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Ranking Raiders’ Round 4 selections

Third in a series

The Raiders are scheduled for one selection in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft, No. 113 overall.

Here’s a ranking of their fourth-round picks since returning to Oakland in 1995:

(Overall-year)

1. RB Michael Bush, Louisville (100-2007): First pick of Day 2 lost final season at Louisville to badly broken ankle. The Raiders rehabbed him for a year and got a nice payoff _ 376 carries, 1,665 yards and 14 touchdowns. Had career best 137 yards on 25 carries in last year’s finale with Darren McFadden injured. Not under contract, but count on him Raiders keeping him around.

2. WR Louis Murphy, Florida (124-2009): If first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey had Murphy’s two-year stats (75 catches, 1,130 yards, six touchdowns), the top pick that year wouldn’t seem like such a reach. Murphy has performed at a higher level than DHB since the day he arrived.

3. WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson (108-2010): Based on rookie season (25 catches, 470 yards, 2 TDs, 10 rushes, 155 yards, 2 TDs, 53 kickoff returns, 12,80 yards, 3 TDs) one of the true steals of the 2010 draft. Possibly devalued by new rule moving kickoffs to 35, but if Ford improves on receiving-rushing numbers, he could move to the top of this list.

4. S Tyvon Branch, Connecticut (100-2008): Coaching staff thinks two-year starter is a potential star at strong safety. Has 171 tackles and three forced fumbles in last two seasons, but has whiffed on his share and needs to be better against the pass.

5. LB Mike Morton, North Carolina (118-1995): Started 17 games at right inside linebacker, including 11 times in 1997. That was on the infamous “last against, last against the pass” defense.

6. OL Bruce Campbell, Maryland (106-2010): Looks like Campbell will be given a chance to start in the new regime this year, which could vault him into the Bush-Murphy-Ford-Branch realm.

7. C-G Gennaro DiNapoli, Virginia Tech (109-1998): Inactive for 12 of 16 games as a rookie. Suited up four times, did not play. Started nine games in 1999 before finishing season on injured reserve with an injury. Started 16 games for Tennessee Titans in 2002.

8. WR Carlos Francis, Texas Tech (99-2004): Track sprinter returned 14 kickoffs for 259 yards as a rookie, suffered a knee injury and never recovered. Spent a second season on injured reserve.

9. DT Junior Ioane, Arizona State (107-2000): A 320-pound defensive tackle who played in nine games in two seasons, with two tackles and one assist and one sack. Played three seasons with the Houston Texans, starting give games.

10. RB Chad Levitt, Cornell (123-1997): Played in 10 games as a rookie with two starts, caught two passes for 24 yards, rushed twice for three yards and returned one kickoff 12 yards.

11. LB Slade Norris, Oregon State (126-2009): Briefly promoted to 53-man roster as a rookie after opening the season on the practice squad. Last seen doing the same in Seattle.

12. CB John Bowie, Cincinnati (110-2007): Drafted with the pick acquired for wide receiver Randy Moss. Played in five games in two seasons (predominantly on special teams) and had one tackle. While Moss was tearing it up in New England, safety Jarrod Cooper said dryly, “Well, at least we got Bowie.”

13. WR Arman Shields, Richmond (125-2008): An impressive combine performance fooled Raiders into believing he was progressing nicely from knee injury as a senior. He wasn’t.

14. S Darnell Bing, USC (101-2006): Physical specimen who couldn’t stick as a safety or linebacker.

15. DE Shurron Pierson, South Florida (129-2004): Played in six games as a rookie failing to make a statistical column. He didn’t make the roster in his second season, was signed by the Chicago Bears, and played in six games, making one tackle.

16. WR Dameane Douglas, Cal (102-1999): Hugely productive wide receiver at Cal, Douglas lacked speed and immediately irked by Jon Gruden by wearing sunglasses to his first team meeting. He didn’t make it out of training camp.

NOTABLE FOURTH ROUND PICKS IN RAIDERS’ HISTORY

– WR Cliff Branch, No. 98 in 1972 out of Colorado, couldn’t catch a cold as a rookie and developed into the classic Raiders’ deep threat. Clutch player who excelled in postseason and outperformed Lynn Swann, should be in the Hall of Fame.

– DE Greg Townsend, No. 110 in 1983 out of Texas Christian, was a fast and relentless pass rusher who had 107.5 of his 109.5 career sacks as a Raider from 1983 through 1994. Had 10.5 sacks as a rookie on the Raiders’ last Super Bowl championship team with career high of 13 in 1991.

– C Dave Dalby, No. 100 in 1972 out of UCLA, took over for Hall of Famer Jim Otto and the Raiders didn’t miss a beat. A starter in two of the club’s three Super Bowl championships, made one Pro Bowl.

– RB Charlie Smith, No. 110 in 1968 out of Utah, was an underrated runner-receiver who had 3,351 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns and added 141 catches for 1,596 yards and 10 scores. Played in 95 games with 65 starts.

– RB Clarence Davis, No. 97 in 1971 out of USC, is best known for his “Sea of Hands” touchdown catch to beat Miami in the 1974 playoffs but had 3,640 yards rushing with a career high of 787 in 1987. Had career-best 137 yards on 17 carries against Minnesota in the Raiders’ first Super Bowl win.

– DE Tony Cline, No. 102 in 1970 out of Miami, was a solid starting left end in 56 games from 1970 through 1975.

– WR Napoleon McCallum, No. 108 in 1986 out of Navy, played with the Raiders in 1986 as a rookie with 536 yards rushing before his obligations as a Naval officer took him away for three years. Finished with 790 yards rushing and six touchdowns, his career ending with a gruesome knee injury in the 1994 season opener against the 49ers in San Francisco.

– WR Raghib Ismail, No. 100 in 1991 out of Notre Dame, was considered a first-round talent whom the Raiders got in the fourth round because he was playing in the Canadian Football League. Never achieved stardom with the Raiders his skill seemed to merit, but still a nice fourth-round find _ 88 catches, 1,357 yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons before he was traded to Carolina. Also returned kickoffs, although he didn’t score a touchdown.

– QB Steve Beuerlein, No. 110 in 1987 out of Notre Dame, showed some promise in 15 starts in 1988 and 1989 with 15 starts, but complained about his contract publicly and ended up holding a clipboard for a year before escaping to Dallas, Arizona, Jacksonville, Carolina and Denver.

– G Mickey Marvin, No. 112 in 1970, was a distinguished starter on two Super Bowl champions as a right guard and remains with the organization as a scout.

RANKING RAIDERS’ DRAFTS BY ROUND

Links to previous rankings of Raiders’ drafts by round:

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  • irjonny

    datruth91

    99% of us want nnamdi to stay. rod woodson has been looking elsewhere in this draft so im not so sure he will be back and im crushed. however we have to look at the positive here. imagine what we can do in the draft and free agency with the money that the team will save. also it will force the team to defend differently. believe me i know we are a better team with nnamdi but that doesn’t mean we can’t fill the hole. on the brightside our CBs will have a more balanced stat sheet at the end of the year instead of the poor sap who sits opposite him every year.

  • The Blackhole

    JERRY fix the matrix (posted 6:43pst)

  • Gust372

    The positive is that we still have highlights of Nnamdi as a Raider on youtube. That’s about the only positive of losing him.

  • DaTruth91

    The notion that the Raiders lose Nnamdi,and get better is absurd… Nnamdi makes the games easier for Routt, Huff, Branch and CJ ect…
    Losing Nnamdi would cause a hole in the secondary that will remain void…
    So much of the Def DB’s rely on communication and I want to have a guy out there who knows where everyone should be..not Routt/CJ/Huff/ect…

    Plz Al, dont draft a CB..jus pay Nnamdi and causes he is the best at his position

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo

    96.KoolKell Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 5:04 pm
    With the NFL Lockout ongoing, Al Davis may have furloughed his cross-posting trolls, yes?

    ……………………………..

    Coach Davis is doing slick things behind the scene stuff to get things going, Why do you thinks both sides started up again? Coach is the man behind the scene. It will happen. Games will be on time. Coach Davis doesn’t need any accolades.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81f45097/article/nfl-players-serious-about-mediation-will-continue-tuesday

  • Gust372

    Losing Nnamdi Asomugha would be an addition by subtraction like losing Marcus Allen and Jon Gruden were additions by subtraction.

  • Un-Lockout

    RD 2: Stef Wiz
    Rd 3: Casey Matthews
    Rd 4: Kirkpatrick
    Rd 5: Virgil Green
    Rd 6: Taiwan Jones (Bennett gets cut after camp)
    Rd 7: Van Dyke

    This would be a killer draft. I don’t really care after Wiz and Matthews, but those two players are a must have IMO. Especially Mathews. Wiz I could take or leave, there are other guards who are just as good as him, (maybe better considering we are switching to powere blocking scheme)that will be available to draft. Casey Matthews is a special player though. I can’t believe the mocks have him lasting this long. Having a front seven of Sho-Nasty, Kelly, Seymour, and Houston, and Wimbly, McClain,and Mathews would make life a lot easier on the secondary. You don’t need a Nnamdi island with a front second as wicked as ours if we draft Casey Matthews. If we keep that QB picking turf out of his helmet, then our secondary will look like a bunch of all stars.

  • YoungAmerican

    I see a lot of people with Virgil Green going in the 5th and 6th round… I really don’t think he’ll last that long. Julius Thomas and Rob Housler are more likely to be around that late, but even those guys’ draft stocks are on the rise.

  • DaTruth91

    106.Gust372 Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 7:56 pm
    Losing Nnamdi Asomugha would be an addition by subtraction like losing Marcus Allen and Jon Gruden were additions by subtraction.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Go back to 5th grade math class…

  • hendu

    Mrs Gust372,post111,ya,the Raiders found a way to lose 8 games,however they found a way for 8 WINS! I see the Raiders on the way to 10 and 6,youre negative arse sees under 8 wins,sorry so called fan.Hope you and kk will join us at a tailgate party,that will be FUN! Hope an agreement comes soon,we can make plans that include two niner fans,just sayin

  • Gust372

    Touched a nerve, didn’t I? Angry at the truth, by any chance?

  • Gust372

    “Having a front seven of Sho-Nasty, Kelly, Seymour, and Houston, and Wimbly, McClain,and Mathews would make life a lot easier on the secondary.”

    LOL. What? Seymour, yes. But the rest of them? You sound like they’re the monsters of the midway. You’d better learn to lower your expectations a little. We’ve got a scrappy little D but remember that the Raiders always find a way to lose. There’s always a gaping weakness and good coaches know how to make aggressive Raider defense’s run over each other.

  • Un-Lockout

    hey Gust, check the stats from our D line line last year. Or maybe you could really do some research and watch a freakin game idiot. The only weakness in our front seven is LOLB. Casey Mathews would make it a strength instead of weakness.

  • Un-Lockout

    Gust372 Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 9:35 pm
    There’s always a gaping weakness and good coaches know how to make aggressive Raider defense’s run over each other.
    Now it’s my turn.
    LOL! WHAT? Explain to me how this sentence makes any sense at all.

  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo
  • Al Davis MachoMachoSupremo
  • Just Fire Baby

    The knock on Casey Matthews is that he is too slow to play on the outside, too small to play inside, and was never asked to cover anybody at Oregon.

    If his name were Casey Johnson, he would be looking at a 6th or 7th round range.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Mid-Round FS prospects to look at maybe:

    Jerrand Tarrant, Georgia Tech

    Not quite fast enough for Al probably, but supposedly one of the best cover safeties in the draft.

    Da’Norris Searcy, UNC

    Again, a 4.55 forty won’t get Al’s attention, but 5’11 223 with great ball skills might.

    Really this draft doesn’t have many natural FS prospects, not with the type of physical prowess Al desires.

    Lots of guys look to be SS at the next level, or we will look at converting a DB into a FS.

  • YoungAmerican

    Updated big board:

    2) CB Curtis Brown (Texas), CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia), OT/OG Ben Ijalana (Villanova), OG/OT Marcus Cannon (TCU), C/OG Stefan Wisniewski (Penn State), or OLB Mason Foster (Washington) or OT/OG James Carpenter (Alabama)

    3) OT Jah Reid (UCF), OT/OG Clint Boling (Georgia), OG/C John Moffitt (Wisconsin), OG/OT Orlando Franklin (Miami), NT/DT Jerrell Powe (Ole Miss), WR Greg Little (North Carolina) or C Jake Kirkpatrick (TCU)

    4) DT/NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame), OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida), WR Greg Salas (Hawaii), CB Curtis Marsh (Utah State), OLB Greg Jones (Michigan State) or FS Robert Sands (West Virginia)

    5) C/OG Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock), TE Julius Thomas (Portland State), TE Rob Housler (Florida Atlantic), FB Henry Hynoski (Pitt), or FS Chris Culliver (South Carolina)

    6) DE/DT Cedric Thornton (Southern Arkansas) or WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State)

    7) TE Zack Pianalto (North Carolina) or OT Byron Bell (New Mexico)

    7) QB Josh Portis (Cal PA)

  • irjonny

    young american

    i dig the mock, lots of options. if we had our way with that list i would go:

    2- stefan wiz
    3- greg little
    4- Robert Sands
    5- Rob Housler
    6- Cedric Thornton
    7- Byron Bell
    7- Josh Portis

    i would also swap out greg little for casey mathews in a heartbeat. JFB noted that he is really only a 3rd because of his name. i agree to an extent, but this kid will be valuable as a strongside LB. he has high intelligence and instincts like his brother and we need that. he is a strong tackler and that’s the important part.

  • irjonny

    also i think 3rd or 4th is where we take our CB.

  • HairyBush

    The National Football Post reports USC TE Jordan Cameron is drawing interest from the Raiders, Bucs, Dolphins and Saints.
    Reporter Wes Bunting seconds an earlier report from NFL.com that said Cameron could go as early as round three. A very impressive athlete and former basketball player, Cameron sounds like the kind of prospect Raiders owner Al Davis would be loath to pass up

  • HairyBush

    1:28 ET

  • priesttj

    I like this kid Brooks Reed from AZ can you see this kid next to McClain and Goethel? also Jonathan Baldwin more than like will be a mid 1st rndr but if he somehow drops to #48 god I would love to have that kid. Or even Greg Little at #48 would be a very solid pick. Little is a lot like Jerry Porter but faster and a little bigger hopefully a lot more mature.

    Jerry Porter wasted a potentially good career because he was just way too childish and impulsive.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jonathan Baldwin reminds me of another former Pitt WR.

    Not Fitzgerald, but Antonio Bryant.

    Great size and hands, below-average speed, and such a head-case you almost wonder if he is border-line insane or bi-polar.

  • Just Fire Baby

    My manager lives in Denver and has followed Jimmy Smith for awhile (he also went to CU).

    Told me that he is from a terrible area of town and a horrible family environment.

    People have been bending over backwards, mentoring him, watching over him since he was 15 years old, yet he seems to screw up almost every year and get in trouble.

    Not sure what he will do now that he has some money, and can distance himself from those that have tried to help him.

  • priesttj

    Nah I would swap out Robert Sands for Casey Matthews leave Little right where he is. Sands doesn’t make sense on this team. Where would you play him? he certainly aint going o start over either MM34 or Branch and his instincts are below average. We have plenty of safety help without a guy like him who’s a physical freak but lacks instincts and is very stiff. He’s more suited for SLB if he can carry an additional 10-15 lbs.

    I would take Van Dyke at that 5th rnd spot.

  • Guy

    Baldwin doesn’t look too slow, he builds up speed. And why would Mason Foster be there in the 5th? He is a 2nd-3rd round projection and is one of the top 4-3 olbs in the draft.

  • priesttj

    YA you’re slotting some very average players in rnds where you can get much better value. Mason Foster IMO is rated too high he’ll be there in the 5th. Jerrel Powe is a late rnd pick I’d slot Kendrick Ellis in that position. Same with Ian Williams who’s a 6th maybe even UDFA. Greg Salas you can get in the7th I’d take the kid from OSU Zansenberger or whatever his name is. However I do like Portis in the 7th or Ederline from Idaho.

    Just a couple of thoughts I had no big deal.

  • priesttj

    Also why are you guys drafting safeties?? we have a glut of safeties. Corner makes a lot more sense. It seems no one is focused on WR’s or TE’s which IMO we need.

    Here’s my Oline for next year:

    LT= Veldheer
    LG= Mario Henderson
    C = Satele depth rookie
    RG =Bruce Campbell
    RT= Walker 20lbs. lighter more powerful.

    It’s young atheletic and talented and powerful Veldheers has to add 20 lbs. upperbody strength.

  • priesttj

    BTW Jimmy Smith IMO is the best pure cover corner in the draft BUUTT!!!! buyer beware this kid is a wreck waiting to happen. This kid is just too much of a THUG! you’ll never be able to trust he is way too unreliable.

  • Teabag

    Jerry FAIL… Michael Bush had a career best 177 yards on 27 carries and 2 TD’s against the 2008 season finale against the Bucs.

  • http://raiders.com A.B. Paine III

    Teabag Says:
    April 16th, 2011 at 11:49 am
    Jerry FAIL… Michael Bush had a career best 177 yards on 27 carries and 2 TD’s against the 2008 season finale against the Bucs.
    ———————–
    Jerry doesn’t believe in proofreading. Jerry, didn’t you go to college?

  • priesttj

    Boy the 4th rnd over the years has been damn near spectacular. It was at it’s best last year with JFord. And who could complain about Bush. I also think Louis Murphy will acquit himself next year for the soph jinx. I’m getting a little itchy about the draft now I want to see what we do.

  • RaiderSam

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 16th, 2011 at 10:28 am

    My manager lives in Denver and has followed Jimmy Smith for awhile (he also went to CU).

    Told me that he is from a terrible area of town and a horrible family environment.

    People have been bending over backwards, mentoring him, watching over him since he was 15 years old, yet he seems to screw up almost every year and get in trouble.

    Not sure what he will do now that he has some money, and can distance himself from those that have tried to help him.
    ===========================================
    My gut instinct tells me, although they want him, they’ll pass and either overdraft Chris Culliver at 2, hope Ras I. Dowling doesnt go to Jacksonville right before they pick, or just yawn and take Ben Ijalana, then take a bunch of fast lb’s who tested well, like Jeremy Beal

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