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NFP: Woodson works out corners

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at 8:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Taiwan Jones wasn’t the only burner the Raiders were looking at Thursday.

The National Football post reports that cornerback Rod Woodson was in Coral Cables, Fla., evaluating University of Miami cornerbacks Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Woodson also looked at Miami defensive backs Ryan Hill and Jared Campbell, according to the report.

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  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    UNO!

  • Gust372

    Anyone else notice that this blog died right around the time the lockout became a reality? I guess Al had to lay off some lower level employees to prepare for the future loss. I wouldn’t be surprised if 90% of this blog’s commenters were employees of the team, using several different screennames a piece, creating distractions from negative stories and opinions regarding the team.

  • priesttj

    Please get Van Dyke in the 4th or 5th I really like that kid, he would be the perfect student for super Rod.

    We gettin’ busy for real!!!

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    The National Football post reports that cornerback Rod Woodson was in Coral Cables, Fla., evaluating University of Miami cornerbacks Brandon Harris and DeMarcus Van Dyke.

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    Nice to see RW out on the road.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Long live Raider Al. The King of the NFL

  • Gust372

    I’m sure Rod Woodson will get out there and find the Raiders a real football player, only for the Raiders to cut him for a guy who’s half the football player, can’t take a hit, yet has a much better 40 time!

  • Try Some Reality

    It’s confirmed! Russell is a lazy piece of dung. Just read the ESPN article on Russell’s life coach tiring of working with the giant slug. People still want to blame the Raiders? Please…there’s no helping that loser.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Brandon Harris is a projected 1st rounder…
    I doubt we’ll move up to grab him!
    I wouldn’t!

    Made in Taiwan will be there in the 3rd….DONT DRAFT HIM IN THE 2ND!!!!!!!!

    THANKS AL!

  • Gust372

    Actually, Russell’s situation with his personal coach should be a teaching moment for the Raiders. His personal coach cut off their agreement when it was obvious to him that Russell had a problem. The Raiders turned the other cheek to the problem, allowing it to worsen, instead of either getting Russell help OR cutting ties with him, and remember that the Raiders knew of Russell’s problems as early as ’09. If the Raiders had taken some kind of action when they first learned of Russell’s problems, instead of sticking their head in the sand and hoping for a miracle, like the irresponsible, chaotic organization they are, I wouldn’t have a problem with the way the Raiders treated Russell. They would be totally absolved, in my view. But since they knew of Russell’s problems and rolled the dice with him, I think the Raiders are as responsible as anyone for his illness.

  • priesttj

    Taiwan Jones is a late rnd pick. 5th 6th I wouldn’t touch him earlier than that. You can get DeMarco Murray in the 3rd who’s bigger and just as fast.

  • Try Some Reality

    fix the effing server clock!

    It’s confirmed! Russell is a lazy piece of dung. Just read the ESPN article on Russell’s life coach tiring of working with the giant slug. People still want to blame the Raiders? Please…there’s no helping that loser.

  • The Blackhole

    Like I said we are drafting Demarcus Van Dyke and he’s going to be great so get over it.
    Also good to see Rod looking at him though wouldn’t want anyone else.

  • The Blackhole

    Drafting Van Dyke
    YAY or NAY?

  • priesttj

    Damn I’m glad Rod Woodson is in this org. same with Wiz. I’m hoping both of them are given permanent positions as they learn under the master biulder.

  • Kirk

    Great, more CBs.

    Al never changes, that’s why the Raiders keep losing.

  • priesttj

    Sometimes these kids just don’t get it, and it seems Russell wont until it’s way too late. The money he has will run out and so will the friends then he’ll start trying to get another chance but the ship will have sailed………….it’s too bad but it’s all his fault at this point. He can no longer blame anyone other the man in mirror.

  • Try Some Reality

    Kirk – we may just need another corner after Nnamdi leaves. Last year may have been his last with the Silver & Black. Thank for the good times Nnamdi and for being a class act.

  • djohnnyg

    I’ve seen this kid out of Miami and the Raiders would do better bringing in ‘Dick’ Van Dyke,

  • YoungAmerican

    Hopefully the Raiders resist the urge to take Van Dyke and opt for a kid who actually shows the slightest bit of physicality in his play.

    For where the Raiders pick, Brown, House and Dowling are by far the best options.

    This is a top-heavy draft class at CB… outside of the top guys (Peterson, Amukamara, Harris, Brown, Smith, House, Williams, Dowling) there isn’t a whole lot of depth. If the Raiders are going to grab a CB they need to do it early.

    I think Curtis Brown at #48 would be a tremendous value because it would give the Raiders one of the top five players at the position in this draft. He has the size and physicality to hold up in man coverage, and he’s a solid hitter who isn’t afraid to mix it up in the running game. Could be an option at FS, as well.

    This draft has considerable depth at OG/RT and DE/DT so the Raiders can dedicate some of their later picks to those positions if they do indeed go CB in the 2nd round.

  • YoungAmerican

    2.) CB Curtis Brown, Texas
    3.) OT/OG Clint Boling, Georgia
    4.) NT/DT Ian Williams, Notre Dame
    5.) C/OG Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock
    6.) DE/DT Cedric Thornton (Southern Arkansas)
    7.) TE Zack Pianalto (North Carolina)
    7.) QB Josh Portis (Cal PA)

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Taiwan Jones ran the 40 in 4.27 compared to Chris Johnson’s 4.24 and Jamaal Charles’s 4.28.
    We all know how much Al would like that pick.

    I don’t want it to happen but I won’t be suprised if Al trades Bush to get more picks.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I see JaMoron has hit another speed bump on the road to greatness.

    Too bad. I was hoping he’d actually get into great playing shape.

    You see, lots of people are going to continue to say ‘what a waste of talent’ and solely attribute JaMoron’s all-time greatest bust status to a lack of ‘desire’.

    Some will even still insist it was the Raiders’ fault that JaMoron failed.

    Well, the truth is even if JaMoron had tons of desire and got into tip-top shape and had a fantastic organization and a team of all-stars surrounding him, he’d still never cut it in the NFL.

    Why ?

    Because he’s a moron.

    He’s an idiot.

    All the physical talent in the world can’t make up for the shortcomings between his ears.

    Maybe in another sport, or at another position.

    But not as an NFL QB.

    End of story.

  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t want it to happen but I won’t be suprised if Al trades Bush to get more picks.

    ———–

    I’d be surprised, because that would mean a CBA was reached before the draft.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Oh, almost forgot to mention, JaJason sucks.

    JaJason might not be a genius, but he certainly isn’t a mentally deficient idiot like JaMoron.

    JaJason seems to be a dedicated professional that actually works at his craft and gives a damn.

    But make no mistake, JaJason sucks.

    Like JaMoron, he has the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. Ultimately however, he’ll go down as a stiff that never fully actualized or effectively utilized those abilities.

    JaJason is an emotionless zombie. Not a leader. Adverse to taking risks because he fears failure more than he has confidence in himself to make good things happen.

    That’s not the worst thing in the world, because to be honest, JaJason isn’t the type of guy you want throwing lots of intermediate and deep passes because despite having a pretty strong arm the accuracy just isn’t there when he attempts to complete the aforementioned throws.

    Can he be effective managing a game ? I think so. JaJason can do that much. Just don’t ask him to carry the load, don’t ask him to be the guy to lead the team to victory or make things happen when the rest of the team is struggling. If you do, you’re going to be disappointed most of the time.

    You’re more likely to see JaJason dejectedly and morosely pouting with a towel over his head on the sidelines and his teammates trying to cheer him up, than you are to see him trying to rally the troops and inspire.

    Hey, I don’t begrudge JaJason for being ‘Captain Checkdown’. As Clint Eastwood would say in a Dirty Harry movie, ‘A man’s got to know his limitations’. JaJason knows his and he’s managed to make some nice bank for 7 seasons now as an NFL QB.

    I just don’t want him as starting QB for the Raids.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    I wish JaRu all the best in the world. Truly a sad story, a classic cry for help. He may not have much left between the ears, but hopefully with a new life coach JaRu can get it back together, to keep it clean that is. To walk the straight and narrow. Highly doubt he’ll ever suit up again. Good luck JaRu.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    16.priesttj Says:
    April 14th, 2011 at 11:14 pm
    Sometimes these kids just don’t get it, and it seems Russell wont until it’s way too late. The money he has will run out and so will the friends then he’ll start trying to get another chance but the ship will have sailed………….it’s too bad but it’s all his fault at this point. He can no longer blame anyone other the man in mirror.
    ——————————————
    Or the man in the bottle. I’m sure the dude had a few demons in his head. All I know is JaRu didn’t look like 66 mil. But I hope the best for him now in his new endeavor in life as I’m sure at some point JaRu will need to find a job. Just hope he has put out all the fires in his head.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    If Coach Davis trades Bush or Reece or McFadden, thats it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. They are Campbells’ only hope. Without them Coach Davis will struggle. It’s not rocket science. Bush Reece and McFadden will make the WR corps better. You cannot trade them for a first round pick. Please Coach, say it aint so.

  • bcz24

    If there were a CBA and you could get a 1st round pick for Bush you would be absolutely ludicrous not to!

  • bcz24

    Especially when we sign Tiki Barber…

  • Just Fire Baby

    When I watched Miami games this year, they had another WR than Hankerson, shorter guy with dreads, that I was always impressed with.

    Not sure if he is coming out in the draft this year or what his name is, maybe someone could help fill me in.

    As far as DB’s??? I don’t remember Miami being a great defense, and they have given up a lot of late, game-losing TD’s the last couple years.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Just looked it up, Travis Benjamin is his name.

    A junior, who will come out next year, runs a 4.28 forty and is a track sprinter.

    Me and Al think alike apparently, lol.

  • Raiderbuck
  • Dakota

    zzzzzzz

  • bcz24

    A junior, who will come out next year, runs a 4.28 forty and is a track sprinter.
    **********
    How big is he? We dont need another ‘Smurf’

  • Just Fire Baby

    Small dude, 5’10 170.

    I was trying to envision Miami games, and I just thought of that little dude with dreads making all kinds of plays.

    On the flip side, I never would have thought they had FOUR DB’S worth looking at.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think we really just need a FS and a nickle corner.

    I have confidence in CJ37 and Routt not being a huge dropoff from years past.

    Branch and MM34 at SS seems very doable.

    FS??? Brown and Eugene don’t excite me.

    Nickel corner?? Ware and McFadden don’t do anything for me either.

    I think Al will rule the dice at the safety position, but definately take a CB in one of first two picks, as the nickle this year, and the starter in years ahead.

  • J Hill

    Super thin in the secondary. S and CB are questionable at best.

    Tyvon Branch was TERRIBLE last year.

    Mitchell in a starting capacity is an unknown.

    Same with Stevie Brown.

    Eugene is a STs player at best.

    Ware and McFadden have basically zero experience.

    Our seconday could very well be the biggest need on the team.

  • J Hill

    I’m actaully hoping one of these corners can be drafted to start at FS. A little to slow to play CB in the league, but great ball skill, size, and tackling ability.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I always liked Banks mocks, partly because you don’t have to pay for them like McShay’s and Kipers.

    Cameron Heyward going #32 to Green Bay is frightening to think of for that defense.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/don_banks/04/13/2011-nfl-mock-draft/index.html?eref=sihp

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation! Happy Aloha Friday!
    Is the blog fixed yet or did it really have died with the lockout? 7:26AM PST

  • bcz24

    We will DEFINITELY draft a CB in our first 2 picks if Al thinks theres even a sliver of a chance Nnamdi walks. There are a few free agent corners that we may be able to snag for depth as well.

  • DKnight007

    I actually agree with Priesst for the 2nd time within a year span I think. hahaha

    CB Van Dyke would be a good pick in Round 4 or 5.

  • RaiderSam

    # Gust372 Says:
    April 14th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Anyone else notice that this blog died right around the time the lockout became a reality? I guess Al had to lay off some lower level employees to prepare for the future loss. I wouldn’t be surprised if 90% of this blog’s commenters were employees of the team, using several different screennames a piece, creating distractions from negative stories and opinions regarding the team.

    ======================================
    I think the blog lives , and if there are employees GREAT. WTF is negative stories and opinions doing to do for the Raiders, idiot? I also think the dumbf&$k back and forth between the usual folks on politics and non-football related personal stuff has gone down, too.

    GREAT JOB, “RAIDER EMPLOYEES”

  • RaiderSam

    JaJason knows his and he’s managed to make some nice bank for 7 seasons now as an NFL QB.

    I just don’t want him as starting QB for the Raids.

    “JaJason” is 2-0 against the Chargers , Chiefs and Broncos , DUMBF$%K.

    WTF did Bruce Gradkowski, or any other QB , do? We have no ammo to trade up for a QB, and here’s the memo. Tom Brady AINT IN THIS DRAFT. Get a grip, get a clue, no magical QB is coming. This team has won with vets, and if its journeyman, so be it. Get on the badnwagon, its leaving in September.

    Get over this stupid a%$% JaJason thing….you aren t making the decisions, and thats that. Support the god%&TFASM team, for CHRISSAKES!!

  • RaiderSam

    # J Hill Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Super thin in the secondary. S and CB are questionable at best.

    Tyvon Branch was TERRIBLE last year.

    Mitchell in a starting capacity is an unknown.

    Same with Stevie Brown.

    Eugene is a STs player at best.

    Ware and McFadden have basically zero experience.

    Our seconday could very well be the biggest need on the team.
    ==================================
    lots of help available in the draft
    Aaron Williams, C/S
    Jimmy Smith, CB
    Ras I. Dowling, CB
    Curtis Brown, CB
    Curtis Marsh
    sleepers
    Keanemana Silva, S/CB, Hawaii
    Tommie Campbell, FS, California (PA)

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