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Gruden on McKenzie

Asked Jon Gruden on a conference call about Reggie McKenzie’s philosophy of identifying high-character players and the whether any of the athletes he had on his ESPN shows fit that criteria, and here was his response:

“I think Reggie’s going to do fine. He’s got an unbelievable pedigree. He’s been around the best football people in the business, guys like Ron Wolf and others. No question about that. He has a background with the Raiders being a former player with Oakland. And I know football character and character is highly touted when it comes to finding and developing players, and Reggie McKenzie is going to find guys that I think fit that criteria. I think all of the kids that we have in here this year have high football character.

“I also feel like every once in a while you need some characters. You need a couple guys that are a little off the beaten path, maybe guys that live in the left lane to a degree. But the Raiders are rebuilding. Obviously, they’ve made dramatic changes on their roster. They’ve let go of some veterans that are well‑recognized and I’m sure leaders on that football team. So not only do you have to find character, you better find some playmakers, because everybody else in the league has them. ”

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  • DennisAllensVisor

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Opinions are like buttholes…RM knows the Raiders don’t have room for gambles and that is what this team can not afford the luxury of another failed 1st rounder.

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    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:45 pm
    Not saying it factors much, but if Reggie really wants a guy he is pretty sure will be there at #7 as opposed to #3, you trade back, save cap space, and get whatever the hell you can in a trade down.

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    Cap space has nothing to do with that decision in my opinion.

    If you want a guy and you’re pretty sure he will be there @7, the tradeback is done to acquire more picks.

    Cap space means nothing.

    If it did, then it would factor in trading up for someone later in the draft. It doesnt.

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    The pick failing has nothing to do with how much he is being paid.

  • Raidernationdave

    Exactly. If the Raiders look for value in the late first round they are sure to find it. Trade that 3rd for a 21st, a 2nd and a 3rd and off we go.

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    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Trading back and picking up 2nd or 3rd round picks is much different than picking up 5th and 6th rd picks.2nd and 3rd rounders can be projected as starters.

    Lefty12 Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:50 pm
    I’d say you trade back to get more picks,not necessarily to save cap space.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:55 pm
    Trading back and picking up 2nd or 3rd round picks is much different than picking up 5th and 6th rd picks.

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    Exactly.

    So when you see teams trade down a spot or two and get a 5th rounder, what do you think they value more, that 5th round pick, or the couple million bucks they saved?

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    Well, no team trade’s down in the 1st and only gets a 5th rounder.

  • Raidernationdave

    Uh….. I just don’t know what to say to that.

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    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    The pick failing has nothing to do with how much he is being paid.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Look at last year.

    The Bucs traded down from #5 to #7, and picked up a 4th round pick.

    The savings from Blackmon’s contract at #5 (18.5 mil) to Barron’s at #7 (14.5) is literally a million dollars a year over 4 years.

    The 4th round pick? They traded it away later, lol.

  • lefty12

    When flip spots in say the 4th rd and pick up a 7th,you aren’t doing it to save money,you’re doing it to get an extra pick,possible for bait in another trade.The cap has zero to do with it.

  • StarUkulele

    According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, “some teams still wonder about” BYU DE Ziggy Ansah’s age.
    Ansah immigrated from Ghana in 2009, and says he was born May 29, 1989. Per Mort, “buzz behind the scenes” about Ansah’s age picked up after he appeared “old in the face” at his Pro Day workout. Ansah has since sent his passport to a “select group of teams.” Ansah didn’t move to the United States with the intention of becoming a football player, so it’s unlikely he’s trying to pull a fast one. It shouldn’t be a real issue leading up to the draft.

    Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter

    Stay away from homeboy…dude looks 40ish!

  • lefty12

    *you-when you flip……..

  • rediaR

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Opinions are like buttholes…RM knows the Raiders don’t have room for gambles and that is what this team can not afford the luxury of another failed 1st rounder.
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    If Reggie is scared he’s going to screw up drafting high, then he shouldn’t be a GM. He’s supposed to be able to find the best players and pick them if they are available. All draft picks are gambles. I’m not saying Reggie should pick a player at #3 that he doesn’t believe in. If there is a guy he thinks is elite, on the other hand, he should absolutely pick him.

    Reggie should trade down if he doesn’t think there is an elite player available at #3, or if he is confident (REALLY CONFIDENT) that his player will fall to where he trades. If he sees elite talent and passes it up for some gambles he feels less confident about, then fire him, because he’s obviously not fit to make decisions.

  • Raidernationdave

    It’s not about being “scared” it’s about being “smart” with the few dollars the Raiders have.

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    RediaR Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    If Reggie is scared he’s going to screw up drafting high, then he shouldn’t be a GM. He’s supposed to be able to find the best players and pick them if they are available. All draft picks are gambles. I’m not saying Reggie should pick a player at #3 that he doesn’t believe in. If there is a guy he thinks is elite, on the other hand, he should absolutely pick him.

    Reggie should trade down if he doesn’t think there is an elite player available at #3, or if he is confident (REALLY CONFIDENT) that his player will fall to where he trades. If he sees elite talent and passes it up for some gambles he feels less confident about, then fire him, because he’s obviously not fit to make

  • Relentless

    You guys can’t say 5th picks don’t start. Later rounds do start like Burris, Denarious more that I can’t remember. Later rds can start. Bergstrom didn’t and he was a 2nd rd.

  • lefty12

    Bergstrom was a 3rd rd/4th rd pick.

  • Raidernationdave

    The difference between a guy picked in top 5 versus a guy picked in the 20th or higher is huge. The Raiders are likely to find steals and solid picks the last half of the first round….the good teams (read: well run) always do.

  • Just Fire Baby

    New post ladies

  • raidertbone

    26 hours until the schedule is released!

  • SnBG

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    Cap space has nothing to do with that decision in my opinion.—-
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    How does the NFL Draft impact the Salary Cap?
    Answer: Team salary includes the Rookie Minimum Active Salary as of the day of the draft for all drafted rookies. The salary for drafted rookies will stay at this amount until the player is signed, the team’s rights are relinquished through waivers, or until the Tuesday following the tenth week of the regular season if the player remains unsigned. Note also that there is a Rookie Salary Cap, which is a subset of the overall cap. Each team has its own unique Rookie Salary Cap, based on the number of draft picks they have and where in each round the picks ocurred.

  • SnBG

    Raidernationdave Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    Exactly. If the Raiders look for value in the late first round they are sure to find it. Trade that 3rd for a 21st, a 2nd and a 3rd and off we go.
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    Why would you want to do that when you can possibly get an 8-10 pick and still have a 2nd and 3rd

  • SnBG

    How much does each team have to spend against the NFL Salary Cap?

    Answer: The baseline cap for each team in 2012 is $120.6M.

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