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Ranking Raiders’ Round 7 (or later) selections

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:42 am in Oakland Raiders.

Sixth in a series

The Raiders are scheduled for two selections in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft, Nos. 218 and 240.

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

(Overall-year)
1. QB Ronald Curry, North Carolina (234-2002): Virginia high school legend and Tar Heels’ quarterback and point guard became a receiver in Oakland and helped hasten the departures of Jerry Rice and Tim Brown. Caught 193 passes for 2,347 yards and 13 touchdowns and made two remarkable come backs from Achilles’ tears.

2. WR Chaz Schilens, San Diego State (226-2008): A broken foot and subsequent surgeries have slowed his progress, but when healthy enough to play, Schilens is a gifted, tall, athletic wide receiver _ the most reliable on the roster and that includes 2009 top pick Darrius Heyward-Bey and fourth-round pick Louis Murphy.

3. TE Courtney Anderson, San Jose State (245-2004): Played in 29 games for the Raiders over three seasons, started three of them, and caught 62 passes for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Despite obvious physical gifts, vanished from the league after short stints in Atlanta and Detroit after being cut by Raiders following 2006 season.

4. S Stevie Brown, Michigan (251-2010): A safety and linebacker in college, Brown showed a nose for the ball as a safety during training camp, was initially cut from the roster, but was brought back and played 15 games with one start and two passes defensed. Could compete for starting job with Hiram Eugene if Michael Huff departs as a free agent.

5. CB Jeremy Ware, Michigan State (215-2010): An physical, aggressive corner who had an interception in a 23-20 win over Kansas City but was inactive for the last four games of the season. Will compete with Walter McFadden and any newcomers for playing time along with Stanford Routt, Chris Johnson and Walter MccFadden, assuming Nnamdi Asomugha moves on in free agency.

6. WR Jonathan Holland, Louisiana Tech (254-2007): Has gone from receiver to defensive back and back to receiver and been on both the practice squad and 53-man roster. Returned 28 kickoffs in 2009 for a 19.6 average.

7. TE Mondriel Fulcher, Miami (227-2000):Played in 25 games in three seasons with one start and no stats.

Others: DE Andre Sommersell, Colorado State (235-2004); DB Siddeeq Shabazz, New Mexico State (246-2003); WR Ryan Hoag, Gustavus Adolphus (262-2003); DB Derek Combs, Ohio State (228-2001); WR Ken-Yon Rambo, Ohio State (229-2001); S Clifton Black, South Texas State (221-2000); LB JoJuan Armour, Miami-Ohio (224-1999); DE Vince Amey, Arizona State (230-1998); DE David Sanders, Arkansas (235-1998); C Darius Smith, Sam Houston State (224-1996); G Joey Wylie, Stephen F. Austin State (248-1996).

NOTABLE SEVENTH-ROUND (OR LATER) PICKS IN RAIDERS HISTORY

Note: The NFL and AFL combined drafts in 1977 and was 17 rounds from 1967 through 1976. It was shortened to 12 rounds from 1977 through 1992, 8 rounds in 1993 and has been 7 round since 1994.

(Round-overall-year)

– LB Greg Biekert, Colorado (7-181-1993) earned instant respect as a rookie with a one-punch, weight-room KO of defensive end Scott Davis and had distinguished nine-year career with Raiders including 123 starts. Elected to move on rather than be moved aside for Napoleon Harris in 2002. Returned as assistant linebackers coach last season and elevated to linebackers coach for 2011.

– TE Andrew Glover, Grambling State (10-274-1991) had a college basketball background in college and played in 93 games with 30 starts over six seasons with the Raiders, catching 92 passes for 970 yards and 11 touchdowns.

– RB Bo Jackson, Auburn (7-183-1987) was selected to gain his rights even though he was playing baseball with the Kansas City Royals organization. The former Heisman Trophy winner gained 2,7282 yards in 38 games as a “part-time” football player with 16 touchdowns, including a 950-yard season in 1989 in 11 games. May be the most beloved Raider who never played for a championship team by Al Davis. Career ended with a hip injury in playoffs in 1990.

– OT Bruce Davis, UCLA (11-294-1979) had 76 starts in 212 games from 1979 into 1987 for Raiders. Started all 16 games for Raiders’ last Super Bowl champion in 1983. His son of the same name was a Raiders’ reserve linebacker in 2010.

– NT Reggie Kinlaw, Oklahoma (12-320-1979) was an extremely underrated but vital part of the Raiders’ last two Super Bowl champions, starting 13 games in 1980 and all 16 in 1983. Kinlaw was an undersized nose tackle at 245 pounds who handled the middle with quickness and surprising strength and allowed the linemen around him to flourish.

– LB Rod Martin, USC (12-317-1977) played in 165 games with 147 starts from 199 through 1988 as a right outside linebacker. Had four career interceptions, but three in the Raiders Super Bowl win over Philadelphia following the 1980 season, earning him MVP honors. Named to two Pro Bowls.

– CB Skip Thomas, USC (7-176-1972) played cornerback like a linebacker opposite Willie Brown and played in 82 games with 43 starts from 1972 through 1977. Had six interceptions in both 1974 and 1975. Nicknamed “Dr. Death.”

– DE Horace Jones, Louisville (12-305-1971) started 59 games of 71 from 1971 through 1975 including 12 as an unheralded rookie.

– CB George Atkinson, Morris Brown (7-190-1968) played in 144 games with 112 starts, returning punts and kickoffs in the early parts of his career. Atkinson moved to strong safety from left cornerback in his third season and made up for his lack of size with aggression.

– RB Marv Hubbard, Colgate (11-277-1968) is the Raiders’ fifth-leading rusher of all-time with 4,394 yards and touchdowns. A tackle-breaking power runner, Hubbard averaged a remarkable 4.8 yards per carry and had a career-best 1,100 yards in 1972 in 219 carries. A fan favorite because of his running style and his hatred for the arch-rival Kansas City Chiefs.

RANKING RAIDERS’ DRAFTS BY ROUND

Links to previous rankings of Raiders’ drafts by round:

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Round 6

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Yeah!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hiram Eugene can’t cover or tackle.

    Mitchell & Branch can both tackle. Cover skills are questionable, certainly going to miss Michael Huff in that aspect of his game.

    If our starting FS is Eugene or Stevie Brown I’m gonna go ahead and predict 35 pass TD’s allowed, regardless who we may sign in FA or draft next week

  • raidertay

    I forgot about Curry. I wonder what that guy is up to. Did he play for anyone else after the Raiders?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nnamdi is not asking for $16 mill he just wants a solid contract. All this speculation that he’s asking for that kind of money is wrong.

    ***

    LOL @ TJ

    Source? Link?

    If all Nnamdi wanted was a “solid contract” I’m sure Al Davis would have offered him 5-years $50 million in February of 2008!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I forgot about Curry. I wonder what that guy is up to. Did he play for anyone else after the Raiders?

    ***

    the Lions & Rams each had him for a minute in 2009, but the Lions traded him to STL for a practice squad D-Liner and STL cut him prior to the regular season

    Basically, out of the NFL the last 2 years

    Aren’t you glad we let him go to make room for guys like Todd Watkins & Nick Miller? puuuke

  • irjonny

    the ravens are one of the best defenses in the league. i can’t remember who their CBs are can anyone else? bet everyone remembers suggs, and lewis. i agree that a DB needs to be a sure tackler, but every DB misses a big tackle every now and then because of the open space on the edge. yes even Nnamdi and Revis. teams don’t run on the edge of the ravens more because the LBs and DEs don’t let it happen. that’s where we need to go with our defense.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF OUR SAFETIES DON’T HAVE TO CONSTANTLY WORRY ABOUT THE RUNNER GETTING TO THE SECOND LEVEL, THEY CAN WORRY ABOUT COVERING.

    ed reed makes plays, polomalu makes plays. see anything similar? pssst. great run defense.

  • GoodOle00

    Nnamdi is the corner stone of Davis’ unique D system. I dont see that scheme changing this season and I don’t see one of Davis’ most successful draft projects ever simply walking out the door especially without compensation.

  • priesttj

    Bauce one thing you have got to understand man is that there are no perfect corners. I don’t care how many you go through you will always have issues with them for one reason or another.

    I have been a Raider fan for 45+ years the only corner that I can think of that I had zero probelms with was Mike Haynes. Even CWood used to piss me off because he just wouldn’t play sound defense and would give up easy TD’s because he got bored. No one threw at him so he would get lazy and get beat. Nnamdi doesn’t do that even Willie Brown who was an unbelieveable talent wasn’t perfect.

    I have zero issue with Nnamdi doing what he does he’s the best inthe business. And we have him not someone else.

    You know Bauce I’m a firm believer in someone not missing their water until the well runs dry. I would much prefer Nnamdi on our side tghan someone else’s…………..period

  • RaiderRockstar

    Paul Gutierrez on PFT Live.

    Jerry Mac would be on there, but he couldn’t get this friggin blog fixed and they were disgusted!

    Gust = Florio

    :P

  • RaiderRockstar

    Go Hornets!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think New Orleans can still beat L.A. without Gray

    they already did it without West and with Okafor basically being a walking foul waiting to happen

    expect scrub bigs like Smith & Mbenga to continue to make Pau Gasol a non factor when Landry is on the bench for a rest

  • DutchRaider77

    @irjonny
    i can’t remember who their CBs are can anyone else?
    ____________________________________________________

    Were you kidding, Chris Carr (former Raider) starts and Fabian Washington is a backup (former Raider). Kinda funny that the Ravens is considered an elite defense and Chris Carr did not even get a shot at CB while playing on the Raiders. Who btw is very bitter towards the Raiders. Of Course they have Josh Wislon also.

  • GoodOle00

    5. Yup. Curry showed promise but then just seemed to completely lose interest. Maybe Jerry Porter got in his head or more likely the bed and breakfastr offense.

  • GoodOle00

    Just wanted to say enjoy the day Raider Nation!

  • priesttj

    RRS it’s obvious you don’t know Nnamdi. Revis wants big dollars have you ever heard of Nnamdi talking about money……….never even after what Mr Davis said no retort. Mr Davis’ comments were based on the old contract expiring not that they cannot reach a deal. He was just answering a question put to him.

    Nnamdi hasn’t made one comment about money as long as he gets a fair deal he’ll sign. I gaurantee it!! Nnamdi is very different than the average athlete he has a consience. I know you don’t know the kid but I’m telling it’s the way he is.

    Nnamdi has driven the same car he drove in college his entire career. A gold Toyota Camry!! LOL He’s not into the social clubbing and partying life. He does more in the community than 4-5 players combined. He’ll take the hometeam discount to continue his work in the community

  • bcz24

    Dominique Foxworth is the Ravens #1 CB, and he is absolutely one of the top 10 CBs in the NFL.

  • GoodOle00

    Jackson, Kinlaw, Skip Thomas, Hubbard ahhh the good old days.

    Some truly great players, games and tradition.

    I love this team

  • GoodOle00

    15. It is a business and if someone gives NNamdi the biggest contract in NFL history other than Davis he could go but I hope he stays unless his ankle is really messed up or sumthin

  • YoungAmerican

    # irjonny Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    the ravens are one of the best defenses in the league. i can’t remember who their CBs are can anyone else? bet everyone remembers suggs, and lewis. i agree that a DB needs to be a sure tackler, but every DB misses a big tackle every now and then because of the open space on the edge. yes even Nnamdi and Revis. teams don’t run on the edge of the ravens more because the LBs and DEs don’t let it happen. that’s where we need to go with our defense.

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF OUR SAFETIES DON’T HAVE TO CONSTANTLY WORRY ABOUT THE RUNNER GETTING TO THE SECOND LEVEL, THEY CAN WORRY ABOUT COVERING.

    ed reed makes plays, polomalu makes plays. see anything similar? pssst. great run defense.

    ————-

    But the difference is that the Ravens play with gap discipline. Their defensive line’s job is to occupy blockers and allow Lewis and Suggs to roam the field unimpeded and make tackles.

    The Raiders defensive linemen, on the other hand, are all supposed to be pass rushers in Al’s defense. The “natural 4-man pressure” thing. Then the linebackers are forced to stay in man coverage against TEs, RBs, and god help them, even WRs. That’s why Branch has such huge tackle numbers. He’s that “8th man in the box” who always ends up making the clean-up tackle seven or eight yards downfield. All because the D-linemen end up overpursuing the ball carrier and then the linebackers get walled off by the multiple blockers who are running free.

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

    Oak-Balt runs different defenses with different emphasis.

  • bcz24

    Nnamdi has driven the same car he drove in college his entire career. A gold Toyota Camry!! LOL He’s not into the social clubbing and partying life. He does more in the community than 4-5 players combined. He’ll take the hometeam discount to continue his work in the community
    ***********
    Its a gold 1995 Nissan Maxima actually… and Nnamdi has never PUBLICALLY asked for a money. You dont get a contract worth 17Million a year by asking for 10 mill. Nnamdi is a smart cat and he knows being public with any regards to a contract is a one way ticket out of Oakland. Just because isnt shooting his mouth off like some of these degenerates around the league doesnt mean he isnt asking to be the highest paid CB in the NFL.

    Fact of the matter is, most NFL analysts thing money will NOT matter with regards to Nnamdi returning. Most feel that he wants a change of scenery and that he is happy to have the chance to walk.

    I dont know what the truth is. If he leaves I will hope for the best for him (unless he goes to a division rival…) and if he stays then great.

  • YoungAmerican

    If Nnamdi would accept $10 million a year then there’s very little reason not to keep him.

    But if he ends up wanting about $5 million north of that, and the Raiders find a rookie they really like or even a guy like Cromartie or Joseph who would take $10 million, then it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.

    That said, I think unless it’s through the draft, Al has already spent all the money he’s going to spend on CBs this offseason.

  • Gust372

    Priest, good points about Nnamdi. But he has to make sure the Raiders aren’t ripping him off, too. He could use the money he’s worth on the market to help out with his causes, as well.

  • irjonny

    youngamerican

    i can see your point, but i don’t agree that scheme is an excuse for your d-linemen over pursuing and your linebackers getting eaten up on blocks. ray lewis sheds blocks and covers TEs. it’s not scheme it’s the players and morrison, howard etc. are gone because of it. let the CBs and S be mediocre and upgrade the line and LBs and that scheme actually works to stop the run and pass better than a 3-4.

    either way my original point was we are okay without nnamdi and huff as long as we keep upgrading LB and DL. that’s how successful teams do it and why we have been frustrated the last decade.

    and again all that money can be going to gamechangers like WR, QB, RB, OL. score enough points you win consistently. works for the colts and saints. difference is the raiders already have a better defense than those teams.

  • DutchRaider77

    bcz24 Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:22 pm
    Dominique Foxworth is the Ravens #1 CB, and he is absolutely one of the top 10 CBs in the NFL.

    ____________________________________________________

    Yeah, but he was injurred in training camp and missed the whole 2010 season. Thought irjonny was talking about who started last year.

  • SnB Production

    The Raiders were amoung the worst in the number of pass td’s given up …some 29 or 30.

    Nnamdi, a starter, gave up zero.

    Hmmmmm

  • priesttj

    Man I just read the the post for the 7th rndrs it brought greatness to this organization over the years pretty impressive. Getting George Atkinson when we did was key because it formed the best safety tandem in team history.

    And Reggie Kinlaw man I remember getting him thinking we stole him out of Oklahoma. He was small but man could he play.

    Skip Thomas and Rod Martin two great players. Rod martin weighed 215 lbs. when we drafted him out of USC.

    Bo Jackson at #7th ranks as one of the greatest value of any draft pick in NFL draft history.

  • Bauce Madness

    Yeah RRS…..go hornets! yesterday was awesome!

  • CJ Legend 34

    The more I look at these draft picks the more I relize why we have been getting the BIG L game after game. We have 6 plus round slections of broken dreams and under achievers for the last 10 years.

    Our eye for talent and pure luck has to get better. Right?

  • CJ Legend 34

    Wow! I wonder if Chaz will play this year?

  • bcz24

    Bo Jackson at #7th ranks as one of the greatest value of any draft pick in NFL draft history.
    ******************
    Bo Jackson was pretty damn good value in the first round the prior year when TB drafted him as well. Him refusing to play there and reenter the following draft maybe the best luck the Raiders have EVER had!

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

    Jonny,

    Ray Lewis pitch a beetch to get the type of NT (Nagata) in front of him.

    Like YA says, that scheme is designed to keep the OG’s off the linebackers, plus they play a 3-4 with Zone. Big difference.

  • Bauce Madness

    SnB…..nnamdi is hoefully gone. I dont want him back. He makes zero plays. I saw live with my own eyes SD carve him up. Night before that Seyi ajirotutu told me that they are gonna attack Aso and rip him up becuz he is overrated. well…..they did

  • priesttj

    Bcz24 That is his agent not Nnamdi. if it were left up to Nnamdi he’d play for half that. The kid is not into having things have you ever seen him dress..LOL he’s dreesing as plain as they come. Some people have different value systems. Nnamdi is one of them.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Excuse me Chaz code name Mr Glass. Ouch!!!!!!

  • Bauce Madness

    Sup Kell?

  • Raider E

    Nnamdi is gonna get a legit offer from Davis….Anyone who thinks otherwise just isnt thinking clearly. The choice will be Nnamdis’ and we will see what kinda character he really posesses. Many can join a contender. Very few can be part of building one….

  • CJ Legend 34

    AGREE 100% HANDS DOWN!!!!

    ———————————
    31.bcz24 Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    Bo Jackson at #7th ranks as one of the greatest value of any draft pick in NFL draft history.
    ******************
    Bo Jackson was pretty damn good value in the first round the prior year when TB drafted him as well. Him refusing to play there and reenter the following draft maybe the best luck the Raiders have EVER had!

  • Raider E

    I watched an interview with Bo where he stated that if he had been drafted by the Raiders in the first place he would never had played baseball.

  • CJ Legend 34

    ****EVERYONE KEEPS SAYING GET RID OF NNAMDI AND KEEP THE MONEY BUT THAT’S IT?******

    OK! Now say who we should spend the money on? Who out there in free agency makes us better this year in place of Nnamdi? How are we better without the guy? Do tell?

    Who available for the money in free agency makes us a better team?

  • CJ Legend 34

    I still have nightmares of Bo going down and limping off the field. I had such a man crush on that guy.

    Why did it have to happen?

  • Raider E

    CJ,
    Like I said, the money will be there for Nnamdi. At this point it will be his choice. Anyone who doesn’t know that isn’t thinkin straight.

    Now to answer your question…..LAMAR WOODLEY

  • YoungAmerican

    irjonny Says:
    April 18th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    youngamerican

    i can see your point, but i don’t agree that scheme is an excuse for your d-linemen over pursuing and your linebackers getting eaten up on blocks. ray lewis sheds blocks and covers TEs. it’s not scheme it’s the players and morrison, howard etc. are gone because of it. let the CBs and S be mediocre and upgrade the line and LBs and that scheme actually works to stop the run and pass better than a 3-4.

    ———-

    Sure he sheds blocks, but he doesn’t have to worry about offensive linemen coming freely at him nearly as often as the Raider linebackers do. Nor does he have to worry about being sent downfield in man coverage (essentially taking him out of the play) on WRs nearly as often as Raider linebackers do.

    That’s not to say that the Raider linebackers could be as good as Ray – and I agree, it has to do with the players, too, not just the scheme – but the scheme definitely doesn’t help.

    No other team plays defense like the Raiders do, and no other team gives up big plays as often as the Raiders do. And while I agree that building up the line is important, the way the Raiders play defense automatically places a premium on solid CB and S play.

    With the Raiders defense, one lapse in man coverage or one missed tackle mean a big play opportunity for the opposing offense.

    So essentially, if the Raiders want to play defense the way they do, and still be more consistent on that side of the ball, they just need to focus on drafting 11 guys who are always in the right place and never miss a tackle…. simple, right?

    You’re right, though. I’d love for Nnamdi’s money to be spent on, for example, Santonio Holmes and Harvey Dahl. But the Raiders still need their DBs to maintain a high level of play. And there’s naturally going to be a drop off in level of play if they lose both Asomugha and Huff in the same season and don’t bring in additional help at either position. Especially because the starters along the defensive line and at linebacker appear to be set in stone. Sure, there’s a chance that an OLB will be brought in, but even if the Raiders draft a young NT-type player, he’d only be a rotational player.

  • SnB Production

    Bauce,

    What up man! We have to disagree about Nnamdi.

    However, if the Raiders were to take the $15 to $17MM saved and upgrade the team I would be able to accept that.

    But right now, as another poster pointed out, so far they used the extra money to give Routt a bunch of money, Eugene some money and sign Wimbley.

    I hope there is another elite talent that is added to the team in place of Nnamdi…

    Guess we have to wait for free agency for that

  • Raider E

    How about Al spending some money on the right side and going sfter Tyson Clabo from the Falcons? From what I read, the boy is a nasty run blocker and has even been able to round out solid pass protection abilities. Hell, Willie Colon seems like he could be a solution there too, if he can come back from his achilles injury?

  • Bauce Madness

    Snb sup mayne? How the eastcoast?….yeah we disagree on nnamdi. Norco and I disagree all the time as do my other friends on the issue. One thing we all agree on…we need a young NT , WLB and another DE TO BOLSTER THE PASS RUSH……Also we need another fb. Reece cant run block for chit

  • Raider E

    CULLEN JENKINS !!!!

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