While I wouldn't take a QB in the first couple/three rounds, I'd have no problem using a 4th on one if the right guy fell. I think its a smart strategy to consistently take late flyers on intriguing skill guys.
I have to say, I have gone back and re-watched Terrell Pryor's start against San Diego. Bizarre as it might seem, I thought TP was impressive in all aspects... except arm strength.
Maybe I'm wrong, but Pryor doesn't seem to have a big arm.
Regardless, he might have a future in the NFL as a QB. With 'real' needs across the board, the Raiders shouldn't use a draft pick on a QB unless some sort of extraordinary value pops up.
Pryor is the #2 next year, and potentially, the long-term option to start, similar to Colin Kaepernick.
Last edited by Shred003; 01-22-2013 at 02:17 PM.
The roster won't be rebuilt with this draft alone. With that in mind, I'd like McKenzie to draft the best player available regardless of position.
I don't pay attention to the draft process until the Senior Bowl. There's too much going on in the NFL, and three months of buildup to the NFL Draft is plenty for me.
That makes this week's practices in Mobile, Ala., my first chance to go to school on a lot of these prospects. Before I worked at NFL.com, I used to watch all the Senior Bowl practices on NFL Network, take some notes and hope I learned a few things by osmosis from Mike Mayock. There's no reason I should stop the habit now.
1. Seven seniors skipped the event. Mayock has the biggest problem with three of them: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.
Mayock said Smith is mistaken if he thinks he's already locked in as the top senior quarterback and destined for the top 10.
2. Standout early player at the Senior Bowl: Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. Mayock and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah called him a sure-fire first-round pick that moves well. Jeremiah said he could be in the top 10, and Mayock wasn't ready to rule out Fisher as the top tackle in the draft. (Some folks think Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel could be the first overall pick. But it's very, very early.)
3. I already wrote about Mayock's remarks how 3-4 quarterbacks could get taken in the first round. Most of them are probably at the Senior Bowl. Miami of Ohio's Zac Dysert hasn't received a lot of publicity, but Mayock sees him right in the mix with other known names like N.C. State's Mike Glennon. Dysert has good movement skills and can throw on the run well. Glennon has a huge arm, but has struggled with accuracy. This isn't a class that has a quarterback with a similar skill set to Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson.
4. Mayock compared Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib to Andy Dalton and Kirk Cousins because of Nassib's intelligence and love of the game. Nassib doesn't have a huge arm, but "can make all the throws." Why does that not get me excited?
5. Best nickname: SMU defensive end Margus Hunt, from Estonia, is called "The Eastern Block." (The athletic 6-foot-8 player had 17 blocked kicks in college.)
It's too early in the week to talk about "risers" from the week. The pads come on Tuesday. Practices air on NFL Network from 2-4 p.m. ET. We'll do these takeaways again Wednesday morning.
'Standout early player at the Senior Bowl: Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher. Mayock and NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah called him a sure-fire first-round pick that moves well. Jeremiah said he could be in the top 10, and Mayock wasn't ready to rule out Fisher as the top tackle in the draft. (Some folks think Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel could be the first overall pick. But it's very, very early.)'
Eric Fisher is a beast and is very quick for a guy his size.got a feeling our coach's will fall in love with him.We do need another OT.I see in Practice on NFL Network the Raiders coach's have got him at RT.
Last edited by PHIL MAGROIN; 01-22-2013 at 03:46 PM.
A few things I've gathered from the first 2 north squad practices:
-Eric Fischer looks like the best player at the first two senior bowl practices; shutting down Alex Okafor, one of the top DE prospects, in pass-pro 1-on-1s. Really impressive when your consider that the drill tends to favor defensive players.
-Brain Winters is my #2 OL at the senior bowl so far. Looks like he'll be a guard. He has everything you want in a guard, very good athlete for the position and a serious mean streak
-Will Davis has disappointed me, I thought he'd show up and be on par with the top CBs.
-Poyer and Tufant really showed up.
44 minutes and 54 seconds of the first days practice courtesy of NFL Network.Enjoy
We have a ton of needs, we need a QB.
We need a QB. Building the other positions is so much easier when you have a real face at the QB position.
We need a QB,please.