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Raiders most-pressing needs, candidates for No. 3 pick

The Raiders hold the rights to the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Here is a list of 10 potential players the Raiders might target with their first-round pick:

QB Geno Smith, West Virginia – Incumbent starter Carson Palmer will be 34 next season and third-year player Terrelle Pryor hasn’t played enough to give the Raiders a firm idea on whether he is a long-term option. It’s also conceivable that the Raiders will cut or trade Palmer before the draft and turn over the reins to a young quarterback. Smith passed for 42 touchdowns last season, while being intercepted only six times. He is considered the most likely of all the quarterbacks to be taken in the first round.

OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M – He dominated some of the game’s top pass rushers in 2012. He is an outstanding run blocker, though he still needs work on his pass protection. If Joeckel makes it past the first two picks, the Raiders will be tempted to select him and begin the process of fortifying their offensive line.

LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia – His play is likened to that of Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller. Jones recorded 14 ½ sacks in 2012 and played some of his best football against highly ranked opponents. There are those that question Jones’ work ethic and commitment in the weight room.

DT Star Lotulelei, Utah – He has it all, according to everyone that watches him play: size, power, speed, strength and explosiveness. He played well against top-tier competition and placed himself in contention for a top-10 pick. This is the kind of player the Raiders need in light of Richard Seymour’s departure and the lack of an imposing figure in the middle of the line.

DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State – He plays fast, is relentless and oftentimes draws double-teams. The Raiders lacked an imposing pass rusher since Derrick Burgess left several years ago. Werner’s skill set is precisely what the Raiders are looking for right now.

G Chance Warmack, Alabama – Regarded by some as the best guard prospect in a long time. He validated the praise with a great showing in the national championship game. He figures to be an immediate starter in the NFL and he could take over for aging left guard Cooper Carlisle.

DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M – He recorded 12 ½ sacks in 2012 and thrust himself into the discussion about potential top-10 picks. Also, don’t rule out the fact Moore played at the same college as Raiders coach Dennis Allen. So, Allen won’t have any difficulty getting an air-tight scouting report on Moore.

LB Barkevious Mingo, Louisiana State – By some accounts, Mingo had a disappointing 2012 season. Still, there are those that view Mingo as a very productive outside linebacker, especially in a 3-4 scheme. He has superior speed and the kind of body that can handle substantial weight gain if a team views him as a defensive end.

OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan – His stock soared after a great showing in practice the week of the Senior Bowl, as well as in that game. He dominated the competition at his level and is experienced at both tackle spots. He’s someone that Raiders no doubt will consider if Joeckel is gone within the first two picks.

LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame – The Raiders are very high on Te’o, though they are like most teams now in trying to gauge how much to factor in Te’o’s fake girlfriend story and his horrendous showing in the national title game against Alabama. Te’o is a tremendous leader, instinctive player and very solid against the run and pass – he had seven interceptions in 2012.

Here are the five positions of need for the Raiders as they approach the NFL draft:

Offensive tackle – Khalif Barnes is eligible for free agency, and the Raiders aren’t sure if second-year player Tony Bergstrom is a long-term solution at right offensive tackle.
Defensive tackle – Richard Seymour is gone. Tommy Kelly might be a salary-cap casualty. Regardless, the Raiders need big-time help in the middle of their defensive line.
Defensive end – The Raiders are in sore need of a reliable pass-rusher off the edge. There aren’t any promising candidates on the roster.
Cornerback – It’s likely that the starting cornerbacks for the Raiders next season aren’t even on the roster yet. This position has to be addressed.
Wide receiver – The Raiders still don’t have a No. 1 receiver. It’s also possible that Darrius Heyward-Bey won’t be back next season unless he accepts a massive pay cut.

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  • guest123

    Warmack – problem is you don’t go wasting the #3 overall pick on a guard.

  • Gdog

    xraided Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    DKnight,

    that’s why Warmack is the safest pick IMO … who cares how high an OG is taken

    just build our defense with smart, experienced players from FA(ie Wheeler) and draft later round DT’s …

    >>>>

    A voice of sanity! Hear hear!

    Lets get the Warmack train a rollin!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I really think Reggie should trade back. Peter king said its a lock that lions are taking Dee Milliner if still there at 5

    Reggie should show interest in DEE too.. im sure other teams will. TRADE BACK. get a 2nd and 5th round back. Keep trading back till we collect more. Raiders are not in a spot to only have 6 draft picks. Most of these guys in the draft or top 5 rounds could come in and help the Raiders IMEDIATELEY.. .or push or starting spots.

    whateveru do.. Draft SIO MOORE.. Bostic looks good too

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    Too me if ur gonna stay at 3..

    Take Ansah, Fisher, or Dion Jordan Possibly Geno smith

    if you trade down

    Get Alex Oakafor.. and maybe take a shot at trying to get TAVON AUSTIN.. I know a guy like that is a luxury but you can never have enough EXPOLSIVE PLAYMAKERS like Austin.

    We need a few premire College playmakers.. and Austin would be one of then.. GENO is a risk but I trust Reggie and his scouting department who followed this kid for a while.

    Would also take a chance in the 4th round if still there on heisman finalist a few yrs ago TYRANN MATHIEU.. The raiders need Playmakers and expolsive guys on OFfense and Defense. If you trade down in the 1st..

    Damontre Moore, could be there. Alex Oakfor will be there.. and Tavon Austin in the 20’s.. maybe we can trade with ST. Louis and pick up some good picks.

    maybe the raiders are high on DEE MILLINER? another playmaker .. maybe we can get a trade with a another team who wants to jump the lions at 5 who are rumored to take him

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DK……Ansah sucks and barely has started….he wont even be good….average at best…and drafting at number 3 you cant draft average

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Check out the tape of Ansah vs Notre Dame game.. he was all over the field.. and sideline sealed the edge on running backs.

    Something our DE’s havent ever been able to do.. also cut off a screen play beautiful.

    Im big on Ansah after the senior bowl. This is a player our defense has been missing Since.. UM a long time.

    BUT ABOVE ALL.. No what will be more important then anything else.

    COACHING at this level. You have to keep developing these players.. I dont care if they come from big programs with alot of production. ALL OF THEN NEED COACHING and the RIGHT COACHING.

    Our DC is a good start

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    by David Syvertsen

    Risk versus Reward
    February 25, 2013

    The scouting process is not nearly as complex as some make it out to be. Watch these guys play, take notes, and grade them. Cross-examine the evaluations a couple months down the road and you have most of the final grade complete. However, there are portions of the scouting process that involve more than just flipping the lights and turning on the tape. There is a lot of risk involved when it comes to a prospect’s decisions off the field, motivation, and health. Three guys that offer a ton of risk but also huge potential rewards:

    Character Risk: Tyrann Mathieu – CB – LSU

    The top defensive player in all the land in 2011, Mathieu repeatedly failed drug tests and showed a lack of respect for authority. That resulted in him being suspended from LSU, missing the entire 2012 season. He is supposedly ready to strap the helmet back on for good, leaving behind the fun and willing to work. Saying it is one thing, but the actions will speak louder and that will take time.

    The fact is, Mathieu is immature until proven otherwise. I am aware of that. Another fact is, Mathieu is a difference maker that can change the performance of an entire defense. LSU used him all over the field in 2011, and he excelled in that role. Here are a few of my scouting notes on him:

    Free and easy mover. Moves as if he were ice skating. Seamless transition when he is forced to change direction and accelerate. All out hustle, all the time. Plays the game harder than anybody. Willing tackler. Always trying to strip the ball. One of the few college prospects that can make the tackle while going for the strip consistently. Tremendous balance. Allows him to attack the football at the apex of his leap. Undersized but plays much bigger than what he is listed at. One of the only players I’ve seen that can run downfield with West Virginia’s Tavon Austin. Knack for the big play. High IQ pre and post snap.

    While he lacks the ideal size (5’9/180), teams will find a role for Mathieu. He would not be best suited for a traditional cornerback spot. He will never be Darelle Revis. But he is a guy that can be thrown in to the middle of the field like a third safety and/or slot corner. He will make plays at the next level.

    Where do you place him on the draft board? It will be interesting to see. Talent wise, Mathieu is a top 10 player. His issues off the field will downgrade him but if I am a decision maker looking for a spark on defense, round 3 is where I start to consider him.

  • guest123

    This team lacks an identity. The #3 overall pick is kinda sexy. It needs to put butts in the seats for Reggie. I don’t see drafting a big ugly guard doing the trick.

  • xraided

    WILL DO GDOG

    WARMACK TO THE SILVER AND BLACK ATTACK A-SAP MF!!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Chance Warmack would be an excellent guard for us but not at 3

    But given his skill set…where do you play him….LG or RG?

    I’m going LG….and sign Brandon Moore at RG

  • Gdog

    guest123 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Warmack – problem is you don’t go wasting the #3 overall pick on a guard.

    >>>>>

    If he’s an all-pro for ten years, who cares? Ideally I’d prefer to trade down and STILL get Warmack, but not at the risk of some other SMARTER team picking him after we trade down, and we get left with our dicks in our hands…

  • Marks hair

    holy Toledo we got a new post

  • xraided

    if that ‘big ugly guard’ prevents other big uglies from getting to Carson or DMC, i’m all for it. Al Davis has drafted some ‘seckzi’ prospects in the early first… yeeeeaaa… i’ll go with the safe play.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    Check out the tape of Ansah vs Notre Dame game.. he was all over the field.. and sideline sealed the edge on running backs.

    Something our DE’s havent ever been able to do.. also cut off a screen play beautiful.

    Im big on Ansah after the senior bowl. This is a player our defense has been missing Since.. UM a long time.

    BUT ABOVE ALL.. No what will be more important then anything else.

    COACHING at this level. You have to keep developing these players.. I dont care if they come from big programs with alot of production. ALL OF THEN NEED COACHING and the RIGHT COACHING.

    Our DC is a good start
    ***********************************

    Notre Dame? Yeah great team to use as evidence lmao

  • guest123

    The top defensive player in all the land in 2011, Mathieu repeatedly failed drug tests and showed a lack of respect for authority.

    **********

    Can you guys picture this guy and Dennis Allen on the field at the same time? DA can’t handle him. You guys don’t want this. Maybe if we had a different HC.

  • DKnight007

    205.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    DK……Ansah sucks and barely has started….he wont even be good….average at best…and drafting at number 3 you cant draft average

    ^^^^^^^^^
    How does he suck? The kid is stil learning to play football and has major upside.

    We will see when a team in the top or mid teens drafts him and he becomes a stud for them much like JPP.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    I wonder will wonder if NFL will allow Bubba Warmack to rock his gut out on gamedays

  • Gdog

    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Chance Warmack would be an excellent guard for us but not at 3

    But given his skill set…where do you play him….LG or RG?

    I’m going LG….and sign Brandon Moore at RG

    >>>>

    LG between Wiz and Veld.

    That side is set for 6-8 more years.

    Best left side in the NFL by 2014? How many rings did we win with Shell and Upshaw (if you remember them?)

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    So what do u wanna do?? which will get us better faster if the Raiders hit on a 1st round draft pick

    Geno Smith.. or Ziggy Ansah?? or Eric Fisher?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    BTW it was rumored a month ago Mckenzie was high on JUSTIN HUTNER out of Tennesse.. is to be a mid 2nd to early 3rd round pick.

    Scouts say had an off year.. but no question the talent is there.. 6ft 4 with tremendous leaping ability.. big RZ target .. dropped ball this year.. but scout

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:55 pm
    205.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:51 pm
    DK……Ansah sucks and barely has started….he wont even be good….average at best…and drafting at number 3 you cant draft average

    ^^^^^^^^^
    How does he suck? The kid is stil learning to play football and has major upside.

    We will see when a team in the top or mid teens drafts him and he becomes a stud for them much like JPP.
    ******************************

    JPP was a stud in year 2….1 and 3 he wasnt

    HAHA he still learning to play? Sure lets draft a project who isnt a football player…SUCKS to me

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    WHAT SCOUTS ARE SAYING.. took this from another board.

    some top players. Take it for whats its worth.

    Luke Joeckel*, T, Texas A&M: 6 feet 6 inches, 306 pounds. Three-year starter at LT. “He’s better than (Minnesota’s) Matt Kalil,” one scout said. “He’s not yet (Cleveland’s) Joe Thomas.” Benefited from Aggies’ quick-release passing game. “He’s not a Hall of Famer, a flat-out Walter Jones type,” another scout said. “But he’s got size, he’s athletic and he’s only going to get better. He can play left tackle tomorrow. With this draft, you may see him go No. 1 (overall). I don’t think there’s a premier left tackle in the draft. There’s not a quarterback, not a running back, not a receiver.”

    Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan: 6-7, 306. Proved himself against top-flight competition at the Senior Bowl and might have moved up to a top-10 selection. “Very good, but he was that before the Senior Bowl,” one scout said. “He was a tall, thin guy (coming out of Rochester, Mich.). Is he a finesse or power player? He’s more finesse than power but that doesn’t mean he’s not tough.” Three-year starter. Only other scholarship offer was from Eastern Michigan, where he would have succeeded T.J. Lang at tackle.

    Bjoern Werner*, DE, Florida State: 6-3, 266. German-born player with 23½ sacks in 41 games (27 starts). “He’s good, but I don’t see the special in him,” one scout said. “Kind of a try-hard, good football player but nothing special.” Played down but probably athletic enough to stand up as an outside linebacker for teams using the 3-4 defense. “He’s not a dynamic pass rusher but he seems to get sacks,” another scout said. “He comes off the ball hard but he’s not special.”

    Barkevious Mingo*, DE, Louisiana State: 6-4, 241. Registered 14 sacks in 40 games (16 starts). “Very good,” one scout said. “He played basically down but he can stand up easy. Very (tenacious). Fast. He won his state 400 meters or something. He is non-stop.” Several scouts said he paled in comparison to Broncos OLB Von Miller. “I think he’s too stiff at the end of the day,” another scout said. “Top 25. He’s got quick feet.”

    Damontre Moore*, DE, Texas A&M: 6-4½, 250. Finished with 26½ sacks in 38 games (23 starts). “He’s a little bigger than Mingo,” one scout said. “He played a lot of defensive end this year where in the past he has been a 3-4 outside linebacker. High sack guy. Doesn’t run near like Mingo. He’s a little bit stronger and a little bit stouter at the point. Just a puppy (20 years old).” Also rushed inside at times. “Dynamic, explosive athlete,” another scout said. “Little undersized. Top 10. Different frame than (Jason) Pierre-Paul.”

    Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah: 6-2½, 311. Athletic big man compared to Kansas City’s Dontari Poe, the 11th pick a year ago. “He’s a better player than Dontari Poe coming out,” one scout said. “He’s quick-footed, strong, can run.” Started 28 of 37 games. “He’s the most overrated of the bunch (DTs),” another scout said. “He doesn’t really generate pressure. He doesn’t shed guys and make plays.

  • REALLIONAIREB

    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    Honey Badger wouldn’t just be awesome returning kicks, he would be great at covering kicks and punts as well.

    Or do you guys want to watch a San Diego KR blow past “Missile” Mike for a TD for the 3rd season in a row?
    ***********************************

    Sign me up on the Tyrann bandwagon….its amazing Vegas…some people want football players who can make plays and others want athletes who cant play football in 2013

    ———————-

    I think the honey badger if he gonna be had by us we may have to reach in the 3rd round I don’t think he will be there after that

  • xraided

    plus Warmack said he’ll play Center as well. if he proves better than Wiz… then that’s a great problem to have deciding between the two.

    but like Gdog says, that left side is set for the next decade.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Gdog Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:56 pm
    Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Chance Warmack would be an excellent guard for us but not at 3

    But given his skill set…where do you play him….LG or RG?

    I’m going LG….and sign Brandon Moore at RG

    >>>>

    LG between Wiz and Veld.

    That side is set for 6-8 more years.

    Best left side in the NFL by 2014? How many rings did we win with Shell and Upshaw (if you remember them?)
    *********************************

    I’ve met both of them so piss off shedog and go finger yourself to more Palmer lowlights

  • Marks hair

    this team needs star players super star players. Can anyone name a superstar guard ever? Nope never has happened. We need defensive Superstars or somebody who can dominate at ot for years.. even a bus at OT makes a pretty good guard.. nobody takes guard at 3 for good reason.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    REALLIONAIREB Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    Follow The B@Uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:49 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:44 pm
    Honey Badger wouldn’t just be awesome returning kicks, he would be great at covering kicks and punts as well.

    Or do you guys want to watch a San Diego KR blow past “Missile” Mike for a TD for the 3rd season in a row?
    ***********************************

    Sign me up on the Tyrann bandwagon….its amazing Vegas…some people want football players who can make plays and others want athletes who cant play football in 2013

    ———————-

    I think the honey badger if he gonna be had by us we may have to reach in the 3rd round I don’t think he will be there after that
    ************************************

    Yeah I would think so as well…if Maurice Clarret gets drafted then why not him?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Jarvis Jones*, OLB, Georgia: 6-2, 242. Spent two years at Southern California but had a neck problem and transferred. “He didn’t pass the physical at SC,” one scout said. “They don’t know how they got him on the field at Georgia. Really, really raw as a player but he’s so athletic as a rusher. He just wins because he’s a great athlete. Little more athletic than Von Miller even. He plays a million miles an hour. He will be a 3-4 guy probably. The coverage stuff is still new to him.” Finished with 28 sacks. “This year he played with some ankle and (leg) injuries and was nonexistent,” another scout said. “In this league, you’re not going to be 100%. This guy doesn’t play hurt very well.”

    Dee Milliner*, CB, Alabama: 6-1, 198. Three-year starter with six interceptions. “Top 15 easy,” one scout said. “He’s got size, speed, athleticism, ball skills. Well-coached. Great body. He will start pretty early in his career.” Will undergo surgery for a torn labrum in his shoulder after the combine. “I don’t know if he has great, great burst,” another scout said. “But for a nice-sized guy he’s very fluid.”
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    Cordarrelle Patterson*, WR, Tennessee: 6-2, 216. Attended two junior colleges before playing just one season for the Volunteers, catching 46 passes for 778 yards (16.9-yard average) and five touchdowns. “He’s up there,” one scout said. “Pretty good hands. Pretty special. His play speed is unusual. If he doesn’t (run 40 in under 4.4 seconds) it would be a shock to me.”

    Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma: 6-6, 303. Former prep QB (says he could throw a football 70 yards) and TE. “Basically only a two-year player,” one scout said. “He’s pretty good but he’s still raw.” Never started a game until 2011. “He’s an intriguing player,” another scout said. “He kind of got better as the season went along. His stock is really starting to rise. The more film you watch, the more you like this kid. He’s a second-round talent but there are shockers every year like (Philadelphia guard) Danny Watkins in the first (in 2011).”

    Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California: 6-2½, 227. Four-year starter with a 64.1% completion mark, 116 TD passes and 48 interceptions. “Somebody may take him to fit the West Coast offense because that’s what he is,” one scout said. “You put him on a team that’s stretch the field, downfield throwing and he can’t do that. He may be Kevin Kolb, those kind of guys. When he steps in the NFL his talent level may go down a little bit from SC.” Arm strength is a huge concern. “(Agent) Tom Condon will do everything he can to artificially pump him up,” another scout said. “I don’t see it. I think he’s got a weak arm.”

    Eddie Lacy*, RB, Alabama: 5-11, 231. Backed up Trent Richardson for two seasons before serving as featured back on another Crimson Tide national title team. “He’s better than Trent Richardson,” one scout said. “He goes 15 to 30. He’s a freakin’ powerful dude now.” Rushed for 1,322 yards (6.5) and 17 TDs in 2012. “If you got a speed back and you got Eddie Lacy, you’ve got a great combination,” one scout said. “He is a battering ram but I don’t know if he stays healthy for 16 weeks. You better have another guy. You’d like somebody better in the passing game but he does catch the ball OK. Second round.”

    Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon: 6-6, 248. Played all over for the Ducks: up, down and flexed covering wide receivers. “He’s probably as good an athlete as any of them up there and he’s 6-6,” one scout said. “(Like) Simeon Rice. He has the ability to rush the passer but they never really rushed him. When they did rush him he always had pressure or sacks.” Finished with 14½ sacks in 45 games (25 starts). “Top 15 pick,” one scout said. “He’s an outside rusher for a 3-4 team or an end for a 4-3 team. He’s just a big, long athlete that can bend and rush the passer.”

    Johnathan Hankins*, DT, Ohio State: 6-3, 320. Well-rounded inside player. “Naturally strong,” one scout said. “(Sheldon) Richardson is a better player but I’d trust Hankins more. He’s got a chance for the top 20.” Two-year starter with five sacks. “I don’t see him getting off blocks,” one scout said. “I don’t see him controlling blockers in the run game. Overrated.”

    Alec Ogletree*, ILB, Georgia: 6-3, 234. Started 21 of 30 games, missing the first four of 2012 on a drug suspension. Last week, he was arrested for a DUI. “I don’t know how far that’s going to push him back,” one scout said. “He’s a top-10 talent. If you’re the Patriots, you’re taking the guy. It would be just a gift. And that’s what’s going to end up happening.” Can play any position in a 4-3 and either inside spot in a 3-4. “He’s like (Kansas City’s) Derrick Johnson,” another scout said. “He will slip and slide around in there and make a bunch of plays. He’s so athletic and he’s big and can really run. He won’t square up and hit you in the mouth. It’s just the suspension and everything. You’ve got to worry about that.”
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    Keenan Allen*, WR, California: 6-2, 206. Not as fast as Cordarrelle Patterson but far more productive as a three-year starter. “Not as physically gifted as Justin Hunter but he has a lot of skill and is probably a more solid all-around receiver right now,” one scout said. “Hunter’s ceiling is much, much higher. Very smooth for a big man. In a normal draft he’s probably a second-round pick. He probably will go in the first because of need at the position and lack of players.”

    Justin Hunter*, WR, Tennessee: 6-4, 196. Blew out his knee early in 2011 season but came back to catch 73 passes for 1,083 yards (14.8) and nine TDs last season. “Didn’t have quite the year after the ACL but probably the most physically gifted of all the receivers,” one scout said. “You go back and look at (’11) film, he’s special. He didn’t play well this year. He had drops. He didn’t look comfortable on the knee. Long arms. Lean body. Ripped up. Outstanding athlete. He’s really got good hands, too.”

    Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: 5-8½, 174. Proclaimed himself the best all-around player in the draft Friday, and his numbers last season were impressive: 114 catches for 1,289 (11.3), 72 rushes for 643 (8.9), 15 punt returns (11.0) and 33 kickoff returns (24.6). “I don’t like little guys but I love that guy,” one scout said. “He can do the same stuff that (Randall) Cobb did in the slot. Plus, he’s a dynamic punt and kickoff returner. That guy has never missed a game. He’s a ‘Holy (expletive)’ player.”

    Robert Woods*, WR, Southern California: 6-0½, 201. Fourth-year junior and highly productive three-year starter. “He’ll be right around Green Bay’s pick,” one scout said. Declared a year early after he started taking a back seat to ascending teammate Marquise Lee in 2012. Finished with 210 receptions for 3,218 yards (15.3) and 41 TDs.

    Kyle Long, T-G, Oregon: 6-6, 313. On Thursday, he spoke of his drug addiction that derailed his career as a fire-balling left-handed pitcher at Florida State. The son of Raiders Hall of Fame DE Howie Long. Returned to football in 2010-’11 at a junior college, then started five of 11 games for the Ducks. “If he was pristine off the field it wouldn’t matter,” one scout said. “He’s just not a good player.” Other teams see potential. “The crazy stuff off the field is basically a young kid finally with a little freedom who is going to rebel against two overbearing parents,” another scout said. “He says, ‘Hey, take notice of me. You’ve been taking notice of Chris (his older brother) so long, I’m going to act up to get your attention.’ And he went to the extreme and his parents (yanked) him out of Florida State and checked him into rehab and he cleaned himself up. He went to the dark side and he is out of the dark side. He’s probably a better guard than tackle but he’s really talented.”

    Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia: 6-2½, 218. Three-year starter with completion mark of 67.4%, 98 TDs and 21 picks. “He’d be the only (quarterback) I’d consider,” one scout said. “He’s really poised. Really good vision. He’s not one of those system guys who just chucks it to the first guy. He can see the field and read defenses. He’s athletic. He’s gotten a lot better, too, and should get a lot better in the pros.” Another scout compared him to Akili Smith, a draft bust from 1999. “That will end the conversation,” that scout said.

    E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State: 6-4½, 237. Fifth-year senior and two-year starter. “He probably looked the best of all of them in the Senior Bowl,” one scout said. “He’s a big guy, can move around, has a pretty good arm.” Another scout described him as a “leader of men.” Said a third scout: “No chance. He’s just not a quarterback. No vision. No feel. Can’t read defenses. Everything you need, he can’t do it.”

    Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State: 6-7, 225. Two-year starter who took over for Russell Wilson. “He’s got a great arm but he’s a statue,” one scout said. “You’d have to protect really good. I ain’t crazy about him. I’d be scared to take him there (first round).” Compared to Baltimore’s Joe Flacco because of his arm strength. “I think he’s Ichabod Crane,” another scout said. “He’s a statue but he throws a nice ball. He has no foot skills.”

    Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin: 5-10½, 214. Came across as extremely self-assured in session with reporters Friday. “I think he has first-round ability,” one scout said. “Tough. There’s some (character) things you’ve got to check out but I know one thing: He’s productive. He’ll run fast enough. I’d rather have a guy that scores touchdowns than one that doesn’t and runs 4.5.” Rushed for a record 77 TDs to go with 5,140 yards (5.6). “I get mixed reviews on his person,” another scout said. “He’s got all that with him, too. But I do feel he is (a starter). I think he can catch. He’s got great feet and great vision. He can make people miss.” Said a third scout: “Workhorse. You’d be happy with him. He’s not going to game change or anything but he will be a good NFL back.”

    Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State: 6-1, 185. Started 45 of 51 games. “Really good football player,” one scout said. “He’s got length. Not a thick guy by any means but real long arms. Built like a corner. He has good ball skills. Even for a long, lanky guy he has pretty good quickness. Not afraid to hit. Loves football. Quiet kid.” Many scouts question his speed, so his 40 time on Tuesday is much anticipated. Intercepted 16 passes.

    Xavier Rhodes*, CB, Florida State: 6-1, 217. Three-year starter with eight picks. “Big and physical,” one scout said. “Instinctive. Lacks top-end speed. Could be a safety.” Played boundary corner for Seminoles but won’t have that advantage in the NFL. “He is a press corner and will be a second-round pick,” another scout said.

    Logan Ryan*, CB, Rutgers: 6-0, 190. Fourth-year junior and two-year starter. “He’s OK,” said one scout. “Solid. Second-rounder.” Widely admired for his tackling and physical nature.

    Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: 5-11, 190. Started 47 of 50 games. “By his Senior Bowl he will get up in there,” one scout said. “That may be in the first. He’s not as good as his brother but he’s pretty good.” Marcus Trufant has been a Pro Bowl cornerback for Seattle since 2003. “Nice little player,” another scout said. “He’s quick. He’s OK.”

    Sanders Commings, CB-S, Georgia: 6-0, 223. Fifth-year senior made 35 starts in 54 games. “Like (Xavier) Rhodes,” one scout said. “He’s a big guy and plays the boundary (corner) a lot. Probably be a free safety. Pretty good player. Thing that bothers me about him, how fast is he?” Suspended for first two games of 2012 after a campus incident involving alcohol and domestic violence.

    David Amerson*, CB, North Carolina State: 6-2, 194. Led the nation with 13 interceptions in 2011before adding five last season. “He’s got all kind of talent in the world but he doesn’t use it all the time,” one scout said. “He’s disappointing. Somebody will jump on him, though, because he can run.”

    Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas: 6-1, 218. It’s a very good year for safeties but no one can predict which one will be selected first. “He is different than most Texas guys,” one scout said. “He’s tough and physical. He will hit you, but he’s got cover ability, too. I don’t think he will run great. It will be good enough. Maybe the lack of 40 time keeps him out of the first.” Had just five picks in 50 games. “They played him in the slot,” another scout said. “He’s a safety cover guy, not a corner cover guy even though he plays on the slot.”

    Eric Reid*, S, Louisiana State: 6-2, 212. Two-year starter with six interceptions. “He’s probably the best,” one scout said. “Big and instinctive. He’s got a little stiffness to him.” Several personnel men questioned the physical nature of his play. “I don’t think he’s a big hitter,” said one. “I’m not sure if he has deep safety awareness. I don’t expect him to be great in man (coverage) but in zone people get behind him all the time. He bothers me, he really does. But he looks the part.”

    Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International: 6-0, 209. Started 45 of 50 games and registered seven picks. Moved up significantly after impressive week at the Senior Bowl. “I had him in the fourth on the school call,” one scout said. “You can’t jump a guy to the second round but somebody will. He’s probably going to run pretty well. He’s a terrific kid. He will hit you.”

    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State: 6-1, 210. Started all 25 games in 2010 and ’12 but sat out ’11 with an ankle injury. “He’s got really good ball skills,” one scout said. “He’s very athletic. He’s a fine football player.” Picked off 13 passes. “He’s a tough guy,” another scout said.

    Packers draft outlook – m.JSOnline.com

  • DKnight007

    guest123 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Warmack – problem is you don’t go wasting the #3 overall pick on a guard.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Sooooo…who do you “waste” the 3rd overall pick on…when there is no clear cut player to choose at #3?

    I would certainly rather “waste” a pick on a solid Guard prospect ahead of a short armed 3 tech UT who will probably flameout.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Some really awesome stat/rankings broken down by John Pollard ‏@JPSTATS

    Ansah tied for the lead among Combine participants in 10 deflected passes at the line / defensed in 2012. Tied with William Gholston.

    Ansah ranks 3rd among Combine participants in “Impact Tackles”, tackles 2yds or less from the LOS.

    Combine DLs who have the most Pressures when Matched up v Combine OL Participants: Carradine, Simon, Lewis-Moore, Hill, Floyd, Montgomery

    Studying DEs, sample group of top prospects came out this way when measuring Pressures/Snap:1) Ansah 2) Mingo 3) Okafor 4) Werner 5) Jordan

    Top Prospect DEs when measuring Sacks/Snap: 1) Ansah 2) Okafor 3) Werner 4) Moore 5) Jordan

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    from Nfl.com bucky brooks

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard. Most importantly, they suggested that Moore was unprepared for the workout, which is a major red flag for scouts wondering if they can count on him to become an immediate difference-maker at the next level

  • PlunkforHOF

    What is up Raider fans and others?

    My mantra for the draft:

    TRADE DOWN and build the lines on bith sides.

    Thanks to the B@uceman for the shout out. Growing season starts soon!

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Damontre Moore*, DE, Texas A&M: 6-4½, 250. Finished with 26½ sacks in 38 games (23 starts). “He’s a little bigger than Mingo,” one scout said. “He played a lot of defensive end this year where in the past he has been a 3-4 outside linebacker. High sack guy. Doesn’t run near like Mingo. He’s a little bit stronger and a little bit stouter at the point. Just a puppy (20 years old).” Also rushed inside at times. “Dynamic, explosive athlete,” another scout said. “Little undersized. Top 10. Different frame than (Jason) Pierre-Paul.”
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    Going to drop in draft and everyone will shake their heads in a few years as to why when he is producing in NFL

  • da trinity

    Dee mill ran 4.31

  • Follow the B@uceman

    PlunkHOF in the house!

    Yes both lines….thats how you win…and our line play collectively hasnt been good enough to win titles

  • DKnight007

    I also would rather see Raiders pick Dion Jordan ahead of any DT/NT and ahead of Werner and Geno.

    I wouldn’t let the shoulder surgery scare them away.

    He makes plays and can cover. Can play as a 3-4 stand up rusher and cover and can play as a down RDE rusher from time to time. He will also get stronger.

  • guest123

    TRADE DOWN and build the lines on bith sides.

    *******

    agreed. I think that is universally the opinion around here. With a huge gap in picks after #3 and so many needs. And then you got a bounty of pretty evenly talented players in the first two rounds. It would be a damn shame to see them all fly off the boards. 2 impact players is always better than 1.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Tyrann Mathieu‏@Mathieu_Era Twiter

    Games are won on the field not the weight room… #Playmaker

    DeionSanders‏@DeionSanders

    The 40. The rest dont make sense. The Bench press doesn’t have a thing to do with football.

  • DKnight007

    231.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    from Nfl.com bucky brooks

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard. Most importantly, they suggested that Moore was unprepared for the workout, which is a major red flag for scouts wondering if they can count on him to become an immediate difference-maker at the next level

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Terrible showing by D Moore….he was waaaaaay worse than Te’o! Lol

  • Follow the B@uceman
  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Im not that concerned if a DB doesnt put up 225 alot. I want them batting that ball down or making plays..

    Mathieu played in the SEC as a freshman 18 .. and 19 yrs old.

    I want my Linebackers, my DE/ DT / and S in the weight room pushing up alot of weigh tho

    Like Deion said guy by the name of Fred Smoot only put up 225 one x at the combine played like 9 yrs

  • da trinity

    Rauderallday, good stuff bro

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    231.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    from Nfl.com bucky brooks

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard. Most importantly, they suggested that Moore was unprepared for the workout, which is a major red flag for scouts wondering if they can count on him to become an immediate difference-maker at the next level

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Terrible showing by D Moore….he was waaaaaay worse than Te’o! Lol
    ***************************

    Now you are just lying…did you hear Manti’s excuse after? Exactly…..his showing was far worse than his lie that he isnt gay

  • Marks hair

    the problem with 3 is it’s not a great trade slot unless maybe Gino slides and somebody really wants him.. most likely we’lll take someone on the D line. Jordan or Floyd fits best. both can play 43 or 34

  • DKnight007

    243.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    231.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    from Nfl.com bucky brooks

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard. Most importantly, they suggested that Moore was unprepared for the workout, which is a major red flag for scouts wondering if they can count on him to become an immediate difference-maker at the next level

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Terrible showing by D Moore….he was waaaaaay worse than Te’o! Lol
    ***************************

    Now you are just lying…did you hear Manti’s excuse after? Exactly…..his showing was far worse than his lie that he isnt gay

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I’m not making excuses for anybody. D Moore looked terrible. Admit it.

    I don’t give a crap if Te’o is homo or not…that’s his problem…not mine.

  • aig-raiders

    The only guy I want is Star Man. Instant Impact player. BTW, I’m hearing Raider fans on twitter board inquiring about A Smith as our QB. WTFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!!!!!
    Hellll NOOOOOO!!!!

  • guest123

    Now you are just lying…did you hear Manti’s excuse after? Exactly…..his showing was far worse than his lie that he isnt gay

    ^^^^^^^

    yep, how many other LB’s on their interview talk about how the combine is ‘stressful’ and how they were ‘tired’. The combine is built that way. It’s not a walk in the park. By design it’s meant to push guys to see what they are made of. Te’Os brutal honesty counts against him. GM’s don’t want nice guys manning the mike. They want arseholes like Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher. They don’t give a schit.. they just play.

  • DKnight007

    Moore is not going to be the pick of Raiders…he is dropping like a fly.

    When Te’o is drafted by a good team like Pats, Steelers, Ravens, Packers, Bears….he will wind up being a better football player than D Moore though.

  • Marks hair

    more looked slow and his legs look skinny and then he couldn’t bench press anything. I was not impressed. Teo is small and slow just like everybody thought.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:13 pm
    243.Follow the B@uceman Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:10 pm
    DKnight007 Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
    231.RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    from Nfl.com bucky brooks

    Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M: Moore’s pedestrian workout made him one of the biggest disappointments of the combine. He mustered just 12 reps on the bench press, a dismal showing that he followed with a 4.95-second 40-yard dash. For a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end with pass-rushing prowess, those numbers were abysmal in every regard. Most importantly, they suggested that Moore was unprepared for the workout, which is a major red flag for scouts wondering if they can count on him to become an immediate difference-maker at the next level

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Terrible showing by D Moore….he was waaaaaay worse than Te’o! Lol
    ***************************

    Now you are just lying…did you hear Manti’s excuse after? Exactly…..his showing was far worse than his lie that he isnt gay

    ^^^^^^^^^^
    I’m not making excuses for anybody. D Moore looked terrible. Admit it.

    I don’t give a crap if Te’o is homo or not…that’s his problem…not mine.
    ********************************

    Read yesterday’s post…I said he didnt do well and he better step it up on pro day….see I call things as is…not for what I want them to be…..cue to Ansah lovers