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PFW forecast Russell’s demise

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 3:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Today marks a year since the Raiders released quarterback JaMarcus Russell, marking the end of an error after three years and $39 million.

Perhaps they would have avoided the mistake entirely with the kind of research done by Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki, whose assessment of Russell in his 2007 draft guide was eerily acccurate. Nawrocki is the same guy who eviscerated Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, criticizing his “fake smile,” calling him disingenuous and having an “enormous ego and sense of entitlement.”

We’ll know in three years whether Nawrocki, who admitted he never spoke to Newton, was off base.

But if he is even as close to being on the mark as he was with Russell, the Panthers have reason to be worried.

Here was Nawrocki’s assessment in the 2007 Pro Football Weekly draft report:

Positives: Has all the physical ability in the world and is one of the most naturally gifted throwers ever to play the game. Has rare size and arm strength and can really power the ball down the field. Effortless thrower who flicks the ball with ease. Has a 100 m.p.h. fastball and can zing it into tight coverage. Is tough to bring down and not easily sacked. Stands tall in the pocket, can brush off the pass rush and deliver after taking a hit. Shows some agility on the move once he gets going.

Negatives: Showed up overweight at the Combine and has a flabby body that looks like it has not seen a weight room. Relies too much on his arm and natural ability and does not like to work. Has a lackadaisical approach to the game, nearly lost his job in a competition prior to his junior season and needs to take the game more seriously. Struggled to put points on the board vs. the speed of Auburn’s and Florida’s defenses, and when he is forced to make quick reads, he struggles. Does not find second and third receivers as fast as he has too. Does not have a consistent throwing motion, and the ball tends to come out at different places every time. Does not protect the football well. Does not show great timing or anticipation. Telegraphs his passes and rarely looks off the high safety (see Florida game). Will require very tough coaching from a strong, authoritative figure, or he will get away with everything he can and may never develop. Acts as if he has made it already and does not realize how far he has to go.

Summary: Has as much potential as any quarterback to enter the draft, but the team that drafts him better have an experienced and patient veteran coaching staff in place to provide the tough coaching he will need to develop. For as much upside as he has — and it’s off the charts — his downside is just as great, and he could be out of the league just as fast as he is in the Pro Bowl. A very high-risk, high-reward pick, Russell is the type of player who could lose his motivation after a big payday. Whoever drafts him better make sure they properly evaluate his mental makeup and character, or they could set back their franchise at least three years. Strikingly similar to Vikings 1999 11th overall draft pick and current Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper, whose only success has come under the demanding Scott Linehan, but Russell is not as athletic nor does he have Culpepper’s scrambling ability.

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PARK DEDICATION

More than, 1000 children, community residents and celebrities are scheduled to be in attendance Saturdya at the dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

The park was funded through grants with support of the Raiders and will have fields for football and soccer as well as a track, picnic areas and new landscaping. It will include synthetic sports turf.

The opening is scheduled between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 360 Harbour Way South, Richmond. Raiders legend Jim Otto is scheduled to attend as well as addtional team employees.

SHOW YOUR RAIDERS SCHOOL SPIRIT

A visit from Raiders coach Hue Jackson is the prize as schools grades kindergarten through high school compete in a “Show Your Raiders School Spirit” contest as sponsored by the club.

Schools, classes or other educational groups may enter online at raiders.com. Information can also be found at raidersforkids.com.

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  • Silverandblack666

    ” I don’t have time to argue with a kid who doesn’t know how the world works. So we’re going to be cutting this off pretty soon.”

    Meaning:

    I have no factual based information by which to base my argument so I am giving up because I also do not have the IQ to comprehend what was actually said.

  • guest123

    Is this the NEW MATH they have been teaching?

    ____________

    It’s called “mental math”. And they teach it in school these days to 3rd graders.

  • Dakota

    Kobe Bryant’s wife played a hand in breaking up Gasol and his girlfriend so Gasol went into a funk….

    ….lol….oh well….jezuz

  • Silverandblack666

    For the rest of the people om this blog:

    I am not taking sides I am merely pointing out how messed up it is that this labor dispute has gone to the courts to be resolved.

    I think we can all agree on that.

    Next topic the OL…..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kobe Bryant’s wife played a hand in breaking up Gasol and his girlfriend so Gasol went into a funk

    ***

    sounds like drama & excuses. Laker bball at it’s finest

    maybe Dennis Rodman will replace Phil Jackson as HC next season?

  • priesttj

    YA you’ve seen nothing from Henderson? he started here and played fairly well he’s just not a ZBS player. Look we are talking about rookies and most of you guys seem to think that a rookie who you haven’t seen is better than a vet. It’s kind a mindset in here that the rookie will be better than the guy I don’t like. Look Henderson has shown that he can play yes he had some struggles but the kid can play. Put him at RT and let him settle in and he can play there. You guys have to be kiddin’ thinking Barksdale is automatically better than Mario. Get a clue! it aint that easy.

  • guest123

    Every year, when free agency starts, there are few teams that make those midnight signings. The $100 million contracts, the big wheels. Then after a few weeks the bargains start to come off the shelves. These are the $1 and $2 million/year vets.

    This year, when they finally decide to play under the umbrella of the 2010 CBA as a stopgap (I’m guessing about mid july), there is going to be a FA feeding frenzy. A bidding war. Free agency is not going to have any bargains this year.

    And whoever wins FA this year, has a huge advantage to making the playoffs. (Just my hunch)

  • YoungAmerican

    RRS,

    I definitely get what you’re saying, and I agree that it’s going to be an uphill battle to get back to 8-8, not only because of the rookie linemen, but because a few established veterans are likely to leave in free agency.

    It’s unfortunate, but the Raiders have no control over Gallery wanting out or Walker wanting to retire. Best case scenario, the Raiders could convince Walker to come back for a season. Not sure how likely that is, but it would give the Raiders a fallback option if Barksdale takes a little longer to develop into a starter. He won’t break the back, and he’s better suited for power-blocking than Henderson.

    I think the key is going to be how quickly Wiz 2.0 learns his role at the NFL level. If he’s as smart as he’s purported to be, he could have a Mike Pouncey-like effect on the Raiders’ line play. That remains to be seen, though, and you’re right, the lack of a training camp is a huge concern in this respect.

    I think either way, the Raiders are going to have their fair share of struggles this season. I’d like to say 10-6 is possible, but without a training camp it’s impossible to tell. I can only hope Hue manages to get back to 8-8, and Al has a little more patience than he’s had in past years.

    Personally, I don’t think this team is a playoff-caliber team yet. In another year, maybe, but free agency and the lockout are definitely going to take a toll on this young team.

  • Dakota

    755.RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Kobe Bryant’s wife played a hand in breaking up Gasol and his girlfriend so Gasol went into a funk

    ***

    sounds like drama & excuses. Laker bball at it’s finest

    maybe Dennis Rodman will replace Phil Jackson as HC next season?
    +++++++++++++++++

    Drama & excuses? For what, the 16 championships?

  • guest123

    Look Henderson has shown that he can play yes he had some struggles but the kid can play. Put him at RT and let him settle in and he can play there. You guys have to be kiddin’ thinking Barksdale is automatically better than Mario. Get a clue! it aint that easy.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    agree Priesttj

    Mario is better than a promising rook, and I don’t care if that rook was a first rounder. He still has to learn via the school of hard knocks.

  • RaiderRockstar

    TJ,

    if Barksdale isn’t better than Mario, he’s a bust.

    MH doesn’t play with fire or aggression. Poor motor & motivation. The kid might still have some upside or potential, but he hasn’t shown anything to prove he deserves another contract offer or RFA tender

    99 percent sure this kid is out of the league by 2013

  • priesttj

    RR well we’ll have to disagree the kid manned the LT spot against some great DE’s and faired well you seem to forget that. He and Veldheer battled and I think Cable just liked Veldheer more. With this system change you don’t know what will happen until YOU SEE IT!!!………period

  • YoungAmerican

    Henderson has not played well. First of all, if anything he’s a ZBS guy. Long and lean, an “athletic”-type player. Problem is he’s not aggressive enough to excel as a run blocker, and doesn’t move around in space well enough to be an effective pass blocker.

    If Henderson wants to come back on the cheap and legitimately compete for a job at RT, knowing full well that he might be relegated to a backup role once again, then sure. But the Raiders would serve themselves better to look for a better player in free agency, and one who fits the system better than Henderson.

  • severeraiderz

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:12 pm
    TJ,

    if Barksdale isn’t better than Mario, he’s a bust.

    MH doesn’t play with fire or aggression. Poor motor & motivation. The kid might still have some upside or potential, but he hasn’t shown anything to prove he deserves another contract offer or RFA tender

    99 percent sure this kid is out of the league by 2013
    //////////////////////////////

    On the right side or at OG i think that Henderson can be a very effective player….he has the tools to do so

  • Dakota

    No NBA and no NFL for the foreseeable future….damn….baseball is unwatchable on TV….hmmmmm….2&1/2 Men gone….troubled times indeed.

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

    You guys are going to be pleasantly surprised by that “kid” Barksdale. That’ kid” can play.

    I’ve been watching coach’s tape of that “kid” since he was 10 years old.

    ;-)

  • priesttj

    It’s just a mindset with you guys that think give me the new flavor I’m tired of the old one. The raiders added depth these kids have to get to camp and PROVE on the practice field they should start. just because they’re fresh faces doesn’t mean a damn thing. The vets have played in this league and know how to block certain players and are much more ready to get the job done.

    This reminds me of all the clamoring for Veldheer at C last year. Anything new you guys are all over their jocks

  • YoungAmerican

    Keep in mind, Henderson was the guy that nearly got Jason Campbell killed in the preseason.

    He was given the starting job because Cable wanted to see Veldheer at center, and it was thought that coming from a Div II school Veldheer would be too raw to face elite pass rushers.

    Veldheer was eventually given the starting LT job because Henderson continued to struggle.

  • severeraiderz

    YoungAmerican Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:19 pm
    Henderson has not played well. First of all, if anything he’s a ZBS guy. Long and lean, an “athletic”-type player. Problem is he’s not aggressive enough to excel as a run blocker, and doesn’t move around in space well enough to be an effective pass blocker.

    If Henderson wants to come back on the cheap and legitimately compete for a job at RT, knowing full well that he might be relegated to a backup role once again, then sure. But the Raiders would serve themselves better to look for a better player in free agency, and one who fits the system better than Henderson.
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    How can u say that he is a ZBS guy and is “athletic” and then follow that up by saying that he doesnt move in space well??? He is not quick off of the edge against speed rushers but he moves in space very well and was an effective blocker in the run game. He would a quality starter at best and a very good back up at worst if we brought him back. Id like to give him a shot at RT or at either guard position that Bruce isn’t manning.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Your leader has arrived!!! JC and seymore organizing team practices, & JC has been working out & throwing to raider wrs’ for a while already!! You have to love this dude. The boys in silver & black are 100% behind JC! They follow his lead! Outstanding, a true pro putting in the extra work. This can only help when football comes back. he will have a level of comfort and camaraderie that we havnt had here since the eighties. before any one mentions the wildly overrated gannon, please remember that he was despised in the locker room. JC is leading 7 his team mates respect him & enjoy having him there!

    What planet am i on? The raiders have a great qb, and coaches and owner are all pulling in the same direction?!?!?!?

    Buckle your seat belts kids we are heading for the playoffs!!!!

  • priesttj

    YA you don’t have a clue how he fits the system you barely know how to type. Wait aand let the coaches tell us how well Henderson fits. And last of all I’ve seen henderson many time sin street clothes and up close in uni HE AINT LONG AND LEAN. Henderson played too heavy last year he was at maybe 350………….period

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    There is no such thing as a 4th round bust.

  • Dakota

    The NFL asking the World Anti-Doping Agency to run its drug testing program? Nice….but does the NFL really want the playes to shrink by 20%? Wouldn’t that be bad for business?

  • YoungAmerican

    How can u say that he is a ZBS guy and is “athletic” and then follow that up by saying that he doesnt move in space well??? He is not quick off of the edge against speed rushers but he moves in space very well and was an effective blocker in the run game. He would a quality starter at best and a very good back up at worst if we brought him back. Id like to give him a shot at RT or at either guard position that Bruce isn’t manning.

    ————

    That’s why “athletic” is in quotation marks.

    He does not move well in space. In truth, there is no single aspect of his game that he is consistent at.

    He was not a solid run-blocker on either side of the offensive line.

    He’d be an average back-up and sub-par starter, best case scenario. The Raiders would be better off talking Walker into coming back than re-signing Henderson. Even Barnes brings more to the table than Mario does.

  • Dakota

    “The raiders have a great qb”

    Too funny….is this a comedy club?

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

    Priesttj Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:23 pm
    It’s just a mindset with you guys that think give me the new flavor I’m tired of the old one. The raiders added depth these kids have to get to camp and PROVE on the practice field they should start. just because they’re fresh faces doesn’t mean a damn thing. The vets have played in this league and know how to block certain players and are much more ready to get the job done.

    This reminds me of all the clamoring for Veldheer at C last year. Anything new you guys are all over their jocks
    /////////////////////////

    I warned people that Veldher wasn’t our best center…i pointed out how much more effective our screen game was with Satele in the middle and him on the outside…week 1 validated all that i had been saying

  • YoungAmerican

    # priesttj Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    YA you don’t have a clue how he fits the system you barely know how to type. Wait aand let the coaches tell us how well Henderson fits. And last of all I’ve seen henderson many time sin street clothes and up close in uni HE AINT LONG AND LEAN. Henderson played too heavy last year he was at maybe 350………….period

    —————

    You’re telling me I barely know how to type after the grammar abortion above? Laughable.

    Henderson is listed at 6’7, 300 pounds.

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

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Your leader has arrived!!! JC and seymore organizing team practices, & JC has been working out & throwing to raider wrs’ for a while already!! You have to love this dude.
    ——————————-
    Link?

  • Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    Dakota, you are killing me today.

    No more Lakers.

    No more Two and a Half Men.

    At least you still have your dignity,

  • priesttj

    I don’t give a dam what he’s lised as, if you go by that you are clueless taht stuff doesn’t mena a thing. Hendu is at least 330+ and that is a fact. He played too heavy last year and he admitted as much.

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

    Priesttj Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Hendu is at least 330+ and that is a fact.
    ————————————–
    Link?

  • YoungAmerican

    # priesttj Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t give a dam what he’s lised as, if you go by that you are clueless taht stuff doesn’t mena a thing. Hendu is at least 330+ and that is a fact. He played too heavy last year and he admitted as much.

    ————-

    Going by your theory, if he loses those 30 pounds (since he was allegedly “playing too heavy”) wouldn’t it make him long and lean?

  • severeraiderz

    That’s why “athletic” is in quotation marks.

    He does not move well in space. In truth, there is no single aspect of his game that he is consistent at.

    He was not a solid run-blocker on either side of the offensive line.

    He’d be an average back-up and sub-par starter, best case scenario. The Raiders would be better off talking Walker into coming back than re-signing Henderson. Even Barnes brings more to the table than Mario does.
    /////////////////////////////

    You either are not watching the games, have a grudge against Mario, or you are lying. He moves very well in space and was a solid run blocker. In some instaces he is a solid pass blocker, having his most trouble with speed rushers and 3-4 OLB. He would be a very good back up, and if given a chance to compete, could earn a spot at either RT or guard

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    2011 NFL Lockout: Oakland Raiders Are Working Out!!!!

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Just last week I posted that the Oakland Raiders were falling behind other teams during the 2011 NFL Lockout, because they were not working out. I wasn’t going to let myself get down on the Raiders about it as it was early in the lockout process etc., but it was hard not to be worried. Also, it was hard not to be slightly offended. Football is these guys’ profession, and I go out and throw the ball with my bros in patches of grass where we can find them, and we are only practicing for lame flag football leagues. We do it for free and we do it because we love football.

    Well, then NFLanalyzer then posted a link to Jason Campbell’s twitter, and helped point out my negligent reporting in the process.

    So, I decided to check out the Twitter-verse myself. I probably should have checked there before posting in the first place. I started with Campbell, and lo and behold someone had linked and put the title my blog “The Raiders are Falling Behind” on Jason Campbell’s page. To which Campbell had an answer.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    raiders aren’t behind, I was throwing with some my wry weeks ago, and no tv or paper had to know. We know, all that matters.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    Now the thing I wanted to see most was Campbell working with his receivers—except for Chaz who I think we can all agree just needs to stay as far away from injuries as possible. And lo and behold there was Jason Campbell throwing with DHB and Little Blue Pills Murphy. Someone asked Campbell where 81 (Schilens) was and Campbell answered:

    81 is doing great and getting healthy to have a great season

    Translation: We don’t want Dr. Glass anywhere near this field:

  • http://www.raiders.com/ r8eray

    I love this pic! This is what I do with my bros (and I’m sure many of you do to) on fields that look like this! Well not exactly like this. Where the hell does Jason Campbell live. Look in the background. They had to hurry this workout along, because Harry Potter had this field scheduled for a quidditch match at 3.

    Anyway, I was beginning to feel better about things. But what’s up with the rest of the dudes, and why wasn’t Jacoby Ford out there? So, I went to Jacoby Ford’s page. Jacoby tweets enough about working out, and he and Campbell exchanged a couple of tweets, but so far it appears he is working with other players like Pierre Garcon.

    Campbell also seems to be staying in touch with Darren McFadden and Michael Bush, and it sounds like if the lockout finds a more permanent label this week then there will be more of a team wide workout. Campbell:

    me and sey [Seymour] already organizing workout schedule as a team.

    So Raiders, you are off the hook! For now. But if this lockout persists I am going to be crawling around Twitter to make sure y’all get something more organized together. All of these guys need to start working with each other—especially the offensive line!

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

    I think I’d rather have Walker back for another year, rather than Mario.

  • priesttj

    Severe I agree with the OG thought very much in fact I said so a few weeks ago that I think he would be very good at R or LG if he doesn’t cut it at RT. These guys always want to throw away players who can help us just because we drafted somebody. It’s stupid!!

    Henderson can help us a lot so can Barnes you don’t turn up your nose at players because the new guy seems to have some talent.

  • YoungAmerican

    You either are not watching the games, have a grudge against Mario, or you are lying. He moves very well in space and was a solid run blocker. In some instaces he is a solid pass blocker, having his most trouble with speed rushers and 3-4 OLB. He would be a very good back up, and if given a chance to compete, could earn a spot at either RT or guard

    ————–

    I have watched every game. There’s a reason Henderson only resurfaced in the starting lineup after Walker got injured. The Raiders’ running game was undeniably better with Veldheer at LT instead of Mario.

    Average back-up. Sub-par starter. I don’t see a 6’7, 300 pound kid who is a poor run blocker being a fit at OG in scheme that will focus on power blocking.

    Regardless, he doesn’t seem interested in coming back and is a questionable system fit.

  • YoungAmerican

    # KoolKell Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I think I’d rather have Walker back for another year, rather than Mario.

    ——–

    Yep.

  • priesttj

    YA let the coaches who coach the system tell us who is a system fit. YOU AINT QUALIFIED!!!!

  • bcz24

    YoungAmerican Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 10:07 am
    guest123 Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 10:04 am

    You mean you wonder if they are going to just dog it once they get their contract?

    I think in Huff’s case, it took him years to get where he is now. A lot of hard work, and he knows now what he must do to succeed. Fast, athletic guys like that aren’t going to flip the switch off. It’s the fat guys that I worry about in their contract years.

    ———-

    I hope you’re right, especially in Routt’s case. It’s rare that it takes a DB a full six seasons to develop. But maybe he finally gets it. We’ll (hopefully) see soon enough.
    ***************************
    Routt was never given the opportunity to start full time on the outside until this year. Period. Playing a slot is not the same position as covering a a wideout.

  • YoungAmerican

    Henderson can help us a lot so can Barnes you don’t turn up your nose at players because the new guy seems to have some talent.

    ———–

    Has nothing to do with the new guy. It has everything to do with Henderson being a sub-par player, and Barnes being a swing tackle at best.

    Why re-sign players who are proven to be less than adequate when Jammal Brown, Tyson Clabo, and Nick Kaczur will be available? Especially when Henderson and Barnes are hesitant to come back to Oakland?

  • bcz24

    Henderson will sign a 1 year deal with us when he realizes there is no market for Turnstyle tackles with legal issues.

  • bcz24

    Has nothing to do with the new guy. It has everything to do with Henderson being a sub-par player, and Barnes being a swing tackle at best.

    Why re-sign players who are proven to be less than adequate when Jammal Brown, Tyson Clabo, and Nick Kaczur will be available? Especially when Henderson and Barnes are hesitant to come back to Oakland?
    ***************
    Truth.

  • severeraiderz

    Lmao at anyone that uses what any player in any sport is “listed” at to determine their weight.

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

    Severeraiderz Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Lmao at anyone that uses what any player in any sport is “listed” at to determine their weight.
    —————————————–
    Unless you’re standing at the scale with him, what are you supposed to do?