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Raiders bolster receiving corps with second fifth-rounder

The Raiders selected Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner with pick No. 168, near the tail end of the fifth round.
Criner, 6-feet-3 and 220 pounds, caught 75 passes for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. His stats were even more impressive his junior season, when he hauled in 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Criner gives the Raiders another attractive candidate to round out their receiving corps. He figures to compete for playing time with Louis Murphy and Eddie McGee, behind projected starters Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore and No. 3 Jacoby Ford.
The lone knock on Criner is his speed. He was clocked at anywhere from 4.6-4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash in pre-draft workouts.
He is viewed as a receiver with above-average hands, solid route-running and nice blockings skills.

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  • DJ Johnny

    I recall another WR who’s only knock was lack of speed in the 40…Jerry Rice.

  • ghostraiders

    I have a cousin in afghanistan.. I like it when they give props to military guys.. Go USA!!

  • aig-raiders

    Freddie B. wasn’t a trackstar neither were Jerry Porter and some others
    ————
    Priest, Jerry Porter ran the 40 at 4.34. Yeah he was a speed guy.

  • DJ Johnny

    Hot Shot,

    Sorry, u beat me to it.

    Watch the tape on Criner….he’s a stud.

  • xraided

    TIM BRONW WAS SLOW! nuff said.

  • xraided

    *BROWN

  • DJ Johnny

    No value in the 6th round?

    Ever heard of a guy named Tom Brady?

  • aig-raiders

    Preist,

    before insulting the rest of us “NEOPHYTES”, make sure you know wtf you’re talking about.

  • ghostraiders

    Steve Largeant?? Slow but the guy was money!

  • Raider Riff

    tim brown was slow? haha. thats funny.

    aig still killing folks.

  • xraided

    didn’t he run in the 4.6′s ?

  • Raider Riff

    speed is overrated for WR’s.

    hands 1
    route running 2
    durability 3

  • Raider Riff

    speed 4

  • alzadoX

    DBs Jeremy Lane, Keith Tandy, Mike Harris, Justin Bethel, off board. Doesn’t look like much is left there…except for the guy who allegedly beat up a cop

    Hebron Fangupo NT/DT BYU
    Miles Burris, LB, S.D. St. GOT HIM ALREADY!
    Billy Winn, DE, Boise St.
    Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska charged with hitting cop recently, best in zone
    Adrien Cole MLB La. Tech
    Audie Cole, LB,
    Edwin “Rock” Baker, RB
    David Molk, C
    Leonard Johnson, CB Iowa St
    Chris Polk, RB
    Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal
    Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma attitude questionable to some

  • Hot Shot

    yeah seen some tape on the Guy he seems to catch really good and we need a big WR on our team for those rezone catches.That is if Barns can quit getting penalties in the red zone.Barns pisses me off.

  • priesttj

    I think Jerry P ran a 4.43 we got him because Tim Brown was slowing down. But my point is Porter wasn’t a track star he had great hands. Marcus Allen ran a 4.55 Mike Bush ran a 4.6 some in here go nuts with the speed stuff. Every team loves speed just check the draft tracker………Whew!

  • xraided

    it was the route running that mattered most with Brown and Rice .. not the speed. that’s the point here. Hakeem Nicks isn’t fast either .. neither is MegaTron. that’s the point.

    Brown probably wasn’t slow, that was exaggerated, sorry.

  • DKnight007

    # Raider Riff Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    speed is overrated for WR’s.

    hands 1
    route running 2
    durability 3

    ^^^^^^^
    And having good atheltic ability and body control.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    porter and brown slow? you guys are high

  • xraided

    exactly Priest. speed means very little in most cases. its all about route running… which seems to be Crine’s strongest attribute.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ever heard of a guy named Dan Marino?

    Has nothing to do with anything just wondered if anybody has heard of him.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ever heard of a guy named Carl Lewis?

  • xraided

    Brown wasn’t a speed demon.. that’s the point here. of course he wasn’t a snail.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    God Bless the Military. Our son just returned to Fort Hood, Texas after 1 1/2 years in Afganistan.

  • ghostraiders

    Crine is a good pick.. We were so used to getting fast guys that cant catch worth a crap.. we lost sight of getting real football players.. how cool is that..

  • aig-raiders

    No he did not run 4.43. Even if he did run a 4.43, that would still be quite fast. A quick google would verify for you he ran 4.34. Dude, you can make your point but dont insult others as “know nothing Neophytes” when your data is not correct.

  • DJ Johnny

    Ever heard of a guy named Cliff Branch?

    Well……..???

  • alzadoX

    xraided Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    it was the route running that mattered most with Brown and Rice .. not the speed. that’s the point here. Hakeem Nicks isn’t fast either .. neither is MegaTron. that’s the point.

    Brown probably wasn’t slow, that was exaggerated, sorry.
    *******

    Brown could fly early in his career, probably 4.8 40 by the time he retired

    Jerry Porter was in fact a sprinter in college. Not a national class guy, but he ran a few sprints, indoors I think

    Megatron is damn fast for a big WR. Similar speed to Porter

  • ghostraiders

    74.. Tell your son .. Thanks for serving!! True Hero.. Glad he’s well!!

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Brown probably wasn’t slow, that was exaggerated, sorry.

    ——————————————-
    Brown learned not to rely on speed but to run perfect routes after his injury.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    DJ Johnny Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    Ever heard of a guy named Dan Marino?

    Has nothing to do with anything just wondered if anybody has heard of him.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yeah….fabulous stats…and never went to a Superbowl unless he bought a ticket.

  • Hot Shot

    Murphy will be gone.

  • http://raiders.com Albert Bigelow Paine

    Trade Murphy for a 6th or 7th.

  • xraided

    yea Megatron is a freak of nature. bad comparison.

  • DKnight007

    Hope we get get tough, good, physical, smart football players who can be coached up from here on out.

  • xraided

    Crines will push Murphy to show up for more than 1 play a game. it’s possible McGee could be better than Murphy at this point. we’ll find out in a few months.

  • shutdown

    Porter only cared about looking pretty. Waste of talent, showing that you really need guys who love football.

    Don’t know if Criner does, but he’s not a 3rd round pick either, and questions about his committment are probably why.

  • xraided

    DK, i believe that’s what he was going for with these picks. like i said above, if Bergstrom and Crines are this years Wiz and Moore(doesnt have to be quite on that level, just solid starters), then mission complete.

  • shutdown

    “Trade Murphy for a 6th or 7th.”

    Unless you see a specialty player there that you know you can use in spots, it’s not wise to trade the known for the unknown.

  • Hot Shot

    Murphy has not done crap since being here.DHB has done way more than Murphy has.Guys like Murphy is a dime a dozen.Get rid of mediocre players.

  • xraided

    which is suprising, i thought he was going to be something when we drafted him in the 4th. he showed up more than DHB in the first 2 years IMO. as soon as he got that punctured lung, he took many steps back.

  • Hot Shot

    If Barnes gets another Penalty in the red zone time after time again cut his sorry azz.

  • Area man

    Give me a WR with good hands and precise route running over speed any day. All 3 is better, but with a wr who runs good patterns the qb knows where to put the ball on timing routes.

  • Hot Shot

    DHB will be getting better and better because of his work ethic and it showed this last year.Some of it had to do with QB not hitting him on stride with the ball he always had to stop and wait for the ball.He never got to use his speed.Now with Palmer he will get to show his speed now.Got to use the football players strengths cant have them doing stuff that they are not good at.Of coarse they will be a flop.

  • xraided

    yes ladies and gentleman

    just go by this moto when it comes to WR’s in the NFL:

    IF DHB CAN DO IT, ANYBODY CAN!

    that’s not knocking him, i’m done doing that. he made me eat a lot of crow .. just sayin, he was terrible(with a terrible team around him for the most part) the first couple of years, but even when the ball came any where near him or hits his hands, he couldn’t come down with it. now look at him..

  • Rooks

    Maybe it’s only me, but Criner reminds me a lot of Keyshawn Johnson. Not fast, but runs routes and uses the body with strong HANDS to suck up those passes. We’ve no proven TE at all, so this guys works in that respect. Plus, as commentators noted, he has a sense of how to run pro routes. We need this right now, not later without a good TE.

  • Autumn Rising

    Ghostraiders Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    I have a cousin in afghanistan.. I like it when they give props to military guys.. Go USA!!
    *********************************************************

    Agreed but it’s a little fuc*ed up when they’re trying to recruit kids 24/7 with CODesque commercials twice every commercial break. Kids def don’t have clue what theyre getting into. What they should be going on about is the total lack of care that these vet’s get when they come back, that isn’t too good for recruiting tho… At least we can say our tax dollars are going to sponsor something that we all can agree on the NFL!