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First round? Just grim, baby

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 10:54 am in Oakland Raiders.

Can’t hide from my first-round mock draft.

The final scorecoard:

Players who were drafted exactly where I said they would: (5) Andrew Luck (Colts), Robert Griffin III (Redskins), Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins), Michael Floyd (Cardinals), Shea McClellin (Bears).

Players who went to the right team but at a different slot: (3) Matt Kalil (Vikings), Trent Richardson (Browns), Fletcher Cox (Eagles).

First-round predictions who are still available: (8): Jonathan Martin, Cordy Glenn, Janoris Jenkins, Courtney Upshaw, Andre Branch, Stephen Hill, Amini Silotalu, Coby Fleener.

First-round picks that I didn’t have going in the first round (8): Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), Quentin Coples (Jets), Brandon Weeden (Browns), Nick Perry (Packers), Harrison Smith (Vikings), A.J. Jenkins (49ers), Bruce Martin (Bucs), David Wilson (Giants).

Actually getting eight guys to the right teams is better than I usually do. Placing 24 of 32 in the first round, I’m guessing, is way below average.

Probably another long wait in Alameda Friday and Friday night. Unless Reggie McKenzie has got a fairly established player or two he’s looking to unload to get a pick to go along with No. 95, Oakalnd’s pick will be the final one of Day 2. Remember Oakland’s three compensatory picks cannot be included in an trades. They must pick a player.

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  • DJ Johnny

    83.Dakota Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:13 pm
    Draft a MLB as insurance for Slowlando.

    How about replace him instead?

    Sorry, ever since the infamous “Stafford Whiff” (the dance craze sweeping the nation)I have not been too fond of Mr. McClain.

  • DJ Johnny

    91.aig-raiders Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    I think it was Dakota that said Romac’s draft hilite film was nothign special. I think he was proven right so far. You look at Irving/Hightower vs Romac’s college film and you see a big diff. Romac is usually flat footed waiting to make the tackle while the other guys are flying at people. What we saw in college is what we saw in the Pros so far. The tape doesnt lie.

    Then I don’t get why he won every award imaginable for a linebacker in college.

    All those accolades…

  • DJ Johnny

    Do any of you remember that DB we had named “Ndamibukwie” or something like that? Last year?

    He was supposed to be real good.

    I can’t remember what happened to him.

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great draft day to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Oh, yes it is…

    Here’s a repost of who I think we might target, given the opportunities:

    Arguably, the Raiders’ highest draft priorities: LB, DT, C, QB and DB…in close to that order, but interchangeable, depending on who’s left on the draft board.

    Best Value = Player the Raiders would be fortunate to have a shot at when their turn comes around:

    LB

    Best Value: ILB Mychal Kendricks, Cal…OLB Lavonte David, Neb

    Raiders best bets: ILB James-Michael Johnson, Nevada…ILB Tank Carder, TCU… OLB/DE Bruce Irvin, WV…OLB/DE Kyle Wilber, Wake

    DT

    Best Value: Josh Chapman, AL
    Raiders best bets: Alameda Ta’amu, WU…Hebron Fangupo, BYU… Derek Wolfe, Cincy

    QB

    Best Value: Brandon Weeden, Okla St (he’ll be long gone, unfortunately)
    Raiders best bets: Nick Foles, AZ…Russell Wilson, WI…Brock Osweiler, ASU. (Either could be #2 this year. Yikes!)

    C

    Best Value: Mike Brewster, Ohio St
    Raiders best bets: Mike Brewster, Ohio St…Grant Garner, Okla St…Quentin Saulsberry, Mississippi St

    CB

    Best Value: Casey Hayward, Vandy
    Raiders best bets: Alfonso Dennard, Nebraska…Chris Greenwood, Albion…Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
    (Some of these guys can play Safety, also. Dennard’s a hard partier, been in trouble already.)

  • hwnrdr

    Johnny, he was relaesed on an injury settlement…he did make one int before he left though!

  • hwnrdr

    303, not against the Nuggets…I mean, Inever count anyone out but…I’ll give it to the Nuggets if they do :)

  • HayesDaze37

    Of course…the DE from Vandy could be fun.

    It would be great to hear an announcer say something like:

    “And Manning is being chased by the DE…Fugger!”
    “Fugger hit Rivers hard that time!”
    “Cassel never felt Fugger coming up behind him!”
    “That Fugger is one hard worker.”

  • aig-raiders

    Then I don’t get why he won every award imaginable for a linebacker in college.

    All those accolades…
    ——————
    Djonny,

    1. Could be because his teammates around him were really good. They had a really good D that year.

    2. College awards doesnt guarantee success at the Pro level. Case in point, the Heisman.

  • YoungAmerican

    Chinedum Ndukwe. Good player. Re-aggravated an old injury and got a settlement, I think. Too bad, he could have helped if he had stayed healthy.

  • DJ Johnny

    105.hwnrdr Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    Johnny, he was relaesed on an injury settlement…he did make one int before he left though!

    Thx. I know I didn’t get his name right but he doesn’t show up on any 2011 Raiders roster as having existed.

    Glad you remembered him…whoever he was.

  • DEATHROW 55

    RAIDER 303′s team has probably got beat a lot by the Lakers this past decade that’s why he talkin non sence. Kobe don’t have 5 rings for nuttin and will take over. Obviously they have a bench if they came back to beat okc last week.

  • DJ Johnny

    107.HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
    Of course…the DE from Vandy could be fun.

    It would be great to hear an announcer say something like:

    “And Manning is being chased by the DE…Fugger!”
    “Fugger hit Rivers hard that time!”
    “Cassel never felt Fugger coming up behind him!”
    “That Fugger is one hard worker.”

    …or, “there’s his mom in the stands there. Would it be out of line to say she’s one happy mother fugger”?

  • DJ Johnny

    109.YoungAmerican Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    Chinedum Ndukwe. Good player. Re-aggravated an old injury and got a settlement, I think. Too bad, he could have helped if he had stayed healthy.

    That’s it…thank you.

  • R8ER MIKE

    HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:09 pm
    Of course…the DE from Vandy could be fun.

    It would be great to hear an announcer say something like:

    “And Manning is being chased by the DE…Fugger!”
    “Fugger hit Rivers hard that time!”
    “Cassel never felt Fugger coming up behind him!”
    “That Fugger is one hard worker.”

    **********************
    and with a name like that you would think he would be a bad azz !!

  • mikep562

    105. Ndukwe, yeah against KC when we were getting blown out lol…garbage time

  • HayesDaze37

    Gotta run…waaay too much to do.

    It might be a slight surprise to see ReggieMcK move up tonight, but not a shock to me.

    A trade-able late-rounder from this draft combined with next year’s 3rd-round pick could get us another 4th to use this weekend.

    Use every pick we’ve got now, or trade-away one or two (and one of next year’s)…I don’t (much) care how Reggie does it. I like what I’ve seen from him so far, and I think he knows how to complete a roster just fine.

  • R8ER MIKE

    its 420 brothers…. puff puff pass !!!

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great draft weekend to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

  • YoungAmerican

    mikep562 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    105. Ndukwe, yeah against KC when we were getting blown out lol…garbage time

    ===========

    Was a good player for the Bengals. Injury was why they cut him in the first place. Signed here for depth. Was a better option than Boyd, but couldn’t stay healthy.

  • DJ Johnny

    and with a name like that you would think he would be a bad azz !!

    His mom should’ve named him Brittney or Nancy then he would’ve had a real chip on his shoulder.

  • DJ Johnny

    118.HayesDaze37 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:20 pm
    It’s a great draft weekend to be a Raiders fan! Isn’t it?!

    Indeed it is. Nobody is as excited about a 3rd round pick as us Raider fans.

  • bcz24

    If Nndukwe never gets hurt, Boyd never gets resigned, and we probably beat Detroit and go to the playoffs…

  • ohioraider

    shutdown Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I’m very much okay with what RM does. I know he values getting players who love the game. He knows that stopwatches and benchpresses tell you only so much.

    Monte Poole says, “If he’s as astute as I think he is, he realizes the need for young talent with leadership potential. The quick analysis and dismissal of Stanford Routt — paid like a leader, played like a follower — would seem to indicate that McKenzie is indeed aware of this.”

    So far, this shedding of Routt, the overpaid symbol of Al’s misunderstanding of talent, human nature, and performance, stands as Reggie’s statement for the Raiders: you must want to play, want to get better, and if you want top dollar, you had better be a leader.
    ————————————–
    Exactly. Al thought that these workout warriors would be inspired simply by donning the silver and black. Thought they would buy into the franchise’s legacy. He didn’t understand that the very league he helped to create turns these players into strictly mercenaries.

  • Nnamdi21

    Raiders will go CB at 95

  • ohioraider

    cfrylopez Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk have compiled a list of the Raiders’ reported visits and workouts. Note the interest on the defensive side of the ball:

    The funny thing is that a lot of these players are the kind of players Al Davis would have drafted. A lot of very fast athletic guys who either went to small schools ,or played 2 sports, or played in Jr. college, or had great senior season but not a lot of playing time prior to that, or had great Junior season but got injured their senior years. A lot of very athletic guys who have been over looked by other teams for one reason or the other. Of course the MO on Reggie is that he can watch just a little film & can tell if a player has heart or not.
    —————————
    And exactly how does one make such a prediction? By ouija board?

  • Nnamdi21

    123, His philosophy was that the game can be taught. Physical attributes like speed and natural strength cannot.

    He acquired alot of football players over the years but the HWS projects are what his detractors try to hang him on.

  • ohioraider

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    123, His philosophy was that the game can be taught. Physical attributes like speed and natural strength cannot.

    He acquired alot of football players over the years but the HWS projects are what his detractors try to hang him on.
    ——————————-
    Friend, I’ve watched this team since 1970, so I know all about Al’s legacy. He’s also responsible for the last 20 years of near futility.

  • R8ER MIKE

    @120.. LMFAO !!!

  • Area man

    I’ll stick with my original pick- Fleener. Doubt he’ll be there, but being a Raider fan I can always hope.

  • hoddyhodhod
  • DJ Johnny

    128.R8ER MIKE Says:
    April 27th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    @120.. LMFAO !!!

    Hey, good ‘ole Raider Mike. How’s it hanging broheim?

  • Marks hair

    96. You must be soo high..

  • Raidernationdave

    @124

    Nope. Dline.

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