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Hue Jackson highlights

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 6:11 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Highlights from Saturday’s sessions with coach Hue Jackson on the final day of the draft:

If any potential picks got away

“There’s always a couple guys you go, wow, you know, that you might’ve wished would have fell, or right when you’re picking that you could have picked. But I am extremely happy with every guy that we were able to put on our football team. As I said yesterday, you have a process, you have a board. And I truly believe that you play true to your board. If a guy goes off that you wanted, that’s why you evaluate all these guys. You take the next guy. You take the next guy that’s on your board, based on your evaluation and your judgment, and that’s what we were able to do, and that’s what we got done.”

Ausberry’s position _ tight end or wide receiver

“He’s a really unique athlete. Because guy’s over 6-3, he’s 240-plus pounds, runs really fast, 4.56, can catch. We’re gonna find out exactly what we need to do with him. We’re gonna bring him in here as a receiver. But obviously this guy has room for growth. I mean, this guy could get up to 255, 260 pounds. And who knows, he might be an unbelievable tight end. But to me, those are the kind of guys you find in the seventh round, who have that potential, who has the measurables, the size, the speed combination, and now it’s just a matter of us coaching this young man and seeing what he can be.”

Addressing needs on offensive line, secondary

“I think they were needs, based on where we were, based on some uncertainty about what’s going on in the league right now. And I think we addressed them as well as we could. I mean, we are putting two very strong, bid-bodied offensive linemen on our football team who love to play the game. We’ve addressed our secondary concerns, if there were any, with two players that are extremely gifted and talented, that are big, long guys who can really run. So there’s no question, I think we came into this with some thoughts that we wanted… as I told you guys, I think is a very talented team. I didn’t think we had a ton of holes to fill. But there were some things that we needed to get done, and we were able to get those things done.”

Concern of Richard Gordon’s meager receiving stats

“Some tight ends in college, they don’t get the ball very much. Because when you play — probably at the University of Miami, they throw the ball down the field to some of those big, tall receivers that can really run, or the small guys that can run, so they keep those guys in for protection. But when you get to evaluate the tape, you know, the workout tape, the game tape, and you see a guy can catch, can make plays, but also block at the point of attack, it makes that guy very enticing. And he was a tremendous pick for us. I’m very excited about him, because he has nothing but upside.’’

How to interpret only corners being chosen for the defense

“I expect us to be one of the best defenses in football. And I’m not just saying that. I believe that. We have some tremendous, tremendous players over there. Cornerback here for the Oakland Raiders will always be a position that we address. We love guys who can cover, we love guys who can run, we love guys who are athletes, who can play several different spots back there in the secondary, but I think the message that’s sent is that we’re pretty solid over there on that side of the football. I feel that way. I think our staff, our organization feels that way, but we wanted to make sure that we continued to grow in the secondary. I don’t think you can ever have enough good corners, you know, guys who can cover different types of offenses as they put out there, and we were able to address that.’’

Guidelines for contacting undrafted rookie free agents

“(No contact). That is still being determined by the league. And again, until that rule is known, there’s nothing we can do. When they say the draft is over, everything is over, and that’s what every team in this league has to do at this point in time. . . . Right now, there will be no phone calls. Right now, when the league says, ‘Stop shop,’ we’re stopping shop.

Denarius Moore in contrast to receivers already on roster

“Well, he runs 4.42, he’s tall, he makes plays, he’s very athletic. I see him as a guy who is maybe a little different than some of the guys we have because this guy is different in that he is coming from Tennessee, from the SEC, which I think is a very good school and he’s proven that he can make plays from anywhere on the field. One that you guys can see that we’ve done is infuse our offensive team with even more talent. More guys that can make football plays. If a guy can make a play, I want him on this team. Because that’s the name of the game, you gotta go out and make plays. We have guys that can make plays; the Jacoby Fords, the Louis Murphys, the Darrius Heyward-Beys. Those guys can make plays but I am still searching for anybody that can help this team win, I’m looking for them and this guy can.”

Running back and return specialist not a need but drafting Taiwan Jones

“How do you pass up a guy that can make plays like that? As I keep saying, you find a special talent, a guy that can score touchdowns as often and as fast as he can, and if he is sitting there, it’s hard to pass up those kinds of guys. I wouldn’t pass him up and we didn’t pass him up. I mean, he’s on our football team. This guy is a tremendous, tremendous football player and he is something special. So when you talk about need, need sometimes is important and I think we addressed those needs but also just the talent alone, you cannot pass up a guy that can make a play on your football team. Especially when they’re sitting on that board.”

Differences between Van Dyke and Chekwa

“Both of them can play corner but one’s a little bigger than the other as far as weight’s concerned. They both run extremely well. One’s in the 4.2’s, the other in the 4.3’s. One will play right and the other will play left, that’s obvious. But they’re guys who demonstrate the characteristics that we look for. They can play man coverage, they can get up in the line of scrimmage with some very good receivers that we’re gonna face in our division. They can line up with the big guys and obviously that’s the question that you guys have, ‘can he really line up with Vincent Jackson and go play the guy’ well that’s yet to be seen. But we’re going to coach this guy, again I have two of the best secondary coaches in football in Rod Woodson and Kevin Ross and we’re going to get these young men ready to play.”

Getting playbooks to players during brief period where lockout lifted

“Oh boy, I was trying to get them as much information as I could. Oh man, I don’t know how much we were able to give them before the league said ‘stop’, but I know that we were trying to do everything that we could within the rules to make sure that we got our players the information that they needed.”

NOTE: Tight end Brandon Myers said Friday he didn’t receive a playbook but expected to get one Monday.

If playbook is dramatically different than a year ago

“No, not for the most part. The expectation is different, you know, and how they prepare with that playbook, but there’s no question that our player are… I hope when we come back and we hit the ground, a lot of our guys know exactly where we are and what we’re trying to accomplish on offense, defense, and special teams.”

Comfort level at safety with Huff possibly out of the picture

“I think I feel very comfortable where we are at safety. Obviously I can’t comment on the player you just mentioned because the rules won’t allow me to. But know this, I hope we can get every last one of our players back that are sitting out there because I think they’re good football players. We drafted them, they were here, and we’d love to keep them here.”

If some players are taken off the board regardless of talent if they don’t appear serious enough about football

“There’s no question. Everybody can’t wear the silver and black. Just like everybody can’t wear other teams’ jerseys. We look for specific type of player to play for us. And obviously the measureables are important. We want the guy as big as he can be, as fast as he can be, as agile as he can be. But at the end of the day, he’s got to want to play football. And that’s what it comes down to. You got to like the toughness, the physical nature of this sport, and if you don’t like that, you don’t have a chance to be very successful in this league. All these young men that are on this team this season, and you alluded to last year, and that’s all I can speak to because these are the only two years that I’ve been here, they like to play football. That’s what this is truly all about. You got to want to come to work in this building each and every day and prepare and go to practice and compete and then go out there whether it’s Thursday, Sunday, Monday and play as well as you can to give this organization and team a chance to win.”

Chekwa’s ability to play safety

“He’s like you said a guy that plays in the Big Ten and the Big Ten is known for running teams and all that. But I think he can do anything we need him to do. obviously we’re going to play him at corner. The guy has an unbelievable skill set because he’s a big guy, he’s a physical guy. He can get up in your face and put his hands on you and redirect you and get after you and run. So if wee needed him someplace else we’ll find that out as we move forward. But right now he’s just going to play corner for us.’’

How special teams was helped by draft

“If you take a look at all these players that are on our team, they’re all athletes who can run, who are big-bodied guys who love the game. And I think anytime you put a collection of athletes together like that they have an opportunity to play a multitude of different things. And obviously special teams is a huge part of what we do here. There’s offense, defense and specials teams and I truly feel that guys who can contribute on offense and defense should be able to contribute on special teams, too. Now all won’t based on decision that we make, based on their opportunity and skill set but all these guys have a chance to lineup and contribute. Whether it be the field goal team, whether it be the punt team, whether it be the kickoff team, kickoff return team. All of these guys have a chance to be a part of our special teams.’’

His assessment of this year’s quarterback draft class

“ I think it was a class that had some guys that were good players, the Gabberts, I thought was a tremendous talent. I know Jake Locker went first to Tennessee and obviously he’s very talented. It wasn’t as strong in my opinion as some past years. In my opinion I didn’t see Sam Bradford, I didn’t see Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan. That’s just kind of the way I see it. That’s just my opinion. I just think there were more guys who have an opportunity to ascend and become very good players as you continue to go through the years with them. Obviously the truth for a quarterback is to get on a team that is going to give you an opportunity to showcase your talents and abilities. Most quarterbacks when you’re drafted you don’t get that opportunity sometimes. You get plugged into a system that you’ve never seen. You get plugged in a terminology you’ve never heard of before and it can be difficult for a quarterback. Is this one of the stronger classes that’s been around? I don’t know that. But is it overall as so many guys have gone a pretty good class? I think that’s yet to be determined.’’

Drafting players such as Van Dyke and Gordon with something to prove

“To me that’s the kind of player you want. You want the hungry player who has something to prove, who is interested going out showcasing his talents and his abilities and letting everybody else know you made a mistake. Both of those young men are very eager to show Raider nation, to show our team, their teammates, this organization that we made the correct choice. I truly believe that. I think a hungry player is a good player because they do have something to prove. I’m looking forward to watching these guys compete and play.’’

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  • severeraiderz

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:38 am
    until last year McFadden had not lived up to his status. McFadden was often a joke for many Raider fans on his weak and skinny legs. McFadden will need to build on that this year.
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    But to say that the guy shouldn’t be a top 10 pick is ridiculous, especially pre draft. He dominated the SEC and was heisman runner-up 2 years in a row. He had injuries his first 2 years that held him back. I and many others said that once he is healthy he will be a terror, before he got hurt last season he was being pegged as many peoples sleeper pick for MVP!!!

  • aig-raiders

    Hill,

    Sure he progressed. Sure the kid DHB is a hard worker and that saves him from even more disgust from the Nation. However, you have to ask yourself how many other teams in the league would he be a starter? NONE. We have lowered the bar so greatly for DHB because of Al.

    Sure I agree 100% of how you think we should use him. I’ve been calling for the short screens and reverses to him but Al wouldnt have it that way. Our offense is held back not only because DHB can’t perform but him taking the spot away from other players who are clearly better than him. Murphy, Ford and Chaz (when healthy) are clearly better than him. Heck even JLH and N. Miller are better than DHB.

  • severeraiderz

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:39 am
    Mayock was deadon about JR. JR had a wonderful out of this world pro day but clearly JR isnt about football.
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    No he was dead wrong, I told people that he had no accuracy, no touch and a poor work ethic. i told people that Buster Davis, Dwayne Bowe, and Early Doucet made him look better than he actually was. My friends that are LSU fans were happy to see the guy leave, that told me all that i needed to know.

  • aig-raiders

    later boys. Got to get ready for the Sharks.

  • Carl Weathers

    pffft, Russell!

    I can throw the ball with pinpoint accuracy with nobody in my face if it meant I could get a cheque for 30 mil!!!

  • J Hill

    However, you have to ask yourself how many other teams in the league would he be a starter? NONE.

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    And I don’t think he should be starting here. Especially the way they mis-use him. If they want to use him on running plays and as we agree they should use him in the passing game, then fine. But this whole decoy-clear out role is ridiculous.

    BUT …

    It’s not like we had any WRs tearing it up that would force him on the bench. How sad is that??!?!! Murphy was just as disappointing to me with the drops, fumbles, and other mistakes. He got WAY more ball thrown his way than DHB which is why he had more production, imo. And we all know about Chazerella.

    Hopefully this rookie Moore can step up, and/or we mix Jones into the passing game.

  • Carl Weathers

    We need Glass Schilens to make it through 16 games!!!!!!!!!!!

    Later Raiders! Enjoy your day.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Mel Kiper just told Tod McShay “I disagree with you about the Raiders, I think they got a steal with Denarius Moore!”

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    David Ausberry is considered a TE by many….I knew it!

    His game is like a DJ Williams if you ask me.

  • severeraiderz

    Aig-Raiders Says:
    May 1st, 2011 at 10:26 am
    Murphy can play football. Not sure about DHB. Murphy drops because of lack of concentration or scared but he is clearly a natural football player compared to DHB the trackstar trying to play football. DHB can’t track the ball in the air at all. You can clearly see it. Murphy was clearly playing scared over the middle after he hurt his clavicle bone last year.

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    DHB didnt run track in college, he was strictly a football player. DHB drops passes because he thinks too much, in college he caught more with his hands and didnt let so many passes get into his body. He has confidence issues, if you watched any Maryland games that year you would have seen that he was the only weapon in the passing game and that their QB’s were terrible.

  • UCLA Raiders

    Defense against the run has been consistently close to the worst in NFL with and without Seymour. And yet no DL or LB are drafted to help? Is that arrogant or what?!

    And is more and more sounding like a used car salesman than an NFL HC? I mean I detect lota sleaze in his speech. everything is amazing he claims.

    As for this draft we will know how good or bad in 2 years. But if I had to give a grade now I say C+. Al did his thing again drafting for speed and ignoring D line.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    New POst

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  • RaiderAD

    Last year we got gouged on the ground by NFL bottom-feeders Houston and Jacksonville. Two games that were ours to win but both turned into embarrassing losses. 10-6 and we’d be in the post-season.

    This draft does nothing to change the outcomes of those games.

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