April 27th, 2008, 12:34 PM #81
I was surprised by the the Shields pick too, especially after Kiff said they were looking to add depth to the OL and possibly add a pass rusher in day two.
April 27th, 2008, 01:58 PM #82
Colt Brennan just got drafted in the 5th round. I bring this up because fellow Raider fan USCKingsfan31 said he would have drafted him 1st overall last year and I thought that was hilarious. Good call Vegas Dave!
April 27th, 2008, 02:02 PM #83
Get on the phone with Oakland, ASU. You NEED D-line support!! Stat!!
April 27th, 2008, 02:08 PM #84
Yea, I mean at this point in the draft it's all luck if you get a productive NFL player.
Originally Posted by So Sumi
The Raiders are banking a lot of Tommy Kelly excelling as the penetrating DT that they think he is. Remember he has never really played their full time. I've seen quotes from Sapp praising him to no end and a quote from Bellicek that is to the same effect. So we'll see if he's the guy.
Similarly, the Raiders will be banking on Terdell Sands to go back to the form he was 2 years ago. I'm not holding my breath but he has a lot of size and if he plays up to his ability he can be the run plugger the Raiders desperately need. He got rewarded for his play last offseason with a big contract and laid an egg. Apparently he had a lot of off the field things that had him distracted(a death in his family, I think maybe 2 that affected him) so let's cross our fingers he has a rebound year.
April 27th, 2008, 02:12 PM #85
In any case, you should take a moment and celebrate the future and whatever it holds. Watching Russell and McFadden will be a fun combo. Let's just hope that O-line keeps them free from injury and unnecessary cheap shots.
April 27th, 2008, 02:17 PM #86
It will be, Russell needs weapons and while Fargas is a dependable RB he is not a gamebreaker and is pretty worthless in the passing game.
Originally Posted by So Sumi
McFadden can catch the rock and has that big play ability no on one the Raiders has.
I think the oline will be fine. I have a lot of faith in Tom Cable. Kwame Harris has been bad, but he's had something like 3-4 offensive line coaches in his first few years in the league. Seems like the guy never really had a chance to be good.
I don't expect the Raiders to contend next year, I'll be happy with 6 wins or so, I think one more productive draft gets the Raiders back into playoff contention.
April 27th, 2008, 07:35 PM #87
I'm thrilled with the way the direction this thread has gone. I started it, basically as a pre-emptive strike against the haters.
I wanted to get that Kiffin story out before they did so we could avoid all the "Raiders suck posts" and this thread has turned into a pretty good for Raider discussion. So props to Sarf, DieHardKingsfan, USCKingsfan, and So Sumi(I'm pretty sure your a Raiders fan) for some real good Raider talk.
So let's keep this thread going, I'm optomistic about this season, I agree our dline is still a question mark, as well as our WR corps, and even our oline but hey it's no fun being pessimistic!
April 28th, 2008, 02:04 AM #88
April 28th, 2008, 07:46 AM #89
ASU, what do you think of McFadden's fantasy outlook this season? I used to be a big Raider guy but being so much into fantasy now I mainly follow players and coaches and end up rooting for those teams. I really wanted to see the Raiders get Chris Long to keep the family line going but the Rams liked the kid as well.
April 28th, 2008, 08:48 AM #90
I think he's a great long term option and a good short term option.
Originally Posted by roenick
The Raiders will have a 2 back system with Fargas and McFadden sharing the ball. Similar to how the Vikings used Taylor and Peterson. I think Fargas will still get a good share of the carries(more than Taylor did with Minny) but McFadden will catch more balls and be more of an option in the passing game.
The Raiders oline isn't as good as Minnesota's but the zone blocking turned Fargas into a 1000 rusher so I think McFadden will be fine.
I would draft him as a #2 RB.