WR Criner transcript


Raiders fifth-round draft pick Juron Criner phoned in from Las Vegas to talk about his selection at No. 168. Here is the entire transcript from the conference call with the Bay Area media:

A: “Thank you.”

Q: Surprised you lasted until the fifth round?
A: “I wouldn’t quite say I had expectations. Like you said, you never know how things are going to turn out. You just got to be patient and just wait until your name is called.”

Q: What are your strengths as a receiver?
A: “I would say, my size, my body control. I have a bit of basketball background history, so that definitely helps me with timing jump balls and as a red-zone threat.”

Q: Did you follow the Raiders?
A: “I never really had a favorite team growing up. I just watched players that I like. So, it will be great to come out there. Similar weather and things like that. Great players came out of there. Biletnikoff. So, it will be great to go up there and play for an organization like Oakland.”

Q: Any talk about converting to tight end?
A: “No, never heard of that one, never wanted to get that big.”

Q: How do you fit in with your 40-time?
A: “I would just say that there’s a difference between playing on the field and having field speed than straight-line speed. So, I don’t feel like I would really having a problem fitting into that category.”

Q: How much do you know about the Raiders offense and how you might fit in here?
A: “Not much. You just got to come in ready to learn and just stay open-minded about it and just pick up whatever you can from whoever you can.”

Q: Are you familiar with any of the players on the Raiders roster?
A: “Yeah, a couple of the receivers – Haywood, Denarius Moore – a couple of the young guys. They got a couple of young receivers.”

Q: Where were you today?
A: “I was just at the house with my family, just watching. Out in Vegas.”

Q: Did the Raiders contact you before they selected you?
A: “No. Not until just before the pick. So, I’m very excited to see the phone ring and get the call.”

Q: Did the Raiders show any interest in you at the scouting combine?
A: “Yeah, I talked with their scouts a few times but nothing out of the ordinary or nothing anything really extra.”

Q: Did you visit the facility in Alameda?
A: “No.”

Q: Are you from Las Vegas?
A: “Yes, born and raised.”

Q: What high school?
A: “Canyon Valley.”


Steve Corkran

  • Al_is_theraiders

    great day of gettin practice players for reggie

  • alzadoX

    Pro Football weekly
    Home Draft Prospects Christo Bilukidi
    Georgia State – Panthers
    Christo Bilukidi
    Christo Bilukidi – #53 – DT-DE
    Height: 6-4 1/2
    Weight: 311
    Speed: 5.04
    Arm: 34 5/8
    Hand: 10 1/4
    Wingspan: 83 1/2
    Birthdate: 12/13/1989
    Hometown: Ottawa, ON
    Grade: 5.00
    Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
    03/26/2012 Georgia State Pro Day 6-4 1/2 311 10 1/4 34 5/8 83 1/2 5.05 25 9’2″ 34 1/2 4.73 7.33
    01/30/2012 Players Classic 6-4 307 10 34 5/8 83 1/4
    03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-4 295 5.03

    The Buzz
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    Last name is pronounced “bil-loo-KEY-dee.” Born in Angola, where his father is a diplomat. Has also lived in France (is fluent in French) and Brazil. Prepped in Ottawa, Ontario, where he was primarily a basketball player (played one season of football). Attended Eastern Arizona in 2009, recording 24 tackles, five for loss and four sacks. Playing on Georgia State’s first football team in ’10, started all 11 games at defensive tackle (at the five-technique) in the Panthers’ 3-4 alignment and notched 51-7-5 with two forced fumbles. In ’11, started 10-of-11 games and tallied 38-9-5 with one batted pass and one forced fumble. Team captain.

    One of the top prospects on the CFL’s radar, Bilukidi has intriguing size, length and movement skills. Recorded a 34½-inch vertical leap and redirects and accelerates very well for a big man. However, he did not consistently dominate marginal competition and his eyes and instincts could be restricting. Does not feel pressure and will have to learn to play with heavier hands — does not jolt blockers or shed quickly enough. Played inside, outside and even stood up some at GSU. Raw, developmental, practice-squad candidate with the dimensions to play in an even or odd front.
    What was the most surprising pick of Round One?
    49ers take WR Jenkins at No. 30
    DeCastro falls to Steelers at No. 24
    Bears take McClellin at No. 19
    Seahawks take Irvin at No. 15
    Cowboys trade up for Claiborne




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  • mcfadden20.

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Well they go DT, seems a developmental guy or was he a leader of that G St defense?

    Georgia State D was good against Run

  • Marks hair

    What did we get inthe trade? Anybody?

  • 6′ 5”, 290lbs, so I’m assuming he’s an end.

  • priesttj

    Reggie is doing business so similar to what Al Davis used to do is eerie. This DT is raw material to develope Hahahaha……………yeah things have changed LOL!!!


    How about that?
    We drafted an Englishman and now a Canadian lineman.

  • Christo Kid was a friend of mine.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    I like this pick….Christo Bilukidi

    Still need a DB!

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Send this to NFLN Truck

    Last name is pronounced “bil-loo-KEY-dee.” Not “T-bow”

  • Shutdown Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Like all bloggers here, I respect DHB for his work ethic, but everytime the ball comes his way, I feel myself holding my breath, afraid he’ll not just not catch it, but that he’ll let it go off his shoulder pad, his stomach, his facemask, his fingertips and let it land in the hands of the defender.

    I have to think that qbs throwing to him feel the same way. He also just doesn’t get open, whether he’s on a fly pattern or a quick in. He has indeed improved, but at some point, you have to ask yourself if he’s taking a spot that could be more productive going to another player. We haven’t found that other player yet, but we sure don’t have first round results from DHB, either.


    I LOVE DHB as a person, but the man’s just not a natural receiver. He just isn’t. He’s worked incredibly hard to make himself into one, but he’ll never be the natural receiver Crabtree or Denarius is. That’s not a knock on DHB as a person, just a statement of fact. He is not a natural receiver.

  • mcfadden20.

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    great day of gettin practice players for reggie


    MAN STFU ALREADY.. Keep ur sh1t to ur self until the season starts and see who made the team until then stfu , if u have nothing good to add then just go to fuk1n sleep already

  • Raiders for life

    105.RaiderDuck Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    6′ 5”, 290lbs, so I’m assuming he’s an end.


    NFL draft tracker has him listed as a DE

  • 1960AutumnWind

    April 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    How about that?
    We drafted an Englishman and now a Canadian lineman.

    Check the board for Australians…

  • aig-raiders

    I like Christo’s film. He looks unstoppable against his level of competition. A mobile big man. Nice find RM.

  • irjonny

    we got the lions 7th rounder in trade


    6ft 41/2 inches and 311 pounds?

  • RAIDER NATION STATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    Raider Nation-Station:

    With the 189th overall pick in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL draft the Oakland Raiders select:

    Christo Bilukidi:
    One of the true sleepers in the 2012 NFL Draft, Georgia State Panthers DL Christo Bilukidi set a school-record for QB sacks in just two years. A Canadian native, Bilukidi could very well be one of the top picks in the 2012 CFL Draft.

  • morilla

    Priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Reggie is doing business so similar to what Al Davis used to do is eerie. This DT is raw material to develope Hahahaha……………yeah things have changed LOL!!!

    6th round pick, what do you expect?


    Check the board for Australians…


    When they say the Raiders are worldwide–they mean the team as well.

  • Hot Shot

    Christo. Bilukidi seems like he might be a good run stuffer.

  • boss01

    We now have a polak, an englishman and a canadian to bolster our roster


    I like this pick too.

  • beach

    101. How are those great QB picks by Al, Jamarcus, Aaron Brooks, and Andrew Walter doing? This is a very good draft by Reggie, way better than Al did in ages.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    @66….Raider Duck…

    I agree…

  • PKRaider
  • YoungAmerican

    Could be depth at LDE.

  • priesttj

    Now it’s up to the coaching staff to get iut of this kid what they saw on film and workouts.

    Because I have NEVER heard of him…

  • Chris in NY

    April 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    How about that?
    We drafted an Englishman and now a Canadian lineman.


    Any good prospects from Iceland?

  • mcfadden20.

    of to madden see u guys later ..

  • morilla

    This is why I don’t guess at the draft. It’s laughable. Those guys in war rooms know what they are doing.

    Researching all of Reggie’s picks so far just solidifies that. The dude knows what he’s doing. He’s done it before with the Packers and he’s doing it now.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    After watching the NFLN coverage I can see why AD had an attitude. Priest the difference is RM drafts these guys in the 6th and AD drafts them in the First and 2nd.


    Jerry should have fun interviewing him.
    The official language of Angola, where he’s from, is Portugese and yet Bilukidi is a French Canadian.

    And here’s Jerry having trouble with English.
    –just kidding Jerry, you write some great stuff.

  • Hot Shot

    Guy has a good motor.Not a bad pick.Guess there is not any good CBs left.I thought for sure we would snag one up.

  • boss01

    Most guys drafted after the 4th round are projects, I think the bergstrom and burris picks are solid picks that will contribute right away

  • Marks hair

    131. Agreed


    priesttj Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Now it’s up to the coaching staff to get iut of this kid what they saw on film and workouts.

    Because I have NEVER heard of him…

    Nope, but I’m guessing McKenzie living up in frozen Green Bay has.
    He’s good good potential like other picks in this draft.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Hot Shot Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Guy has a good motor.Not a bad pick.Guess there is not any good CBs left.I thought for sure we would snag one up.

    Picking first at #95, I think RM knew this and went after Bartell and 3 other signings to bolster the Secondary outside the draft. He also brought back Gio and kept Branch and Huff.

  • Marks hair

    Another versitile player

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Rich Eisen should be fired and work for the Jets front office – I am so sick of this homer stuff on the NFLN.

  • Marks hair

    At least go over our draft so far… ALs not picking! 1st time ever! Espn nfl net, im looking at you..

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