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Raiders at West Virginia pro day; eyeing Smith?

By Steve Corkran
Thursday, March 14th, 2013 at 2:13 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders were one of 29 teams with a representative at the workout of West Virginia players on Thursday.
That fuels speculation that the Raiders are considering West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft late next month.
Smith is regarded as the top quarterback prospect in this year’s draft, though many draft analysts aren’t certain any of the quarterbacks are worthy of being selected early in the first round.
The Raiders have Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor under contract. However, it’s conceivable that the Raiders release or trade Palmer, draft Smith and add a cheaper veteran through free agency.
It’s also possible that the Raiders are showing interest in Smith only as a means of increasing their leverage for a potential deal with a team interested in trading up for the No. 3 pick so that it can be assured of getting Smith.
Smith completed 71.2 percent of his passes for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns, while being intercepted only six times in 518 pass attempts.
The Raiders also got a chance to take a long look at West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, regarded by many as a first-round prospect.
The release of receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Tuesday leaves the Raiders thin at that position. Austin is viewed as a potential big-play receiver.

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  • guest123

    Jacksonville sent every one of the front office personnel and coaching staff to Geno’s pro day. You got to think they are very seriously considering him.

  • hwnrdr

    You know, I always wondered what it would be like having Asomugha and Woodson on the field together. Not sure I would like seeing that across the Bay, but heck, they are the older versions of what they used to be!

  • guest123

    Let’s hope Roach gets the number 55

  • R8ER MIKE

    morning Hwnrdr..
    lol lol.. he11 yeah.. smokin a roach
    while wearing a Roach jersey !!
    welcome to the NATION Papa Roach !!

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

  • r8eray

    If Reggie could somehow move away from the 1st round entirely and end up with a 1st and 2nd round next year along with 2 maybe 3 2nd rounders this year…that would be awesome!!

    Then he could still grab a QB (EJ Manuel) and fill in a few roster (starter) positions!!

  • theghostronin79

    Raiders are high on Lacey btw.

    ============

    They SHOULD BE……..Lacey is a BAD Mu’FkkA

  • edward teach

    986.Marks hair Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:36 am
    Why would WE need a day 1 starter? Grooming a franchise qb wouldnt hurt a bit..

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

    Say what you want about Carson Palmer as a player (not you specifically, just a figure of speech), but the man is a true professional. He would be a tremendous asset for Geno Smith should Smith come here.

    Learn on the fly as a rookie or sit for a year and learn the ropes from a veteran like Palmer? No brainer.

    The obvious quandary is whether you’re willing to spend he third pick in the draft to do that when you have so many other holes.

    As I said, we’ll know the truth about how Pryor is viewed by the org in a very short amount of time.

  • hwnrdr

    1004.R8ER MIKE Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:50 am
    morning Hwnrdr..
    lol lol.. he11 yeah.. smokin a roach
    while wearing a Roach jersey !!
    welcome to the NATION Papa Roach !!

    LOL…”Cut my life into pieces, this is my last resort!”

  • guest123

    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    backup RB’s are available at the dollar store. in a big plastic tub.

  • R8ER MIKE

    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:51 am
    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

    ************
    could pair up DMAC with his old college buddy Felix Jones.

  • r8eray

    Guest123 Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:49 am
    Let’s hope Roach gets the number 55

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    Naw…I’d like to see him wear #42!!

    How cool would that be?

    Add the zero later!!

    ;)

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    POST-1006,VERY GOOD POINT..I SAID THIS A MONTH OR SO AGO..

  • guest123

    Geno would benefit greatly by working under Carson for a year, but the cost is prohibitive. I don’t think we keep Carson if we know we aren’t going to be competitive anyway. It’s either cut or trade him.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    theghostronin79 Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Raiders are high on Lacey btw.

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    They SHOULD BE……..Lacey is a BAD Mu’FkkA

    ++++++++

    yep. id take lacey over mcfadden. im over dmac. he had his chances.

    i gotta think reggie is eyeing either a tackle or defensive end at #3. if he could trade dmac/palmer, he could then draft lacey in the 2nd.

    if he cant trade palmer/dmac, hed have to trade down the #3 and could still be eyeing a defensive end or interior lineman in the middle 1st.

  • hwnrdr

    BTW: Cool name and all, but never really followed the Bears. Was Roach any good?

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    guest123 Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:52 am
    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    backup RB’s are available at the dollar store. in a big plastic tub.
    —————————–
    good to know lol

  • http://profootballtalk.com Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush)

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:53 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:51 am
    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

    ************
    could pair up DMAC with his old college buddy Felix Jones.
    ———————-
    interesting

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    i still think reggie likes tyler bray or sean renfree as a qb to develop. not smith or manuel.

  • DJ Johnny

    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:44 am
    989.radraider Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:38 am
    Share

    Nick Roach | OLB Previous Team: Chicago Exp: 6 years

    Analysis: Roach has agreed to terms with the Raiders, ESPN Chicago reported Friday. The contract is believed to be for 3-4 years, at $3-$4 million per year.

    Just seen that! Well, welcome to the Nation Mr. Roach!

    At first blush, that seems like a lot for Mr. Roach.

  • guest123

    could pair up DMAC with his old college buddy Felix Jones.

    *********

    lol, between them they would have at any one time one healthy knee, one healthy foot, one healthy groin.

    If you could do a Frankenstien mashup you’d have a helluva player!

  • edward teach

    R8ER MIKE Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:53 am
    Raideraholic (AKAHairyBush) Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:51 am
    Goodson may sign with Jets, I wonder who are backup RB will be.

    ************
    could pair up DMAC with his old college buddy Felix Jones.

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

    We could use a hammer. Brandon Jacobs would be cheap.

  • guest123

    Brandon Jacobs used to be a sledge, now he’s a ball peen.

  • hwnrdr

    How about the other one from NY?

  • hwnrdr

    Bradshaw…?

  • Marks hair

    Landry will be long gone unless we get more pix.

  • RaidingTexas

    DJ Johnny Says:

    At first blush, that seems like a lot for Mr. Roach.

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    I don’t think so. He is a pretty good LB, great tackler (which we haven’t seen a lot of for years). Plays strong side for the most part, but proved he can slip right into MLB when he filled in for Urlacher.

    This is a great value signing. Good work, Reggie!

  • edward teach

    1020.DJ Johnny Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:57 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:44 am
    989.radraider Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:38 am
    Share

    Nick Roach | OLB Previous Team: Chicago Exp: 6 years

    Analysis: Roach has agreed to terms with the Raiders, ESPN Chicago reported Friday. The contract is believed to be for 3-4 years, at $3-$4 million per year.

    Just seen that! Well, welcome to the Nation Mr. Roach!

    At first blush, that seems like a lot for Mr. Roach.

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

    He was a starting linebacker for one of the better defenses in the league, and was able to switch positions and fill in very well for Urlacher when Urlacher got injured. So, he has proven he can play more than one linebacker position very well. He also didn’t cost us much more per year than the Bears were paying him; we just gave him more years.

    Not sure how you’d think we overpaid for him. I’m kinda surprised we got him for what we did. Looks like an upgrade over Wheeler and we would have had to pay Wheeler stupid money to stay.

  • guest123

    Surprised Bradshaw is still available. He had a foot bone issue and it seems to be chronic. Maybe scared off most teams. I wouldn’t be surprised if he retired early.

  • RaidingTexas

    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:55 am
    BTW: Cool name and all, but never really followed the Bears. Was Roach any good?

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    It’s a perfect Raider name!

    He had over 40 tackles in the last four games last year at MLB! This guy is a hawk, with sure tackling skills. An excellent replacement for Rolando.

  • Gdog

    Roach PFF -2.5 last season… Looks like he had some pretty good games against crap opponents (Ari, Jax, StL, Ten) Struggled vs Ind, Hou, Min.

    Didn’t have real high ratings nor very low his whole career.

    This is a nice pickup. Nothing great. Not horrible. Average LB… we need depth at LB! Good job Reggie.

  • Marks hair

    I like roach. I like sims as a space eater.. nice little moves so far.

  • DT42

    Sales for Oakland Raiders Roach jerseys will explode by this afternoon. If he is any good we can call the middle of the defense the Roach motel.

  • Dunno Raider

    Roach. Takes me back to the early 70′s. Good Raider name.

  • hwnrdr

    1030.RaidingTexas Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 7:06 am
    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:55 am
    BTW: Cool name and all, but never really followed the Bears. Was Roach any good?

    ——————————————

    It’s a perfect Raider name!

    He had over 40 tackles in the last four games last year at MLB! This guy is a hawk, with sure tackling skills. An excellent replacement for Rolando.
    Cool!

  • Gdog

    RaidingTexas Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Hwnrdr Says:
    March 15th, 2013 at 6:55 am
    BTW: Cool name and all, but never really followed the Bears. Was Roach any good?

    ——————————————

    It’s a perfect Raider name!

    He had over 40 tackles in the last four games last year at MLB! This guy is a hawk, with sure tackling skills. An excellent replacement for Rolando.

    >>>>

    Upgrade over McClain, sure. We still need to replace Wheeler though, and he’s not even close to that. At least not so far in his career.

  • monster93

    Stop the panic and stop this Dumpster Diving wailing. Nick Roach is a starting LB from the Bears (started 29 of 32 games the last 2 years). He can play MLB and filled in well for Urlacher when Brian was injured. 6 teams were interested in him, Raiders got him for a reasonable $3-4Mil. Bears wanted to keep him but couldn’t because of their salary cap issues.

  • BLACKBONES

    GIVE REG TIME, THINK ABOUT 2014 – WE WON’T HAVE 32 MIL IN DEAD MONEY + THINK ABOUT HOW MANY COMPENSATORY PICKS WE WILL RECEIVE FOR ALL THE PLAYERS WE LOST AND WILL CONTINUE TO LOSE. NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE BEGINNING OF THE DYNASTY.