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Reggie McKenzie on D.J. Hayden

Raiders general manager discussed the selection of D.J. Hayden Thursday night with the local media:

Q: Was Hayden the guy you targeted all along and you just though you could get him lower?

McKenzie: We targeted him. Now, to pick up an extra pick was a bonus.

Q: What about Hayden appealed to you and how much caution did his heart scare give you?

McKenzie: Of course we researched the health issues. Now, everything we got back from that standpoint was more than positive so it became a non-issue for us in that regard. He’s gonna have to mentally go through it now, that’s the only issue we had. As far as what we liked about him – the guy can cover. Point blank, he can cover. He can find the football so he does what we’re looking for in a cornerback – he’s a good cover corner who can get his hands on the football.”

Q: Did the way he survived the heart scare and pulled through it, did that raise his stock in your eyes?

McKenzie: No, I don’t think it raised his stock. It showed up how competitive and how aggressively he went after it to try to get back to his old self. It showed that but it didn’t raise his stock as far as being an overcomer.

Q: There’s a lot of good 5-11 corners in the NFL but it seems the prototype is taller corners. Can Hayden cover at the NFL level?

McKenzie: Yes. That’s why we drafted him. The thing with him, his man cover skills is what set him apart for us. He don’t lose a guy. He’s quick and he’s fast and he’s tough and aggressive in his play. So, from that standpoint we have zero issues.

Q: If a deal couldn’t be worked out, would you have taken Hayden at 3?

McKenzie: Yes.

Q: Was cornerback a position of need, or this guy too good to pass up?

McKenzie: You guys know me. I’m gonna get the best player. Once we declare our draft board, we’re gonna follow it. We’re not gonna try to fill this need and fill that need and go into the offseason saying ‘We got players that we needed.’ We want to get players that we think make a difference. We want difference-makers, guys that can make plays. And that’s where he was on our board.

Q: Getting a lot of offers for No. 3?

McKenzie: No, in the end, the offers dwindled, and some of the offers didn’t make sense. But this one made sense.

Q: This is a no-doubt pick, right?

McKenzie: Use your words: no doubt.

Q: Any hesitation whatsoever knowing his medical history?

McKenzie: It really wasn’t with me. Had a chance to bring him in, had many conversations, took him out to dinner – just to get to know the guy. We went down to his pro day and had one of my personnel guys take him out. We knew the guy. So researching that part, our doctors did a great job in researching all the medical stuff. So from that standpoint, it was a non-issue. Then when we put on the tape, which is how we make decisions, it became prevalent that that’s our guy.

Q: What can you say about his drive based on what he overcame?

McKenzie: It says a lot for his drive. It says a lot for his fortitude. He’s a want to guy. It says a lot about that but you still have to strap on the pads and make plays.

Q: Picking up a second rounder a priority?

McKenzie: To pick up some picks was a top priority. Whether that would have been a 2? We’re excited to get the two? Absolutely. We didn’t know which way the picks were coming especially from the conversations that we’ve had leading up to it. A lot of the offers didn’t make sense but this one did. We’re happy to get that two.

Q: Is he cleared to practice immediately?

McKenzie: He’s totally cleared.

Q: Nervous waiting to see if he’d still be there at 12?

McKenzie: Yes.I had an inkling that when you lose a player like Darrelle Revis I could see where they would pick a corner. But they went with the other guy and we got our guy.

Q: Who would you have taken if not there?

McKenzie: I’m going to say no comment on that one. When you move back you kind of have guys ranked in the area. We had some guys if our guy wasn’t there we had about five guys we were going to look into.

Q: What is his personality like?

McKenzie: He came across. What I look for is is he approachable. Does it seem like he will be one of those guys that’s going to be coachable and be a worker. Does he really like football? Is he going to come and get after it. He definitely showed that. I already knew the answer by the research we had from his past coaches and all our scouts dig and all that information. You watch him play you can tell the guy loves football. But sometimes you also like to look in a guy’s eyes when he tells you answers and he passed.

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  • rediaR

    Dakota Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:07 pm
    John David Booty Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    Darren Connolly IV ‏@DConnollyNFL
    Phone conversation w/RB Eddie Lacy and #Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie ended with McKenzie saying how he hopes he’s lucky enough to draft him
    ———————-
    Sounds like Reggies #2.

    A CB and a RB in the 1st 2 rounds. Not where I would have went with this team trying to build, but hey, we’ll all see how this plays out.
    +++++++++

    That doesn’t sound good for my boy McFadden.
    ——————
    He’ll be on IR by October anyway.

  • Mahlhavoc

    http://fansided.com/2013/04/23/nfl-draft-2013-mike-mayocks-top-100-prospects-unveiled/

    Had Hayden as his #1 CB and number 14 overall. Guess Reg isn’t the only one.

  • J Hill

    I like Kevin Minter with our next pick.

  • 504 Raider

    I hope we get Honey Badger if not I want Justin Hunter who I know Reggie likes.

    Another intriguing guy is LB Arthur Brown. He is the brother of former #1 in nation high school RB Bryce Brown who Lane Kiffin illegally recruited. Bryce plays RB for Philly.

  • Priesttj12

    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    Who saw EJ Manuel being the only QB taken in the first round? Geno Smith is the new Brady Quinn.
    *****************************
    People are seriously underrating EJ Manuel he IMO was every bit as talented as Geno. He needs to be coached up a bit but he has great upside. He could turn very goodhe has greta leadership throws an excellent ball intermediate to deep. The kid is seriously talented.

  • rediaR

    Hayden wasn’t lasting until the 2nd you silly haters.

  • IGAG

    00tt00 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    Reggie picked up the 2nd round which he set out to do. Thats all the dolphins were willing to give up.. Take it or leave it. Reggie is a graduate of University of Tennessee and in the Hall of Fame. Put 18 years with the Packers organization. You are name calling on a blog. Who is the “dumb one?”
    ——
    Part of good negotiating skills is being able to walk away from the deal and getting the other team to want the deal more than you….raiders could have definitely used Jordan, Johnson, cooper, warmack, ansah, star…..all would have been a better selection at 3 with no second rounder………if we used the second rounder on Hayden I would have been ok…..

    As far as Reggie smarts….I’m sure every college athlete is smart and they weren’t just there for football….as far as HOF….dont know where the hell you got that from….Reggie was a marginal player

    ———————————————-

    Maybe Reggie is in the HOF as a asst GM?

  • RaidO

    Raider E Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    We can still get Geno at #42, f*ck that. Is he really going home cause he wasn’t picked?

    I was wrong about the kid. Oh well, give me Cyprien or Okafor at #42.

    Give Taiwann a chance at RB, DA….
    ———————–

    No point for Geno to be there tomorrow. Best thing for him to do is go home. Avoid the “Espn” media nonsense. ” Geno was not picked” “why was Geno not picked?”

  • John David Booty

    Dakota Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:07 pm
    John David Booty Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:06 pm
    Darren Connolly IV ‏@DConnollyNFL
    Phone conversation w/RB Eddie Lacy and #Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie ended with McKenzie saying how he hopes he’s lucky enough to draft him
    ———————-
    Sounds like Reggies #2.

    A CB and a RB in the 1st 2 rounds. Not where I would have went with this team trying to build, but hey, we’ll all see how this plays out.
    +++++++++

    That doesn’t sound good for my boy McFadden.
    —————–
    Maybe not. But on the flip, a backfield of McFadden and Lacy sounds pretty damn nasty. Again, not the direction I would have gone for us first 2 rounds, but trying to see the bright side.

  • mistic666

    HADEN was a good pick at 12, especially after trading down and getting a 2nd.. …PERIOD.

  • Dakota

    504 Raider Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    I hope we get Honey Badger if not I want Justin Hunter who I know Reggie likes.

    Another intriguing guy is LB Arthur Brown. He is the brother of former #1 in nation high school RB Bryce Brown who Lane Kiffin illegally recruited. Bryce plays RB for Philly.
    ++++++++

    Honey Badger in round 4 or later for us……special team’s player who will “flame” out soon.

  • Thec

    SnB Offense Defense Specialteams, what is going on Brethren???

    Hope all is well.

    Pic 10 will be a TRENCHMEN….DT, or RDE

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    Reggie sealed his fate….

    You heard it here….

    He will not survive another draft…..

    He has completely gutted this team and has no clue how to build another one….

    Not a clue….
    =========================
    Yea, the whole draft is a bust now and we still have six rounds to go. Perhaps you are overreacting just a bit…..

    ______________________________________

    Jerry Davis Knows what I’m talking about….

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=512098785518194&set=a.226375947423814.54564.224307237630685&type=1&theater

    Look at his face

  • Just Win Baby

    Honey Badger will still be there in the 3rd round. And that might be a reach to some people. I dont thing CB is a further area of need to justify 2 of our first 3 picks. No way.

  • mistic666

    Geno Smith will be a 3rd round pick!

  • spiff

    considering all the big plays we gave up in the air, last year. this was a power move. and to get a second round pick ( a high one at that) we finally got a corner who can play press coverage and cover off the ball. the dude is a play-maker.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    cr4p, I stayed up for 2nd round.. forgot the new schedule : (

  • Kirk

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

  • J Hill

    Eddie Lacy would be great pick!

  • Relentless

    I’d go all D now. Honey in the 3rd. Cyprien in the 2nd. And I’d be happier with the secondary.

  • RaidO

    Priesttj12 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:04 pm
    Who saw EJ Manuel being the only QB taken in the first round? Geno Smith is the new Brady Quinn.
    *****************************
    People are seriously underrating EJ Manuel he IMO was every bit as talented as Geno. He needs to be coached up a bit but he has great upside. He could turn very goodhe has greta leadership throws an excellent ball intermediate to deep. The kid is seriously talented.
    ———————-

    What a difference a year makes. Geno is in the same talent level as RGIII and Luck. The media “football talkers” talked him down. Not surprised this happened. Geno going 45-of-51 for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in one game was not just some random thing. The Kid can play.

  • J Hill

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    —————————————————————————–

    Other team was scared to go at him.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….

  • Raider E

    Geno Smith will be a 3rd round pick!

    ——————————–

    Got to take him in the third.

  • DKnight007

    r8eray Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Cowboys pick makes me feel much better!

    If Keenan Allen is there at #42 I say pull the trigger and take him!

    Mayocks Top 100 still available

    18. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

    21. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

    23. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

    31. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
    32. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
    33. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
    34. Kevin Minter,ILB, LSU

    36. Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
    37. Keenan Allen, WR, California
    38. Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International
    39. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    40. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

    42. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
    43. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

    45. Robert Woods, WR, USC
    46. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
    47. Larry Warford,, OG, Kentucky
    48. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
    49. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
    50. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

    51. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
    52. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    53. Terrance Williams,, WR, Baylor
    54. Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia
    55. Brian Schwenke, C, California
    56. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
    57. D.J. Swearinger, SS, South Carolina
    58. Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
    59. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
    60. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

    61. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    62. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
    63. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
    64. Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
    65. Jon Bostic, OLB, Florida
    66. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
    67. B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
    68. J.J. Wilcox, FS, Georgia Southern
    69. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
    70. Brian Winters, OG, Kent

    71. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
    72. Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
    73. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
    74. Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
    75. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
    76. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
    77. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
    78. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
    79. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
    80. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

    81. Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
    82. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
    83. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
    84. David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
    85. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
    86. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
    87. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
    88. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
    89. John Simon, DT, Ohio State
    90. Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    91. Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
    92. Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
    93. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
    94. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
    95. Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
    96. Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
    97. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
    98. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
    99. David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
    100. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Hunt, Okafor, Tank,, Ertz, Lacy, Collins,

    Or trade down again!

  • Chris in NY

    Margus Hunt!

  • Just Win Baby

    Last year I think we had the 10th rated Run D and the 28th rated pass D. That might explain something to some of the haters.

  • 504 Raider

    311.Dakota Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    504 Raider Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    I hope we get Honey Badger if not I want Justin Hunter who I know Reggie likes.

    Another intriguing guy is LB Arthur Brown. He is the brother of former #1 in nation high school RB Bryce Brown who Lane Kiffin illegally recruited. Bryce plays RB for Philly.
    ++++++++

    Honey Badger in round 4 or later for us……special team’s player who will “flame” out soon.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    This comment couldn’t have come from a better poster. Thanks Dakota. Your credibility ranks neck and neck with OJ Simpsons.

  • mistic666

    Geno Smith doesn’t have mental scruples to be a starting QB in the NFL. talent means nothing if get hurt feelings easily

  • Kirk

    J Hill Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    —————————————————————————–

    Other team was scared to go at him.
    ………………………………….

    190 lb CB and they were afraid to run at him?

    Right….

    This guy is going to get killed in the NFL.

  • rediaR

    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….
    ——————-
    Please, you guys would have hated any pick.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Everyone here pipe down…..since you ALL have no argument….

    Your silence says it ALL….

  • rediaR

    Lol. Geno is nowhere near RGIII or Luck.

  • mistic666

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….

    >> best cornerback of the 90s never tackled anybody either

  • RaiderFan-n-KC

    Yea, the whole draft is a bust now and we still have six rounds to go. Perhaps you are overreacting just a bit…..

    —–

    Raider Nation is dveloping some whining fans

  • nycraider

    hoping reggie drafts hunt. would make alot of sense

  • Kirk

    rediaR Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….
    ——————-
    Please, you guys would have hated any pick.
    ………………………………………….

    No, but I watched Al Davis pick DBs in the first round of 5 of 8 drafts.

    It doesn’t work.

    The game is won in the trenches.

  • IGAG

    Only 32 players can be a first round pick. No reason for some to feel all butt hurt. Barkley will be there for the 2nd round, possibly 3rd, or 4th, maybe even the 5th. So will Geno and Teo. All good.

    Hope Reggie drafts some beef next round. Its all about the beef.

  • Just Win Baby

    The Lacy rumor could be a ruse to lure trade bait again. Who knows?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    mistic666 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….

    >> best cornerback of the 90s never tackled anybody either
    ____________________________

    LOL….so you think we drafted Deion Sanders now….

    Try Again

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCU36pkH7c

  • DKnight007

    r8eray Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Cowboys pick makes me feel much better!

    If Keenan Allen is there at #42 I say pull the trigger and take him!

    Mayocks Top 100 still available

    18. Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

    21. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

    23. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

    31. Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
    32. Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
    33. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
    34. Kevin Minter,ILB, LSU

    36. Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
    37. Keenan Allen, WR, California
    38. Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International
    39. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
    40. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

    42. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
    43. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

    45. Robert Woods, WR, USC
    46. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
    47. Larry Warford,, OG, Kentucky
    48. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
    49. Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
    50. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse

    51. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
    52. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
    53. Terrance Williams,, WR, Baylor
    54. Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia
    55. Brian Schwenke, C, California
    56. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
    57. D.J. Swearinger, SS, South Carolina
    58. Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
    59. Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
    60. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

    61. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
    62. Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
    63. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
    64. Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
    65. Jon Bostic, OLB, Florida
    66. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
    67. B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
    68. J.J. Wilcox, FS, Georgia Southern
    69. Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
    70. Brian Winters, OG, Kent

    71. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
    72. Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
    73. Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
    74. Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
    75. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
    76. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
    77. William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
    78. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
    79. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
    80. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

    81. Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
    82. David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
    83. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
    84. David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
    85. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
    86. Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
    87. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
    88. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
    89. John Simon, DT, Ohio State
    90. Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    91. Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
    92. Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
    93. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
    94. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
    95. Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
    96. Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
    97. Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
    98. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
    99. David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
    100. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Hunt, Okafor, Tank,, Ertz, Lacy, Collins,

    Or trade down again!

    Reggie should have got at least one more pick from Miami, but Miami knew Reggie and team was desperate to add picks.

    Reggie also said the other offers didn’t make any sense, so teams were low balling Reggie.

  • Just Win Baby

    Who are the top 5 CB isn the league and what rd were they drafted in? Hint: Nnamdi isn’t one of them….

  • Raiders for life

    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    Last year I think we had the 10th rated Run D and the 28th rated pass D. That might explain something to some of the haters.

    ##################

    Good point, maybe some fans would rather re sign Routt.

  • rediaR

    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:18 pm
    rediaR Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:17 pm
    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    Kirk Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Gruden said he watched Hayden play a game WITHOUT MAKING ANY TACKLES.

    “That bothers me,” said Gruden

    ______________________________________

    Come on Kirk….there is no need for an objective viewpoint here…

    This is a Raider Employees Blog….and they have no idea how to do anything but blindly follow the man in charge….
    ——————-
    Please, you guys would have hated any pick.
    ………………………………………….

    No, but I watched Al Davis pick DBs in the first round of 5 of 8 drafts.

    It doesn’t work.

    The game is won in the trenches.
    ———————-
    So you would have taken the DT who quit football or the short armed DT who is at best average at the position?

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    The competitiveness in this BLOG mirrors the football TEAM…

    We are a sad bunch….

    Yes, I said “WE”

  • Relentless

    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    Last year I think we had the 10th rated Run D and the 28th rated pass D. That might explain something to some of the haters.
    —–
    Ok since I’m a hater and our DT’s and our DE’s except Lamarr and Carter are gone what’s gonna stop the run the SAME as last year. Sims and Walker? Better hope so. They haven’t played in our system yet. So how are we gonna have the same rank against the run this year?

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    Mistic666 Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:11 pm
    HADEN was a good pick at 12, especially after trading down and getting a 2nd.. …PERIOD.

    Amen!!!

  • rediaR

    Relentless Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:22 pm
    Just Win Baby Says:
    April 25th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
    Last year I think we had the 10th rated Run D and the 28th rated pass D. That might explain something to some of the haters.
    —–
    Ok since I’m a hater and our DT’s and our DE’s except Lamarr and Carter are gone what’s gonna stop the run the SAME as last year. Sims and Walker? Better hope so. They haven’t played in our system yet. So how are we gonna have the same rank against the run this year?
    ———————
    Last I checked, the rookies wouldn’t have played in our system yet either.

  • mistic666

    LOL….so you think we drafted Deion Sanders now….

    Try Again

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQCU36pkH7c

    >. need a kleenex man? need a shoulder to cry on? its only football. it was said haden didn’t tackle, i pointed out that CBs don’t always have to tackle. ASO went whole games without tackles too.

  • Kirk

    So you would have taken the DT who quit football or the short armed DT who is at best average at the position?
    …………………………………………..

    I would have taken the best OT available at #3.