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Top 100: Where will Nnamdi finish?

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The Raiders’ third and presumably final player named to the NFL Network’s Top 100 list will be cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

Asomugha’s name hasn’t come up yet even though the countdown continues at No. 20 through No. 11 Sunday on the NFL Network.

It speaks to Asomugha’s reputation among his peers, given that voting is done by fellow players. The only Raiders to be voted among the top 100 players in the NFL were running back Darren McFadden (No. 98) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (No. 66).

Only two cornerbacks have been listed so far _ Philadelphia’s Asante Samuel (No. 54) and Denver’s Champ Bailey (No. 48).

Asomugha and probably two others remain _ the Jets’ Darrelle Revis and the Packers’ Charles Woodson.

Players were asked to list the top 20 players in the NFL then votes were tabulated to reach a top 100. The current list is in the lower right hand corner of the link provided here.

The series has been a good way to kill time during the work stoppage, a way to spark the kind of bar stool arguments and debates which otherwise would deteriorate into discussions about rookie wage scales, percentage of the gross and 18-game regular seasons.

For instance:

— Given the format, the list doesn’t remotely resemble what NFL teams would think about a prospective player. Take for instance, McFadden’s ranking at No. 98. Ranked ahead of McFadden are the 49ers’ Frank Gore (No. 94), Baltimore’s Ray Rice (56), Atlanta’s Michael Turner (42), the Rams’ Steven Jackson (38), the Chiefs’ Jamal Charles (33), Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew (30) and Houston’s Arian Foster (25). Still to come are the Titans’ Chris Johnson and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson.

Put all those names in a box and allow teams to draft and McFadden, based on his third season, would leapfrog at least three players. At the NFL scouting combine the year McFadden came out, he’d be an instant starter on the 49ers _ ahead of Gore, who had already established himself as a Pro Bowl runner.

I thought about that for two years while McFadden battled injuries and looked nothing like the player he’d been at Arkansas. Last season, that evaluation was spot-on.

— Considering Seymour’s track record, his inclusion at No 66 seems a bit low. That’s well behind former teammate Vince Wilfork (No. 35), second-year player Ndamukong Suh (No. 51), and Miami end/linebacker Cameron Wake (No. 63) and Chiefs rush end Tamba Hali (No. 64).

Seymour is considerably older than all those players and all would probably be preferred in an open draft situation. But NFL players probably aren’t thinking that deeply. They’re simply putting down the first names that come to mind. And I’m surprised Seymour’s mind didn’t come to mind on more ballots than players with less of a pedigree.

— Donovan McNabb’s inclusion at No. 100 means some players listed him as among the top 20 players in the NFL, when I’m not sure he’s a slam dunk for being among the top 20 quarterbacks. (OK, top 15, maybe).

— Devin Hester at No. 32? Still more of a gimmick guy as a wide receiver, although the occasional returns are nice. Way too high. At this point, I’d rather have Jacoby Ford.

— Eight players deemed by their peers to be among the top 100 players in the NFL were selected in the 2007 NFL draft after JaMarcus Russell went No. 1 overall _ Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson (No. 27, second overall pick), Browns tackle Joe Thomas (No. 43, third overall pick), Peterson (TBA, seventh overall pick), 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (23rd, 11th overall pick); Revis (TBA, 14th overall pick), Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe (No. 45, 23rd overall pick), Carolina linebacker Jon Beason (No. 95, 25th overall pick) and Steelers linebacker LeMarr Woodley (No. 82, 46th overall pick).

— As for Asomugha vs. Revis vs. Woodson here’s how Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White broke it down for the NFL Network:

1) Revis: Revis is the number one cover guy in the league right now. He’s strong at the point of attack . . . He always gets his hands on you. He disrupts the timing of routes. That’s the biggest thing about the passing game, everything has to be on time — precision. And he does such a good job of (disrupting timing).

2) Asomugha: Nnamdi’s the same way. He disrupts timing. The only thing about Nnamdi, he’s not as good of a ball-catcher as Revis. That’s why I put Revis over him. He’s not a ball-hawking guy, but you can’t complete any balls over Nnamdi.

4) Woodson: He’s like a wild card not really a corner. He does it all. He’s the only guy that’s just a playmaker at the corner position . . . he can’t cover like he used to, but he does a good enough job.”

(He ranks Bailey above Woodson)

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Dakota

    550.Silverandblack666 Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    My thoughts are that if that trade does happen then Nnamdi will be a Cowboy.
    +++++++++

    Nope…a Raven.

  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar
  • RaiderRockstar
  • Silverandblack666

    I was under the impression that Nnamdi would want to play for a contender.

    I could be wrong.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nnamdi will be a Cowboy.

    ***

    same division. I still say Washington Redskins

  • hwnrdr

    Uggghhhh…..just thinking about that…nnamdi to…NO SF, please!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Silver,

    Nnamdi Asomugha will go to the highest bidder and that won’t be Al Davis

    write that down. RRS said it 06/24/11

  • RaiderRockstar

    Al Davis drafted McFadden & Ware last year

    He drafted DVD & Chekwa this year

    He makes Routt one of the league’s highest paid CB’s

    Press Conf states we could use his money to sign 3 or 4 other key players

    writing is on the wall. #21 is done in Oakland.

  • Silverandblack666

    #560 I concur

    Good points.

  • hwnrdr

    559.RaiderRockstar Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 1:37 pm
    Al Davis drafted McFadden & Ware last year

    He drafted DVD & Chekwa this year

    He makes Routt one of the league’s highest paid CB’s

    Press Conf states we could use his money to sign 3 or 4 other key players

    writing is on the wall. #21 is done in Oakland.

    Yup…bracing for a new backfield! Hopefully Woodson gets them ready and nasty!

  • hwnrdr

    Well, just about 2:00 here in The Bay…have a great weekend guys!

  • jbell42

    Nnamdi will be a Dolphin.

  • aig-raiders

    RRS,

    Thanks man. I was just a bit annoyed. 🙂

    Last big man in GW? Chris Webber. Will never forgive Nelson or Cohan for shipping out a big man for next to nothing. Gugliota was a SF, imo. If Houston agreed to let Hakeem go (and MJ didnt take time off), they would have never won those 2 rings. Hakeem demanded to be traded and they said fat chance.

  • aig-raiders

    I have a very bad feeling that #21 will be a Niner. We know the Niners need a CB and he will be a very good option for them.

  • RaiderRockstar

    bracing for a new backfield! Hopefully Woodson gets them ready and nasty!

    ***

    Rod Woodson has a tough job as a first year CB coach

    CJ37, Routt, Branch & Mitchell all have plenty of experience in Al’s man2man scheme.

    But if one of these guys get hurt then we’re relying heavily on a youngster with little or no NFL experience (DVD, Chekwa, McFadden, Ware & Brown)

    oh yeah, and Hiram Eugene sucks!

  • RaiderRockstar

    I have a very bad feeling that #21 will be a Niner. We know the Niners need a CB and he will be a very good option for them.

    ***

    49ers CB’s:

    Phillip Adams, Tramaine Brock & Tarell Brown = hot garbage

    William James = UFA

    Chris Culliver & Curtis Holcomb = rookies

    Shawntae Spencer = average (at best)

    Nate Clements = former Pro Bowler (2004) not living up to that contract

    2011: $7.25 million, 2012: $9 million, 2013: $10.77 million

  • RaiderRockstar

    34 year old Takeo Spikes had as many INT’s as Clements or Spencer last year …

  • RaiderRockstar

    49ers CB Nate Clements says he plans to play for San Francisco this season, indicating he is open to a pay reduction.

    “Absolutely,” he said. “I never said I didn’t. That’s not really an issue.” Clements is participating in player-organized workouts despite his somewhat uncertain status. The 31-year-old will likely have to cut his $15+ million pay in half to stick around, but if Clements agrees he should return as a starter. May 24, 9:31 AM

    Source: San Jose Mercury News

  • DKnight007

    I don’t mind the W’s picking Klay at all. He has offensive skill and is tall and has length but he needs to get stronger in the legs and upper body be taught how to defend.

    The W’s need to do all they can to trade Ellis for Josh Smith!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Would Patrick Ewing make a good HC for the Detroit Pistons?

    They haven’t been the same team since they lost Rasheed Wallace & Chauncey Billups.

    I’m surprised they haven’t traded Tayshaun Prince & Rip Hamilton (ie blow the whole thing up and start over)

    30 wins is pathetic

  • RaiderKen

    Asomugha will be in Silver and Black next season. This is how I know. There are some owners who are asking for the right of first refusal on 4 players a year. That coupled by the Rookie pay scale, and the fact the Raiders don’t have to pay a first round contract. Al has to spend more money on veteran players. So he will let Asomugha go test the market and then he’ll match the offer. End of story. Aso will be in the S&B next year.

  • J Hill

    AIG,

    It’s pretty simple. You don’t have to make it complicated.

    Steph Curry for Andrew Bynum will never happen. We didn’t give him up for Carmelo. Sorry to hurt your little Ws feelings, but it is what it is.

    Steph Curry for Pau Gasol will never happen. You said it yourself, you never trade big for small.

    Steph Curry can not solve the Lakers biggest need of defense at the pt. Curry doesn’t have the physical skills to stop cuys like CP3, Westbrook, Parker, and the other quick PGs that give the Lakers trouble.

    I’m not quite sure why you keep bringing up Tyson Chandler. But he is another reason why losing one of the 7 footers for a PG like Curry makes no sense.

    ODOM for Monta, not one of the 7 footers for Monta, is a deal I’d do in a second. I’d still have my 2 7 footers to watch his back. But I think Mike Brown can put the want to in Monta to get him to play D. He has the speed, quicks, etc, to be a pretty good defender, imo. And again, for ODOM and Walton, I’d do it. Heck, I’d take Curry for ODOM and Walton.

  • ArchiveTony

    New coach in SF, along with Nnamdi not having to change addresses?
    If they pony up the money, we regretfully will have to watch him shine across the bay.
    Damn

  • J Hill

    Right now, all you guys talk about is stealing Dwight Howard from the Magic after you stole Shaq from them before.

    ——————————————————-

    Charlotte drafted Kobe at what 13? We traded Vlade for a high school player (a SG by the way) before high school players were popular to draft high. He didn’t sign as a FA. We drafted Bynum for goodness sakes.

    Stole Shaq? He was a FA and he CHOSE to come to LA.

    Quite frankly, I think we got the short end of the stick in the Memphis trade. Gasol’s little brother and all that cap relief? Pau was a super soft scrub in Memphis before he came to LA.

  • aig-raiders

    You still make absolutely zero sense but keep trying. Mike Brown can make Monta play defense? Dude is a poor man’s Allen Iverson. Mike Brown’s boss couldnt make it AI play D but Mike Brown can? hahahahahahaa

    Wow…Walton and Odom. You are so generous. Btw, Odom was tossed out as trade bait yesterday and no one bit. You’re a genius you know that.

  • raiderinparadise

    My question to my fellow raider fans talking the other day about Bush … where will he be ranked?

  • aig-raiders

    J Hill Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
    Quite frankly, I think we got the short end of the stick in the Memphis trade.
    —-

    This comment is so effin bizarre that it needs to be reposted. Wow. The Lakers got the short end of the Paul Gasol trade. Damn. Wow. I didnt realize the entire league was up in arms about a conspiracy for nothing.

    Dude, do you sell used car for a living? Your BS skin is frickin amazing I gotta admire your ability to keep a straight face.

  • raiderinparadise

    Espn.com/nfl Afc West Blog, Jon clayton says OAK spent too much before knowing how to honor new BCA and such. There is no way we can keep: Miller, Bush and Nnamdi, maybe only 1. Don’t expect money to be around for Mankins, etc…

  • J Hill

    As usual, there’s a communication gap.

    YOUR point was YOU saying YOU wanted one of OUR bigs for Curry.

    WE Laker fans say YOU are making zero sense, lol!

    Of course someone telling you you make zero sense gets you “a little annoyed”, lol.

    It’s just a blog mayne, why do you get so worked up?

  • J Hill

    There is no neep to repost it.

    Everyone knows I can’t stand punk arsse Gasoft. I hate Euro bigs.

  • aig-raiders

    J Hill Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    As usual, there’s a communication gap.
    —————–

    Oh, you mean how I said that you dont usually trade a big for a small but a big with a record of injuries is an exception? But of course, you re-quoted me without adding the “injury exception in there”. You’re such a weasel dude.

    You are so right. The Lakers got shafted in the Pau Gasol trade. Kwame Brown was such a stud and you gave him away for nothing.

  • J Hill

    Btw, Odom was tossed out as trade bait yesterday and no one bit.

    ——————————————————

    So what???

    What does that have to do with anything?

    I’m just saying that is about all you would get from the Lakers if YOU wanted to get rid of Curry. A counter offer saying, uh, no, but we’ll give you Odom for Monta.

  • The Warriors need Big’s the most, but not any Laker bigs.

  • J Hill

    June 24th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    As usual, there’s a communication gap.
    —————–

    Oh, you mean how I said that you dont usually trade a big for a small but a big with a record of injuries is an exception?

    —————————————————–

    I did say USUALLY, didn’t I?

    Geeze?

    Communication gap as in the topic being Monta for Bynum and you end up talking about Tyson Chandler.

    Communication gap as in when I’m asking JFB if Gardowski is going to add to his legend, and you take that literally, lol. Even when JFB told you I was being sarcastic, lol.

    Communication gap as in how you call black fans who don’t outright called JC a bum, JC Supporters.

    Plenty more, but that is just off the top of my head.

    It’s pretty easy to see when you get annoyed, lol.

    I have a few Asian associates who shall we say, grew up or has associated with the hip hop generation. As with most people who have a “second language” they tend to miss a few things when conversing with “real” dudes. Sorta like Zeva misses a few things and says stuff like is that the kettle calling the pot black?

  • J Hill

    Wow…Walton and Odom. You are so generous. Btw, Odom was tossed out as trade bait yesterday and no one bit.

    —————————————————-

    And one other thing.

    Wasn’t the initial rumor Monta for Iggy?

    Wasn’t the rumor yesterday Odom for Iggy?

    Let’s see if you can connect these dots, lol.

  • All quiet on the NFL labor front.

  • 504 Raider

    What up Nation? What about this guy, he might come with less than Routt money if we don’t resign Nnamdi.

    http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2011/06/pittsburgh_steelers_ike_taylor.html

  • Deja vu

    We should have enough loot to resign Miller and Bush by letting Namndi walk.

    I still don’t understand throwing all that money on Routt. Every time were in 3rd and long i keep my eye on his side of the field, dude makes me nervous. I hope he lives up to that contract.

  • jbell42

    The Raiders are the skid mark in the underwear of the NFL.

  • jbell42

    Raiders are much better team with Gradkowski as the starter rather than Campbell.

  • ron_mexico

    sliverandblack666, just told me that if the Raiders lose the next two games, he will no longer be a fan. C’mon, most Raider fans are more loyal than this, right?