793

Raiders take flier on hoops player

The San Diego Chargers struck gold by taking a chance on a basketball player and giving him a shot at playing tight end. The Raiders are following the trail blazed by the Chargers’ signing of Antonio Gates with the addition of tight end Andre Hardy.
Hardy’s background is that of a basketball player, not football. He played hoops at Cal State Fullerton the past two years after a two-year stint at Oral Roberts.
Coincidentally, Hardy is a San Diego native, the place Gates still calls home at the tail end of a potential Pro Football Hall of Fame career.
Hardy’s father, Andre, played in the NFL for parts of three seasons, with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and 49ers.
Hardy, 6-feet-5 and 250 pounds, will compete for a roster spot among the likes of David Ausberry, Brandon Myers and Richard Gordon.
Hardy held a pro day on April 4. It’s obvious the Raiders liked what they saw that day.

  • Share/Bookmark

Steve Corkran

  • RaidersNextGM

    I read earlier that Arkansas had nice bunch of Wideouts that are nfl caliber players so going to watch this film on DB Casey Hayward vs. Arkansas….. this guy might be my 3rd round selection RaiderRockStar

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    We don’t have a 2nd in 2013. It was part of the Palmer trade.

  • YoungAmerican

    Zach Brown will find a role for sure. Now that we seem to be in the “era of the tight end”, teams will need LBs who can cover. Zach Brown will need to spend more time in the film room, as he does have trouble diagnosing plays at times, but he has all the tools necessary to be a very solid pro. Scary fast for a player his size.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Arkansas has some NFL level WR’s.

    Maybe not any first rounder, but like 3 mid to late rounders.

  • hellsbells

    Spence only did 12 rep on bench at combine. Worst of any linbacker.

  • The Oracle

    537.raidertalk Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Speaking about people like Jenkins, its amazing how talented peeps out there can’t help themselves with weed, stupid tweets and video games.

    This dude I know has gotten like multiple job/intern offers and simply rejects them, says he’s waiting for something better but has been on the unemployment check for about a year.

    Dude just plays xbox all day and goes out for fast-food at night. Lays about the coach when not doing the above

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I think these are what are known as
    “Millenials”

    Haha. But, Millenials are Americans too I guess. Unless that cat has a trust fund as a cushion, good luck with that.

  • YoungAmerican

    hellsbells Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Spence only did 12 rep on bench at combine. Worst of any linbacker.

    =============

    Wasn’t healthy. Bone bruise in his upper arm.

  • RaiderRetribution

    If all the top players are drafted, save one position; would Reggie actually draft an RB at #95 if say James Polk available?

  • YoungAmerican

    James Polk the president? ;)

  • RaiderRetribution

    O, Raiders will have the 2nd round pick in 2013!

  • YoungAmerican

    Personally, I’m not a huge Chris Polk fan. He’s not “lead back” material in my honest opinion. Doesn’t has a huge repertoire of moves, runs a little upright and doesn’t do much after contact. At least from the Washington games I’ve watched.

    Regardless, rotational big-bodied RBs can be found later in the draft.

  • hellsbells

    What about Brandon Taylor FS LSU. Dude sounds good and seems to be unreated. 3/4 round prospect.

  • YoungAmerican

    Same with VT RB David Wilson. Don’t see anything special there.

  • The Oracle

    Since you all are talking future picks, the Raiders need to save their future first rounders for Jadaveon Clowney. The youngster is still immature by all accounts, but he is a baller.
    He will be a football household name…

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

  • YoungAmerican

    The Oracle Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Since you all are talking future picks, the Raiders need to save their future first rounders for Jadaveon Clowney. The youngster is still immature by all accounts, but he is a baller.
    He will be a football household name…

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

    ====================

    On this note, I REALLY like Aaron Lynch. Kid is going to be an incredible pro. Shame he’s transferring from Notre Dame.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Young American, thanks for catching the Washington/Oregon RB combo, Presidential concept.

  • YoungAmerican

    hellsbells Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What about Brandon Taylor FS LSU. Dude sounds good and seems to be unreated. 3/4 round prospect.

    ==================

    I’ve heard good things… but it’s hard to rate these LSU DBs. Playmakers all over the field on that defense.

    Reggie McKenzie was apparently talking to Alabama’s DeQuan Menzie at the Senior Bowl. CB who may be a better FS prospect. But that kind of versatility would definitely help the Raider defense.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    RaiderRetribution Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:27 pm
    O, Raiders will have the 2nd round pick in 2013!
    $$$$$$$$$$$
    We traded our 1st this year and 2nd next year (and a possible 1st if we make the AFC title game).

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    For Palmer!

  • RaiderRetribution

    ThiThis would be a great year to draft a college player from one of the U.S. military colleges, USAF, ARMY, NAVY; since our selections are all mid to late founders anyway, we are short on picks. It would definitely make the Raiders stronger in the future!,

  • mikep562

    649

    nice 1 raiderretribution, know what you mean,
    won’t have a first right?

  • Just Fire Baby

    O,

    I think it is either/or next year.

    Either we go to the Championship game and it is a 1st, or otherwise they get a 2nd. Not potentially both.

    I think the guy claiming we were going to have a 2nd next year, was cleverly predicting a championship game run for our boys.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Clowney is going to be a top 10, maybe top 4 pick when he comes out.

    I sure hope he isn’t on our draft radar in two years, but he is definitely a beast.

  • RaiderRetribution

    When the Raiders reach the AFC Championship game, we lose our 1st and keep our 2nd round draft pick in 2013.

    It’s one or the other, not both in 2013.

    The key is the Raiders will win in 2013!

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Vegas,

    I understood his intention, but I can’t find anything that supports his claim (either/ or). I think it’s a 1st and a 2nd, and if we make the AFC title game, we will have to give them an another 1st.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Can you please post a link or source. I’m sure you are not making it up, but I like to make sure. That’s good news.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Thank you Mike & Just Fire Baby. Raider O just proved the falacy of evolution theories, us monkies are smarter than he is.

  • hellsbells

    First this year, and a first or second next year depending on how far we go in the playoffs.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    No need. I found an ESPN article that supports your claim. Thank you.

  • YoungAmerican

    I really hope the Raiders end up having to give the Bengals their 1st round pick in 2013.

    That said, the thought of a player like Robert Woods, David Amerson, or Sam Montgomery joining the Raiders… can’t complain about that if the Raiders fall short of the AFC Championship.

  • hellsbells

    The more I read about the NT from Baylor the more I LIKE. Want him with our fourth if he is still there. No on could handle him at the senior bowl.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    LMAO!!!
    You are a smart Monkey.

  • J Hill

    I think it’s a 1st and a 2nd, and if we make the AFC title game, we will have to give them an another 1st.

    —————————————————————–

    Nope.

    1st this year.

    1st or 2nd next year depending on if we make the AFC Championship.

  • Twocents

    Raider O, how come you believe everything the government tells you without asking for a “link or a source”?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    SI’s got their draft ratings up.

    They do not like Jean-Baptiste AT ALL.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/70548.html

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I’m glad to see you posting again Twocents. I thought I scared away the other day.
    Who told you that I listen to the GOV, and who told you that I don’t ask questions and require facts and proof.

  • Twocents

    Raider O, you drove me to drink. I just woke up.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Try weed next time.

  • The Oracle

    Bobbie Massie woulda made a good Raiderat RT…dammit.

  • http://none Marley Bob

    Reggie McKenzie:

    Q: You’ve said you’re in a best-player-available situation at No. 95. What positions do you see as a need that you can address in the draft?.

    “You know what? When I talk to the coaching staff about (it), we need depth.

    We feel like we’ve got players that we can line up at a lot of spots. And we’ve got some good players. But when you talk about a guy goes down, who do we have? A guy goes down here… we need depth at a few spots. Quite a few spots.

    And some of these guys, it’s going to play out with the competition that we already have. The coaches are going to have to get to know some of these guys who are already on the roster.

    But we need some depth, regardless. To compete and hopefully win jobs. And that’s what we’re targeting.

    When we say best player, whether it’s D-line, linebacker, O-line, tight end… I mean, it doesn’t matter. We want to get a good player. We’ve got five picks, we need to make ‘em all count.”

    —————————————————-

    Reading what Reggie had to say, I’d like to grab LB Emmanuel Acho from Texas in the 4th round.

    He’s not getting love from the pundits and media who seem to focus mostly on OLB’s that can rush the passer and project as 3-4 rush guys, it’s the glamour position nowadays.

    But you also need do-it-all kind of players who can give you solid all-around play without excelling at one single thing.

    Emmanuel Acho at 6′2 238 is athletic, with good size, smarts, bloodlines, intangibles and comes from a major program so he has faced tough competition, I think he’s really underrated.

    I’ve seen him projected anywhere, as high as 2nd and as low as 6th, mostly 3rd-4th.

    But I see a guy that can come in and at least provide depth at every LB spot while pushing the starters for their jobs and eventually taking over one of them.

    Not bad for a 3rd-4th round pick.

    Some stuff on Acho:

    From cbs.com and the national football post:

    “Isn’t a dynamic straight-line athlete, but plays faster because of instincts.

    Is a good tackler, can shed blocks and plays stronger than his frame would indicate.

    Has the versatility to play a number of spots in a 4-3 scheme or get some looks inside in a 34. Looks like a potential starter in the NFL either way.”

    “Acho has the same strong character and production his brother [Sam, a 2011 fourth-round pick] did coming into last year’s draft process, but Sam fell a bit in the draft because scouts weren’t sure if his best NFL fit was as a 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker.

    There’s no question with Emmanuel, whose athleticism and versatility should make him a top 100 pick for 4-3 teams as a chase second-level defender.”

    Todd McShay, espn.com: “A lot of the things I like about Sam I like about Emmanuel. I think that Sam is a little more athletic, but with Emmanuel, you see the instincts, you see the preparation he has for games, the versatility. I looked at my scouting report and it’s consistent in every single facet of the game. He’s a smart, dedicated football player.”

  • Twocents

    Raider O, if our rulers would end the war on drugs, I would grow the most fantastic weed in the world and give it away.

  • r8eray

    If Reggie were to grab Goodman (CB) and Ryan Grant (RB) that would take care of two needs coming into this years draft for a fraction of the price!

  • raidertalk

    The Oracle Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    537.raidertalk Says:
    April 13th, 2012 at 12:15 pm
    Speaking about people like Jenkins, its amazing how talented peeps out there can’t help themselves with weed, stupid tweets and video games.

    This dude I know has gotten like multiple job/intern offers and simply rejects them, says he’s waiting for something better but has been on the unemployment check for about a year.

    Dude just plays xbox all day and goes out for fast-food at night. Lays about the coach when not doing the above

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    I think these are what are known as
    “Millenials”

    Haha. But, Millenials are Americans too I guess. Unless that cat has a trust fund as a cushion, good luck with that.
    ——————————————————-
    Nah just leaching off his fam. But he’ll make it to coachella somehow.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    1- you can grow weed in CA if you have a card.
    2- Give it away? Are you a hippie? No profits?

  • DutchRaider77

    Raiders FB Reece missing team workouts

    Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is not participating in the start of the team’s offseason program, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

    Reece, a key cog in the team and a Pro Bowl alternate, is sitting on an exclusive-rights tender worth $545,000. Many would say he has out-performed that level of compensation.

    He has yet to sign and report for offseason work. Oakland’s run game is in flux, with Michael Bush lost to free agency and Darren McFadden coming off an injury-marred 2011.

    Reece led all fullbacks in receiving yards last season with 301. He also had two touchdowns on 27 receptions, and, in a very limited role, rushed 17 times for 112 yards.

    Raiders safety Tyvon Branch also has yet to sign his franchise tender.

    Follow Jason La Canfora on Twitter @JasonLaCanfora.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I agree with you. We are spending too much on the war on drugs, and we can use this money on other things like free health and addiction recovery centers like Europe.

  • YoungAmerican

    3rd (compensatory) – NT Josh Chapman, Alabama
    4th (compensatory) – OLB Sammy Brown, Houston
    5th – OLB/ILB Miles Burris, San Diego State
    5th (compensatory) – DB DeQuan Menzie, Alabama
    6th – DE/OLB Frank Alexander, Oklahoma

  • Twocents

    Anybody with a backyard can grow good weed. The profit would be small. That’s the beauty of a free market.

  • raidertalk

    Its funny, another friend is trying to hire peeps and says that people come into the job interview and say “i want this job but i really want to do something else.” I was like what!?
    Geez, I’ve never told anybody that on an interview–even if it were true.

    Its just the ‘millenials’ I guess. Maybe people just want you to treat them like rock-stars, when they haven’t done chit.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Should we trade for Osi Umenyiora?