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Hue Jackson press session highlights

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The Raiders did not have a selection in the first round of the NFL draft for the first time since 1989 and are scheduled to pick at No. 48 Friday.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he and owner Al Davis considered several opportunities, but none of them was the right fit. He reiterated the Raiders already have their first round pick _ Richard Seymour, who cost Oakland the No. 17 selection the Patriots used to pick offensive tackle Nate Solder out of Colorado.

Some of the things addressed by Jackson regarding the first round and players beginning to return to work Friday:

The scene in the draft room

“There was so much phone-calling going on in that room like you wouldn’t believe. There were a lot of opportunities but nothing that really fit for us . . . obviously the player has to be there when you want to trade with somebody, and there were several phone calls made but it just didn’t fit for us at this time.’’

The experience of running a draft with Davis

“Just seeing the different dynamics that happen, getting a phone call, talking to him saying, `Hey, what do you think about this? What do you think about that? `No.’ Then we talk about a few more things. `Maybe.’ Then we talk about a few more things. `No way.’

The position in the draft of teams that called

“Oh you’d be surprised. A little bit of everywhere. I think a lot of people wanted to get out of the first round.
“ It’s a different type of draft obviously because of what’s been going on so I think a lot of teams wanted to make sure that value of a player was very important, so I think from everywhere there was about every team really truly discussing trying to move out of it and some teams were trying to move in.’’

The confluence of the draft and return of players to work

“I love chaos. Bring it on. That’s probably when I’m at my best. I love it. All kinds of stuff was flying around today, right? We get our players back. All of a sudden they say ‘Hey you get to talk to them now,’ and that’s what we did. We tried to talk to every last one of them or text them. We did it all today.
“I tried to call every last one of them. I called them. I texted them. I got calls back. We did it today.’’

What is expected of players upon arrival

“When they get here they’ll start getting acclimated to our offseason program, getting acclimated to our coaches, just get back into football, just being back in the building and us getting to know them, them getting to know us and starting this process on our journey toward our goal.’’

On timing of the first minicamp

“I don’t know . . . there’s still some rules that need to come down from the league. I came right out of the draft room and all of a sudden they grab me and say you got go downstairs. I didn’t get to read anything else. My thing is once I find out about all the different rules that’s going to be in effect for what we’re trying to accomplish with the league, you know, we’re going to do everything the right way, then we’ll make that decision about when minicamp will be and when OTAs will be and all the different things we have to do.’’

No discussion of labor situation with players

“There’s not been one player that I talked to that even mentioned the lockout. The players I talked to are excited and ‘Coach, I am there. I’m all in. When do you want me to be there? When can I get there? What do I need to do? Who do I need to talk to? Let’s schedule a flight, and get me there.’ And I think that’s what’s most important. I think all of our players are very excited about where we’re headed.”

On how much time was actually missed by veterans

“There’s some offseason time that has been lost as far as conditioning. Again, pros in this league understand what they need to do to get ready to play. I think every player’s been training. Has he been training under the watchful eye of somebody within the organization? No. But I think a pro football player knows what his job is.

“And if he wants to continue to make the money and support his family, he has to make sure his corporation is ready to go perform. And I think that’s what they do. I think they prepare themselves.’’

Timeline on the arrival of players

“I think they’ll be trickling in. It’s like anything, you call ‘em, and there are some guys that still have some loose ends to tie up. Again, the word I love to use is fluid . . . What I said to our players, I want to see you in this building at some point in time next week. I think our guys will get here.

“They’re excited about getting here and they’re doing everything they can to be here by Monday because that’s when our team will start, it’s when our offseason program will begin.

Whether he’s confident about getting the player they’ve targeted at No. 48

“I feel pretty good. I mean, there’s still a lot of good players on that board, a lot of guys that we evaluated and are sitting there for us. This is a process, it can change, you can wake up in the morning and after our first pick the whole board can go upside down or it can stay consistent and just keep on flowing. But there’s a lot of good players from the Raiders to choose from starting tomorrow.’’

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • bcz24

    I think a GREAT fit for Bush would be in Cincy. A FA splash like that combined with jettisoning Ocho could be enough to keep Carson on board with them.

    I think Atlanta blew it big time, they spent 5 picks on the 2nd best WR, when they could have gotten the 3rd best WR for their own pick!

    Vikings blew it too. Ponder at 12? Terrible.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Detroit did. They may have the best interior DL in football.

  • Kirk

    O line help, please.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    THE RAIDERS WILL PICK AT LEAST TWICE IN THE 2ND ROUND..A LOT OF MOVEMENT 2DAY.

  • hwnrdr

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE what Detroit did. They may have the best interior DL in football.

    Man…who you telling? Suh and Fairley? Wow! If Stafford can stay healthy…

  • MikieG

    Like I said before, out of the 32 first round picks, thee were only about 15 players that actually graded out to BE first round pics, the other 17 players are actually graded out to the second round, which is where we sit. It’s all about value, and 17 teams just got hosed. Why do you think so many teams wanted out of the first round? Personally I think we should trade our second rounder this year for a first rounder next year and have two first rounders next year, then deal our extra for 2 seconds and a third..
    We’ll see who we get at 48, but if it aint Kaepernick, it better be someone who can block, and block well….

  • souldogdave

    Bowers’ knee is bone on bone.I’m a 54 yr old man, that’s how my hip is, and it hurts.Every day.This kid is damaged goods, stay away.

  • hwnrdr

    You guys rather have Kappy or Dalton? I am leaning towards Andy Dalton…if a qb is on Al’s mind…

  • bcz24

    Dalton played in a real pro-style offense. If we go QB he would be the guy.

    To get a guy like Bowers in the second round, even if you only get him for 4 years is a steal, and value you cant pass on.

  • Buckeyeraider

    G’morning fellas.

    I read Monte Poole’s column this morning, and I think that dude is full of crap. I think he is way off base. I do not see center as this team’s biggest priority. In fact it’s far from it.

    I understand the Raider’s great tradition at center and it’s importance. That’s why I was advocating drafting Alex Mack a couple of years ago. He had the potential to be SPECIAL.

    I don’t see that in either Wiz 2.0 or Hudson. I know Wiz 2.0 is very popular around here, but he is not his uncle. He’s described as a tecnician who gets by on hustle. He’s not particularly big nor physical. In fact, draft guides describe him as an excellent ZONE BLOCKING prospect. Hell, center isn’t even his natural or seemingly favorite position. He payed RG at Penn State last year.

    Hudson is only 299 lbs, and I don’t see him as defenite upgrade to Satele, who might have been Oaklands best and most consistant O-lineman by the end of last year.

    Offensive line defenitely needs alot of attention in this draft. Gallery is gone and Loper is no sure thing. Campbell is an exciting athletic prospect but an unknown commodity. Walker is pondering retirement.

    The Raiders were second in the league in rushing w/ Satele at C.Looking to replace a position that’s already adequately filled isn’t improving the team. It’s merely treading water. Other positions on the line are more pressing needs, IMO.

    I like Moffitt. He’s big and physical. he can come in and challenge Loper at LG and also be a BACKUP for Satele at C, which they do desperately need.

  • Silverandblack666

    very confusing to me why everyone is crowing Hue Jackson already the guy has not won a game as an NFL head coach yet. Sure he give a great interview but unless he wins more than 8 games next year it don’t mean anything. Maybe he has chocolate balls and thats why you are all suckling on them so hard.

  • Buckeyeraider

    I also like Orlando Franklin out of Miami (Fla). He could play either RG or RT. He’s supposed to play with a mean streak.

    AD would probably be willing to take a chance on Marcus Cannon. Hopefully that man makes a full recovery. Al like to gamble on picks like that. He got a steal with Bush a couple of years ago. Cannon could be worth a late rd gamble.

  • Carl Weathers

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 5:52 am
    4 QB’s in the Top 32, eh?

    I guess that means we’ll have a chance to sign Matt Moore, Vince Young, David Garrard or Tarvaris Jackson as #2 QB behind Jason Campbell …

    *************

    Moore showed some great play at the end of the ’09 season, but that was only a few games.
    VY knows how to win but is the guy stable?
    Garrard is inconsistently mediocre.
    Jackson is no better than Bruce.

    Soup is the man!!

  • Carl Weathers

    Where did you guys here Walker is pondering retirement? He could be a very good RG if he sticks around.

  • DaTruth91

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 7:30 am
    very confusing to me why everyone is crowing Hue Jackson already the guy has not won a game as an NFL head coach yet. Sure he give a great interview but unless he wins more than 8 games next year it don’t mean anything. Maybe he has chocolate balls and thats why you are all suckling on them so hard.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Tom cable…is that you???

  • DaTruth91

    my opinion on the draft:

    1. glad the raiders didnt have a 1st rd pick, because I would see them reaching for a pick

    2. Glad Smith went to the Ravens, because he had to catch Al’s eyes, but the kid is too much trouble.

    3. Raiders should go OL with both picks( maybe a QB) but if they go at CB or Saftey…both Huff and Nnamdi are gone.

  • DaTruth91

    my opinion on the draft:

    1. glad the raiders didnt have a 1st rd pick, because I would see them reaching for a pick

    2. Glad Smith went to the Ravens, because he had to catch Al’s eyes, but the kid is too much trouble.

    3. Raiders should go OL with both picks( maybe a QB) but if they go at CB or Saftey…both Huff and Nnamdi are gone.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Carl Weathers,

    The first I heard about was from Steve Corkran when he did the live chat the other day. I believe Jerry then mentioned it during his chat as well.

    Corkran also broke the news that Mario Henderson rejected a 1 year contract offer, and that Khalif Barnes was looking to go start for some other team. Wasn’t happy with his role and playing time in Oakland.

    I hadn’t heard any of that. Corkran really scooped our boy Jerry. lol.

  • fingers

    O-line….. Secondary……..and if we can get the Qb that fits our team in the later rounds … Maybe…either this or next year were gonna have to look at Qb…..I’m hoping Jason Campbell has a very good year and makes finding a Qb not so urgent…

  • Carl Weathers

    Hmmmm, Jer seems to be missing out quite a bit this off season.

    What time does round 2 start tonight?

  • Silverandblack666

    DaTruth91

    Listen little guy if I was Tom Cable I wouldn’t be here I would be hitting someone who was sleepless in Seattle.

    So you are one of the sack suckers wanting to crown Hue? Please explain why that is?

    Where will you be in 2 years when AD whips out his overhead to demoralize Hue?

  • Buckeyeraider

    How much would this place explode if, at about 8:00 tonight Willie Brown walked to the mic and announced: With the 48th pick the Oakand Raiders select……..Taiwan Jones, RB from…..wherever the hell small school he’s from. LOL.

    We wouldn’t have to wait for Dec 21, 2012 for THE END to arrive. Apr 29, 2011…The Apocalypse.lol.

  • Silverandblack666

    The latest mock draft has us taking:

    Rodney Hudson, center/guard, Florida State

  • olinesux

    colin k will be a raider….

  • RaiderRockstar

    8 O-Line guys in the Top 32 when I only predicted 9 in the Top 47!

    these guys are definately going fast ….

    Rodney Hudson, Benjamin Ijalana & Orlando Franklin could all be gone by #48

  • Carl Weathers

    How sad is it that the only place I could find out what time the draft is tonight, was wikipedia. NFL.com sucks ballz.

  • Buckeyeraider

    Jason Laconfora on NFLN just mentioned Colin K and the Raiders. Said the raiders have shown a lot of interest in him, as have the Dolphins. He said Miami actually considered Kaepernick at 15. Wow.

    He said Oakland might have to trade up a lil to get him.

    It’s gonna get interesting.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Aaron Williams, Brandon Harris & Ras-I Dowling will probably be gone by #48, too.

    Let’s hope Al Davis doesn’t reach for a DB!

    I don’t want House, Chekwa, Gilchrist or Brown in RD2

  • severeraiderz

    If we want Kap we will have to trade up a few spots…Buf, cin, ari, den, and was all need QB’s. Mallett, Kaepernick, and Stanzi are the best left

  • DaTruth91

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 7:59 am
    DaTruth91

    Listen little guy if I was Tom Cable I wouldn’t be here I would be hitting someone who was sleepless in Seattle.
    ^^^^^^^
    @ sb666: theres nothing little about me, just ask your girl and ill show her

    and im not crowing anyone you clown, but im not going to bash the new head coach, just because.
    Hue jackson lead to the raiders best offense production is over 8 years, so i can be optimistic.

    and the only one that sucking on balls, is ur girl when she come thru later…

  • RaiderRockstar

    Miami actually considered Kaepernick at 15

    ***

    We’ll be ok!

    2 33 New England Patriots
    2 34 Buffalo Bills
    2 35 Cincinnati Bengals
    2 36 Denver Broncos
    2 37 Cleveland Browns
    2 38 Arizona Cardinals
    2 39 Tennessee Titans
    2 40 Dallas Cowboys
    2 41 Washington Redskins
    2 42 Houston Texans
    2 43 Minnesota Vikings
    2 44 Detroit Lions
    2 45 San Francisco 49ers
    2 46 Denver Broncos
    2 47 St. Louis Rams
    2 48 Oakland Raiders

  • Carl Weathers

    It sure looks like we’ll have a few good CB’s fall to us at 48, along with some good O-linemen. I hope they go O-line.

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:09 am
    Miami actually considered Kaepernick at 15

    ***

    We’ll be ok!

    2 33 New England Patriots
    2 34 Buffalo Bills
    2 35 Cincinnati Bengals
    2 36 Denver Broncos
    2 37 Cleveland Browns
    2 38 Arizona Cardinals
    2 39 Tennessee Titans
    2 40 Dallas Cowboys
    2 41 Washington Redskins
    2 42 Houston Texans
    2 43 Minnesota Vikings
    2 44 Detroit Lions
    2 45 San Francisco 49ers
    2 46 Denver Broncos
    2 47 St. Louis Rams
    2 48 Oakland Raiders

    ______________________________

    PFT’s second-round mock draft

    Posted by Evan Silva on April 29, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Getty Images
    33. Patriots: Brooks Reed, linebacker, Arizona.

    The Pats might swing this pick for a future first-rounder, but we’re not projecting trades. Reed is a relentless, explosive pass rusher. New England could use a double-digit sack threat across from 2010 second-round pick Jermaine Cunningham.

    34. Bills: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, Nevada.

    Of the quarterbacks left after day one, Kaepernick is the best fit for coach Chan Gailey’s offense.

  • Carl Weathers

    For you guys hoping for Kaper, I think Cincy, Arizona, Washington and the Niners are all gonna take a QB at some point.

  • severeraiderz

    Bellicheat is a genius…he traded back picked up extra picks and will still be able to get Dequan Bowers, a top 10 talent, in round 2.

  • Silverandblack666

    DaToothless91

    Your a babbling degenerate talking about “My Girl” whats the matter you don’t like women you like little kids?

    ” ur girl when she come thru”

    Whats that, you showing off your 4th grade education?

  • severeraiderz

    Daquan*

  • irjonny

    i think we need more picks this year to make this team better.

    pats want out of 33

    33 is a perfect spot to get our qb that i think hue and davis want

    most importantly don’t give up this years draft picks imo we can do without a 1st because we always have this option next year.

    trade our 2012 1st (value 1100-780)

    get pats 33rd (value 580)
    get pats 60th (value 300) or pats 3rd rnder 74th (220)

    then we have

    2nd round
    -33rd
    -48th
    -60th

    or
    -33rd
    -48th
    and 3rd
    -60th
    -81st

    more picks, more players to get this team to playoffs now!!!

  • Twocents

    Buckeyeraider (#61),

    What is Marcus Cannon recovering from?

  • HairyBush

    Houston taking J.J. Watt instead of Prince Amukamara means they’re preparing a gigantic offer for Nnamdi Asomugha when free agency begins.
    ——————–
    I would lose a lot of respect for Nnamdi if he made a lateral movement and went to the Texans. Isn’t the point of leaving to play for a TRUE contender? The Raiders have just as much of a chance of being a playoff team as the Texans. Nnamdi has already been paid a king’s ransom, wouldn’t make sense to me.

  • severeraiderz

    Who is this guy dissing Hue before the season has even started. HJ only turned this team into a top 10 offense and had them 2nd in rushing and 6th in scoring in his first year lol, some people dont know football at all.

  • severeraiderz

    7(71) Oakland Matt Shaughnessy DE Wisconsin
    Shaughnessy isn’t dominant in any one area. He lacks elite quickness and closing speed and at 266 pounds is slim for a 6-foot-5 end. He’s never going to be a difference-maker along the defensive line. On the other hand, he’s quick, athletic and strong enough to develop into an adequate reserve D-lineman. Complete analysis

    lol the espn analysis of Matt Shaughnessy

  • HairyBush

    91.severeraiderz Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:26 am
    7(71) Oakland Matt Shaughnessy DE Wisconsin
    Shaughnessy isn’t dominant in any one area. He lacks elite quickness and closing speed and at 266 pounds is slim for a 6-foot-5 end. He’s never going to be a difference-maker along the defensive line. On the other hand, he’s quick, athletic and strong enough to develop into an adequate reserve D-lineman. Complete analysis

    lol the espn analysis of Matt Shaughnessy

    ———————
    lol at most things ESPN spews

  • Buckeyeraider

    TwoCents,

    I believe he’s been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He tested negative for testicular cancer, but will still begin radiaton treatment immediately.

    I believe they said they expect a 90% chance of full recovery.

    I believe that’s what I heard and is accurate. I hope I’m not helping spread unfounded internet rumors. I thought Mayock mentioned it last night.

    If anybody else has more info, feel free…

  • Silverandblack666

    Severeraiderz

    I am not dissing Hue jack just not ready to crown him as a great head coach until he wins some games as a HEAD COACH.

    Sure he did a great job of turning our offense around last year but so did Mike Matrz when he was the offensive coordinator of the Rams and we all know what happened when he was promoted to head coach.

    Yes I am optimistic about Hue jack but until he wins more than 8 games as our HEAD COACH the jury is still out. I am not ready to crown him as the next Vince Lombardi.

  • irjonny

    we took bruce bampbell with a learning disability and now you want us to take another lineman with CANCER!?

    no way we need guys who can contribute yesterday. that’s russian roulette with the draft. that’s what we want to avoid.

    we can get so many picks for our 1st next year to beef up this line and offense.

    imagine getting kaepernick, greg little and wiz in rnd 2. we have the power with our 1st next year.

  • What do you guys think about Jimmy Clausen? Carolina might be entertaining offers?

  • irjonny

    no clausen. that’s crazy. we need more picks not give them away

  • Twocents

    Buckeyeraider,

    Thanks, I had not heard that. Don’t know who I want now.

  • BloodRaider

    We need to firm up the O-line before we go QB, a guy like Mallett will be slaughtered if we don’t improve our pass protection.
    Unfortionatly for him I don’t see how Davis passes on Mallett if he’s their at 48.

  • severeraiderz

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am
    Severeraiderz

    I am not dissing Hue jack just not ready to crown him as a great head coach until he wins some games as a HEAD COACH.

    Sure he did a great job of turning our offense around last year but so did Mike Matrz when he was the offensive coordinator of the Rams and we all know what happened when he was promoted to head coach.

    Yes I am optimistic about Hue jack but until he wins more than 8 games as our HEAD COACH the jury is still out. I am not ready to crown him as the next Vince Lombardi.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    What happened when Martz became head coach….he lost Kurt Warner and was winning games with Marc Bulger and still in the playoffs every year