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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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  • YoungAmerican

    Cable gets Carpenter and Moffitt… two linemen off my big board…

  • RaiderRockstar

    How many QBs were off the board by #48, RRS?

    ***

    YA,

    6. I guessed 5, you guessed 7 and JFB guessed 8

    we were ALL wrong. at least 6 isn’t an NFL record!

  • YoungAmerican

    3) OT/OG Clint Boling (Georgia), CB Curtis Brown (Texas), OT Jah Reid (UCF), OLB Mason Foster (Washington), CB Davon House (New Mexico State), or NT/DT Kendrick Ellis (Hampton)

  • severeraiderz

    What Todd Mcshay says:

    Oakland Stefen Wisniewski OC Penn State
    What he brings: Wisniewski is a limited athlete but has enough short-area quickness and takes good enough angles to excel on the interior. His strength is in his lower body, allowing him to root defenders off the ball when in phone-booth situations. His lack of overall balance and inability to sustain blocks are concerns.
    How he fits: LG Robert Gallery is on his way out and C Samson Satele could leave in free agency, which leaves a big hole inside. This is a pretty good run blocking group that struggles in pass protection and while Wisniewski is not a gifted athlete, he can really solidify the interior of a unit that really needs a makeover and he will bring toughness.

  • RaiderRockstar

    5 players to go … I’ll take Rackley!

  • YoungAmerican

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    How many QBs were off the board by #48, RRS?

    ***

    YA,

    6. I guessed 5, you guessed 7 and JFB guessed 8

    we were ALL wrong. at least 6 isn’t an NFL record!

    ———–

    I said 6, and that Mallett and Stanzi would be the only ones available of the top 8.

  • YoungAmerican

    Not hating on you or anything. You just made a big deal about how wrong I’d be and how you’d try not to rub it in too much. Just want a little recognition.

  • armond

    trade down and get more picks like last year. hankerson is still on the board along with ellis. now that moffitt is gone we gotta look at other positions.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I said 6, and that Mallett and Stanzi would be the only ones available of the top 8.

    ***

    not the way I remember it!

    but if you insist …

  • RaiderRockstar

    it’s gotta be Boling or Brewer at #81

  • JB

    Ellis = 5.7, 6’5″ #346 OL
    Foster = 5.3, 6’1″ #245 LB
    Brewer = 5.7, 6’6″ #323 OL
    Wiz = 5.3, 6/3″ #313 OL

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    I wanted Mallet.

    At this point it may be smart to trade down and get more players.

  • severeraiderz

    I hope im wrong about Wiz II….i dont think he will be a bust and he should be a very solid player for us for the next 10 years. i just dont think that we maximized our value, i guess thats my main gripe with this pick….i think we could have gotten him later

  • Bauce Rules

    NinerWoman49 you are such a punk. The Jajason shhht needs to go. He is nada like like the qb before and is 7-5 as starter…..gannon was 6-6 so shut up. i hope i meet you at games this year boy…..I got a special treat for you

  • JB

    Clint Boling 7.2, 6’5″ #308 OG/OT

    Highest rated available right now

  • RaiderRockstar

    I don’t want Gates or Hankerson … pass!

    Say no to House & Brown as well

    stay the course. Offensive Line

  • severeraiderz

    Hankerson is gone….

  • YoungAmerican

    Boling would be a great pick. Big, nasty, versatile player.

  • Bauce Rules

    Armond…..hankerson isnt what we need at wr. We need a vet…..Chad

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    R8eray Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:25 pm
    Curtis Brown is still available!

    R8eray Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    Ssssshhhhoooooooooooooooooooooooooot…….Hankerson is off the board!!!!!!

  • severeraiderz

    What do yall think of Greg Jones in the 4th?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Boling would be a great pick. Big, nasty, versatile player.

    ***

    we agree?

    listen up Al!

    go Boling, baby

  • Bauce Rules

    We need to draft Kenrick Ellis…..big NT for future. Youu win between trenches….let’s see Al complete this draft

  • YoungAmerican

    Raiders get a 3 and a 4 this year from the Pats for their 2nd this year. Good deal for the Raiders.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    armond Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    if al davis wants to get back at the pats and the niners then he should trade the whole damn 2012 draft for andrew luck next year and im all for it.

    ==================================================
    If JaJason plays most of the 2011 season like he did against Tenn, St Louis, SF and Pitt – Al Davis won’t have to trade for the top pick in the 2012 draft, he’ll own it.

    JaJason sucks.

  • TerrapinRaider

    85.TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    just a correction here …we did not reach for Wiz ..since when do you reach for day 1 starter in the 2nd?

    moreover, if you look at the board, when Wiz came off there other C/OGs started coming off as well. so we didnt reach at all. he wouldve been snapped up in the 2nd.

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

    AND WE GOT MORE PICKS1!!!!!!

  • lefty12

    WE get 2 more picks for next years 2nd.Wonder why?

  • TerrapinRaider

    I think we got a good deal!

  • YoungAmerican

    SF takes Culliver away from Oakland… works for me. 5th round pick at best.

  • severeraiderz

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/04/28/SPGA1J9901.DTL

    just saw this article….read what they say about Wiz II, its exactly what I’ve been saying

  • TerrapinRaider

    repost ….

    just a correction here …we did not reach for Wiz ..since when do you reach for day 1 starter in the 2nd?

    moreover, if you look at the board, when Wiz came off there other C/OGs started coming off as well. so we didnt reach at all. he wouldve been snapped up in the 2nd.

  • Bauce Rules

    Raiders 3rd round pick up soon….should be interesting

  • Plunketthead

    Theres Als suprise

  • Thec07

    Clint Boling

  • armond

    we just traded our 2nd next year for the pats 3rd and 4th this year. wasnt that enuff for the 33rd to get kap? we couldve had kap and lil wiz.

  • YoungAmerican

    It’s Van Dyke…

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Van Dyke!!!

  • bcz24

    ughh

  • Pretty Rick

    I’m starting to get the feeling we’ re gona go speed and as I type this we take Van Dyke so there you have it.

  • noteasilyimpressed

    Demarcus van dyke….hmmmm

  • Bauce Rules

    Al couldnt resist Van Dyke….alot of people were saying this

  • Thec07

    no no no no no no …..

  • YoungAmerican

    Sickening.

  • severeraiderz

    TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:29 pm
    85.TerrapinRaider Says:
    April 29th, 2011 at 6:27 pm
    just a correction here …we did not reach for Wiz ..since when do you reach for day 1 starter in the 2nd?

    moreover, if you look at the board, when Wiz came off there other C/OGs started coming off as well. so we didnt reach at all. he wouldve been snapped up in the 2nd.

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

    AND WE GOT MORE PICKS1!!!!!!

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

    DHB started day 1, as did Gallery. Damn we just reached for Van Dyke….another poor pick. Al is falling off.

  • El Tato

    Nice, a backup college CB, nice

  • YoungAmerican

    At least it wasn’t at #48… and at least the Raiders have another pick tonight… ugh.

  • armond

    kendrick ellis maybe? hey bauce im here eatin chicken fingers with some garlic bread and waffle fries chillin like a MUHFUGGA!!!!

  • lefty12

    Obviously Kaepernick wasn’t such a priority for the team as he was for the bloggers.

  • Thec07

    We neeeeeeed trenchmen……..

  • aig-raiders

    effin Al. We should have known about Van Dyke.