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Mayock likes DT Floyd as Raiders top pick

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said in a national conference call he thought Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd could be a potential target for the Raiders with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Mayock, available in advance of this week’s NFL scouting combine, said he liked Floyd (6-foot-3, 303 pounds) ahead of Utah’s Star Lotulelei (6-4, 325), a player who heading into the combine is considered to be more of a top 10 pick than Floyd on most lists.

“Oakland is in a very good place. They need D-linemen, and they can get one in this draft. This kid from the University of Florida, Sharrif Floyd, he’s the prototypical three-technique in this draft and I think he’s going to be a big-time impact player that people don’t know about,” Mayock said. “I’ve got him rated higher than the Utah kid and he’s a natural at what they do.”

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is an unrestricted free agent, as is injury-replacement in the starting lineup, Desmond Bryant. Starter Tommy Kelly is no lock to return because of a high salary cap number.

The Raiders are presently without picks in the second and fifth rounds because of trades for Carson Palmer and Aaron Curry in 2011. They’ve added a second seventh-round pick in the Louis Murphy deal to Carolina and also will probably receive a compensatory pick or picks by the time the draft takes place.

While trading the No. 3 overall pick is no doubt enticing, and would potentially enable the Raiders to recoup the lost picks, it may be easier said than done.

Mayock said the 2013 draft is exceptionally deep because of a strong junior class, but not particularly top heavy.

“I think the fifth pick in the draft and the 25th pick are very similar,” Mayock said.

Mayock, who correctly forecast the Raiders selection of Darrius Heyward-Bey in 2009 well in advance of the draft based on the way Al Davis leaned heavily on size, strength and speed, said the organization has changed the way it identifies talent in the Reggie McKenzie-Dennis Allen era.

“I think there’s a very radical divergence from the past Raider way,” Mayock said. “I don’t mean that positively or negatively. I just mean different. I like where Reggie and Dennis are headed. Reggie comes from Green Bay. In Green Bay, Ted Thompson’s been a guy that grinds. He’s out in the field all the time. He’s a true old-school evaluator, where h wants a football player first and an athlete second, and I think Mr. Davis was a little bit the opposite.

“He wanted that athlete first and that he thought he could mold into a football player.”

Mayock also sees four offensive linemen as being players who could go in the top three _ Texas A&M tackle Luke Joekel, Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, Alabama guard Chance Warmack and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.

The Raiders could use an instant starter at either at right tackle, where Khalif Barnes is a free agent, or either guard spot, where Mike Brisiel was brought in because of his familiarity with the zone bocking scheme and Cooper Carlisle is a free agent.

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  • xraided

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:11 am
    I got snookered in the Palmer deal as well, I thought we gave up too much for him but thought he would be much better.

    In my eyes, he has been a major disappointment.

    And he was progressively getting worse as last season went along.

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    if he gets the DMC of 5.5 ypc like he was doing in the first half of the 2011 season, i suspect he’ll be much improved. but yes he’s been a disappointment for the contract and picks given up for him

  • xraided

    MikieG,

    he runs at the same speed as Cam. it matters not though, he’s a pocket passer first and foremost. he also has good awareness in the pocket… if he can move around and avoid the sack, keep his eyes down field and get the ball out quickly and accurately, i don’t care how fast his 40 time is.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Te’O lost 15 pounds and he still could not manage to run a sub 4.8 40?!
    LOL Chico and DK.

  • guest123

    Kick returner is Jacoby Ford. Honeybadger would not be able to beat him in competition. Ford has lightning speed in the open field and the instincts to break it. If only he could stay healthy. And Ford is a bargain for his upside. Honeybadger comes with too many warts and not important enough to the team to put up with his baggage.

  • DutchRaider77

    4650.MikieG Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:20 am
    You guys realize that Geno isn’t even as Fast as Gannon was coming out of College…I was running a 4.78 when I was 14 years old..its nothing. I would rather see Pryor get a shot than to waste a pick on a QB thats not even a position of need right now.

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    I agree with your statement, but Gannon was pretty fast coming out of college. Remember the Patriots wanted him to move to DB…

  • boss01

    A lot of talk centered around 40 times recently. Burfict couldnt break 5 secs and he did just fine last I checked. Pretty sure Ray Lewis at 37 wasnt exactly a burner either.

  • guest123

    Te O ran 20th out of 26 LB’s and was slower than 12 D-linemen. He won’t even hit the bench presses. Does this guy even make the first round anymore? The ILB position is the QB of the defense. So important to find the right makeup and leadership skills. And he talks about how the combine was “stressful”. Message to Te O. The NFL isn’t any less “stressful” dude. Gotta man up and all the league GM’s are watching this guy implode under pressure.

  • DJ Johnny

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 2:34 am
    I think Palmer has three more years in him easily, having just turned 34.

    ***

    Purv,

    what do you think he’s worth for 3 years?

    give me a quote of what a good franchise would pay, not one that reflects a greater amount to play in Oakland

    For clarification, Palmer just turned 33 NOT 34.

  • guest123

    Te O could diffuse the situation if he just came out already. Get it over with. There would be some chatter, but it would die down pretty quickly. The media and public are ready to embrace an openly-gay man. They’d be on his side and he may even win a few interview points for admitting and moving on. Till he opens up and states for the record, the stress will follow him till he’s out of the NFL.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I doubt Te’O will get drafted in the 1st.

    How about D Amerson running a sub 4.4 40 and Milliner running 4.3?

  • morilla

    Te’os last game spoke volumes. He flat out got his arse whipped. It was embarrassing. It shows what level he is actually on when playing top level competition.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Te’O is gay?

  • guest123

    Has there ever been such a steep fall from grace as there was for Te O?

    He was a Heisman finalist, winning all the defensive player awards that mattered. The face of the much ballyhooed Notre Dame football program going into the title game with Alabama.

    That was his apex of fame, right? He couldn’t be more on top of the world then.

    All a cliffdive since then. The title game got ran over by the professional offensive line of Alabama, and the faux girlfriend. Now the combine exposes him as weak both phsyically but mentally. What a fall!

  • guest123

    Te’O is gay?

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    apparently. if enough people see the smoke, there has to be fire. or not. he’s guilty until he proves himself innocent. why should it matter? but it does.

  • guest123

    Carson is getting on up there in age (33) but so are at least 3 stud starting QB’s (Brady, Manning, Brees) and they are all signed 3 to 4 years into the future. And all of them are older than Carson.

    So lets put the age issue to rest. It doesn’t matter. What matters is does he still have a live arm and enough mobility and accuracy to get the offense to score consistently. Nobody doubts Brady, Manning or Brees for their age, but they do doubt Carson.

    To be fair, Carson is not in the big 3′s category, and will likely never be. But that does not make him the next flameout last legs QB. I know some are nervous that he could be. But no statisical evidence points to that conclusion.

  • MikieG

    Couldn’t care less if he is gay or not, but your right Guest..It was a pretty steep fall from grace. Dude is failing in just about every measurable possible lately..From the Girlfriend thing to the Alabama game, to this Combine performance…the linebacker is going down, and he is going down hard..
    Reminds me of another guy from ND who Plummeted on draft day..The Mighty Quinn…

  • r8eray

    Good Morning A.M. Crew!!!

    We hittin 5K today?

  • Plunketthead

    We all agree that the NFL is becoming more like arena ball favoring QB and WR to star and score and score a lot.

    What are defense’s doing to counter this? I think we need to get big cornerbacks who hit hard and if they hit hard enough often enough those star WR’s will start backing off a little

  • DutchRaider77

    @Plunketthead
    The no push-out rule has really helped DBs. It is funny that we think the slot corner as the 3rd corner spot, but that is the hardest CB spot now.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Raider O Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Te’O is gay?

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    I don’t know or care if he is gay or not. You people obviously have never been around Mormon kids, he acts just like one..

    Gay Monkey?

    Link/source LMAO

  • NGRaiderfan

    Tyrann Mathieu 4.43 unofficial 40 yd dash. a lot faster than people thought he would run. Millner 4.31

  • guest123

    Tyrann Mathieu 4.43 unofficial 40 yd dash. a lot faster than people thought he would run.

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    not a burner either. can’t imagine what the expectations were. I had heard he was a headhunter enforcer type. Yet he can only do 4 measley reps on the bench. MM34 would bully him.

  • guest123

    Dee’s 4.31 is nice. The shoulder needing surgery is something to keep tabs on. You don’t want that to linger into the season. I’m sure any team that drafts him will do their due diligence. But he’d be a target on a trade down. Right now, it looks like the Lions are locked in on him at number 5. I think it’s a reach that early.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Te’O is collapsing before our eyes.

    But I am a production over potential guy. Doesn’t always work, but I side with production over some guy nobody ever heard of who ran a faster forty time.

    All those big road wins, leading the defense and TEAM and willing to wins, the back-to-back goallline stuffs against a “pro” offensive line against Stanford, the 7 INT’s his senior year.

    I just can’t see this guy not being able to play in the NFL.

    But, then again, I never thought a Heisman finalist would spend all night every night on the phone with a pretend girlfriend that was actually a guy, from his hometown area.

  • jesusraiderjim

    Te’o will be on someones roster “starting” opening day. That is a fact. I would take him on my team all day long. High character guy who is gonna have a huge chip on his shoulder and ball out.

    We need a 2nd round pick so we can get him.

  • Plunketthead

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:59 am
    @Plunketthead
    The no push-out rule has really helped DBs. It is funny that we think the slot corner as the 3rd corner spot, but that is the hardest CB spot now.
    *****************

    Well most of the rules favor WR. One thing can still be done and that is to tackle hard

  • tonedeezy

    seriously…WHERE IS A NEW POST?????????

  • Plunketthead

    Steve Williams of Cal ran a 4.25 on his first. He is about to go for his second

  • guest123

    Te O is not very phyiscally gifted, not athletic enough to star at the next level. The championship game was a preview of what you’ll see from him in the NFL. Not the Stanford game. It’s a different level of competition and the NFL doesn’t care about Notre Dames media hype. It goes off measurables.

    The NFL also looks at intangibles and this was supposedly Te O’s strength. But he has the look of a man collapsing into himself looking for a corner to hide in. It doesn’t look good to cite “pressure” at the combine, when there a bunch of others with similar “pressure” who are succeeding.

    No physical production and no intangibles. Just excuses. I want no part of him, and even though we have a huge hole at ILB. Has nothing to do with him being gay or not.

  • theghostronin79

    I think Dion Jordan would be a Prize if we were able to trade down and aquire a 2nd rounder too. He’s REAL fast and has great closing speed, plus he can be a terror coming off the edge. If he’s used as an LB, it wouldn’t pan out as good. He had his best games with his hand in the dirt….Harrassing the hell outta QB’s. His sacks and knockdowns weren’t as high last year, because they had him dropping in coverage WAAAY to much.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    DJ Johnny Says:
    Purv,
    what do you think he’s worth for 3 years?
    give me a quote of what a good franchise would pay, not one that reflects a greater amount to play in Oakland

    For clarification, Palmer just turned 33 NOT 34.
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    You’re right. 33. I’ve read so much much Palmer hate here, I’m subconsciously downgrading him!(that wasn’t RR, that was me) He11, throw another year on there.

    After 2011, worth every penny we were paying. Haters can hate, and he did have a bad game vs. Green Bay(welcome to the club) but down the stretch with the playoffs in sight,he was easily top five.
    After last year, I don’t know. With Knapp admitting he spent more time game planning to get into the red zone than trying to get from there into the end zone, a supposedly seriously hurting RG being a better option than his backups, an epically bad RT filling in for Barnes in 9 games, ineffective run game and bad playcalling, well, you know the drill.
    I’d say he easily deserves middling money(#14-#18 range). Beyond that, the Raiders need to decide what kind of offense they want in 2013 and go from there.

    And that’s the best I can do to not actually answer your question. I still think Reggie and Palmer had to foresee this situation and already know where they stand. I doubt there’ll be heated negotiations.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Has nothing to do with him being gay or not.

    ********************************

    Hate to say it, but if any community would be tolerant of a gay NFL player, it would be the Bay Area.

    Granted it is not SF, but it is the same media and what not.

    Can’t imagine the fans would embrace all that in Ft. Worth or Houston.

  • raiderfankirk

    Te’o sucks, literaly. He’s gonna get Bozzed.

  • theghostronin79

    I’d look for Bostic if he’s still around. The game against Alabama was enough for me. All this other “Hooplah” since then is just “Tar-and-feather”. Nothing against Te’O personally, but don’t want him here. NOPE NOPE

  • R8ER MIKE

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 7:49 am
    GOOD MORNING NATION !!
    and mt GreenParty brothers !!

    *******************
    in the words of the GreenParty Prez….
    well then fuk you guys !!

  • Just Fire Baby

    After 2011, worth every penny we were paying. Haters can hate, and he did have a bad game vs. Green Bay

    *****************************

    WTF was that pass to start the game!!!!

    And as far as his age…….give it some time and I am sure we can start an internet rumor he was born in the Dominican and really is 38 years old.

  • DutchRaider77

    So Star has a heart problem? How far would/is he expected to drop? Could we trade back and still draft him?

  • R8ER MIKE

    I say we go after that Leon Sandcastle guy !!

  • Just Fire Baby

    How far would/is he expected to drop?

    ************************

    6 feet under sooner rather than later

  • Just Fire Baby

    So which professional athlete will Priest tell us tonight has “once in a lifetime talent”?

    A few days ago it was Klay Thompson, and then compared him and Barnes to Goodrich and Jerry West.

    Last night it was Ansah to Babe Ruth.

    I am really looking forward to tonights edition.

  • Plunketthead

    Dutch
    no word yet. They just found out at the combine. So he did not play and is seeing a heart spec but plans on playing at proday

  • guest123

    As far as ILB’s go, you either get lucky enough to land a top pick in the hopes of getting the next Patrick Willis or you acquire one in free agency. In that sense they are similar to QB’s. You don’t want to try to develop a 2nd round type into your starting ILB. Most times it doesn’t work out and usually you spend a lot of time and resources attempting to replace the guy you are trying to develop.

  • Gdog

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:02 am

    LOL at Palmer playing 5 or 6 more years.

    That is easily the craziest thing typed in here not affiliated to Debo and Jamarcus Russell.

    >>>>>

    What are you basing this on besides your little pea-brain?

    He has 400 less career attempts than Eli… do you think Eli is on his last leg too?

  • MikieG

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:35 am

    How far would/is he expected to drop?

    ************************

    6 feet under sooner rather than later
    +++++++++++++
    So not true at all–
    If Star has to have open heart surgery he may never even get to the NFL, or at the very least, enter in about 2 years…
    So he will either not drop at all because his condition will be totally benign..or he may drop completely off the map of the draft for the next two years or forever. So It could go either way. Personally, I think he is going to be fine, so I still like him at #3…but if it comes out that he has idiopathic cardiomyopathy with severe aortic regurgitation, an enlarged heart, and an irregular heartbeat…his career could be over before it even starts..Its not a death sentence, because he is young and it can be surgically corrected, but he wont be able to play in the NFL with that…the collisions are to severe. He could play baseball if he was a baseball player, or basketball, but since he is a football player, he would most likely be done..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:02 am
    Raider O Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 8:38 am
    Te’O is gay?

    ——————————————-
    I don’t know or care if he is gay or not. You people obviously have never been around Mormon kids, he acts just like one..

    Gay Monkey?

    Link/source LMAO
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    LOL
    One of my friends from SDSU is a Mormon. I heard a few people (here and Media) that think he is gay.
    I don’t care about his sex life. That’s his business. I was just wondering about the rumors.

  • Just Fire Baby

    He has 400 less career attempts than Eli… do you think Eli is on his last leg too?

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    I think great QB’s play into their late 30′s.

    Carson is not a great QB, he is more along the lines of a Donovan McNabb type, who played great at 33, not so hot at 34 and was out of the league at 35.

  • raiderfankirk

    New report characterizes Asomugha as aloof

    Posted by Mike Florio on February 26, 2013, 11:02 AM EST

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    As the Eagles and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha try to find a mutually acceptable base salary lower than $15 million, a report has surfaced characterizing Asomugha as aloof.

    According to Hollis Thomas of WIP in Philly, Asomugha would eat lunch in his car during the 2012 season, in order to get some “me time” away from teammates.

    It’s curious that the report is surfacing at a time when Asomugha’s future with the team hangs in the financial balance. It could be that some players would prefer that Asomugha, whose two seasons with the team have been disappointing, not return. It could be that the Eagles are hoping to poison the well in advance of the decision to fire Asomugha.

    Either way, it’s odd that someone is ripping Asomugha at a time when Asomugha’s contract could be ripped up.

  • NGRaiderfan

    4672.guest123 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 9:08 am
    Tyrann Mathieu 4.43 unofficial 40 yd dash. a lot faster than people thought he would run.

    ************

    not a burner either. can’t imagine what the expectations were. I had heard he was a headhunter enforcer type. Yet he can only do 4 measley reps on the bench. MM34 would bully him.

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    mike mitchell is stronger for sure, but mathieu has more instincts, probably more than anyone in this draftm, definitely more than any db on the raiders. The story on him is he is an instinctual player, a better football player than an athlete. that 40 time just showed he is a solid athlete to go along with his great fotball instincts. he ran down tavon austin in 2011. tavon ran a 4.25 unoffical, i think it was a 4.34 official. game speed for a lot of people is different than combine 40 speedn. mathieus game speed is faster than 4.43 because of his instincts and quickness. in comparison hester ran a 4.41 40 at the combine. if you look at ed reed draft profile it will say his 40 was 4.57. both hester and reed are way faster on the field than their 40 times. also bench press isn’t indicative on how hard you hit. hitting someone, especially from the secondary, is more about lower body strength, power, explosiveness, momentum (speedxmass), as well as the obvious, technique and leverage. i would even go as far as to argue that for skill players, their vertical jump is more indicative on how hard they hit then their bench press. how much power you can generate in your legs from a standing position, that comes more into play when tackling than bench press reps.

  • Just Fire Baby

    We don’t need to draft the next Reggie Lewis or Hank Gathers at #3.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    guest123 Says:
    He’s not as good as his trade and contract status says he is, but he’s also not as bad as those who want to cut him outright. Somewhere in the middle is the truth.
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    The devil, you say.