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    Raiders 2014 Draft Class Reports With Real-ish Insights

    Sorry I haven't been around to chat much Raiders football lately, been doing a lot of stand up comedy. Anyways...here's my yearly, 3 years going now draft class reports with real-ish' insights from tfdssports.

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    1st round pick: linebacker Khalil Mack, Buffalo

    Strengths

    -Superb quickness off the snap, elite type speed (4.65 40 yard dash – but he plays faster than that)
    -Can line up pretty much anywhere in the front seven
    -Butkis award finalist
    -Broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 & tied NCAA record for tackles for a loss with 75
    -28.5 career sacks in 48 career games (comes out to an avg of 1.6 sacks a game)
    -Regarded by some (including NFL Network’s NFL Draft guru Mike Mayock) as the best player in the draft
    -Regarded by some as a ‘playa’ when it comes to snacks
    -Can drop into coverage
    -Will match-up with some of the more athletic TE’s in coverage nicely and can still improve in that area
    -Relentless pursuit
    -Relentless when he sees a bowl of fruit
    -Reads & reacts to plays quickly
    -Excellent hand use
    -Gets balls up in the air to pat balls down or even intercept them (Two interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2013)

    Weaknesses

    -Doesn’t have a definite position
    -Didn’t play against elite competition in college
    -Can’t tie knots for crap when gone fishin’
    -Can get blocked out of run plays
    -Not always a great tackler in space
    -Beer nuts clog his drive
    -Missed the 1st game of 2012 due to a suspension for violating teams rules
    -Needs to play with better leverage
    -Throws away cake frosting



    2nd round pick: quarterback Derek Carr, Fresno State


    Strengths

    -Can toss the rock like nobody’s business sporting best arm in the draft
    -Threw for an NCAA-leading 5083 yards with 50 TD’s last year (“OMG did he like, breaks records??” -Duh.)
    -Very knowledgeable about football, considered one of the smartest quarterbacks of this draft class
    -Athletic enough (4.69 forty boyyyyyy) to extend plays inside AND outside of the pocket
    -Despite criticism of (a lot) of short throws/not playing in a pro-style offense recently he DID play in a pro-style offense (with Pat Hill in 2011), so YEAH
    -Falling to the 2nd round may hurt his feelings, but it only makes his chances of success better with less pressure to be the guy right away
    -Considered undraftable in the 1st round only because of a blood test confirming his relation to David (..not the Bible’s David…although if Derek claimed he were in fact related to that David, I’m sure we could just take his word for it)
    -Great leader and role model; says he will literally, ‘spread the gospel’ in Oakland…and with a 68.9 completion percentage last year, I think Raider Nation can dig it
    -One of only nine quarterbacks in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns
    -Does not double dip OR double lick
    -After his poor play in the Las Vegas Bowl he bounced back ASAP with a strong Senior Bowl performance against some of the nation’s better players
    -In the end, you can feel safe knowing that he loves God and that God loves him (just not his brother)

    Weaknesses

    -When in the face of the rush he will sometimes force throws/throw off balance
    -Can rely on his arm strength
    -Too often touts his arm length
    -Inconsistent accuracy when playing in biggest games
    -Has not played against enough tough competition
    -People may still question his toughness due to his performance in the 45-20 loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl (even though he played hurt)
    -Sometimes when you come across him he’ll look like David & you’re like, “Oh s#*%.”
    -His brother is David Carr
    -^See above
    -Doesn’t that just suck??
    -Has yet to see ‘Fruitvale Station’



    3rd round pick: guard Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

    Strengths

    -Started every game (in the SEC) going back to his freshman year
    -His lower body power allows him to dominate once he gets his hands on you
    -Long arms, anchors well
    -Can play in pretty much any scheme
    -Blistering first punch; constantly leaving defensive-linemen with splinters
    -Seriously, the guy can get his hands on you quick (polar opposite of a fat dude that’s just finished eating a Butterfinger)
    -Doesn’t make a whole lot of errors
    -Bends his knees very well, can consume a bull rush
    -Projected to help out immediately inside

    Weaknesses

    -Fluctuating weight (not ‘flatulating weight’ – even though that would be kind of awesome to hear about)
    -Not great at getting to the 2nd level in the run game (or in his two-story apartment)
    -Doesn’t always have a consistent motor
    -Refuses to use huggies
    -At times he will overextend himself in pass protection
    -Struggles with quicker 1 and 3 technique’s
    -Not exactly very ‘explosive’ – unless you’re talking about his flatulating weight



    4th round pick: defensive tackle Justin Ellis, Louisiana Tech

    Strengths

    -You never really have to ask him if he’s “Jelly” (he’s over 330lbs)
    -MONSTER story-teller
    -Elite-type lower body strength
    -Will take a couple of o-linemen out of the play
    -Short-area quickness
    -Started all 12 games in 2013 recording 48 tackles , 5.5 tackles for a loss with 1.5 sacks

    Weaknesses

    -Not a great athlete
    -Suffers from peanut butter moo’d (a depressing-type of fluctuating weight)
    -Has had multiple injuries
    -Once engaged he can struggle shedding the block
    -Will sneak a triscuit
    -Not a good pass rusher

    4th round pick: cornerback Keith McGill, Utah

    Strengths

    -Big, tall corner with rare 6’3 size
    -Exceptionally long arms
    -Good body frame for a corner (will not have to eat raw eggs and go run up some stairs with little children)
    -Has enough range to play corner or safety
    -Has big hands (which allows him to be physical just by giving a fist-pump)
    -Plays man-coverage like an Asomugha; when QB’s test him he’s like “Na na na na..”

    Weaknesses

    -Struggles breaking down and tackling
    -Sometimes will keep his hips open
    -Has dropped easy picks (maybe if he didn’t high-five his teammates so hard he would catch some)
    -At times lines up with his hips too open
    -Will be a 25 year old rookie



    7th round pick: cornerback Travis Carrie, Ohio

    Strengths

    -Ideal size & speed for the position (6’0 206lbs, 4.45 speed to help stay with speedy receivers)
    -Good in zone coverage
    -All-conference honors as a punt returner & defensive back
    -Can really set the edge in run support
    -Can really set the table while his girl retorts
    -Possesses both long arms and big hands (don’t worry though ladies…as far as I know, he doesn’t like ‘Rice it up’
    -Averaged 12.7 yards per punt return (lead the league most of the year)
    -Finished the 2013 season with 42 tackles, 4 interceptions, 8 pass breakups & a sack to boot

    Weaknesses

    -Hips are a little stiffy
    -Tackling should be better
    -Back-pedal needs improvement
    -History of injuries
    -Lack of cool scars
    -Footwork may need some twerk
    -24 year old rookie
    -Watching ’24′ makes him eat a lot of cookies


    7th round pick: defensive-end Shelby Harris, Illinois State

    Strengths

    -Versatile enough to play DE or DT
    -From 2011-2012 (once he started playing more DT) he had 134 tackles, 13 sacks, 28.5 tackles for a loss & an INT
    -Shows good pursuit to the ball
    -very long arms
    -Is not easily blocked out of run plays
    -When he makes a great tackle he bites the ball and will cackle (don’t question his toughness is what I’m saying)

    Weaknesses

    -Bit of a tweener
    -Average quickness
    -Has had to transfer due to suspension
    -Kicked off the team for violating team rules
    -Questionable drive (When weighed at Pro Day, he was 30lbs over what he listed in 2012)


    7th round pick: safety Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky

    Strengths

    -Another 6’3 defensive back that can play safety – who said ol’ Woodson wouldn’t have backup?
    -Best games have come against SEC opponents
    -Has flashed play-making ability with 9 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles the last two years
    -At times he can be a pretty decent tackler
    -Drinks his Nesquik
    -A 4.4 type quickness along with his 6’3 length makes him a nightmare lining up at cornerback or safety
    -Play recognition has steadily improved

    Weaknesses

    -Has had off-the-field problems
    -Has off-the-field and on-the-field BO problems (let’s just say nobody will even send him a text OR a card with an ‘XOXO’ )
    -Needs to be a more consistent tackler
    -Skipped practices as a freshman
    -Has a brick-oven personality (talks like his head’s on fire)
    -Durability concerns
    -Often hits too high
    -More interested in making the big hit rather than securing the tackle
    Can't wait til training camp! It's gonna be a good game of ball..

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    Glad to see I'm still popular around these parts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chucklemethis View Post
    Glad to see I'm still popular around these parts!
    You`re Rupert Pupkin lol.

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    Are the little quips about beer nuts and things meant to be in there?

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    Tfdss?

    You from Indiana?

    I have a friend who works with a guy who writes that blog.

    And this is the article that was up on there.

    http://tfdssports.com
    Last edited by Indy Raider; 06-30-2014 at 07:37 AM.

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    lol any videos of your stand-up?
    RAIDERS. ARE. BACK.

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    I do not know if I'm allowed to post videos to my standup? I would very much like to show you

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    my standup act is. I promise you a giggle. Like I said, tho, not sure if I can post a link or something eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy Raider View Post
    Tfdss?

    You from Indiana?

    I have a friend who works with a guy who writes that blog.

    And this is the article that was up on there.

    http://tfdssports.com
    Asher? Yes. Lev's busy with silver & black pride so asher's taken over there. Good guy.
    Last edited by chucklemethis; 07-09-2014 at 12:01 AM.

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    Right on

    Small world but the nation's proud members always find eachother!

    Sometimes it's drunk as **** crying in a bowl of pity.... But hey...

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    I think these last two drafts have us heading in the right direction, imo..

    •DJ Hayden
    •Menelik Watson
    •Sio Moore
    •Stacy McGee
    •Mychal Rivera
    •Khalil Mack
    •Derek Carr
    •Gabe Jackson
    •Keith McGill
    •Jelly
    •Jonathan Dowling
    •TJ Carrie


    These guys...at least some of them....will be sweet building blocks....if Hayden and Watson step up, we will be better.....
    Last edited by N. Cog Neato; 07-15-2014 at 02:46 PM.

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    I look at Kasa, Murray, as those who we don't know much about....

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