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Raiders draft prospect: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

Shaq Lawson had 24.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks last season for Clemson and could be targeted by the Raiders. (AP photo)

Shaq Lawson had 24.5 tackles for losses and 12.5 sacks last season for Clemson and could be targeted by the Raiders. (AP photo)

Third in a series of profiles of potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

Position: Defensive end, edge rusher

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 269

College: Clemson

Year/age: R-jr./21

Rank: No. 8 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 24 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network, No. 12 by Profootballfocus.com, No. 3 edge rusher by Mike Mayock, NFL Network.

Resume: Had an amazing 24.5 tackles last season for losses with 12.5 sacks in a breakout year. In a game against Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley, considered either the first or second-best offensive tackle in the country, Lawson had seven tackles and 3.5 tackles for losses. A first-team Associated Press All-America selection over Ohio State’s Joey Bosa and Oregon’s DeForest Buckner, both considered Top 10 selections.

What to like: Junior year production is exactly what general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Jack Del Rio are looking for _ players who have the requisite skill level but most importantly show up on film. Although not a prospect along the order of Khalil Mack, Lawson, like Mack, has the upper and lower body strength to hold edge and be stout against the run.

What to watch: Can be pushed aside on inside running plays. Until the breakout junior season, Lawson’s production never matched his reputation and skill set. Started once as a sophomore with 3.5 sacks. Presence of linemate and potential first-round pick Kevin Dodd may helped him gain favorable match-ups.

Why he’s the pick for the Raiders: McKenzie and Del Rio are both of the belief you can never have too many linemen, and with the retirement of Justin Tuck and second-year player Mario Edwards Jr. dealing with a neck injury, the Raiders are thin at defensive end.

Why he’s not: Although one of the best edge players in the draft, that’s not saying a lot since it’s a down year in that area. Simply may not be high enough on the Raiders board to justify the pick.

Quotable: “I bring a lot of different moves to the pass rush. People say I’m mostly a power guy, but I don’t see myself as just a power guy. I can spin, beat you off the edge, run past you, everything,” _ Shaq Lawson at the NFL scouting combine.

 

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Raiders draft prospect: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

Ezekiel Elliott would go a long way toward shoring up the No. 28 rushing attack in the NFL for the Raiders (AP photo)

Ezekiel Elliott would go a long way toward shoring up the No. 28 rushing attack in the NFL for the Raiders (AP photo)

Second in a series of profiles of potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

Position: Running back

Ht/Wt: 6-0, 225

College: Ohio State

Year/age: Junior/20

Rank: No. 8 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 6 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, No. 8 by Profootballfocus..com, No 1 running back by Mike Mayock, NFL.com. Continue Reading

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Raiders draft prospect: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple at the NFL scouting combine,. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Ohio State defensive back Eli Apple at the NFL scouting combine,. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

First in a series of potential selections by the Raiders as the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft on April 28:

Position: Cornerback

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 199

College: Ohio State

Year/age: Redshirt sophomore/20

Rank: No. 16 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 24 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com, No. 35 by Profootballfocus.com, No. 2 cornerback by Mike Mayock, NFL.com.

Resume: Two-year starter for Buckeyes, had 13 passes defensed, three interceptions and 55 tackles as a redshirt freshman, eight passes defensed two interceptions and 33 tackles as a sophomore. Was a redshirt freshman who needed to gain strength after being diagnosed with an iron deficiency. Second-team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Continue Reading

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Raiders 2016 schedule finds three road games in first month, three games in prime time

Coach Jack Del Rio has `homecoming' road games in New Orleans and Jacksonville. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Coach Jack Del Rio has `homecoming’ road games in New Orleans and Jacksonville. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

Here is the Raiders schedule for the 2016 season, which includes road games in New Orleans, Tennessee and Baltimore in the first four games of the season and three games in prime time:

Sunday, Sept. 11, at New Orleans Saints (10 a.m., Fox): Jack Del Rio is back at the site of the team that drafted and also gave him his first job as an assistant coach.

Sunday, Sept. 18, Atlanta Falcons (1:25 p.m., CBS): The last time the Falcons played at the Coliseum in 2008, JaMarcus Russell was the quarterback, the Raiders had minus-2 yards in the first half and lost 24-0.

Sunday, Sept. 25, at Tennessee Titans (10 a.m., CBS): Derek Carr proved to be a capable passer in the rain, with 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-21 win last Nov. 29 in Nashville.

Sunday, Oct. 2, at Baltimore Ravens (10 a.m., CBS): The last time the Raiders won in Charm City was 31-20 on Sept. 28, 1975 when Ken Stabler was the quarterback and the home team was the Baltimore Colts.

Correction: The above game was the final regular-season game. The last Raiders’ win was actually on Dec. 24, 1977 in the “Ghost to the Post” playoff win over the Colts in Memorial Stadium.

Sunday, Oct. 9, San Diego Chargers (1:25 p.m., CBS): Besides being Charles Woodson’s last game, the Raiders’ 23-20 win in OT last year was billed as possibly the last game in Oakland. It wasn’t. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ 2016 preseason opponents are set

The Raiders and Amari Cooper will open the preseason with a game at the Arizona Cardinals. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders and Amari Cooper will open the preseason with a game at the Arizona Cardinals. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The NFL announced the preseason schedule on Thursday and the Raiders will host a nationally televised game during the third week of the exhibition season.

Oakland opens with two straight road games, playing at the Arizona Cardinals in the first week, Aug. 11-15 (exact game dates have not yet been set except for the national TV games and the final week). The Raiders then head to Green Bay to play the Packers sometime in the Aug. 18-22 range. Continue Reading

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Raiders’ Reggie Nelson happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio, says he’s `different dude’ from Jacksonville days

Free safety Reggie Nelson is happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Free safety Reggie Nelson is happy to be reunited with Jack Del Rio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

ALAMEDA _ Reggie Nelson put to rest any thought that there was residual bitterness about the way he left the Jacksonville Jaguars when Jack Del Rio was the head coach.

Nelson, an unrestricted free agent safety who signed with the Raiders Thursday, was a first-round draft pick who lost his starting job in his third year in Jacksonville and was dealt to Cincinnati for cornerback David Jones _ who had been a Bengals waiver claim.

“I’m excited man. I was a different dude when they drafted me,” Nelson said in a conference call. “I’m a veteran now, wiser. I’m just excited to see what he’s got going on in Oakland and to be a part of that. I mean, I love Jack and always have. I’m excited to be reunited with him.”

The contract, according to NFL.com, was for two years and worth up to $16 million. Nelson becomes the third starting player added since the start of free agency along with cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Bruce Irvin.

Nelson, who turns 33 in September, is coming off his best season with the Bengals, making his first Pro Bowl and intercepting eight passes. He will replace Charles Woodson, who retired following the season. Continue Reading

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Raiders make it official with safety Reggie Nelson

Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

Reggie Nelson joins the Oakland Raiders after sharing the NFL lead with eight interceptions last year. (AP photo)

The Raiders officially announced their signing of safety Reggie Nelson on Thursday. They don’t announce terms, but it’s reported to be a two-year deal. Nelson will speak with reporters on a conference call shortly.

Here’s the team’s press release:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent S Reggie Nelson, the club announced Thursday.

Nelson has spent the last six seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals after beginning his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007-09. He has played in 138 games with 125 starts over his nine-year career, totaling 683 tackles (467 solo), 30 interceptions, 80 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 6.5 sacks. In seven postseason appearances, all starts, Nelson has registered 38 tackles (33 solo), two sacks and one fumble recovery. Continue Reading

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With Reggie Nelson in the fold, how Raiders could line up Week 1 compared with Week 17 of 2015 season

A key part of Raiders off-season is awaiting medical clearance for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

A key part of Raiders off-season is awaiting medical clearance for defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

With the reported signing of unrestricted free agent safety Reggie Nelson, the Raiders’ potential starting lineup is starting to fall into place. A look at how the Raiders could look in Week 1 this season as opposed to how the official game book listed the starting lineup in Week 17 last season against the Kansas City Chiefs:

2016/2015

OFFENSE

WR: Michael Crabtree/Michael Crabtree

LT: Donald Penn/Donald Penn

LG: Kelechi Osemele/Gabe Jackson

C: Rodney Hudson/Rodney Hudson

RG: Gabe Jackson/Jon Feliciano

RT: Austin Howard/J’Marcus Webb

TE: Clive Walford/Lee Smith

WR: Amari Cooper/Amari Cooper

QB: Derek Carr/Derek Carr

FB: Jamize Olawale/Jamize Olawale

RB: Latavius Murray/Latavius Murray Continue Reading

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