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Raiders go with defensive player for final pick

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 3:26 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders tabbed a Penn State player in the 2012 NFL draft for the second time. This time, it’s linebacker Nathan Stupar, a 6-feet-2, 240-pounder.
Stupar wasn’t a full-time starter at Penn State. He is the kind of player who gets by more on his smarts and determination than he does with his ability, which still is somewhat impressive.
He is projected to be a dependable special teams player and solid backup, with an outside shot at developing into a starting-caliber player.
That’s fine with the Raiders. They have a need for an infusion of youth and smarts on their special teams and an opening for a backup linebacker.
Stupar played outside linebacker in college. However, he said the Raiders informed him that he will be moved inside, which means he will back up projected starter Rolando McClain from the outset.

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  • 1960AutumnWind

    Twocents Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 4:38 pm
    Okay, I get that. We were screwed because Al mortgaged the future. But the picks in this years draft are McKenzies. Not the ghost of Al.

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    Not saying Al mortgaged our future on these picks – maybe on cap issues but not on picks but his picks exercised in this draft continue to play a role in the 2012 Raiders – Pryor, Barksdale, Jones, Curry. Also we used our 4th for Campbell who is not even part of the team anymore. In addition Hues pick 1st this year and 1st or 2nd next year will have an impact for good or bad in CP.

    I think RM did a great job in FA and Draft in light of what he had to work with. He had some great talent to work with and has kept much of it while adding role players in key positions to fill in at this point both in the Draft and FA. Only performance during the season will ultimately tell how successful RM was obviously.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Interesting:

    “He posted a very solid forty yard dash time of 4.75 seconds. But, it was the agility drills where he really turned heads. Nathan was able to post the fastest 3 Cone drill of any LB at 6.84 seconds. He also posted top 5 times in the 60 yard shuttle, and looked fluid and agile in LB drills.”

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    You know you’re getting a tough, hard-working kid when drafting a LB from Penn State, but athleticism is often their downfall, looks like that won’t be the case for Nathan Stupar.

    I like this 7th round pick.

  • YoungAmerican

    Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

    WR Derek Carrier (Beloit), S Aaron Henry (Wisconsin), P Marquette King (Fort Valley State) reportedly signed as undrafted FAs by Raiders.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Whatttttttt I didnt notice Aaron Henry was Unrdafted…. Big time steal guys…. Im telling you rite now this kid can play

  • alzadoX

    Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

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    WR Derek Carrier (Beloit), S Aaron Henry (Wisconsin), P Marquette King (Fort Valley State) reportedly signed as undrafted FAs by Raiders.

  • YoungAmerican

    Giants got Janzen Jackson.

  • Raiders for life

    Good news Purp
    Raiders need some depth @ that position.

  • CanuckRaider

    #207: Punter???

  • Raider D

    Thanks for the updates Y A keep them coming!

  • YoungAmerican

    3 year deal to a punter. Hmm.

  • CanuckRaider

    #210: Camp leg.

  • YoungAmerican

    Paul Gutierrez ‏ @PGutierrezCSN

    HUBERT! @THansen9 Alright everyone sorry to mislead everyone but the last 30 minutes has been unbelievable, going to be a Cincinnati Bengal

  • Raider D

    We don’t need no punter wtf what a N T!

  • alzadoX

    UDFAs

    John says:
    April 28, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    South Dakota State, WR Dale Moss to the Packers

    Boise State, QB Kellen Moore to the Lions

    Joe says:
    April 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    Chris Polk to the Seahawks

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

    New York Giants
    Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State

  • irjonny

    UDFA signings so far:

    AFC East

    New England Patriots (Patriots UDFA Reaction)
    Jeremiah Warren, OL, South Florida

    Buffalo Bills (Bills UDFA Reaction)

    Miami Dolphins (Dolphins UDFA Reaction)
    Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
    Jonas Gray, RB, Notre Dame
    Derrick Shelby, DE, Utah
    Derek Moye, WR, Penn State

    New York Jets (Jets UDFA Reaction)
    Damon Harrison, DT, William Penn
    Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
    AFC North

    Cincinnati Bengals
    Julian Miller, DE, West Virginia

    Cleveland Browns
    Josh Cooper, WR, Oklahoma State

    Baltimore Ravens
    John Brantley, QB, Florida
    Charles Brown, CB, UNC
    Austin Johnson, LB, Tennessee
    Chyl Quarles, SAF, Wake Forest

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    AFC South

    Indianapolis Colts
    Micah Pellerin CB, Hampton
    Jabin Sambrano, WR, Montana

    Jacksonville Jaguars
    Drew Nowak, DT, Western Michigan
    Kevin Elliot, WR, Florida A&M
    Lee Barbiasz, OT, Northern Colorado
    Dontell Johnson, DB, Murray State
    JK Schaffer, LB, Cincinnati

    Houston Texans
    Desmond Marrow, FS, Toledo
    Jerrell Jackson, SAF, Missouri
    Shawn Loiseau, LB, Merrimack

    Tennesee Titans
    AFC West

    Denver Broncos
    Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State
    Steven Johnson, LB, Kansas

    San Diego Chargers

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Oakland Raiders
    Marqutte King, P, Fort Valley State
    Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin
    NFC East

    Dallas Cowboys
    Darrell Scott, RB, USF

    Philadelphia Eagles
    Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon

    New York Giants
    Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State

    Washington Redskins
    Eain Smith, S, WVU
    NFC North

    Chicago Bears
    Ronnie Cameron, DT, Old Dominion
    Scott Wedige, OL, Northern Illinois

    Detroit Lions
    Derek Dimke, K, Illinois
    Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

    Green Bay Packers
    Dale Moss, WR, South Dakota St

    Minnesota Vikings
    Bobby Felder, CB, Nicholls St
    NFC South

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Atlanta Falcons
    Patrick Schiller, LB, Northern Illinois
    Josh Harris, LS, Auburn

    Carolina Panthers
    Ryan van Bergen, DE, Michigan
    Rico Wallace, WR, Shenandoah
    Wes Kemp, WR, Missouri

    New Orleans Saints
    NFC West

    Arizona Cardinals

    San Francisco 49ers
    Brian Tymes, WR, FAMU
    Nathan Palmer, WR, NIU

    St. Louis Rams

    Seattle Seahawks
    Sean McGrath, TE, Henderson State

  • alzadoX

    Jerry McDonald ‏ @Jerrymcd

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    Raiders’ pick Bilukidi stumped many draftniks, but apparently was getting a lot of attention in terms of calls from teams.
    3h Jerry McDonald Jerry McDonald ‏ @Jerrymcd

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    Georgia State DL Christo Bilukidi, picked at No. 189 by the Raiders, is the first pick who visited the facility before the draft.

  • alzadoX

    Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

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    Pittsburgh DE Brandon Lindsey linked to signing with Raiders as undrafted free agent.

  • xraided

    217. if we sign him, it’s fair to competition for mini-camps/TC in the LB/DE positions are pretty much set…

  • alzadoX

    Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

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    East Carolina wide receiver Lance Lewis reportedly signed with the Raiders as undrafted free agent.
    8m Steve Corkran Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

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    Vontaze Burfict reportedly headed to the Cincinnati Bengals. To which, Hubert says, “Wow! Obviously.”
    19m Dominique Hamilton Dominique Hamilton ‏ @Underrated_Dom

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    Oakland Raiders!!!!…. I’m Feeling like God with an extra “O’ #Blessed
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    32m Thomas Melton Thomas Melton ‏ @TMeltonScouting

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    Marc Tyler is talking with Oakland, Green Bay and the Steelers right now.
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    23m Coach Pinkel Coach Pinkel ‏ @mizzoufootball

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    Congrats to #Mizzou DL Dominique Hamilton on joining the Oakland Raiders. GP #NFL
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    25m Steve Corkran Steve Corkran ‏ @CorkOnTheNFL

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    Pittsburgh G/T Lucas Nix reportedly signed with Raiders.