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Coach Allen talks after second, third rounds of NFL draft

Raiders coach Dennis Allen walked into the auditorium in Alameda on Friday night with a bounce in his step, a smile on his face and not a hair out of place.
Like most NFL coaches on draft day, Allen was in a boastful mood, pleased with the day’s bounty, and ready to share with the world his take on the Raiders selecting offensive tackle Menelik Watson (Florida State) and linebacker Sio Moore (Connecticut) in the second and third rounds, respectively.
Watson and Moore arrived on the heels of the Raiders selecting cornerback D.J. Hayden (Houston) in the first round Thursday. The Raiders got Watson with the pick they acquired from the Miami Dolphins in a trade down from No. 3 to No. 12.
Here is what Allen had to say during a 6 minute, 30 second question-and-answer session before he returned to the draft room to prepare for the final four rounds Saturday:

How you doing?
“Great. Listen, I’ll just start off and say, first of all, appreciate you guys being here late this evening. We feel really positive about the guys we’ve been able to add to our team thus far. Both the guys we were able to add today we feel are really good football players and really stand for the things we’re looking for and stand for things I’ve been talking about and Reggie’s been talking about, guys that really love football, guys that want to work, guys that are gonna put the team first. So felt really good about the two picks we added today.”

How difficult to evaluate a guy like Menelik who didn’t play long?
“Well, I think that when you look at a guy like that, I mean, No. 1, you look at where did he play? What was the level of competition? This guy played at Florida State at a very high level of competition. He played extremely well. We like his athleticism, we like the fact that he’s been a boxer, he’s been a basketball player. He’s got excellent feet, and he’s got great punch, and we think that’s a good addition.”

Scouting reports say he doesn’t always know what he’s doing.
“Well, I mean, obviously he hasn’t been playing the position for a long time. But we’ve seen, it’s not like we’re taking a guy that was just a basketball player and we’ve never seen him play football. We’ve seen him play college football at a high level, and play really well. And this was a guy that we had rated as one of the top tacklers on the board, and he was available for us there in the second round, so we took him.”

Any idea where you will be placing either Watson or Moore?
“Well, I think Sio Moore is an outside linebacker. He can play either SAM or WILL. He’s a guy that could play either side. I think the great thing about either guys is we feel like both these guys can come in and compete and we can upgrade our football team. And as they get in and as they get a chance to work with our veteran players, they’ll settle into exactly where we play them and how we play them.”

Sio says he’s the best linebacker in the draft, you agree?
“I think he’s pretty good.”

He also said he was pissed off
“I like the fact that… I’d rather him say that than say ‘Gosh, I wish I’d got taken in the 7th round. I mean, you know, here’s a guy that we had an opportunity to spend a lot of time at the Senior Bowl. That’s one of the things that when you look at it, we spent a week with this guy; in the meeting rooms with him, in the dining hall with him, watching him interact with the other players. You talk about a guy that loves football. He really epitomizes when you talk about a guy that loves football. So, we’re trying to get as many quality football players as we can and he fits that mold.”

Did getting to know him intimately put him over the top with you?
“No doubt. I mean, obviously you look at the tape and you see the qualities on the tape and you see the play on the tape – I think he had the tenth most tackles for loss in the NCAA last year – he’s a guy that has that type of ability, but just being around that guy for a week, he’s the type of guy that we want to bring into that locker room.”

Menelik Watson’s learning curve from Saddleback College to Florida State show you something?
“Absolutely, I think one of the things you look at with a guy like that is you look at tremendous upside. This guy’s got tremendous upside. Having him here and having one of the top O-line coaches in the National Football League in my opinion in Tony Sparano, I have no doubt that this guy’s gonna develop into a solid NFL player.”

Q: What did Watson and Moore have in common?
A: “Well, a drive and a passion. I spoke to both those players after we took them and both of them have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. They want to prove that they belong in the NFL, they want to prove that they were worthy of being picked where they were picked and, really, in their minds, should have been picked sooner. So, that’s a great thing. Both of them love the game of football and both of them want to be really good.”

Q: Is pass-rusher still a big need for you guys?
A: “Well, obviously, that’s something that we’re going to continue to look at. Sio Moore is a guy that has rushed the passer. We put him in in the Senior Bowl, put him at defensive end and let him go rush the quarterback a few times. He sacked the quarterback and had a hit on the quarterback. So, that’s one of the qualities that he has is that he does have some rush ability.”

Q: Is taking Moore an example of taking the best player available?
A: “Yeah, well, he was the guy, as you’re looking at the board, that name just keeps jumping off at you, that he was really the pick at that particular time. Adding him to the linebacker mix, you got to look at special teams. That’s one of the things that you want to do. So, the better your linebacker corps is, the better your special teams are going to be. So, he can help our team in a lot of different areas.”

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  • http://www.raiders.com Silverandblack666

    “Not really. It’s the 4th round. You’re just looking for reasons to complain.”

    So….you complaining about my post is somehow not complaining yourself?

    Don’t be a Hypocrite it’s too early to deal with that crap.

    You could have written an intelligent counter point but you just whined.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    TT should have a talk with D. Robinson about working out at a new position!

  • devilr8er

    Would love to get Shamarko- the d backfield would be good to go with the shark

  • RockyMtnRaider

    Thought Cork was doing a chat today?

  • redshirt

    Redshirt Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Are there any projected 1st rounders left? 2nd rounders?
    **********

    I’m just curious. Not for us to draft. It’s just intriguing to see top picks plummet.

  • irjonny

    Okafor is a 4-3 DE and we didn’t want him. more evidence of a 3-4 shift?

  • 00tt00

    Crimedog Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Jesus christ people relax on the trade “value”. If the Raiders have multiple people that are looking at in this range, then picking up another pick is a no-brainer. The “win the draft” mentality here is pathetic. The only thing that matters is that we get good players, which we won’t know until the season starts.
    ============
    you evaluate a GM on negotiating skills, cap management and personnel selection……his negotiating skills suck, cap management simplistic, coaching personnel sucks, player personnell to be determined….so far top pick bergstrom sucks and no longer fits the OL scheme

  • devilr8er

    Kiper and McShay ripping Okafor

  • JONTRAIN

    Silverandblack666 Says:April 27th, 2013 at 9:18 am“We gave up a LOT of ground to get a measly 6th round pick!”We moved down 12 slots!If I am one of the 31 GM’s I am actively seeking out RM for a trade!He just got trade raped

    http://www.footballperspective.com/draft-pick-value-calculator/

    Wrong again. Welcome to the world of facts and knowledge.

  • devilr8er

    00tt00 Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:26 am
    Crimedog Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Jesus christ people relax on the trade “value”. If the Raiders have multiple people that are looking at in this range, then picking up another pick is a no-brainer. The “win the draft” mentality here is pathetic. The only thing that matters is that we get good players, which we won’t know until the season starts.
    ============
    you evaluate a GM on negotiating skills, cap management and personnel selection……his negotiating skills suck, cap management simplistic, coaching personnel sucks, player personnell to be determined….so far top pick bergstrom sucks and no longer fits the OL scheme
    _______________________________________

    As far as negotiating skills, whenever you negotiate you have to negotiate from a point of strength anzd leverage. Unfortunately, the Raiders were not at a point of strength when they were negotiating on Thurs.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    redshirt Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Are there any projected 1st rounders left? 2nd rounders?
    *****************************
    According to CBS:
    39 Jesse Williams DT 5 Alabama Sr 6-4 323 1-2
    41 Ryan Nassib QB 4 Syracuse rSr 6-2 227 2
    51 Johnathan Franklin RB 2 UCLA rSr 5-10 205 2
    58 Quinton Patton WR 7 Louisiana Tech rSr 6-0 204 2
    64 Phillip Thomas FS 3 Fresno State rSr 6-1 208 2-3
    72 Tyler Wilson QB 5 Arkansas rSr 6-2 215 2-3

  • oldschoolraider

    Silverandblack666 Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:18 am

    “We gave up a LOT of ground to get a measly 6th round pick!”

    We moved down 12 slots!

    If I am one of the 31 GM’s I am actively seeking out RM for a trade!

    He just got trade raped.
    **********************************
    How can you say that? If Reggie knows who he wants and thinks he’ll be available later on in the round, he’d be a fool not to make the trade. Look what happened with Hayden. Reggie got the guy he wanted and picked up a 2nd rounder. Cool your jets bud. Reggie knows exactly what he’s doing You’re just looking for things to b!tch about.

  • oakfasho

    Not a very good draft really.Reggie sucks,stop drinking the koolaid.

  • willy91137

    it is the fourth round and were looking for players we need more players

    so you have to get more pics you throw a lot of ship against the wall and you see what sticks

    there’s still some good players out there so relaxed quitting coffee and red bull

    and you will be fine

  • Charlie

    Got to go guys.

    GF coming over and she does not have much interest in watching the draft.

    Later.

  • willy91137

    764 how do you know how good this draft is can you see the future what are you a fortune teller

    if you’re so freaking smart why aren’t you at GM

  • redshirt

    JONTRAIN Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:28 am
    Silverandblack666 Says:April 27th, 2013 at 9:18 am“We gave up a LOT of ground to get a measly 6th round pick!”We moved down 12 slots!If I am one of the 31 GM’s I am actively seeking out RM for a trade!He just got trade raped

    http://www.footballperspective.com/draft-pick-value-calculator/

    Wrong again. Welcome to the world of facts and knowledge.
    ***************

    Difference between what Team A Received and what Team A Traded [Negative means lost trade]
    “0.7999999999999998″

    Percentage of what Team A Received vs. what Team A Traded [Less than 100 means lost trade]
    “115.09433962264151″

    So it was a win-win for both teams. Bucs got the player they wanted, Raiders got more draft value.

  • redshirt

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:30 am
    redshirt Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:22 am
    Are there any projected 1st rounders left? 2nd rounders?
    *****************************
    According to CBS:
    39 Jesse Williams DT 5 Alabama Sr 6-4 323 1-2
    41 Ryan Nassib QB 4 Syracuse rSr 6-2 227 2
    51 Johnathan Franklin RB 2 UCLA rSr 5-10 205 2
    58 Quinton Patton WR 7 Louisiana Tech rSr 6-0 204 2
    64 Phillip Thomas FS 3 Fresno State rSr 6-1 208 2-3
    72 Tyler Wilson QB 5 Arkansas rSr 6-2 215 2-3
    ****************

    Thanks

  • ghostraiders

    When picks are traded away sometimes its because the player you wanted just got snatched by another team. .this happened in the first round…it happens all the time

  • 8RaiderReign8

    Charlie Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:32 am
    Got to go guys.

    GF coming over and she does not have much interest in watching the draft.

    Later.
    __________________________

    Man I forced my wife to watch the draft with me.

    TVs on shutdown

  • 1960AutumnWind

    #760 Gettting really tired of the nitpicking with RM and him not getting trade value based on some mythical trade board. NE got way more than the chart with Minnesota because Minny really wanted the player and were in a bidding war. Raiders just did not have anything to work with with Haden but got an extra pick, saved some money. AD would have just picked at #3.

  • JONTRAIN

    What’s the knock on Quinton Patton??? I have no idea how he’s still on the board.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    From Scouts.com

    Holds 28 school records at Arkansas. Brave competitor has NFL starting QB traits, but gunslinger attitude will get him in trouble.

    Willing to stare down the barrel and deliver a strike, providing a physical example of the non-vocal, on-field leadership coaches value. Plenty of arm strength to make every NFL throw. Can fire the deep-out from the opposite hash.

  • 00tt00

    i could honestly say i have no idea what this team is looking for in a QB……we have three completely different style QB’s

  • 00tt00

    1960AutumnWind Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 9:41 am
    #760 Gettting really tired of the nitpicking with RM and him not getting trade value based on some mythical trade board. NE got way more than the chart with Minnesota because Minny really wanted the player and were in a bidding war. Raiders just did not have anything to work with with Haden but got an extra pick, saved some money. AD would have just picked at #3.
    ======================
    its not a mythical trade board……its a scoring guideline that bill walsh created and all teams refer to………..the NE-MIN trade was pretty even based on that board….MIN value 640 NE val 648………..compare that to reggies trade where he was over 500 points short