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

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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  • Plunketthead

    REGGIE PLease don’t draft

    Plunketthead = Geno/Teo
    InonewordRaider = Floyd/Teo
    Rockstar = Barkley/Johnson
    HST – Teo/Barkley
    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro

  • RaiderRockstar
  • rediaR

    I’m not offended. It’s just… silly.

  • Plunketthead

    REGGIE PLease don’t draft

    Plunketthead = Geno/Teo
    InonewordRaider = Floyd/Teo
    Rockstar = Barkley/Johnson
    HST – Teo/Barkley
    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro
    Mcfadsneakers = Geno

    Add your picks to the list yourself

    Nice job HST I like that

  • inonewordraider

    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro
    _____________
    as a texan tell me what you don’t like about vacarro, coverage?

  • McFaddens_Sneakers
  • RaiderRockstar

    @Inonewordraider

    Redia just assumed you were gay because you’re a Laker fan.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Judge

    Olsen is a legit OC. Also did you check out our new LB, ST, and OL coaches. These are not bottom of the barrell guys. Last year because Raiders got going late did do some bottom of the barrell hires but these guys are not.

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    Beat me to it rockstar.

  • TxRaider210

    405

    Yes sir, Vacarro plays with instincts but don’t like his speed. I rate Elam or Reid above him.jmo

  • theghostronin79

    TxRaider210 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    Ghost

    Been good man, super busy starting a small biz up. How are things up in Oregon bro?

    I also think Jordan is a top 5 guy, but would like to trade back for Ansah or Mingo. If saftey Eric Reid LSU or Elam FL are there and we have an early 2nd, I like those guys.

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

    Did you move or something? I remember you used to work at the hospital didn’t ya?

    All’s good for me out here, maybe not the school; BOUT to face some sanctions most likely, but still… I love my boys, and they got some great Freshmen coming in this year….. Keep an eye out for RB, Thomas Tyner next year. Gonna be a Baller.

    If we got a 2nd, would like to see a guy like Kwaan Short from Purdue….. He BEASTED at the Senior Bowl.

  • PlunkforHOF

    @Plunk#1:

    Barkley/Floyd

  • rediaR

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    @Inonewordraider

    Redia just assumed you were gay because you’re a Laker fan.
    —————–
    hahaha, well played sir.

  • TxRaider210

    RR LMAO Go SPURS!!

  • severeraiderz

    1960AutumnWind

    We played some average teams to end the year. The only team we played that was worth a damn was Denver. They could have put up more points on us but we were never really a threat

  • The_Judge37

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    Judge

    Olsen is a legit OC. Also did you check out our new LB, ST, and OL coaches. These are not bottom of the barrell guys. Last year because Raiders got going late did do some bottom of the barrell hires but these guys are not.
    —-

    What makes Olsen a legit OC? His horrible stints in Detroit & Tampa or his QB Coaching in Jax? Looks alot like Knapp’s resume.

  • SnBG

    Vaccaro is good but a little immature. Perfect for the Cowboys

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Plunketthead Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:05 pm
    REGGIE PLease don’t draft

    Plunketthead = Geno/Teo
    InonewordRaider = Floyd/Teo
    Rockstar = Barkley/Johnson
    HST – Teo/Barkley
    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro
    Mcfadsneakers = Geno

    Add your picks to the list yourself

    Nice job HST I like that
    *************************
    Hey I would be thrilled to get any of those guys.

    With our 4th rounder! We maybe not so much Barkley but all of the others…

  • PlunkforHOF

    REGGIE PLease don’t draft

    Plunketthead = Geno/Teo
    InonewordRaider = Floyd/Teo
    Rockstar = Barkley/Johnson
    HST – Teo/Barkley
    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro
    Mcfadsneakers = Geno
    PlunkforHOF = Barkley/Floyd

  • inonewordraider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    @Inonewordraider

    Redia just assumed you were gay because you’re a Laker fan.
    _________
    haha gotcha

  • irjonny

    what do you guys think about trading with jets so they get G. Smith?

  • The_Judge37

    And Tarver’s play calling on D was garbage. I’ve seen such horrible blitzes before.

  • TxRaider210

    Ghost

    I’ll keep an eye on the Ducks next year, they’re a good team.

    Nah bro, still in SA, govt contract ran out so we decided to start this engraving biz. Lots of computer learning and fixing the machine, if needed, but it will pay off soon!

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    PlunkforHOF Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    REGGIE PLease don’t draft

    Plunketthead = Geno/Teo
    InonewordRaider = Floyd/Teo
    Rockstar = Barkley/Johnson
    HST – Teo/Barkley
    TxRaider210 = Teo/Vaccaro
    Mcfadsneakers = Geno/Honey badger
    PlunkforHOF = Barkley/Floyd

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Judge

    those were blitzes?

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    The latest:

    KC. Fisher
    Jax. Joeckel or ziggy

    I hope they get ziggy so we can field calls for Joeckel

    That’s the best scenario

  • TxRaider210

    Judge

    Tarver’s blitzes were the worst I’ve seen in a while, couldn’t even use Burris to his strengths at all..wtf

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Judge

    Not to get up on the Knapp thing again but on paper Knapp has a good OC resume. (Please note: I wanted to just keep Saunders after just wanting to keep Hue so I am not a big fan of hire). I don’t like what he did here (either time) but in SF and Atlanta had above average offenses at times. Sure I would rather have someone like Norv over Olsen but there are not a lot of those type of OCs to be had.

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    The Chiefs will take Fisher with the first pick, a source with knowledge of the team’s plans told PFT’s Mike Florio.

  • The_Judge37

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:12 pm
    @Judge

    those were blitzes?
    ——–

    The FCC told Tarver though the game is live, all his blitzes must be on a 10 sec delay.

  • theghostronin79

    Nah bro, still in SA, govt contract ran out so we decided to start this engraving biz. Lots of computer learning and fixing the machine, if needed, but it will pay off soon!

    ==========

    Good luck with it man. Good to see you back…. I’ll be watchin Draft on TV tonight. Gonna see what big Reg can do.

  • dr_robert

    Star/warmack

  • SnBG

    what do you guys think about trading with jets so they get G. Smith?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    That wouldn’t be a bad trade as long as the pick is the one at 9…. good pick in the 2nd.

  • The_Judge37

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    Judge

    Not to get up on the Knapp thing again but on paper Knapp has a good OC resume.
    ——

    When? When did Knapp have a good stint as an OC? There was one year in Atlanta where he had a Prime Mike Vick running for his life. Other than that please let me know where knapp has been a good play caller.

  • ian85

    Make it happen Reggie u r officially on the clock

  • Raider E

    ****UPDATE****

    Browns GM Mike Lombardi has been informed that Raiders will select Geno Smith, QB West Virginia with the 3rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft which takes any chance of the Browns trading up to #3 off the table because they also were targeting Smith.

  • The_Judge37

    We could’ve/should’ve brought in Ken Wizenhunt.

  • Plunketthead

    McFaddens_Sneakers Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/25/browns-not-trading-up-for-raiders-no-3-overall-pick/

    Browns trade out of the picture according to florio

    *********************************************
    Jerrys semi army told the world that two days ago

    yawn

  • TxRaider210

    Ghost

    Thanks a lot man, I’ll take some pics of jobs and find a way to post them here. I’m crackin’ beer already gettin all ancy bro..probably pace around before the draft, but Reg will do the right thing I think..

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The_Judge37 Says:
    What makes Olsen a legit OC? His horrible stints in Detroit & Tampa or his QB Coaching in Jax? Looks alot like Knapp’s resume.
    ========================================================

    Sparano and not being Knapp?

  • severeraiderz

    I think Tyrann Mathieu is the best “football player” in this draft. Leon Sandcastle…I mean Deion Sanders LOVES this guys game. He will be a lot like Ronde Barber in the NFL except he returns kicks and creates turnovers like Tillman

  • dr_robert

    I don’t think the chiefs have the guts to take a kid from central Michigan. A lot easier and safer to take Joekel.

    If Joekel fails, easy to say “everyone thought he was legit”.

    If fisher fails, it’s “what were u thinking taking a MAC kid?”

  • McFaddens_Sneakers

    SnBG Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    what do you guys think about trading with jets so they get G. Smith?
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
    That wouldn’t be a bad trade as long as the pick is the one at 9…. good pick in the 2nd.
    ——-0—–
    I think that makes the most sence, specially if philly really likes smith. Vick is not what he used to be and foles had a chance to impress last year and he didnt. so anyone who wants smith will have to trade to the #3 spot and take him.

  • http://microwave_economics 909RaiderLifer

    Allen: `I feel like it’s Christmas Eve’
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Maybe this year we finally get the Red Ryder BB gun.

    Instead, of another pair of bunny pajamas….

  • ian85

    I hope we trade down but Joeckel at 3 would be nice

  • TxRaider210

    Gregg Knapp is now officially a water boy, a hire out of pitty since Manning doesn’t need ANY of his advice.

  • Plunketthead

    Where the hell is the blog GM?

  • The_Judge37

    Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    The_Judge37 Says:
    What makes Olsen a legit OC? His horrible stints in Detroit & Tampa or his QB Coaching in Jax? Looks alot like Knapp’s resume.
    ========================================================

    Sparano and not being Knapp?
    —-

    We have no idea he’s NOT Knapp

  • 1960AutumnWind

    The_Judge37 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:15 pm
    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 2:14 pm
    Judge

    Not to get up on the Knapp thing again but on paper Knapp has a good OC resume.
    ——

    When? When did Knapp have a good stint as an OC? There was one year in Atlanta where he had a Prime Mike Vick running for his life. Other than that please let me know where knapp has been a good play caller.

    **********************
    I am not going to relive this again. Look up the Ranked offenses for SF and Atlanta when he was OC. Knapp is gone do not want to talk about it but you act like we hired unqualified people like Shell did in 2006 when he hired BandB Walsh as OC or something.

  • SnBG

    Geno Smith is a possibility for Reg.