This article is the work of Tyler Dickson who both is an avid college football and Raiders fan. You can follow him on Twitter @RaiderDraftnik.
6’5 - 315 lbs
40 yard dash: 5.27s
Bench: 32 reps
|Strengths: Possesses good agility and lateral movement for the ZBS blocking scheme as a Guard. Has a nasty streak in him and finishes blocks like an old Raiders offensive lineman.
Has great hands and gets his hands on defender quickly. Good at the second level at finding the right block to set rusher free. Good strength at the POA. Technique guy looks to get better each game. A better Run blocker then Pass-Blocker.
Weaknesses: Short armed player so opponents can get into his body. Susceptible to swim moves because of it. Has trouble with speed rushers that possess an array of moves. Doesn’t have great movement off at the snap.
Will be versatile, being a tackle in college moving to guard in NFL so can play both spots but will have to go through the nuances of a new position. He is 25 and needs to start now - doesn’t have time to develop.
Summary: I’m not going to lie - I was surprised with this pick, but after seeing this guy and really looking at his film, he is great fit with The Raiders new OL philosopy and he has the skills to be a great player for the team. He has a good motor and work ethic, a high character guy. No injury issues.
NFL Comparsion: Zane Beadles, Broncos
LB San Diego State
6’2 - 240 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.67s
Bench: 31 reps
|Strengths: Plays with great hustle and is always around the ball. Good arm tackler and can hit like a train. Good when he reads and reacts then flies to the ball. High Motor(My favorite trait).
Sideline to sideline player. Smart natural footballer that will strive to be great. Very versatile and can probably play most LB positions in any front. Has the ability to get to QB. Has Both mental toughness and physical toughness.
Weakness: Bad in man coverage because his footwork does not let him shadow his man well. Susceptible to juke moves by quick backs in space. Very tight build and doesn't have much of a frame to add additional bulk in the NFL. Can be over-aggressive and over run plays leaving gaps in run game. Some tendency to go for the big hit and miss.
Summary: This Boy loves playing football and I love this pick. I think he’ll push all the LBs on the Raiders roster to be better but think he’ll be at SAM in 4-3 or ROLB in 3-4 when Raiders run those schemes.
Another high character guy that will work his tail off. No injury issues and solid pick by the raiders.
NFL Comparison: Antwan Barnes, Chargers
DE Penn State
6’5 - 275 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.85
Broad: 9’ 8”
|Strengths: Big frame and size. Good core. Good job reading off the QBs eyes and clogs passing lanes up front with his hands. Stays square on the line and doesn’t let the edge break.
Good hustle player and good production with 26.0 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. Better run Defender then pass rusher.
Weaknesses: Lacks pass rush moves and gets a lot of his sacks from hustle more thn anything else. Doesn’t have strength and burst to get of blockers.
He lacks explosive speed to bend the edge. Very raw and doesn’t have great technique. Crawford needs to read the game better and show better anticipation at the next level.
Summary: This is the pick I don’t agree with. In my opinion there were a lot better players on the board with more potential then Crawford. But “In Reggie we trust," as they say.
He can play as a 5 tech 3-4 end or as a run down 4-3 end at the NFL level but is still very raw. More immediately, he supplies depth on DL. Has injury concerns with his feet between 2010 and 2011. Also has some character concerns regarding drugs found at an apartment he stayed in, but he has not been charged.
NFL Comparison: CJ Ah You, Rams
6’3 - 225 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.68s
Broad: 9’ 9”
Bench: 17 reps
|Strengths: Soft hands, able to catch ball with hands naturally. Good run blocker at WR position. Big body with great length in his frame. Plays faster then timed.
Not afraid of contact going over the middle. Great YAC guy, can make defenders miss. Good tracking of the ball in the air and over his shoulder.
Youtube Juron Criner Catch ;)
Weaknesses: Doesn’t time his jumps for the ball well at times. ”Fights the ball” and at times has concentration drops. Didn’t seem to run many different routes at Arizona in spread offense and will need to improve in that area in NFL. Don’t know how he’ll deal with “rough” NFL DBs.
Summary: The Raiders have needed a player like this for a while - a guy with a large frame that can go up and get the ball. I really like this pick and think he could push into starting line-up at the “Z” receiver position. He does have durability issues with his toe and nearly missed whole 2011 season from appendix surgery. Doesn’t have any widely published character issues.
NFL Comparison: Marques Colston-WR,Saints
DT Georgia state
6’5 - 310 lbs
40 yard dash:5.05s
|Strengths: Played all over the defensive line at Georgia State. Good first step. Dominated lower competition at times. High motor.
Weaknesses: Played in weak division. Came to football later in life so inexperienced. Inconsistent at times.
Summary: I don’t know much about this kid but from what I’ve read and the little tape (Highlight film) I did see, he has a good first step and good agility for and man his size. I like this pick because I think Seymour will be great for him to learn from and he can possibly play 5-tech as a 3-4 end.
NFL Comparison: Unclear
LB Penn State
6’2 - 240 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.58
|Strengths: Good zone coverage. Underrated athlete. NFL pedigree,his uncle being ex-raiders QB Jeff Hoestler.
Flies to the ball. Non-stop motor(becoming a theme with this year's draft class). Good ball skills for linebacker. Good tackler - wraps up ball carrier.
Great special teams player. Got better every year, consistent improvement. Smart, plus possess a high football I.Q.
Weaknesses: Tendency to take bad angles. Undersized. Doesn’t get off blocks from big OL in the second level. Overpursues plays at times. Not a man coverage type backer. Little starting experience.
Summary: At first I did not like this pick but after watching some tape, Stupar is a solid pick-up. He adds depth at a position of need and will contribute on special teams early and effectively. He is another “Gentlemen” with no character issues and high football I.Q. No injury concerns.
NFL Comparison: Tim Shaw-LB,Titans
Summary on draft: Overall, this was a solid draft from the Raiders, who ended up with some picks I like and some I don’t. Despite my dislike of some of the picks, I like how Reggie went out and got alot of “Good character” guys that all have non-stop motors and a passion for the game. It will be interesting to see what these players are like in a couple of years. Also, as a side note, judging by the skill sets of the picks, the Raiders will run a hybrid defense.
Overall Draft Grade: B-
First off, great work on the article @TylerDickson, very nice overview of the draft prospects!
Now, i don't get why everyone is down on the Jack Crawford pick! He is a player who has immense potential and upside, partly due to his elite size and strength, and partly due to his will, fire and hustle which makes him very coachable! Many analysts had him going in the 4/5 th round, so he fit the bill with our 5th rd pick!
He has fought through some injury issues, which has certainly had an influence on his play, but when healthy he is a strong and powerful DE who can anchor and rush on a very high level! He is very good at keeping his assignment (which we have needed in the past), and he is strong at the POA! Personally i think he could become a really solid player for us after he learn his ropes through situational and rotational duties, and he could very well become a starter after a year or two imo!
Like @nilbymouth points out, 5th rd picks are hit and miss, and there sure were several other interesting prospects on the table at the time, but Crawford has all the makings of a future surprise and good pick, and in the 5th rd it is a decent risk high reward kind of pick imo! For me, he is one of the more interesting players to watch as he has a very high upside!
Really like Burris although i think he could have been had a round later, but he is a great prospect who really is a solid addition to the LB corps! A hardhitting, disciplined worker who plays through the whistle!Liked him a lot for the Aztecs, and i really think that Tarver can find a nice role for him!
Bergstrom and Criner were my favorite picks. I am very familiar with Criner, so I am really happy about this one. For me, it is always nice to see a player from the Pac-10 become a part of the Raiders....Criner, with his big body and great hands, will match up very well in the West Coast Offense...Carson Palmer is going to be one happy quarterback....
Bergstrom: Can completely understand going for OL and Bergstorm looks like he could take over at RT or LG for us so cannot argue with this pick at all. Plus he suits our ZBS. I was hoping we would get Ronell Lewis as he was still available but I have faith in McKenzie.
Burris: I really like. He tackles hard, has decent pace (watched one highlight of him running down a RB who had 10+ yards head start) and the more film I watch of this guy the more I like him. Would not surprise me at all if he is a starter come week one.
Crawford: This guy I am not so sure on and have to agree there are other guys I would have rather seen drafted but coming fifth round selections and back are all pretty much hit and miss. We won't know how good this pick was for a couple years I don't think.
Criner: Absolutely love. One of the steals of the draft. I expected Criner gone as a late second / early third. I have to admit though I didn't expect a WR to be drafted but I guess Criner was just too good to pass at this stage so completely understand this pick. He is exactly what we are lacking at WR and will make a great complement to DHB and Moore. I expect Ford or Murphy to be shipped out now for a pick next year or for another depth player elsewhere. A+ selection.
Bilukidi: This guy looks pretty good on tape (although I have only seen highlights which don't tend to show his bad plays!). But he has good size and I think is pretty lean for his size also and looks to have a very good burst of speed. Behind Seymour he could really develop if he works hard enough. I was hoping for David Molk here though.
Stupar: Don't really know too much about this guy but have read a lot about his great work ethic and football smarts so can't say much bad for late seventh round selection. Would have rather seen Jerry Franklin or a couple other LB prospects taken but overall not to displeased. Have to disagree about your "undersized" comment. 6'2" and 240 lbs. is not undersized for a LB at all. I also think that this term gets used way too often and means nothing. Same was said about London Fletcher (most under appreciated player in the league for years) and Pat Angerer who has been a tackling machine.
Overall I have to agree with a B- for the draft and really think Criner will be another draft steal for us.
Yes i do believe Burris will be rushing the passer more than anything. yes it will hurt him if he sucks in pass coverage... but he can work on it. have him put his hand in the dirt and go to town!
Here's a nice vid on Criner.
He looks like a solid WR - I'd like to believe they picked him because he was the best available player. Imho we simply don't need WRs. But he did some damage in college and looks to be a good 5th round steal so maybe you grab him because it's a value pick. But now I'd say trade either Moore or Ford (or Criner) for a DB or some other positional help because we are overloaded at WR.
I don't think Moore will be traded but Ford being traded would not surprise me. Ford or Murphy. I think a starting combination of DHB, Criner and Moore with either Ford or Murphy the #4 WR would be tough to defend against. Criner as the possession guy, DHB has the mid-route who can break away and Moore as the deep threat.
I liked the Bergestrom pick, and I do think he will supplant Barnes at RT.
I also like the Juron Criner pick. I would compare Criner more to Hines Ward, more than Colston. Ward is not afraid to use his size to over-power the DBs to get yards after the catch. Ward isn't flashy, nor does he rely on speed; he catches the ball and bowls you over, nor does Ward run a lot of different routes. Not sure that Colston has the power that Criner does. I think we will be happy with this pick.
I thought we would take Terrell Manning (OLB, NC State) or Jonathan Massaquoi (DE, Troy) over Crawford, I was really surprised by that pick. We may have signed him as an undrafted free agent. The only thing I see that I like from him is he is 6'5", 274 lbs. He has the build to be a force, or he can lose 10-20 lbs and be an OLB, or stay at his current weight and be a backup MILB (when we use a 3-4 package); or a really good ST guy.
Overall I'd give us a C
@Raider Nate 75 look up a scouting report on colston then of criner there identical its crazy ward was smaller that used his hands and hips to get free more but enjoyed your opinion
Thanks for reading!
@Raiderdraftnik I see the similarity with Colston, thanks for the heads up on that. I knew Ward was smaller in size, but after the catch, he uses physicality to gain yards; and that is what Criner is going to bring in comparison with Ward.
I agree with your thinking on Bergstrom & Burris (I'd add that Burris is the Pass Rusher we desperately needed opposite Shanasty. As for Crawford, Bilukidi and Stupar, they are needed for depth, and special teams with the both DL having upside - future rotational or starting possibilities. Stupar is a backup mike and special teams guy as of now - if he sticks. Love Criner and he will be paret of the WR packages, perhaps making one of the other guys expendable in a trade....thnx for listening :)