…the rest….yaaaaaaaaaawn.

  • SacRaider

    Veldheer-Loper-Satele-Carlisle-Campbell
    ———

    Still don’t get why everybody is putting Campbell as a starter and saying we don’t need OL help. Were there some reports last year of Campbell tearing it up in practice and just not playing in games? Has there been any positive reports on campbell (about his NFL playing ability)? any reports at all? So we’re basing his starting ability on Al being mad he wasn’t given the DHB treatment..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lakers have dropped 5 straight. LOL

    I thought DMAC would be in here bragging after the Warriors smashed them, no?

    I can’t wait to see who Dakota, Jhill & BSJ root for when L.A. gets eliminated in the first round.

    Mavs or Spurs? possibly OKC?

  • Dakota

    374.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    Lakers have dropped 5 straight. LOL

    I thought DMAC would be in here bragging after the Warriors smashed them, no?

    I can’t wait to see who Dakota, Jhill & BSJ root for when L.A. gets eliminated in the first round.

    Mavs or Spurs? possibly OKC?
    +++++++++++++

    The Lakers have thrown five games on purpose….they are messing with fools like you! muhahahahahahaaaa

    IF the Lakers were eliminated prior to the finals, I would be going for OKC. Never the Spurs or the Mavs….

  • RaiderRockstar

    So we’re basing his starting ability on Al being mad he wasn’t given the DHB treatment

    ***

    LOL @ Sac

    Basically, yes.

    if Al Davis says he can play … he can play!

    Bruce Campbell is the next Art Shell. 8x Pro Bowler

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “I would be going for OKC”

    ***

    Printed & faxed to Buss, Kupchak & Jackson

    fan card revoked!

  • Dakota

    377.RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Dakota Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “I would be going for OKC”

    ***

    Printed & faxed to Buss, Kupchak & Jackson

    fan card revoked!
    __________________

    Lol, oh really? I guess the Thunder and Lakers have some great rivalry I am unaware of huh? Back from their Seattle days perhaps?

  • Dakota

    At least we have one reason to watch the Raiders next year…if there is football…..and his name is:

    MCFADDEN!!!!!

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