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Allen: `I feel like it’s Christmas Eve’

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, April 25th, 2013 at 11:26 am in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen took a couple of minutes to take questions on the NFL Network hours before the Raiders are scheduled to make their first pick Thursday:

Q: You had to wait last year until the very last pick on Friday night last year. What’s it like to be preparing for a first-round pick:

Allen: We’re a little bit busier right now then we were last year. I feel like it’s Christmas Eve and we’re waiting for the opportunity to open up our Christmas presents when the draft starts.

Q: What’s under the tree at No. 3?

Allen: There’s a lot of gifts under there, we’ve just got to figure out which one’s for us.

Q: No Tommy Kelly, No Richard Seymour, you need a D-lineman. Is this a defensive line pick at 3?

Allen: I’ll tell you, here’s going to be our philosophy and it won’t ever change from this _ we’re going to take the best player available when it comes our time to pick. We feel very comfortable about where our board is set, what’s available there at No.3, and we’ll pick the best player that we think can have the biggest impact on our team.

Q: How many calls has Reggie McKenzie fielded about the pick?

Allen: He’s been pretty busy. He’s kept his cell phone up to his ear so there’s been a lot of communication about potentially anyone that might want to come up to No. 3 and we’ll let that play out as we go along. There’s still a lot of time left in the day. The great thing for us is we feel very comfortable about where we’re at at No. 3. We feel very comfortable at what we think is going to be available there to us and so we’re just going to sit there and we’ll let the day play out.

Q: Would you like to get out? Logic dictates you need picks, you need players, with so many veterans leaving, you need the bodies, don’t you?

Allen: I think you’ve got to weigh out the cost-benefit analysis at what’s going to be there at No.3 and what we can gain from backing out of the pick. That’s the thing that we’ve got to look at when you look at backing up in the draft.

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  • Marks hair

    obviously it’s presumptuous.. but, de is our biggest need and ansah is probably the drafts most freakish talent.. I believe he would be als guy.

  • nwr8r

    I believe Al would pick Ansah

  • DaRaidazzzzzzz

    First time posting. Figured I’d register and comment on this important day.

    Here’s hoping that RM has his ducks in a row and is able to trade down to get some more picks. I’d love to see Star being who we draft (later on, after acquiring an additional pick or 2).

    Whether it be the Cards, Jets (for one of their first round picks and a #2), Dolphins, Chargers, etc. I couldn’t care less who the trade partner is. As long as we get the desired result (getting a decent first rounder and additional choice(s).

    I would be disappointed if either:

    1. Stay at #3 and draft Floyd (okay with getting him in a deal as above).

    2. Same applies to Hayden. Although very talented, I still prefer a few solid players (we need solid quantity here) to one real solid guy that isn’t going to be a huge difference maker, record wise.

    3. Draft Geno Smith anywhere.

    I think RM has that as a priority and hope he can parlay our #3 to something we’ll all be cool with!

  • oakfasho

    Denise sucks.Reggie sucks.2-14.

  • TxRaider210

    I say Al would pick Austin, or Ansah at pick 3..

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    TxRaider210 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    O

    Whut’s up bro? You tried the Alaskan Thunder Fk yet?
    $$$$$$$$$$$

    Long time ago. One of the best strains I tasted.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    I like Austin, but we have Ford.

  • TxRaider210

    O

    Hell yes bro, stuff is smooth and tastes superior to the others around here. Hope it comes back around soon..

  • nycraider

    the only hint reggie gave was that he will look to take an impact player. i fear that means he may be thinking about geno smith. My hope i he is going to get us a DE. We will see

  • Plunketthead

    If we don’t pick Star the Panthers are liable to get their second Def rookie of the year in a row.

    How awesome would that be to pick one, let alone two

    Go Reggie!!

  • Plunketthead

    Didn’t Reggie say he fell he like with one player?

    I have a feeling its Ziggy.

  • Marks hair

    seeds are cheap, and waters free. for now

  • Marks hair

    I used to love this stuff called white fire havent had it in ages. only one shop had it and the pigs shut it down.. cheese was great too

  • TxRaider210

    512 LOL True..

  • Plunketthead

    Two hours! I hope we trade back and get Star
    Stop the run and run the ball

  • dr_robert

    wow–shocker that kc is going fisher. ballsy.

  • TxRaider210

    Marks hair

    Hey bro, least you have the luxury of having shops..

  • irjonny

    Chargers Signed RFA WR Denario Alexander. Part of trade with Raiders is my guess

  • dr_robert

    reggie: “when we go to camp, it will be flynn. and u know, whatever other qb’s are on the roster at that time will compete.”

    hmm.

  • SnBG

    With a trade down that doesn’t go past 10 take Star or Jordan or Ansah or Mingo. I wouldn’t cry if we take Floyd either. In the 2nd take an OT. In the 3rd take a CB.

  • Plunketthead

    http://www.sanniesshop.com/drizella.html

    I just grew this and I highly recommend it

  • boss01

    Pass on Ansah, he’s one ugly mo fo, all hype

  • Raider E

    Geno Smith at #3 and call it a day, Reg.

  • nwr8r

    wow–shocker that kc is going fisher. ballsy.

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

    Little more athletic possibly? Think Andy Reid and getting Jamal Charles in space.

  • SnBG

    Plunketthead Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Two hours! I hope we trade back and get Star
    Stop the run and run the ball
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    I like Star so can’t argue too much but I want to see the Raiders rush the passer and throw the ball.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Al would draft a CB, but Milliner lacks elite speed and Hayden had health issues.
    Al would draft L Johnson, D Jordan, or Ansah IMO.
    Freakish athletes. I’m still shocked we didn’t draft JPP. I thought it was a done deal when he was doing back flips at the combine.

  • dr_robert

    95.7 the game is now the flagship station for the raiders.

  • Marks hair

    our cops just make their own rules.. shut down our shops.. they ticket ppl for using hand held gps too.. another nonexistent law… then our local judges stand by the cops.. my town has fed- state and city cop laws..

  • boss01

    Overview

    Floyd was a big-time high school recruit from Philadelphia, winning the 2009 Maxwell Football Club National High School Player of the Year and excelling in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (two sacks). Like many other young players, Floyd struggled with a rough childhood (bouncing between multiple homes), before settling in Gainesville. In fact, Floyd’s school held a bake sale to help him pay for the trip to the All-American Bowl, and he also received additional funds from a third party to visit campuses during the recruiting process.

    The NCAA investigated those “impermissible benefits” and docked Floyd the first two games of the his sophomore season (reducing the suspension from four games due to “personal hardship”). He started the next 11 games at defensive end in head coach Will Muschamp’s 3-4 defense(46 totals tackles, 6.5 for loss), culminating with a 1.5-sack performance in the team’s 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl. Floyd had already showed promise as a member of the coaches’ Freshman All-SEC squad in 2010, playing in all 13 games with one of his two starts coming against Penn State in the Gators’ Outback Bowl win (he had two tackles, a tackle for loss).

    Floyd’s statistics are by no means elite (26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks in two years), but his ability to be a factor playing every position along the defensive line is a testament to his hustle and athleticism for his size. His final season saw him earn third-team All-America honors as he helped anchor a Gator defense that was amongst the best in the entire nation.
    Analysis
    Strengths
    Athletic three/five-technique prospect with solid overall strength. Possesses a quick and long first step when in pass rush mode, can swim over his opponent or get his hands up into his man’s jersey to push him into the backfield. Often lined up outside the tackle (even standing up) despite his size, showed quickness to rush the passer and quick feet to contain on the edge. Combines good effort and short-area agility for his size to chase plays across the field and get his long arms around ball carriers when closing in. Experience as a two-gapper, keeps his eyes in the backfield and sheds to either direction to grab running backs coming his direction. Flashes violent hands to swipe away blockers on his way to the ball carrier. Great balance and flexibility, and shows good change of direction ability and showing some ability to bend on the edge. Excellent at shooting gaps and reducing his surface area while working through trash inside. Splits double-teams in pass protection well with quickness.

    Weaknesses

    Has long legs and plays with high pad level, at times causing him problems when trying to anchor. Lacks the elite closing speed to make a lot of plays outside the box. Will stop after initial contact, must prove he has the stamina to make an impact in significant minutes against NFL competition. Tendency to stop his feet on contact. While he has experience two-gapping, he still needs a lot of technique work in that area; he has a tendency to turn his body, especially against double teams, causing him to get washed out or moved upfield. Suffered a torn ACL in high school. Changing positions may have stunted his growth in college, as he has never been allowed to focus on one particular skill set.
    NFL Comparison
    Muhammad Wilkerson
    Bottom Line
    A rough childhood did not prevent Floyd from earning national accolades for his play in high school, as he won the 2009 Maxwell Football Club’s National Player of the Year award. And by the end of his sophomore year at Florida (he racked up 1.5 sacks against Ohio State in the team’s Gator Bowl win), Floyd began showing scouts the athleticism, strength, and motor they require in a top tackle prospect. He has been an incredibly important and versatile defender up front for Florida, playing both one and two-gap techniques at defensive end, one and three-technique, and as a true zero-technique nose tackle. While Floyd is rough around the edges and will take time to develop as a two-gapper, the Gator’s quickness, athleticism, and scheme versatility will make him coveted by 4-3 and 3-4 teams alike in the first round.

    ====

    Floyd is the next Muhammad Wilkerson???? PASS!

    “Lacks the elite closing speed to make a lot of plays outside the box” NO THANKS!

  • realtruraider

    Trade down and take Hayden or Jones, those two will be the best defensive players from this draft day one

  • dr_robert

    Nwr8r Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    wow–shocker that kc is going fisher. ballsy.

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

    Little more athletic possibly? Think Andy Reid and getting Jamal Charles in space.

    **********

    i’m just shocked they went with a MAC kid when joekel was there, who would be a perfect safe choice that would likely have a very low chance of busting.

  • boss01

    “Floyd’s statistics are by no means elite (26 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks in two years)” Translation: He’s no Warren Sapp.

  • SnBG

    Boss01 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:07 pm
    Pass on Ansah, he’s one ugly mo fo, all hype
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    Ansah will be a beast. Very disruptive.Line him up everywhere!

  • Paul8148

    Jags have to take Joekel now, right?

  • PlunkforHOF

    About 2 hours and we’re on the clock!

  • TxRaider210

    Talk to you fellas later, meeting the lady for a beer. Raider on!

  • Marks hair

    how can we trade with the chargers? is rubbing a handful of shít into rivers fat mouth part of the deal?

  • dr_robert

    wow. what do we do if joekel falls to us?

  • kellygreenninja

    So…. who are the Jags gonna take?

  • RaiderRetribution

    Austin is a punt returner, Ford is a KO returner.

    Raiders still need to improve at WR,

    We need weapons, best weapon is T. Austin.

    Trade down w/ Philadelphia, then Detroit, then draft Austin.

    NY & Buffalo will need to pony up.

  • nwr8r

    i’m just shocked they went with a MAC kid when joekel was there, who would be a perfect safe choice that would likely have a very low chance of busting.

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

    Hopefully it gives Reggie better trade options if he gets past JAX which I think he will

  • boss01

    The more I think about it the more I like Chance to wear Silver and Black.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Later Tx.

  • dr_robert

    EVERY wr reggie has brought in has been 6’2″ or taller.

    austin? no.

  • realtruraider

    Dr_robert Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    wow. what do we do if joekel falls to us?

    —————————————————-

    Trade that pick for a bounty

  • inonewordraider

    Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter10m
    Time to change this: Over past 9 years, Raiders are only NFL that has not drafted a Pro-Bowl player in first round.

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  • nwr8r

    I think the Jags take Ansah or Jordan, they have Monroe at LT and Gus Bradley coached Irwin and Clemons in Seattle

  • nwr8r

    Marks hair Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    how can we trade with the chargers? is rubbing a handful of shít into rivers fat mouth part of the deal?

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

    lmao

  • The_Judge37

    “Lacks the elite closing speed to make a lot of plays outside the box” NO THANKS!
    ——-

    What DT’s do have great speed?

  • kellygreenninja

    I know it’s not right, but you look at Joekel, and the kid doesn’t look very ferocious.