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.”


Steve Corkran

  • Myopinion Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 6:26 am
    reggies in prime position to trade back again.
    Seems alot of good players left.
    Raider o was very high on brandon jenkins,says hes bette than werenr just tore acl.


    I don’t know how much value there is in trading back in the 4th round? And there are a lot of guys that won’t be around that I would like a shot at that won’t be around when we pick again in the 6th. I think we almost have to keep that 4th. Anything is possible tho. Especially of we can get a high 5th and maybe another 6th. Or a 3rd next year maybe.

  • Plunketthead

    I think Reg is waiting for TT to hit the waiver wire.
    Theres your “backup” with playoff experience.

    He is everything Reggie loves in a player

  • Plunketthead

    Another reason to hate bspn = they use the worse Al pick they can find instead of the middle aged Al pics they should use

  • Myopinion

    Maybe someone really ant one of the qbs,go back a few spots and get a 5.
    But I agree make sure you get your guy.
    I wanted jordan with the 3
    Seems like we got him just shorter in the 3rd.
    Dont trust me

  • Plunketthead

    The Jersey Jets have to be the worse place possible in the world for big boy Geno

    I almost feel sorry for him

  • Plunketthead

    LOL and mad props for Chael Sonnen
    That’s how you hype a fight

  • Plunketthead

    When was the last time we heard a Raider yet alone a rookie like SIO.
    Reggie will soon a have 53? of these types
    I suspect things will be looking mighty fine around alameda soon

  • Myopinion

    Hes definetly got me cheering for him

    To get his face pounded.

  • Myopinion

    He sounds like dr. rob in here

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Plunketthead Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 6:37 am
    I think Reg is waiting for TT to hit the waiver wire.
    Theres your “backup” with playoff experience.

    He is everything Reggie loves in a player
    We already have our TT. Ours is bigger, faster, throws better and is more acclimated to the California culture and would be more beloved by Oakland fans. TT would make a good TE propsect however.

  • Myopinion

    No offense dr.
    Besides for the pryor stuff.
    You usually have a good opinion.

  • Gdog

    The Packers always took a QB in the late rounds and then later traded them for more picks.

    No way Reggie doesn’t try the same…

  • Plunk-It

    JONTRAIN Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 6:17 am
    Okafor, Williams, or… THIS GUY:


    21 receptions for 233 yards and 4 TD Vs Texas A&M

    2012 stats: 12 games, 104 receptions, 1,392 yards, 13 touchdown

    Hes too good to pass up. Reg should grab him.

    Totally agree. In my opinion he is the best WR available. I am down with him or Joe Kruger DE out of Utah. Played on the same D-line as Star. Kruger is only 20 years old!!!!!!!! Has a huge motor. Good at stopping the run and has upside as an edge rusher. He is related to Bergstrom. Great character guy who won’t be around by the 6th round.

  • Myopinion

    Id rather have watson than fluker.
    Glad sd took him instead of chance

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    Move back in the 4th and pick up a 5th round player.
    With 3 picks in the 6th and one in the 7th. We can pick up some depth and quality players.
    Dont forget the UDFAs.

    I like TE Fauria from UCLA in late rounds

  • irjonny

    after looking at vids i think phillip thomas has to be the pick. playmaking safety. fills a big need. better than shamarko which was my previous prediction

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Besides Raider draft picks that matter, my great hope today is the NY Jets take Matt Barkley.

  • Charlie

    The guys that were frustrated with last night wanted us to take a WR and RB with our picks.

    Too many either under estimate line play and what goes on at the line of scrimmage or grossly overestimate our existing talent levels at those spots. (Barnes is awful).

    Yes you need good talent all around especially at QB.

    No DB is covering an NFL WR for five seconds.
    No QB is going to make throws with two seconds in the pocket or lying on his back in the ER.

    Very solid draft thus far. Getting that second pick was huge.

  • Myopinion

    Lucas reed
    Te nm
    Unm lobo ftball hass neen horrible
    But I live here.
    Good player

  • willy91137

    nobody has taken the honey badger have they

    were still missing at five pick

    I like that third round pick what’s better then pissl off linebacker

  • irjonny

    Matheiu is a cardinal. If we somehow move a bit to pick FS Thomas and DE Okafor this morning that’s 5 projected starters with 5 picks. Heck I’m happy already but that would be amazing

  • willy91137

    Boy I’m glad I’m not a Jets fan they will throat G Smith out there

    with on offensive linehe be running for his life

  • irjonny

    Tyvon Branch is worth a 4th.

  • Charlie

    At this point guys it will be best available player.

    Impossible to predict.

    We fortified secondary, Oline and rushing the passer ability with our top three picks. Those were my top three needs.

    Just getting the extra pick was huge.

  • Myopinion

    Jones c
    On paper we have a dominant olinee for ten years
    Liz frank,scary
    But hes not a skill, pos.
    Raiders shoud be pretty knowledgable in liz frank

  • If anybody’s posting predictions for our Round 4 pick, put me down for Jesse Williams.

    Might as well be consistent until he’s picked.

  • J Hill

    Being a fan of Al Davis, and wanting his last draft pick to pan out……

    I hope we don’t take a QB with our next pick.

    Sad thing is deep inside somewhere, I know we need to take one of these QBs.

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    I hope some other team gets desperate for a QB and give us a few picks for our 4th.

  • D-line help maybe?

  • J Hill

    Ok, I’ve convinced myself 100%.

    Wait until next year to address QB.

    Let’s see what we have in Flynn and Pryor.

    S or Jenkins with our next pick.

  • Are there any tight ends worthy of the 4th pick?

  • Myopinion

    I think a late qb would be ideal.
    But now we have pryor and flynn
    If neither works im pretty sure we have atop pick,
    Seems too perfect, but it seems after next fa. We will be a qb away from really being ready to sart competing.
    Totally just my opinion

  • RaiderFredinDallas Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 7:51 am
    I hope some other team gets desperate for a QB and give us a few picks for our 4th.


    I wouldn’t count on it unless Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck or Ben Roethlisberger wraps a car around a tree this morning.

    Any QB-desperate teams who thought Barkley or Nassib could be the answer would have taken them in the first three rounds.

  • r8eray

    Good Morning Nation!!

    On my way to Vista Valencia G.C. wish me luck!!


    1. DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (23)

    Where he wins: Experience at nose tackle and as a five technique end. Strong upper body to absorb and hold an anchor. Shows power in hands to shed or extend and press the pocket from the interior at times.

    2. WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech (30)

    Where he wins: Extremely fluid and smooth in his routes. Sets up opposing cornerback with head fakes and cuts. Reliable hands and adjusts body positioning after tracking to come down with difficult catches. Burns opposition vertically when speed isn’t respected.

    3. S Bacarri Rambo, Georgia (47)

    Where he wins: Center field type safety who tracks the ball well with angles to disrupt the catch point. Shows enough tackling ability to be a reliable last line of defense. Great ball skills and shows a physical side closing downhill versus receivers.

    4. DE Alex Okafor, Texas (48)

    Where he wins: Uncommon kind of pass rusher in that he does his best work with hand use, extension, and shedding ability. Lines up in two and three point stances. Not afraid to plant off of his outside foot and work inside, or keep his opposition on skates. Reaches to make a play on the QB in the pocket.

    5. CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State (50)

    Where he wins: Adept in off man, press man, and zone coverages. Physical player on the edge, attacks WR blocks and fights off to make a play. Has a good feel for timing with decisive footwork. Has experience in the slot.

    6. DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia (51)

    Where he wins: In wide 7 or 9 technique. Excellent get off with low pad level, gains leverage with strong first contact. Leg drive to keep opposition on skates. Has more athleticism than was shown at 5 technique in 2012.

    7. S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse (52)

    Where he wins: A very aggressive, confident hitter in the open field and when closing on the edge. See him blowing up the middle on inside runs as well. Sniffs out misdirection. Strong safety that lays the hammer on short to intermediate patterns.

    8. RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (54)

    Where he wins: Lean runner who sticks close to his blocks with great acceleration after cutting off their backsides. Despite his narrow base he has some nice balance and isn’t afraid of contact as a runner or in pass protection. Decisive cutter, likely in a zone scheme.

    9. RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA (55)

    Where he wins: One cut, decisive runner with great vision to find backside lanes. Doesn’t shy from contact as a pass protector and can make a big play happen if given a seam due to excellent straight-line speed. Upfield cuts make defenders miss at the second level.

    10. DE Quanterus Smith, Western Kentucky (60)

    Where he wins: Eats up a lot of ground getting upfield off the snap, shows a nice dip to turn the corner against right tackles and free his path towards QBs. Not a one trick pony, shows willingness to plant outside and work in.

    11. WR Da’Rick Rogers, Tenn Tech (62)

    Where he wins: Gets physical in his routes by creating separation, slightly pushes off. Tracks vertical passes well and a determined runner after the catch. Makes grabs in traffic with corners attempting to undercut pattern.

    12. LB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina (65)

    Where he wins: Prototypical strong side linebacker. Gets up field against the run but remains under control. Extends arms to create separation in order to shed on ball carrier. Plays low and former safety skills show when asked to play in short to intermediate game.

    13. CB Adrian Bushell, Louisville (68)

    Where he wins: Lots of press man and mirrors early in routes with good burst to cut in front of receivers. Tight angles off the edge when sent on a blitz, cleans up on hits when downhill. Frequently used as a gunner on the punt team.

    14. CB Sanders Commings, Georgia (69)

    Where he wins: A true press corner, sticks in the hip pocket and slows his opposition downfield. Sheds to put himself in position to make a play in the running game and doesn’t mind tackling.

    15. T Reid Fragel, Ohio State (78)

    Where he wins: Played right tackle despite a left tackle frame and was not overpowered. Shows nice posture and length to extend, with necessary footwork to make an impact at the second level. Hand placement always seems to be inside to control.

    16. WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M (83)

    Where he wins: Primarily a slot receiver in college with quick feet to create separation in breaks. Thrives on the broken play due to vertical speed that wasn’t regularly used. Improved hands from 2011 to 2012.

    17. S Earl Wolff, NC State (85)

    Where he wins: Physical tackler coming from the free safety position, reads and reacts quickly. Makes plays from the opposite hash, takes solid angles and times contact well. Can play single high, two deep, or run with receivers down the seam.

    18. CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary (86)

    Where he wins: Plenty of off man coverage in college with nice back pedal, strafe, and hip turn to stick with receivers. Attacks the catch point to disrupt. Does well to keep everything in front of him.

    19. RB Dennis Johnson, Arkansas (87)

    Where he wins: Will shine on passing downs. Short choppy steps allow for quick cuts to change defenders’ angles. Comfortable as a receiver in the flats or on angle routes. Low center of gravity helps with broken tackles.

    20. S Josh Evans, Florida (88)

    Where he wins: Does not mind getting physical despite frequently lining up as Matt Elam’s free safety. Knifes through trash to make tackles rather than waiting as the last line of defense. Does not shy from attacking the catch point or immediately after. Comfortable trailing tight ends from the slot.

    21. OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (90)

    Where he wins: Obviously comfortable in space, runs the seam with tight ends or receivers and shows closing speed in every aspect of his game. Shows more aggression when working downhill whether ball carrier is lined up or on the edge. Weakside linebacker.

    22. DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson

    Where he wins: Freakish length and can generate consistent separation when it is used. Shows a variety of techniques when rushing from the 5 spot, including push and pull or slap with dip to turn the corner. Strong side defensive end.

    23. LB Chase Thomas, Stanford

    Where he wins: A very technical pass rusher in terms of hand use, extension, and shedding ability. Not going to wow with athleticism but understands leverage and lines to keep his opponent off balance. See him as a pass rushing linebacker.

    24. RB Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt

    Where he wins: Rarely goes down on first contact. Powerful runner with solid base to work through tackles. One cut runner with some burst. Unafraid to work between the tackles. Covers ground with jump cuts.

    25. S Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

    Where he wins: Has excellent ball skills as a center fielder with enough skill to take downfield receivers in man coverage. Good angles with some aggression in the running game, even if he doesn’t finish the tackle.

  • Myopinion

    Lol takes me so ling to write a post, its always irrelevant by the time I post it.

  • Myopinion

    Thx r8erray.

  • Good luck!

  • Jackie Bibby

    Put me down for alex okafor as our next pick on the prediction list.

  • morilla

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:

    April 26th, 2013 at 11:02 pm
    Raiders do need a ball hawking saftey.. tired of Safties who only play the run


    I’m tired of Safties that have the ball bounce off their head.

  • Put me down for the Aussie Jesse Williams.

  • 00tt00

    J Hill Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 7:48 am
    Being a fan of Al Davis, and wanting his last draft pick to pan out……

    I hope we don’t take a QB with our next pick.

    Sad thing is deep inside somewhere, I know we need to take one of these QBs.
    do you really think we are going into camp with just two QB’s…….they are going to add two more in the next couple weeks….my guess is one is added today

  • RaiderFredinDallas

    Wilson or Bray in my opinion.

  • 00tt00

    biggest need on the team has not been addressed……we need pressure off the blind side and until we get it we will suck on D……oh yeah…forgot….we arent trying to win this year…..clowney #1 overall next year

  • 00tt00 Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 8:08 am
    J Hill Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 7:48 am
    Being a fan of Al Davis, and wanting his last draft pick to pan out……

    I hope we don’t take a QB with our next pick.

    Sad thing is deep inside somewhere, I know we need to take one of these QBs.
    do you really think we are going into camp with just two QB’s…….they are going to add two more in the next couple weeks….my guess is one is added today


    I still say we take Matt Scott in Round 6.

  • HighPlains Raider

    If we pick Barkley he will be our next Tuiasosopo.

  • 00tt00 Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 8:10 am
    biggest need on the team has not been addressed……we need pressure off the blind side and until we get it we will suck on D……oh yeah…forgot….we arent trying to win this year…..clowney #1 overall next year


    I’m assuming that in our new 3-4 defense, we’ll be sending either Moore or Burris every passing down.

  • Jackie Bibby

    Jesse williams is just a guy in my eyes. He does nothing that pop out at you hes just a body and takes up space. As far as ball hawking safeties, Rambo and phillip thomas would be solid picks.

  • 2romes

    2romes Says:
    April 27th, 2013 at 7:27 am
    I did not think Reggie would take a CB with the first pick. That move seems like the past Raiders picks that a few in here were complaining about. I thought Reggie would start building from the inside out. I am not saying it is a bad move. I am saying he surprised me a bit. I wish all players the Raiders pick in the draft good luck.

  • Also, could everyone please quit harping on Clowney? Yes, he had a good freshman year. So do a lot of college players.

  • irjonny

    Put me down for one of the Thomas safeties