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Draft picks issued numbers

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, May 9th, 2011 at 1:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Ordinarily, the Raiders rookie draft picks have already had their first minicamp or be preparing for their first one.

Not so in the year of the lockout, where there apparently will be no ruling today on the stay which put the work stoppage back in place after about a day of the NFL being open for business.

For what it’s worth, rookie draft picks have been assigned numbers according to the team roster on Raiders.com. They are as follows:

72 Joe Barksdale
35 CB Chemdi Chekwa
82 TE Richard Gordon
86 WR David Ausberry
17 WR Denarius Moore
38 CB DeMarcus Van Dyke
61 C Stefen Wisniewski

Wisniewski wore No. 61 in college at Penn State.

No. 76, the number worn by Steffen’s uncle, Steve Wisniewski, will become available once Robert Gallery moves on.

But while Steffen said he welcomed having to live up to the legacy of his uncle, the plan didn’t include wearing his uniform number.

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

Actually, it’s not his number. The Raiders don’t retire uniform numbers.

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  • severeraiderz

    KoolKell Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    Is your point that Veldheer sucks, because he didn’t backup Mario Henderson on a sack?

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    No, just didnt block anyone. Thats a bad habit that needs to be broken. My point was mario got beat becasue it was a deep drop, if it was a 3 step drop he would have been able to recover. JC couldnt step up because Gallery was getting beat down the middle. It was Marios fault, but he wasn’t the only culprit. Futhermore, for a undersized (weight), rookie that came from a Div II school i think JV performed excellent. He showed a lot of promis at LT and his play in the pre season and week 1 was the perfect illustration as to why he should remain at LT and not C.

  • YoungAmerican

    Dude… sometimes, a QB is going to have to drop back on a 7 step drop. If the LT can’t handle it, he shouldn’t be starting at LT.

    It was on Henderson. He got beaten to the outside edge. Gallery did, as well, but Campbell didn’t even have time to step up in the pocket before LaBoy got to him.

    Here’s the video:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81a17e3b/Campbell-injury

    Veldheer wasn’t blocking anyone because the LDE took the gap on Gallery’s outside shoulder. No one really knows what Veldheer’s assignment was, but I don’t see how it could have possibly been Veldheer’s fault. Not saying that Veldheer did well at center, but that sack certainly wasn’t on him.

  • severeraiderz

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbP2Cf_NwnE

    here is the vid…both Mario and Gallery were beat pretty badly. Walker was getting handled too

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

    I couldn’t tell anything by that video.

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

    Ok. Veldheer DID see action at Center the 3rd pre-season game of his career.

    If fact, he was the only guy on that play that didn’t get beat.

  • priesttj

    Boy Mr Davis didn’t give DVD #21 or #24 so they must be holding out hope that both those guys might be back.

  • severeraiderz

    YoungAmerican Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
    Dude… sometimes, a QB is going to have to drop back on a 7 step drop. If the LT can’t handle it, he shouldn’t be starting at LT.

    It was on Henderson. He got beaten to the outside edge. Gallery did, as well, but Campbell didn’t even have time to step up in the pocket before LaBoy got to him.

    Here’s the video:

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/09000d5d81a17e3b/Campbell-injury

    Veldheer wasn’t blocking anyone because the LDE took the gap on Gallery’s outside shoulder. No one really knows what Veldheer’s assignment was, but I don’t see how it could have possibly been Veldheer’s fault. Not saying that Veldheer did well at center, but that sack certainly wasn’t on him.
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    Apparently Veldheer knew he f’d up because he turned around at the last second. He should have been blocking someone and on a 7 step drop i know they weren’t expecting him to block no one, which is exactly what he did. BTW the DT faked outside and beat Gallery inside. Don’t blame him for the sack but you can’t be blocking grass, that is a cardinal sin.

    Very few teams use 7 step drops for that very reason, its harder to hold the edge when the QB gets that deep. If the raiders were running a 3 step drop or even a 5 step drop Laboy wouldn’t have gotten the sack. But as you said Mario was beat and the sack was on him

  • priesttj

    Tom Cable use of players on the Oline will be very different from Hujacks to base anything on what you saw last year might be way off. Just saying!

  • alex7

    Good point Priestt, hope so. Not sure that you get better by letting go two of your top players.

    As for that play, it showcased JC’s biggest weaknesses: 1) zeroing in on one receiver and waiting for him to get open instead anticipating.

    2.) holding the ball too long and not scanning for check downs or alternative receivers.

  • priesttj

    Alex7 how do you know what the play was and what his procession was. It’s easy to draw conclusions. Now if you wnat to really watch Campbell’s game he goes through his procession’s very well looks deep to intermediate to short.

    For once take an objective look at the guy without preconceaved notion and you’ll see a lot more than you do now.

  • YoungAmerican

    No, just didnt block anyone. Thats a bad habit that needs to be broken.

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    Satele does the same thing pretty frequently. I’m not sure if it’s a zone blocking thing or what, but plenty of times the C is standing there in the middle of the line waiting for something to happen. Again, it’s not like we know what the blocking assignments are supposed to be. It’s frustrating to watch, especially when the line is collapsing from both tackle positions.

    JC does indeed hold the ball too long on a regular basis, but on that play the fault lies with Henderson, and to a lesser extent Gallery and Walker.

  • severeraiderz

    Priesttj Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:29 pm
    Tom Cable use of players on the Oline will be very different from Hujacks to base anything on what you saw last year might be way off. Just saying!

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    Where do u think that puts Hulk….they better not put JV back at C. That would immediately signal season over imo.

  • alex7

    I hope the Raiders don’t try and copy the failed 49er method of developing a bully O-line. The Niners drafted two very good linemen last year to help Gore. It didn’t work. Why? Niners STILL couldn’t pass the ball.

    There is no better way to become good at running the ball than by becoming good at throwing it.

    Look what happened to the vaunted Panthers running game once Delhomme left and scrubs were QBs.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I remember Veldheer playing center in the pre-season.

    Severe is absolutely correct about that.

    However, I disagree with his asessment that V struggles getting to the 2nd level. I think he’s very good in that area. Gets downfield well and finds someone to block. I like that aspect of his game.

    I know his numbers weren’t that great, but I’m convinced he will improve and could be an effective LT for years to come.

    It’s possible however that the Raids might see fit to consider moving V to RT and giving Barksdale and Campbell a shot at LT. Bark and Camp both played LT as seniors in college.

    Campbell’s failure to see the field as a rookie was dismaying. Guy is an absolute monster and superb physical specimen. Don’t know what the problem was last year, but Campbell getting on the field and playing well would be a huge bonus for a line going through a major overhaul.

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

    I think we have a new Center anyway, yes? New Center, New Head Coach, New O-Line Coach, yes?

    Why spend all day hammering Veldeer at Center for a pre-season game, Last year?

  • YoungAmerican

    The only reason the Raiders put Veldheer at center is because they believed that was the weak link in their line and that Veldheer could offer an immediate upgrade at the position.

    This year they drafted an actual center to help upgrade that position, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing Veldheer back there any time soon.

    I just hope that Veldheer continues to improve at LT.

  • alex7

    Priestt, that’s been JC’s scouting report his entire career. I’m sure there’s a reason for it.

    Also, you can see in the replay of that play (straight on view from the D side) how JC’s eyes stay on the same spot of the field the entire time.

    You don’t end up ANNUALLY on the list of most-sacked QBs by getting rid of the ball quickly and finding alternate receivers. And he had Pro-Bowl linemen in Washington.

    I think 6 full seasons is enough to make basic analysis on a player.

  • severeraiderz

    YoungAmerican Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    No, just didnt block anyone. Thats a bad habit that needs to be broken.

    ————–

    Satele does the same thing pretty frequently. I’m not sure if it’s a zone blocking thing or what, but plenty of times the C is standing there in the middle of the line waiting for something to happen. Again, it’s not like we know what the blocking assignments are supposed to be. It’s frustrating to watch, especially when the line is collapsing from both tackle positions.

    JC does indeed hold the ball too long on a regular basis, but on that play the fault lies with Henderson, and to a lesser extent Gallery and Walker.

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    That may be true about Satele, but how do you explain our screen game being so much better with Satele at C??? JV consistently doesn’t go find anyone to block and doesn’t get to the second level in the screen game or the running game. These are areas that i trust will be approved upon, rookie tendencies that reps and film study will rid.

  • severeraiderz

    KoolKell Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    I think we have a new Center anyway, yes? New Center, New Head Coach, New O-Line Coach, yes?

    Why spend all day hammering Veldeer at Center for a pre-season game, Last year?

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    I forgot about Wiz II, but that being said, what if he isnt ready? With no camp and not OTA’s it could be hard for a guy that has never played in the NFL and played OG all of last season to come in and take over the most mentally demanding position on the line.

  • supapimp

    In a revision of the ’10 NFL draft, the raiders had four #1′s in the top 32, rolando mcclain, lamar houston, jacoby ford, and jared veldheer. That’s a pretty good draft. Nuff said

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

    How can you say Veldheer doesn’t block anybody when the Raiders were 2nd in the NFL in Rushing, heavy on the Left Side?

    I guess, you’ve got a hard-on for Veldheer.

  • alex7

    Raiderman,

    I think JV has a better combination of athleticism and instincts than Campbell, and will thus stay at LT over him.

    Campbell is a beast, but the reason he didn’t play last year was his inability to grasp blocking schemes. It certainly wasn’t physical – all mental. Asking him to be a LT would only increase his pass-blocking responsibilities in that realm (3-4 looks, fake blitzes, overloads).

    I think Campbell stays at RG where he can mash inside a “phone booth” more often, and have fewer responsibilities in pass protection.

  • alex7

    Supapimp,

    but who picked a non-blazing MLB 8th overall, a power DE in the 2nd, and a small-school lineman in the 3rd?

    I seriously doubt Davis ever “scouted” Veldheer before the month of March leading up to the draft.

    Who knows who Davis gave a little more leeway to in last year’s draft, but they drafted “slow” football players instead of the typical speed-burners every round, so someone else certainly had a larger say than normal.

    This year, ehhh, back to speed and corners and blah.

  • severeraiderz

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:47 pm
    I remember Veldheer playing center in the pre-season.

    Severe is absolutely correct about that.

    However, I disagree with his asessment that V struggles getting to the 2nd level. I think he’s very good in that area. Gets downfield well and finds someone to block. I like that aspect of his game.

    I know his numbers weren’t that great, but I’m convinced he will improve and could be an effective LT for years to come.

    It’s possible however that the Raids might see fit to consider moving V to RT and giving Barksdale and Campbell a shot at LT. Bark and Camp both played LT as seniors in college.

    Campbell’s failure to see the field as a rookie was dismaying. Guy is an absolute monster and superb physical specimen. Don’t know what the problem was last year, but Campbell getting on the field and playing well would be a huge bonus for a line going through a major overhaul.
    /////////////////////////////////////

    At LT he did a better job, I’ll give u that but he still is caught too often blocking grass. A tendency that im sure a smart guy like him will break.

    If it weren’t for the lockout i would have liked to see Campbell get a shot at LT, but with no camp and no contact with coaches i just dont see that happening, especially after being at RG all last year.

  • YoungAmerican

    That may be true about Satele, but how do you explain our screen game being so much better with Satele at C??? JV consistently doesn’t go find anyone to block and doesn’t get to the second level in the screen game or the running game. These are areas that i trust will be approved upon, rookie tendencies that reps and film study will rid.

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    You mean Veldheer at C? He was only there for one preseason game and one regular season game after never having played the position before. Hard to compare, I would say.

    Veldheer was very good as a run blocker at LT. Consistently got to the second level, and did very well in space. Raiders were averaging something like 4.5 ypc off the left side last season. His pass blocking is the only thing he needs to improve on. Even then, every game he played against an elite pass rusher, while they usually had his lunch early in the game, he always seemed to improve dramatically as the game went on. Hopefully that’s a sign that he’s figuring some things out for himself. Looking forward to seeing what he can do in year two.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I seem to recall the Raid coaches being very unsatisfied with Satele’s line calls being a major part of their unhappiness with him. There was also doubt about him being able to hold up after shoulder surgery and knee issues. Hence, the experiment with V at center.

    Although Satele had a decent 2010, obviously the coaches weren’t completely sold on him as a starting center and Wiz was drafted and immediately annointed as the center even though there was speculation he might be a guard in the NFL.

  • severeraiderz

    KoolKell Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    How can you say Veldheer doesn’t block anybody when the Raiders were 2nd in the NFL in Rushing, heavy on the Left Side?

    I guess, you’ve got a hard-on for Veldheer.

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    Darren Mcfadden healthy most of the year and Hue Jackson. If anyone has a hard-on its you for Al Davis. I think JV is our LT of the future but I call them how i see them and he needs work which is to be expected from a rookie LT from a Div II school

  • severeraiderz

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 5:02 pm
    I seem to recall the Raid coaches being very unsatisfied with Satele’s line calls being a major part of their unhappiness with him. There was also doubt about him being able to hold up after shoulder surgery and knee issues. Hence, the experiment with V at center.

    Although Satele had a decent 2010, obviously the coaches weren’t completely sold on him as a starting center and Wiz was drafted and immediately annointed as the center even though there was speculation he might be a guard in the NFL.
    /////////////////////////////////

    Yeah Satele is being viewed as a ZBS guy, which he may very well be. He was our most consistent lineman last year but our whole line, outside of Veldheer, needs to be revamped and i dont mind Samson being the first casualty

  • severeraiderz

    Alex7 Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    Priestt, that’s been JC’s scouting report his entire career. I’m sure there’s a reason for it.

    Also, you can see in the replay of that play (straight on view from the D side) how JC’s eyes stay on the same spot of the field the entire time.

    You don’t end up ANNUALLY on the list of most-sacked QBs by getting rid of the ball quickly and finding alternate receivers. And he had Pro-Bowl linemen in Washington.

    I think 6 full seasons is enough to make basic analysis on a playe
    /////////////////////////////

    Palying for the Redskins and Raiders will ANNUALLY put ANY quarterback at the top of the sacks list

  • severeraiderz

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/profiles/stefen-wisniewski?id=2495250#tab=3

    I hope that this guy and all the others that had him pegged as a mid-round or a late round guy are wrong. I think we reached a little but still worthy of a late second or early third. Hopefully he wears the uniform with as much passion, pride, and intensity as his uncle did

  • severeraiderz

    gotta go….talk to yall later

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Somwhat reluctant to bring this up, but if memory serves me correctly JaJason was having a poor game before he got knocked out against SF. Another instance of Grads coming in and a noticable improvement.

    I might be the only Grads supporter left on this blog, but I maintain if Bruce is healthy, he’s better than JC.

    Alex7, I agree with your thoughts about Bruce Campbell seeing time at Guard. Also agree with your observation that JaJason will zero in on one receiver, hold the ball and take a sack if a checkdown is not there. Watch the 4th quarter of the Skins/Eagles MNF game during JaJason’s last year in Wash, and you’ll know why Washinton dumped him for a measly future 4th rd pick.

    That being said, props to JaJason for being a team player and wanting to improve. I like the fact that he spends time bonding and working out with DHB. During the bye week last year he was here in Reno playing poker with DHB. Appreciate the fact that he’s organizing workouts and being a leader.

    I still think he sucks, but it’s good to know the man is trying instead of just looking to cash a check.

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

    Severeraiderz Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Darren Mcfadden healthy most of the year and Hue Jackson. If anyone has a hard-on its you for Al Davis. I think JV is our LT of the future but I call them how i see them and he needs work which is to be expected from a rookie LT from a Div II school
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    Al Davis as GM, has lost 57% of his games since 1989.

    Jared Veldheer is a young lineman who in his first year played LT for a O-Line 2nd in the NFL in Rushing.

    Apples & Oranges, my man.

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

    RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    May 9th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I might be the only Grads supporter left on this blog, but I maintain if Bruce is healthy, he’s better than JC.
    ——————————————–
    Based on what? Not a damned thing.

  • priesttj

    Well Raiderman99 he needs someone on his side it might as well be you.

  • priesttj

    Anyone who thinks that guy is better than JC is either blind or doesn’t know any better……By years end RayCharles could see who was better and he’s dead.

  • priesttj

    I read so much crap about JC in here i could fill the Grand canyon most of it is just the herd mentality.

    Some of it objective but if you really study JC with some degreeof football acumen his basic weakness is some unfamiliarity and when that’s there he tends to hold the ball and become indecisive. Beyond that it’s garden variety QB struggles with newness and not knowing his teammates.

  • priesttj

    Wiz kid was drafted because not only do we need depth at C but Satele is a FA.

  • JB

    Enough with the Grads talk. He’s history and will not be returning. He had great heart, energy and leadership but that was not enough to compensate for his weak inaccurate arm and fragile physical stature.

    JCampbell is the man for the foreseeable future unless AD makes a veteran acquisition in the FA market. Even then, I believe the team is committed to JCampbell as the starter. I personally think he’ll thrive in our system and will significantly improve as the team does. We now have a decent HC, some excellent assistants, the makings of a decent O-line and 1 more year of experience in our/HuJack’s offense. we now have a legitimate aggressive OC and we should be a force to be dealt with this year. I also believe our Defense will be better than most expect. It will be interesting to see what happens with Nnamdi. His leaving is NOT a sure thing. AD finds a way of keeping players he wants even if it is year by year.

    Let’s just get this CBA agreement resolved and start the season. without football, nobody wins, only the terrorists!

  • priesttj

    The fact that JC is a quiet leader IMo is just personality it’s neither a weakness nor a strength. People perceave it as a weakness but someof the best QB’s were that way. Montana was not a rah rah guy neither was Snake Stabler alot of times you couldn’t tell if they threw a TD or a int. JC seems to be the same way what I’d like to see from him this year is when guys screw up let ‘m know it. He doeesn’t hav e to show them up Marino style just take ‘em to the sideline and get ‘em straight.

  • JB

    Satele is not going anywhere in FA. AD will offer him probably more than he’s worth. IMO he’s a back-up. He’ll have an opportunity here to compete for a starting position but he won’t get it. He’s just not that good. Wiz will be the starter if not week 1 by week 4. He needs a little time to learn the playbook and the offensive blocking formations.

  • JB

    TJ

    I agree with you about JCampbell’s perceived personality. He does need to learn how to take charge and to hold teammates accountable for their failures. I would like to see more rah-rah and think that will come as he becomes more familiar with our system. When it finally sinks it that he’s the man and not just a transition, he’ll step his game control up significantly.

  • bcz24

    Veldheer gets a bad rap from some people in here but he was 100% better than the last 2-3 guys who started games at left tackle. Of course he needs some work, but he performed pretty damn well, and its not like he was any where near his ceiling.

  • Raiders for life

    JC has another year to prove himself. One thing that I worry about is his “stingers” If he goes out…#2 QB is Boller for now??? I’m still hoping that the Raiders can pick up Devlin if and when the lockout ends. He’s got a funny throw but seems pretty accurate.

  • priesttj

    Man in truth Veldheer struggled mightly at times last year it’s to be expected. he was making a huge jump when you get a kid from a small school the same way Art Shell was the first year struggles come with the territory. What you hope is he gets much better with experience. I think he will he’s a hard worker and a bulldog, he’ll fight you til he dies. How good he can be we’ll have to see, but I was encouraged.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Wow is it a lockout of what?!? You guys dont have sh.t to talk about …harping on whether or not Veldheer played at C last year

    good lawd …dont bore me any further with that toiletry

  • priesttj

    You know it’s a slow night when Grads is drudged up…lol

  • Raiders for life

    I’m pretty sure that around mid season Veldheer had to move from LT to center because Satele got hurt. Can’t remember which game that was though.

  • TerrapinRaider

    Gradkowski?? Oh lawd …not him again

  • priesttj

    T’pin goin’ “Sanford and Son” on us LOL.