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Raiders stick with defense for third draft pick

By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 12:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • beach

    wide receiver?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Billy Winn/Chris Polk

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think we can get Fangupo or NJB at #189

    I like Sammy Brown, Cam Johnson with pick #168!!

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    Anyone who says I care what color a player is, is a liar.

  • beach

    You are right, Priest. These are not 1st rounders.

  • DKnight007

    Winn, Johnson, T Lewis, Cole, or Cal DE/DT T Guyton?

    Jones off the board!

  • nwr8r

    Like the receiver

  • YoungAmerican

    WR Juron Criner. VERY interesting.

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Who is Juron Criner?

  • Raiderboi18

    Juron Criner

  • beach

    I had a feeling it was WR time! Who is this kid?

  • RaiderRockstar

    a big WR!!

  • DKnight007

    Johnson, Polk, Cole, Guyton or Winn with this pick!

  • mcfadden20.

    OK Juron Criner WR DEPTH NOT BAD

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    What color was Joe Rudi?

  • PurpleDrank81

    Juron Criner not a bad pick up but very very intersting

  • Thec

    Criener = big time steal…

  • alzadoX

    Juron Criner, red zone/possession WR like 32 TD catches in college

  • DKnight007

    WR Dwight Jones?

  • http://www.addictedtoquack.com RaiderDuck

    Also, I guess the lack of a NT means we really AREN’T going 3-4 this year.

  • Hardline

    Crawford, contrary what many believe here, was a good pick. Just read what he did at Penn State in 2010 and 11 seasons. He shined brightly. Maybe he is not a first rounder, but after the McClain pick/debacle who cares from what round he comes?

    I hope Crawford and Burris make a great tandem by the end of this season so we can send Slowlando packing.

    And if Crawford is a bust, what have we lost, rookie minimum salary for a year.

    If anyone thinks Crawfords a slouch read his stats with a focus to the game changing plays he made.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    #78 England

    Lighten up – that was a joke. You are not KK. Like I said he is a boom bust player. Reggie must of felt that our chances for starters is gone so now it is time to role the dice a little.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    ???
    Yeah, I know that man.
    I wasn’t going after you.
    Just stating my opinion.

  • YoungAmerican

    Criner had a much higher grade than the 5th/6th round going into this draft. Not sure what caused his fall.

  • DKnight007

    Criner huh?

  • priesttj

    I like Criner but I would’ve taken Gerrell Robinson from Ariz St. But he is a possession guy who brings us quality depth……….period

  • Marks hair

    Wr

  • Plunder

    I watched Juron Criner torch my UCLA Bruins for years. Kid can play.

  • xraided

    way to stir things up Kell. thanks lol

  • nwr8r

    6’3 224lbs

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    And another consolation prize; Criner from Arizona.

    Much preferred Jones. I’m done. Don’t see anything the Raiders will be able to use any time soon from this draft. Seems they are a day late & a dollar short all the way around. . .time to go outside & play!

    Any words of reassurence from y’all?

  • xraided

    66.DKnight007 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:52 am
    xraided Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:51 am

    yo Knight, you see my comment from the last article? i go to Buffalo Wild Wings like everyday for happy hour! i know all the guys very well, and one of the waitresses\

    ^^^^^^^^
    Nice….I try and be there on Thursdays for Happy Hour for at night.

    ____________

    yea man i’ll be there. i’ll wear my #3 Palmer jersey.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Is devon still DT from penn state still on the board? If so Reggie get him

  • DKnight007

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

    NFLN and BSPN never cease to amaze me.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Y/A his slow 40 made him fall but he is a big big kid

  • Dakota

    Juron Criner = already more productive than Chaz.

  • YoungAmerican

    Sigmund Bloom ‏ @SigmundBloom

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

  • http://www.Raiders.com KoolKell

    In all the years I’ve followed the Raiders, I don’t think I’ve ever seen TV shots of the Raiders War Room.

    This is so refreshing, to actually let the fans inside.

  • guest123

    Weird draft. The last pick was a total Al Davis reach and Reggie follows that up with a wideout with 4.6 speed.

    huh?

  • RaidO

    Bad pick Reggie if going for a WR. He took WR Juron Criner when Tommy Streeter is available. Dumb

  • Marks hair

    Id rather have j.beck than lienheart

  • SharkCatcher

    Hey Louis Murphy hope u are stepping your game up and hitting um cause we just drafted. Wr..stop taking that viagra with them erections that last more.than 4 hrs

  • nwr8r

    from nfl.com

    Overview

    Criner is a raw talent who was inconsistent throughout his career at Arizona. He was dominant in the Pac-12 at times and used his athleticism and leaping ability to simply make more plays than the man across from him. Criner effectively uses his great size when going for jump balls or when “boxing out” to catch balls in the short game. He shows his athleticism after the catch, displaying an ability to make things happen early in the play, and has the burst to finish them. He needs to learn how to show up every Sunday, but his talent alone legitimizes him as a prospect. He should be one of the first five receivers taken off the board.

  • YoungAmerican

    Russell Lande ‏ @RUSSLANDE

    #RAIDERS get perhaps the best value on the 3rd day with WR J. Criner. On film he plays like a 2nd rounder, but his poor 40 time doomed him.

  • Thec

    Thec Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 11:45 am
    I would not take a WR however. Criner and streeter are interesting

  • Plunk-It

    04/04/2012 – I really enjoy asking some retired football people to grade some players for me this time of year. They aren’t tainted by the media reputations formulated about players, They simply watch a lot of game tape without former knowledge and then we discuss what they watched. This week I had an old secondary player/coach watch many of the wide receivers in the 2012 draft class. I knew he would like Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, but who else would jump out at the old pro? As my old boss, the late Dick Steinberg would say “pay attention to the scout that has a different opinion than all the rest

    of the evaluators. Maybe we should restudy the guy and try and see what he sees.” What if I told you there is a wide receiver that at 6’3″, 225 lbs. and could jump 39 inches vertically, which in basketball terms means his elbows are above the rim. He has bigger hands than Justin Blackmon, and even though he has 209 receptions and 32 touchdowns in his career, he is thought of as a fourth- or fifth-round pick because of a 40 time. The former scout/coach came to me for discussion with the following report: The wide receiver has good hands, good open field skills, quick feet, plays hard, gets open, competes for the ball and is more than a willing blocker. He is a good fit as a ‘Z’ in a west coast system. I had my old scout also evaluate Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd during the same session and he was still high on the mystery man. The receiver’s name is Juron Criner from Arizona, and his draft status ranges from the 10th-best receiver to not even in the top 20 according to some draft analysts. Some describe him as a guy with subpar straight line speed, relies too heavily on his size down field and inconsistent hands. Go back and look at the report on Marques Colston of the Saints from 2006 and it’s similar. That report was wrong and damaged Colston enough. – Pat Kirwan, CBS Sports

  • xraided

    130. man.. you can tell this already just because no one jumps out at you? They gave the Raiders draft last yaer a C to a C- … and look who’s starting? Wiz and Moore both bump it up to a solid B .. you just don’t know. if we have a new RT that can keep Palmer’s shirt clean and remains the “good puller” everyone says he is in our ZBS, he could instantly start over KaWhiff or Barksdale.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    KoolKell Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:28 pm
    Anyone who says I care what color a player is, is a liar.

    *********************
    Unless you have changed KK then I guess I am a liar. Because of your posts in the past about JR and others.

    But seriously England Raider I meant that as a joke. I even put LOL after it. I did not seriously think you gave him any regard to Nationality. Maybe to the fact he played some Rugby but after watching some of that I think that is justified.

  • Thec

    DKnight007 Says:
    April 28th, 2012 at 12:31 pm
    Once again, when Raiders pick….COMMERCIAL or time for an interview!

    NFLN and BSPN never cease to amaze me.

    ++++++++

    f them…

  • mcfadden20.

    I THINK GOOD PICKUP .. We’re not set on Wide REceivers and most of them were getting injured left n right .. great pick up

  • RaidO

    Tommy Streeter 6’5 4.40 40yd. Just needs to bulk up some would have been a way better pick. Way more potential