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Raiders stick with defense for third draft pick

The Raiders selected Penn State defensive end Jack Crawford with the 158th pick of the NFL draft, a pick they acquired from the Detroit Lions in a trade earlier today.
Crawford, 6-feet-5 and 274 pounds, is viewed by several so-called experts as a long-term project. They say he needs a ton of coaching and work on his technique.
Just the same, Crawford recorded 6 1/2 sacks last season in 13 games. He figures to compete for a roster spot as a backup and special teams player.
Crawford hails from London, England, and has limited football experience.

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  • xraided

    Plus Burriss looks like a very good tackler. we have actual smart football players in our front seven now in Tollefson and Burriss… i like what we’re doing. it’s not anything flashy by any means though.

  • Marks hair

    Big kid.. Somebodys gotta run slants over the middle.. Good size for sp teams.

  • YoungAmerican

    For what it’s worth, according to NFL Network’s draft tracker, Criner has the highest grade of any player picked this round at a 79.7.

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  • ToneMcFresh

    Happy we got a big time WR! Watched a lot of PAC 12 ball this year, and this guy is awesome! Jenning 2.0! He’ll work well playing the Andre Johnson roll in our system!

  • DKnight007

    Once again, when Raiders pick….COMMERCIAL or time for an interview!

    NFLN and BSPN never cease to amaze me.

    Some of you Twitter Tweakers need to make this point to Eisen and the other dudes over there at NFLN and ask them how come that always happends when Raiders pick?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Biography: Full-time starter the past two seasons and awarded all-conference honors as a junior. Senior totals included 75 catches/956 yards/11 TDs after he had 82/1233/11 the prior year.

    Positives: Large, reliable possession receiver with a solid game. Plays with good balance and body control and has a smooth style. Strong makes the difficult reception in a crowd and can outmuscle defenders to come away with the ball. Easily adjusts to the errant throw, makes the reception in stride and quickly transitions from making the catch to running downfield. Displays terrific eye/hand coordination, exceptional focus and consistently extends to make the reception away from his body. Shows the ability to break tackles.

    Negatives: Lacks the second gear, possesses just a short burst and not a field stretcher. Loses focus on occasion and drops some catchable throws. Missed some time at Arizona with personal issues.

    Analysis: At the top of his game, Criner can be a game-controlling possession receiver who takes over a contest. He has all the skills necessary to be a productive second wideout if he?s able to maintain focus and continue to improve his game.

    Projection: 5th

    Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/nfl/draft-2012/players/78990.html#ixzz1tMib6bPL

  • xraided

    YA, good info. no one thought Moore was anywhere near what he was last year, includin myself. the 20 ypc jumped out at me. this kid in any way similar?

  • Thec

    criner good value for rd…will be a good Wr for the nation

  • Chris in NY

    I think Reggie is mostly throwing out considerations of need and going best available, as he said he would. I think it’s a good philosophy, especially at this point in the draft where a guy is 50/50 to ever even make it out of camp. No sense in drafting a CB if there’s not one you like even if you’ve got a need there.

    Felt like WR is pretty well locked up with DHB, Moore, Ford, Murphy, McGee and even Calhoun. But Criner had impressive production in college. Good value.

  • Marks hair

    150. Hands?.. Criner catches tds.

  • aig-raiders

    Here is a tape of Criner vs Oregon. Some very bad drops.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptuq-mLgfeM

  • YoungAmerican

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

  • BewareofRaiders

    Never mind that last post

  • priesttj

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

  • xraided

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onSTDBS38W8

    two badazz catches in a row on the first two plays it shows. very impressive hands.

  • Thec

    xraided Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    YA, good info. no one thought Moore was anywhere near what he was last year, includin myself. the 20 ypc jumped out at me. this kid in any way similar?

    ++++++++++

    Actually I had DMO as a starter when we drafted him.

    Also had him as WR 1B just behind JFORD 1A

  • 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
    Asa Jackson, CB, Cal Poly
    Chris Polk, RB
    Keith Tandy FS-CB West Virginia
    Vick Ballard, RB
    Trevor Guyton, DE, Cal

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Criner – I am just glad he is out of the PAC and not smoking my Beavers anymore. I don’t know how good of a pro he will be but he was good in the PAC.

  • alzadoX

    oops Jackson and Ballard off board

  • edward teach

    Based on his scouting report, Criner sounds like he could be a valuable asset in the red zone.

  • Marks hair

    anquan boldin 2.0

  • shutdown

    Wow, an Oakland receiver who catches with his hands….instinctively? I like the pick…as long as his character is okay.

  • alzadoX

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

  • 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.

  • ohioraider

    You gotta love some of this bs that scouts put out there: “relies on his size” is what they say about our last two picks. That’s like saying Biletnikoff “relied on his hands.”

  • Marks hair

    What did we get in the trade?

  • mcfadden20.

    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

  • 1960AutumnWind

    YoungAmerican Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Sigmund Bloom ‏ @SigmundBloom

    Juron Criner the anti-Al Davis WR. Great talent to mix with speed of Ford/DHB and highwire act of Moore

    *************************
    When Criner is on he is the redzone, third down blanket in the mold of Bliltnecoff. He does take whole games off mentally though. If the Raiders can fix that they got something.

  • xraided

    well Thec good call then. he looked like a “sleeper” by a lot of people, but i never believed the hype. until i saw him in Training camp and preseason, then i was convinced. even Campbell could hit him down field. that’s what amazed me the most, lol

  • xraided

    Autumn Wind, again the same thing was said about Moore. and he even showed that his rookie year. disappearing for a couple of games.. it’s all about consistency in the NFL, hopefully he can push Murphy to play better. looks like the T.O. speculation just took a screetching hault!

  • xraided

    178. LOL

    its hard to judge any player in this draft at this point. if Bergstrom and Crines are like last years Wiz and Moore for us(instant solid starters), then i’m happy with this draft.

  • hellsbells

    Is the niners coach on meth? Starting to look like a tweaker

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