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Barksdale at No. 92

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 7:09 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders took LSU offensive tackle James Barksdale with the pick acquired from New England.

Defnitely a need-based draft. Stefan Wisniewski and Barksdale for the offensive line, which is being rebuilt. DeMarcus Van Dyke at cornerback, a need with the expected departure of Nnamdi Asomugha.

Barksdale is a third-round pick, so there are issues. Plays to the level of competition, lacks this, lacks that, etc.

The question is how he’ll play, along with No. 125, as opposed to the second-round pick Patriots get next year.

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  • TerrapinRaider

    All joking aside, if we get 2 starters on the Oline in this draft it should be considered a monsterous success!!! I know we have 1. Will Barksdale be te other?

    Especially since we had no 1st round pick!

  • RaiderDuck

    Why does everybody keep saying Barksdale cost next year’s Second? We got TWO picks, remember. It’s Barksdale PLUS whoever we take at #125 for next year’s Second.

  • armond

    101.TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:02 pm
    All joking aside, if we get 2 starters on the Oline in this draft it should be considered a monsterous success!!! I know we have 1. Will Barksdale be te other?

    Especially since we had no 1st round pick!

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    i think he will.we could have 2 rookies and a 2nd year starter on the right side. wiz/bcamp/barksdale. doesnt even include veldheer at lt. that lg position is critical. thats why i didnt like the idea of letting gallery go 2 soon. we are really young on that line. maybe we go after gaither or yanda in FA. we still need some depth.

  • RaiderDuck

    Also, Barksdale looks like a natural talent who’s just had crappy coaching. Enter Wylie and Wiz Sr. Problem solved.

  • Roch R

    I say the Pats trade means only one thing….

    Al is going for broke, he wants another one, and he wants it bad and he`s betting the bank.

    I`m willing to bet if we do get any FA action you see the Raiders make a big splash.

    This year or next year is the year in Al`s mind, and most likely all of ours as well.

    Go Raiders!

  • RaiderRetribution

    Excellent draft!

    Mr. Wisniewski is an excellent C/G. Coach Jackson declaring him the starter at center is a solid coaching decision. Al, now will definately not have to pay as much for Mr. Satele & Mr. Barnes to return. If they leave Raiders will sign other FA ofensive lineman to replace them.

    Raiders are set at LT and Center for a decade.

    Mr. Loper gives us veteran leadership and is still young as well, so we have our offensive line for the next 5-10 years [barring injuries and free agency].

  • RaiderRetribution

    Terrapin and Duckie I’m with you I like the pick of Mr. Barksdale late 3rd round.

    That we get a 4th to go with it,; should we draft Marcus Cannon, which I hope we do in the 4th we have a two for one.

    Barksdale is not a great run blocker, he is a very good pass blocker. That is what the Raiders [and every other team] needs.

  • SnB Production

    I personally don’t get too excited about the draft much…especially after the DHB pick.

    Next year is all about the players on the roster now…no draft pick this year is going to make a meaningful contribution next year.

    Next year is all about Jason Campbell, Chaz Schilens, Chris Johnson, Stanford Routt and that raggedy run defense

  • LTR

    Based on the posted reports, in a more normal year, Barksdale would have been gone by at least the 2nd round. I’m good with next years 2 for him and #125. Lots of DL, hardly any RB taken so far. We’ll see about DVD. Nobody gave Nnamdi high praise when he was drafted and it took a couple of years. So far I like this draft. It’s been by need. We’ll see if we picked the right players. I trust the scouts and coaches.

  • armond

    108.SnB Production Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:30 pm
    I personally don’t get too excited about the draft much…especially after the DHB pick.

    Next year is all about the players on the roster now…no draft pick this year is going to make a meaningful contribution next year.

    Next year is all about Jason Campbell, Chaz Schilens, Chris Johnson, Stanford Routt and that raggedy run defense

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    snb, u dont like the oline picks? u have been screaming to build the lines for years now.

  • Kirk

    raidergo Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    If campbell cant get it going at guard satele could always play rg.

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

    Plus we still have free agency.

  • RaiderRetribution

    for pass protection, Raiders offensive line improved.

    Gallery was just okay in pass protection, Henderson was a nightmare for qbs & hcs.

    Raiders are now going to a power blocking scheme primarily, with zone as a change up.

    Mr. Campbell will be a key factor, will his athletic abilities translate into a dominant guard or tackle.

  • J Hill

    Just saw the Belechik interview.

    He did say it was the strangest trade ever, but in the context of it took 6 hours to get done. He said the Raiders midset ALL ALONG was to get an extra 3rd and 4th rd pick.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Mr. Wisniewski is already the same weight as Mr. Satele and 4 years younger, which means he can add on more strength and power [at only 26, so can Samson].

    I hope we resign Samson as that gives the Raiders a solid interior O-Line.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Again, if you get 2 good starters on the Oline from this draft it has to be considered a success. Now I don’t know if thats going to happen. I am confident in Wiz. Maybe Barsdale will succeed at LT.

    But if you get 2 in one draft, you had a damn good draft.

  • Dakota

    If the plan is to start Wiz, Campbell, Loper, Valdheer and Bark next year…..well, at least we can look forward to being in the running for Andrew Luck!!!!

  • TerrapinRaider

    Sorry. RT.

  • RaiderRetribution

    basically all the players we [as in those of us posting here] mentioned in the 4th are mostly gone: Gilbert, Gilchrest, Franklin, I-Dowling, Pettis, Kaepernick,

    re: Kaepernick: btw did anyone else notice that Denver & SF worked that trade to keep the Raiders from drafting him.

  • TerrapinRaider

    No, well lets put this in proper context. You get a starting Center and a starting RT in one draft and you don’t have a 1st round pick. Getting two starters on the line in one draft alone would be impressive. Doing so without a 1st is super-impressive.

    I hope Barsdale shows up. Van Dyke ..we’ll see what becomes of him. I’m not going to prejudge.

  • RaiderRetribution

    with the Ravens drafting Jah reid, Gaither could be available, giving the Raiders a veteran OT.

    Raiders are not done with their line, by any means as it stands we have only five starters, 3 without any NFL experience: Campbell, Wisniewski, & Barksdale.

    Mr. Vehldeer & Mr. Loper have about ten games (starting) each.

  • SnB Production

    Armond,

    I am neutral on the picks. Don’t know much about any of the players picked and not expecting world beaters from 3rd round picks

    The CB that Al picked is typical…hopefully he develops the cover skills to be an NFL pro.

  • olinesux

    good solid draft based on needs so far

  • RaiderRetribution

    as for Van Dyke, he has the speed to be an excellent corner, question is will he be a fabian or another doctor death!

  • Dakota

    If you are not a starter at the end of your college career (Van Dyke), then you probably should not be a third round pick. Should have used the 81st pick on o-line and saved next year’s second rounder….what a waste.

    Oh well…..

  • Kirk

    I can’t see Bruce Campbell doing anything as a guard. He’s got skinny legs. With his speed he should be a tight end.

  • armond

    i think we get playmakers 2morrow. mathews slid to the 4th and that taiwan jones is still there. jordan cameron or wesley saunders at te are possibilities. we also have to get a REAL FB as well. marecic or hynoski im looking at. hyno is more versatile so we may learn towards him.

  • armond

    113.J Hill Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 8:41 pm
    Just saw the Belechik interview.

    He did say it was the strangest trade ever, but in the context of it took 6 hours to get done. He said the Raiders midset ALL ALONG was to get an extra 3rd and 4th rd pick.

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    i saw that 2. those fools on the nfln are just azzholes. that trade was in the making for awhile.

  • 504 Raider

    Here’s the deal on Barksdale:

    He came to LSU as a Parade All-American DT from Detroit Michigan. Dude came here when LSU was stockpiled at DT and DE (Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson, Drake Nevis, etc). One day in practice, Les Miles pulled him from defensive drills because he was just standing there not getting reps and Ciron Black was getting his a$$ whipped by Jackson. Barksdale trots over and lines up and the QB goes untouched for the rest of practice. They thought it was a fluke so they tried it all week and ended with the same result. Barksdale never saw another defensive drill again.

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  • manmarquez

    Wisniewski -Good
    Van Dyke -Early (San Diego better with Gilchrist and Wright)
    Barksdale -Good

    excellent deal with New England, tomorrow we must improve!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Here is a list of 20 Players we should be looking to Draft

    *Not in any order

    1. Christian Ballard DE

    2. Brandon Burton CB

    3. Davon House CB

    4. Marcus Cannon OT

    5. Jason Pinkston OT

    6. Ricky Stanzi QB

    7. Tyrod Talor QB

    8. Greg McElroy QB

    9. Clint Boling OG

    10. Tandon Doss WR

    11. Cecil Shorts WR

    12. Greg Salas WR

    13. Luke Stocker TE

    14. DJ Williams TE

    15. DeMarcus Love OT

    16. Casey Matthews LB

    17. Ahmad Black S

    18. Robert Sands S

    19. Taiwan Jones RB

    20. Greg Jones LB

  • David

    Richard Van Dyke;

    Strengths: Graceful; can move around objects such as ottomans while having the sense of humor to say “whoops, I almost tripped”, can make cars fly, nice smile, great attitude, appears to love life.

    Weaknesses: Age-he’s over 80 now and no one has been able to document whether he has EVER played football or that he ever had any interest in the game whatsoever. Comedy can be perceived as “syrupy” at times.

    Summary: “Dick” is a stretch. One of Al Davis’s strangest picks.

  • JB

    Van Dyke = JLH
    An undersized athlete that eventually gets blown-up by the big kids and never recovers. If AD wanted a fast CB then he should just convert DHB to a cornerback. He’s got the size, speed and should know the routes by now. An additional bonus, balls aimed in his direction usually hit the ground. What more can you ask in a CB?

  • David

    re: Kaepernick: btw did anyone else notice that Denver & SF worked that trade to keep the Raiders from drafting him.

    Maybe cuz they think with Campbell starting, they don’t have to worry about the Raiders being a real threat, or they know Oakland is just a good QB away from being a legitimate SB contender.

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  • ohioraider

    78.priesttj Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 7:44 pm
    It’s a solid draft so fareveryone wanted Oline now that you have it you’re all complaining. Van Dyke is a solid pick he’s very similar to Routt just more aggressive a lot of yhou thought Routt would never make it.

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    Father Pride & Poise you are unabashedly obfuscating again to cover (“cover”, get it??)for this absurd pick. Van Dyke is not aggressive, he’s strictly finesse. But Al will coach him up, won’t he?

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