The Oakland Raiders are on the clock, dreams of a gloried past conjures aspirations of pride, commitment and passion. Long gone are the days of John Madden and Tim Brown, or the heart breaking Super Bowl loss, suffered to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2002 season.
Undervalued in Green Bay, wide receiver James Jones joins a young receiving core in desperate need of direction and veteran leadership. With great hands, route running, and a ferocious competitive nature that demands double coverage in passing situations, in layman’s terms,. With the trade of the erratic Terrell Pryor to Seattle, Oakland opted for Matt Schaub, after a less than stellar 2013 season where he threw 6 ‘pick 6’ interceptions to opposing defenses and managed an anemic 2,310 yards, 10 touchdowns with 14 interceptions; contributing to Schaub’s benching in Houston and eventually being traded to Oaktown. In all fairness, Matt Schaub had been a top NFL quarterback. In 2013, his lofty statistics registered 4008 passing yards, 22 touchdowns, and only 12 interceptions; with a renewed vigor and a strong, steadied demeanor Matt, is ready to recapture the passer’s touch that led to his pro bowl calibre status.
I’d be remiss if I didn't give a most honorable mention to the biggest defensive additions to the 2014 roster, former New York Giant and Super Bowl Champion, defensive end’s Justin Tuck, the 6’8, 268 lbs edge rusher and 6’2, 260 lbs LaMarr Woodley, a former Stallworth of the Pittsburgh Steelers, in combined talents presents the hammer strength to the newly formed front seven. The AFC West last season had three teams that made the 2013 playoffs, so to achieve such a goal for the Raiders this year, will be a tall order; not completely unattainable, but still an arduous task. Reggie McKenzie and The Raiders’ organization has done a remarkable job in the restoration of the Silver and Black pride, team and to Raider Nation as a whole. In the immortal words of Mr. Davis, “Just Win Baby”, the Oakland Raiders are poised to once again be the Bad Boys of the NFL and do just that.
No Huddle: Quick look at the Raiders draft picks and grades
Raiders Draft Selections:
Khalil Mack LB
6’2”-256 lbs/ ROUND 1 PICK 5 (5)
University of Buffalo
Analysis: Maybe the best defensive player in the draft, fortunate to have him fall to them at 5
David Carr QB
6’2”-214 lbs/ ROUND 2 PICK 4 (36)
Analysis: The best passer in the draft, quick release, good mobility and future starter
Gabe Jackson OG
6’3”-336 lbs/ ROUND 3 PICK 17 (81)
Analysis: Tough, nasty disposition vs the run can play guard or right tackle but has struggled in blitz pick up
Justin Ellis DT
6'1" - 334 lbs/ ROUND 4 PICK 7 (107)
Analysis: Can play 3 or 5 technique, able to plug up the middle and collapse the pocket
Keith McGill CB, 6’3”-214 lbs, Utah, 4th RD 16th pick , Travis Carrie CB, 6’ 206 lbs Ohio 7th RD 4th pick, Shelby Harris DE, 6’2” 288 lbs , Illinois St , 7th RD 20th pick, Keith Dowling 6’3” 190 lbs, Western Kentucky 7th RD 32 pick
Final Analysis: Raiders 2014 draft grade gets an A, they've addressed the WR needs with undrafted FA’s