Think of the Raiders as a work in progress. It is amazing that they continue to have such a strong fan following have you SEEN the members of the Raider nation??? The drama continued over the off-season for the Raiders, and things do not bode well for them in the upcoming season either.
McKenzie said they based their evaluation on Miller's game tape, rather than the workouts or the combine. Addressing a need, though: As dominant as the Raiders' offensive line has shown it can be, there is a weakness at right tackle and Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn turned 35 on Friday.
Miller is the first offensive lineman taken in the first round by the Raiders since Robert Gallery went second overall in Still, he missed significant time at UCLA in because of a leg injury.
Then what about Miller appealed to Oakland? He understands the game.
But the Raiders signed Breno Giacomini in free agency, a year after drafting David Sharpe and two years after drafting Vadal Alexander. Miller will have a friend in defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoesa former teammate at UCLA as well as a high school rival in the Sacramento area.
It was sort of overwhelming. Yes, it might tweak Raider Nation a tad to use a second-round pick on a small-school prospect, but Hall was productive at Sam Houston State. And the Raiders need someone to push the pocket in order to give Khalil Mack help on the edge. So if the two-time first-team FCS All-American can somehow replicate the 60 tackles, 19 for loss, 6 sacks and 6 pass breakups he had last season, then yeah, mission accomplished.
But the jump to the NFL is a big one, though the 6-foot-1, pounder does have hops, as evidenced by his FCS-record 14 career blocked kicks. It is hard to imagine a player who was not invited to the combine to make much of an immediate impact on the defensive line.
Maybe the Raiders simply need to replace Denico Autry as the designated kick-blocker? But Hall fits, obviously, if he can mimic what he did at Sam Houston State, and not just in his senior season. For his career, Hall set the FCS record with Their four-front, they want me as their three-technique, they have a penetrating defense, especially for the defensive line.
And I feel that's exactly where I'll best fit at, getting up field, being explosive and just disrupting things. I feel I'll fit right in and I'm excited. When I had to go inside, it was a little tough. It was my first time ever playing it, but as the season went along, I got more used to it and got comfortable playing it and then it got better.
After taking Kolton Miller in the first round, and David Sharpe and Jylan Ware in the fourth and seventh rounds, respectively, last year, and Vadal Alexander in the seventh round in ? Using the first pick of the third round on Parker is a sign that previous O-line draft picks have left a lot to be desired.
The massive Parker -- 6-foot-7, pounds -- dominated the lower-level competition in the MEAC as a four-year starter. He likely will need a year or two of development, and that is not really optimal for a third-round pick.
In the Senior Bowl, he gave up two sacks and six total pressures in 23 pass-block snaps, per Pro Football Focus. He has inch arms that can keep defenders at bay.Oakland Raiders. Oakland Raiders cheerleaders perform during an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept.
17, According to real estate site ZipRealty, the median sales price for a house in Oakland went up 76 percent in the last year.
West Oakland neighborhoods that were some of the hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis are now bubbling back to their valuations. The Raiders’ two linebacker signings complement each other well on paper with Tahir Whitehead coming off a season with 36 run stops (8th) and Derrick Johnson leading the league in yards allowed per cover snap.
Khalil Mack was traded after recording 79 quarterback pressures in (2nd) and Oakland’s pass rush will likely be a weakness. Tradition, tradition, tradition: If a team ever looks “old school”, it is the Raiders. The philosophy is to have a strong running game and a strong defense.
The running game looks pretty good on paper. The Raiders have picked up journeyman running back Michael Bennett from San Diego, and Rock Cartwright, a veteran from the Redskins.
Get the latest Oakland Raiders news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report. Get the latest Oakland Raiders news, photos, rankings, lists and more on Bleacher Report. He’d help turn around the Raiders’ run defense along with rookies Rolando McClain and Lamarr Houston.
But Seymour is a key for Oakland. The Raiders really value him.