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Wisniewski press session highlights

Highlights from press sessions after the Raiders’ pick of Penn State center Stefen Wisniewski:

STEFEN WISNIEWSKI

How he got the news

“(I) talked to coach and my uncle was on there as well so I got to talk to a couple of people, so it’s great news.”

If he thought he would really end up with the Raiders

“I thought that if I was around at 48 that it was very likely, but there were some other teams interested before, could have happened, it didn’t and I’m thrilled to be a Raider. I’m so glad I was still around for their pick.”

On being prepared to be with a team other than Raiders

“I prepared myself for anything. I really, I took the attitude that I would have been excited to go wherever, but can’t help but be a little bit more excited, you know being a Raider and being able to play or my uncle.”

Reaction at his home

“Everyone’s thrilled. Everyone’s thrilled. My dad, obviousy, knows I’m in good hands playing for Steve. I mean, we grew up Raider fans, grew up cheering for Steve. It just feels right.”

Playing for his uncle Steve

“Oh, he’s not going to go easy on me, that’s for sure. I’m glad, because he knows what it took. He knows what it takes to be a great offensive lineman in the NFL and he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure I become a great one and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

How frequently he saw Steve play

“I saw him once a year, sometimes twice – whenever he came out to the East Coast. The Raiders didn’t come out too often, but whenever they did I was there wearing my Wisniewski jersey. I guess now I get to wear a Wisniewski jersey but it will be mine.’’

Expectations of playing as a Wisniewski with the Raiders

“You know what? That’s exactly the kind of situation I faced when I came to Penn State. I was coming in to a place where my father and uncle had left quite a legacy, and there’s certain expectations behind that. And to be honest, I like that.

“I kind of looked at that as a bar that was set high, and I made it my goal to exceed those expectations and try and be better than they were at Penn State, and that’s the goal I’m gonna set here with the Raiders. I’m gonna try and be better than my uncle. That’s a really high goal. I realize it’s tough, but I’m gonna set my goal high and we’ll see how close I can get to reaching it.”

Possibly wearing Steve’s No. 76

“Oh, I don’t think I can take that one, no. That’s his number. I’ll find my own.”

HUE JACKSON

Opening

“We just had the opportunity to draft Stefen Wisniewski from Penn State University. He’s going to play center for the Oakland Raiders and I’m very, very excited. I told you guys last night when I went home that I knew a plan would unfold and obviously that plan came into place today, well-executed by us, and now we have a guy that we had targeted on our football team and I’m very very excited about.’’

Whether he’s looked at strictly as a center

“He is the center on the Oakland Raiders football team 2011.’’

Why Wisniewski is best suited to play center

“He’s very smart, very athletic, very tough. I think he’s a young man, his body type will be able to handle big nose guards that we face in the NFL. We play a lot of 3-4 defensive football teams so there’s going to be a lot of big people that are going to be playing against him week in and week out and those type of defenses. I think his body type will fit exactly the style of running that we hope to run this season.’’

Affect of Steve Wisniewski’s presence

“You know what, a lot of people say that. I want you guys to know and Raider Nation to know, obviously Steve was a tremendous football player here for 13 seasons. And he did an outstanding job. But this is not about Steve, this is about Stefen.’’

JIM OTTO

On possibility of taking Wisniewski

“I was kicking his name around for a few days, and last night I was thinking, you know that could possibly happen. I watched him at Penn State since he was a freshman playing. And I thought he was an outstanding football player. I saw him mostly playing guard. If you can play center, you can play guard, tackle or quarterback, whatever.”

Attributes

“Well, he’s strong, he’s intelligent. That’s all been said about him. What we need is strong, intelligent guys that are going to go out there and have a tenaciousness at the way they play, just being tough guys. He’s got all that. He’s big and he’s strong. It runs in the Wisniewski family.”

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  • Bauce Rules

    Van Dyke started and played well. Al sees a playmaker i suppose….Nnamdi? Exactly

  • JB

    Wiz was AD’s pick – a legacy choice. There were better, bigger/meaner OL available that HuJack would have picked.

  • YoungAmerican

    Van Dyke was a nickel corner last season.

    Won’t help in the run game, either. Think Routt v.s. Rashad Jennings last season.

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

    Van Dyke is 6-0 175.

  • aig-raiders

    Carl,

    I meant we all knew about him and his 40 but we should have known Al was going to pull the trigger on this one. Think about it. Al loves DB. Al loves 40 times. Match made in heaven. Kinda like putting coke in front of an addict.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Officially, Van Dyke is combine’s fastest player By Frank Tadych

    Published: March 1st, 2011

    LMFAO.

  • ohioraider

    Al, you fuktard. Guy was a sixth or seventh round pick. Wasn’t going anywhere!

  • Roch R

    We don’t need any more “depth” corners, last year we took McFadden and Ware, and now Van Dyke, I think we’re set in the depth corner dept even if we lose Nnamdi.

    My call you’re going to see Routt and Ware starting this year (by game 3 or 4, CJ will get the nod most likely as vet priviledge) with CJ and McFadden sharing the nickel

  • SharkCatcher

    As long as the pick wasn’t Taiwan Jones..we do need cb’s though

  • Bauce Rules

    Jhill….traded 2nd next year with Pats….and got a 4th this year…..Al is gonna draft a qb with one of those…..Ricky stansi?

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

    With a Run Defense like ours, and a penciled necked corner back there, ugh.

  • TerrapinRaider

    KK et al …you know I was paying a lot of attn this year with the draft and football being out of commission so to speak

    But when I just looked up Van Dyke as you have ….you all see undersized …i see a 6’1 frame that has not filled out at 175lbs …thats near skinny …dudes already fast …he’s lengthy …and when he fills out he could really be a physical player. i see the potential. i say this kid goes to 205lbs with that height

  • Carl Weathers

    I think most of did know we were gonna take a skinny CB with track speed.

    And like JHill asks, how did we get another 3rd?

  • phatcable

    van dyke who is next mary tyler moore?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    Decisions,Decisions? OG or Skywalker?

  • JB

    Boling should be our next pick. We need to solidify the ORT spot.

  • ohioraider

    # priesttj Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Van Dyke is quality depth he’s 6′1′ 185 can run like the wind and is similar to Stanford Routt not as big but has great cover skills not very physical. Has makeup speed but is aggressive in coverage. I like this kid we just took him about a rnd too high IMO.
    —————————————-
    Wrong. He only started 3 games last year. Not a play, just a specimen. How many Super Bowls Al gonna get, Priest? C’mon, let’s hear it. Second round playoffs next year? If not, then when?

  • severeraiderz

    Roch R Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    We don’t need any more “depth” corners, last year we took McFadden and Ware, and now Van Dyke, I think we’re set in the depth corner dept even if we lose Nnamdi.

    My call you’re going to see Routt and Ware starting this year (by game 3 or 4, CJ will get the nod most likely as vet priviledge) with CJ and McFadden sharing the nickel
    ///////////////////////////////////

    Teams go 4 and 5 wide nowadays….we needed more quality depth. All we had were Routt, Ware, and Walter

  • Bauce Rules

    You guys will get over this within a few days. Im excited ad you should be

  • JB

    Van Dyke = JLH another undersized speed freak who will get blown up and fade into the sunset.

  • ohioraider

    Combine workout warriors are useless. Al got mesmerized again. Off his meds.

  • Bauce Rules

    BHP dont listen to these fools….You are an OG raider and we dont agree all the time but I got much respect for ya. These guys are a trip

  • Roch R

    118.severeraiderz Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    Roch R Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:49 pm
    We don’t need any more “depth” corners, last year we took McFadden and Ware, and now Van Dyke, I think we’re set in the depth corner dept even if we lose Nnamdi.

    My call you’re going to see Routt and Ware starting this year (by game 3 or 4, CJ will get the nod most likely as vet priviledge) with CJ and McFadden sharing the nickel
    ///////////////////////////////////

    Teams go 4 and 5 wide nowadays….we needed more quality depth. All we had were Routt, Ware, and Walter

    /////////////////////////

    and Stevie Brown, and Eugene, and Mitchell, heck you can throw Branch in for that matter if a team is going to go Spurrier style 5′s.

    I stand on my point, we’re set.

  • ohioraider

    # Bauce Rules Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    BHP dont listen to these fools….You are an OG raider and we dont agree all the time but I got much respect for ya. These guys are a trip
    ==================================
    Up yours, numbnuts. You pray at Al’s alter do ya? I feel sorry for you.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Mana Silva…S

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Second 3rd pick from N.E. (92) Raiders get a second 4th rd pick (120-something) from N.E.- we give up a 7th this draft and 2nd rd next year.

  • Bauce Rules

    Some of you guys are amazing to whine about the CB being skinny. He has great recovery speed and CBs need that more than being physical. With the NFL rules the corner spot is changing

  • ohioraider

    Seriously, I want to know how you Al acolytes respond to the fact that, right now, all throughout the league, the GMs are fuking laughing at this pick: “Same old Al” they’re howling.

  • manmarquez

    Wisniewski -good
    Van Dyke -precipitate (Shareece Wright would have been better)

  • Bauce Rules

    OhioRAIDER you are pitiful. Al Davis rules. Rod Woodson will be working with our youngsters. He left his comfy good job to work for Al. Coincidence? No you bz

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Barksdale

  • Bauce Rules

    Raiders take another OL…..cry now bzies!

  • Bauce Rules

    Hue said we were gonna create a bully….power blocking scheme with bigger nasty OL…..yeah

  • noteasilyimpressed

    BSPN giving up props for Barksdale!

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