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.


Steve Corkran

  • YoungAmerican

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Criner is a perfect compliment for Moore, Ford, and DHB.

  • rediaR


  • priesttj

    Criner is a great hands guy for redzone and 1st downs. Quality pick Steeter has questionable hands.

  • guest123

    I’ll take above average hands over blazing speed.

    Heyward Bey

    I’m looking at you kid.

  • Thec

    Criener is a very good pick…Best value so far for our draft…

    Some one on the WR could be azz out…

  • priesttj

    Criner is defeinitely a Greg Knapp pick THAT I gauarantee.

  • I really like his size.


    The scouting report says that Criner was a 3rd round pick “at worst” but he had some kind of “murky” situation as a junior?

  • aig-raiders

    I think Murphy is gone this year. He is no longer fearless over the middle after he cracked his collarbone.


    The guy is big at 6ft 4inches.

  • guest123

    Looks like he’ll take the Kevin Walter role in Knapps offense.

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

    Raider Nation-Station

    Crawford’s injury and Off field distractions an Issue?
    Not really…


  • We have enough speed at the WR position, so we can afford to draft a big kid with good hands for short passes.

  • YoungAmerican
  • horrordude0215

    Picking a WR that DOESN’T have blazing speed? This is certainly a new era for the Raiders…

  • guest123


    Murph turned into JLH

    sad but it happens.

  • irjonny

    not bad. big boy with good hands. like the pick

  • In all my years following the Raiders, I’ve never seen a Live shot of the Raiders War Room.

    How refreshing to let the fans inside.

  • alzadoX

    last pick Jeremy Lane is a CB not a C like nfl.com says

  • Here’s Stepehen Wisniewski on Jack Crawford, they asked him before the Draft about some of his former teammates and rivals:

    “He has tremendous ability. He didn’t really play much until junior year and still hasn’t gotten to his full potential. He’s big (6-4 7/8, 274 pounds) and tremendously athletic.”

    In a year, this could be the Left DE that allows us to move Houston and Bryant inside full-time, which is what I have wanted for a while.

  • Raiders for life

    I was not expecting a WR in this draft, but with his size it makes sense.

  • I like that they drafted a slow WR.

  • How did they get another 5th rounder?

  • Raider Riff

    yeah bob, he’s definitely athletic. the guy have a very natural running motion. that bodes well for his durability, something weve lacked at the DE position.

  • alzadoX

    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
    Keith Tandy FS-CB West Virginia
    Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal
    Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma attitude questionable to some

  • horrordude0215

    23.Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    How did they get another 5th rounder?

    They had their own 5th at 148, as well as a compensation pick at 168. They traded with Detroit to move down to 158 for Detroit’s 7th Rounder at 230

  • mcfadden20.

    mcfadden20. Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    OK i want to ask one question ? WHo did we have that was a big Red ZOne threat on our roster? NONE .. SO great Pick up .. Now stfu already

  • Chris in NY

    Murph got better at the end of last year. He’ll bounce back. Was shaky but he was just returning from injury while everyone else was in midseason form. He’ll be good to go this year. Has his next contract to play for, whether it’s in Oakland or elsewhere.

    Criner almost sounds like a TE conversion project factoring in his size, lack of speed and ability to catch the ball in traffic. Or just a posession type specialist in the mold of a Marques Colston.

  • Raidernationdave

    horrordude0215 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Picking a WR that DOESN’T have blazing speed? This is certainly a new era for the Raiders…
    Times they are a changin’

  • YoungAmerican

    Sammy Brown, Leonard Johnson, Emmanuel Acho, Janzen Jackson..

  • Chris in NY

    Any takers on Case Keenum or Kellen Moore to compete for a backup QB spot? Don’t think it’ll happen with the Leinart signing. A couple of interesting guys though.

  • priesttj

    Bob I’m telling ya’ Crawford is a very good pick. Yeah he’s a developmental guy but what do you expect where he was taken. They have to coach him up, the true test of a coaching staff is how well they develope talent. The best staffs get great raw material and develope it. That’s how we have to do it with this present situation we’re in.

  • YoungAmerican

    Monte Poole ‏ @1MontePoole

    Seen enough of #Raiders WR Juron Criner. Desire is only thing that stands between him and stardom. It’s his if he wants it.

  • Raider Riff

    i gotta say, all this military propaganda is total bs.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    only 1 good pick so far…

  • YoungAmerican

    Raider Riff Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    i gotta say, all this military propaganda is total bs.


    Bothers me, too.

    Had the misfortune of seeing that new Katy Perry video recently. Pretty disgusting.

  • Area man

    Guy reminds me of The Fred. Good hands and doesn’t need stick-um.

  • Raider Riff

    chris in ny, my other most favorite contributor here to go along with raider o and bob marley, aig, jfb, and young american.

    yeah, i’d normally take a shot at kellen but can we afford to waste the pick? i’d much rather get him as a udfa.

  • guest123

    I’m not too happy about the Crawford pick. Nothing but apologetic backhanded praise for him. We’ve endured enough developmental projects that may or may not pan out. It would not have phased me to take a flier on someone like Crawford in the 7th. But in the mid fifth with Massaquoi on the board?

    But I like the Criner pick. There’s a big gaping hole in the middle of the field he can fill like no other wide receiver or tight end on our roster. Criner is going to have a Marcel Reece impact in his first year.

  • xraided

    “He is viewed as a receiver with above-average hands, solid route-running and nice blockings skills.”

    sounds like D. Moore’s description from last year, minus the blocking skills i guess.

  • Kirk

    Criner looks better than DHB to me.

  • priesttj

    We’ve drafted WR’s with average speed many times. Freddie B. wasn’t a trackstar neither were Jerry Porter and some others. I think you have to have BOTH and in the old days we always had a possession guy and a speed guy. You Neophytes wouldn’t know that…

  • xraided

    Guest, i hope you’re right. there’s a reason why guys like Jones dropped so far.. BigMac loves his sleeprs. if we get 2 solid starters in 2012 from this draft, mission accomplished.

  • hellsbells

    Hellsbells Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:50 pm
    Is the niners coach on meth? Starting to look like a tweaker

  • Hardline

    I just watched the highlights on Criner playing against OR. Remember one thing, these were the Ducks, ##1 in the country.

    Criner dropped one pass when he looked upfield before securing the ball.

    Criner let another longer pass, the ball touching his hands, get by him, while 3 Duck defensemen were all over him.

    Criner fumbled another ball while running, holding it with one hand only; the CB punched it out.

    Other than that, in almost 20 plays he caught almost everything thrown his way, including many garbage throws by his QB who was being knocked down and sacked almost every play.

    It wasn’t a bad showing.

  • Hot Shot

    Jerry Rice was not that fast either but he knew how to perfect his craft on running routes and he had great hands.Hopefully this kid can do the same.I think its a good pick.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    slower than mcclain….

  • JLofty

    Yup, there are a lot of routes to be run…

  • guest123

    I think Criner can do everything DHB can do but better. The only thing he’ll be inferior is yards after catch and explosion to the house skills that DHB has. But end of the 5th round? That’s an absolute steal.

  • DKnight007

    Well….draft day is done for me today Nation. I gotz to get out and things done! Too nice outside.

    Hope McK goes back to getting smart, productive hard working football platers in Round 6 and Round 7.