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Jones, Raiders weren’t scheduled

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 11:02 am in Oakland Raiders.

An agent representing running back Taiwan Jones wants to set the record straight regarding his client and a potential visit with the Raiders.

Jones, according to Doug Hendrickson, did not have a meeting date actually set with Oakland.

When asked at the 49ers pro day whether he had visited with the Raiders, Jones said he hadn’t because he had gotten back too late from a trip to Miami.

Hendrickson said the characterization that Jones had “missed a meeting” was incorrect.

To be fair, it’s a whirlwind for a lot of these guys leading up to the draft and they’re not always sure what’s on their schedule until informed by their representation.

The Raiders were represented by running backs coach Kelly Skipper at Jones’ pro day at Los Medanos College.

Meanwhile, the National Football Post, which originally reported an impending Jones-Raiders visit (along with Miami and San Francisco), said Oakland hosted Miami tight end Richard Gordon.

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  • YoungAmerican

    I don’t get the resistance to another rookie WR, unless it’s simply because every WR the Raiders bring on seems to be a “project” guy. But plenty of teams manage to draft some very polished, pro-ready players in the first and second rounds who pay dividends immediately.

    If some of the other players the Raiders covet are off the board at #48, and WR Greg Little is still there, for instance? It would be a steal, and he would be a tremendous help to the offense.

    The starters along the defensive line are indeed all set, but I think the Raiders could still be in the market for a rotational guy or two.

    The Raiders have good depth at LB, but if a big-time playmaker falls in their laps in the 3rd or 4th round, it really couldn’t hurt. Especially if Greg Jones or Casey Matthews are still there in the 4th.

  • irjonny

    good morning peeps

    okay i hate to do the whole media bias thing, but i can’t help but watch nfl network. has anyone else noticed that the raiders haven’t gotten an “on the clock” segment? they did it for the bears when they had no number 1. 3 more days of path to the draft and i haven’t heard a peep about the raiders draft. might be because jerry jones is in charge i don’t know.

    4 more days. i can’t wait. oh ya lockout might be lifted tomorrow. can anyone find out if there would be a window of free agency if an appeal were filed?

  • YoungAmerican

    My big board:

    2) CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia), OT/OG Ben Ijalana (Villanova), OG/OT Marcus Cannon (TCU), WR Greg Little (North Carolina), C/OG Stefan Wisniewski (Penn State), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), or OT/OG James Carpenter (Alabama)

    3) OT/OG Clint Boling (Georgia), OG/C John Moffitt (Wisconsin), OG/OT Orlando Franklin (Miami), OT Jah Reid (UCF), OLB Mason Foster (Washington), or NT/DT Kendrick Ellis (Hampton)

    4) TE Rob Housler (Florida Atlantic), OG/OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida), OT/OG Joseph Barksdale (LSU), CB Curtis Marsh (Utah State), WR Austin Pettis (Boise State), or OLB Greg Jones (Michigan State)

    5) C/OG Brandon Fusco (Slippery Rock), TE Julius Thomas (Portland State), OG/OT Darius Morris (Temple), FB Henry Hynoski (Pitt), CB/FS Chris Culliver (South Carolina), or FS Robert Sands (West Virginia)

    6) DE/DT Cedric Thornton (Southern Arkansas), DT/NT Ian Williams (Notre Dame), QB Nathan Enderle (Idaho), or WR Ricardo Lockette (Fort Valley State)

    7) OT Byron Bell (New Mexico), TE Zack Pianalto (North Carolina), or RB Noel Devine (West Virginia)

    7) QB Josh Portis (Cal PA) or QB Pat Devlin (Delaware)

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Good Morning Everyone…..Happy Easter!

    4 more days and counting!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    YA, lets cut that in half…break it down.
    ;)

  • YoungAmerican

    Haha, well that’s just my big board. I’ve assigned potential fits for the Raiders with projected rounds based on a composite of their draft grades from a variety of draft-oriented websites. Ideally here’s how I’d like to see it go:

    2.) Dowling/Little/Ijalana (in that order)

    3.) Boling/Moffitt/Reid

    4.) Housler

    5.) Fusco/Williams (would go DT/NT Williams here if the first two picks end up being offensive linemen)

    6.) Thornton

    7.) Bell/Devine (again, depends on how much o-line help is drafted in prior rounds)

    7.) Portis/Devlin

    A lot depends on who’s still going to be there at #48.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Not bad…I’ve seen worse mocks!

    Thats actually pretty good…I would throw Robert Sands in the 4th-5th RD.

    What happened to Lockette?

  • YoungAmerican

    Lockette I think would make sense in the 6th round, but I also think the Raiders will have better options. Probably best not to overload Sanjay Lal with developmental guys, but Lockette could have a lot of upside.

  • YoungAmerican

    As for Sands, he’s not the most athletic guy in the world, but he has a lot of experience as a single-deep safety for West Virginia, can tackle and has a nose for the ball. As a 5th rounder he might be a solid addition to the team.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    You guys have a good one….about to do the family easter thing (smoked ham, beer, egg hunting).

  • YoungAmerican

    Cheers man.

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