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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OGs

Tony Bergstrom - 6'5, 310 - 2nd season
http://www.nfl.com/player/tonybergstrom/2533010/profile

Bergstrom was drafted as a ZBS lineman in Knapp's scheme. The Raiders are now going back to the Power scheme and it's anyone's guess how he fits in it. To his credit, Bergstrom has solid size and strength for the position which could help ease his transition to the new scheme. He didn't show much last year and was mostly used as an extra lineman late in the season. He'll be 27 when the season starts so it's time for him to step up into a contributing role or go down as a wasted pick. Ideally, he can win the starting LG spot.
If not, he'll be the primary G/T backup at least for another year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww1-8OXGGdk


Mike Brisiel - 6'5, 310 - 7th season
http://www.nfl.com/player/mikebrisiel/2506672/profile

Brisiel came to the Raiders with Knapp and Pollack from Houston's ZBS. With both of those guys fired after the season, many, including myself, thought Brisiel would be let go as well. For some reason, they restructured his contract and gave him a chance to improve on his disappointing 2012 season. I'm not sure how likely that is to happen when you consider he has never played in a power scheme in the pros. As sad as it is, he's still, on paper, the best G on this roster and the only one with any significant starting experience. To make matters worse, he has been struggling with injuries the last few years.


Lucas Nix - 6'5, 320 - 2nd season
http://www.nfl.com/player/lucasnix/2535834/profile

Nix made the team as an UDFA last year but was inactive for most of the season. He only saw action at RG in the last meaningless game against SD. He was projected to be drafted in the mid rounds in 2012 but injury issues led to his undrafted status. He has good size for the power scheme and, if he can stay healthy, he has a shot to earn a starting spot.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/prospects/player/lucas-nix-52/

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An aggressive, tenacious, white-knuckled run blocker with a desirable trench temperament. Plays on his toes, tips, tilts and overextends too much, but his deficiencies are correctable and his demeanor is endearing to OL coaches and evaluators.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYA9dlHzla4


Jason Foster - 6'3, 300 - 2nd season
http://www.nfl.com/player/jasonfoster/2535713/profile

Foster was a LT in college who spent most of his rookie season on the practice squad. He's a pretty good athlete but a bit undersized for the new scheme.

http://www.wcax.com/story/18377275/vermonter-heads-to-nfl


Lamar Mady - 6'2, 315 - Rookie
http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/lamar-mady?id=2539642

I had never heard of this guy until the Raiders signed him last week but after a little research, he seems to be one of the most intriguing UDFAs. There's obviously room for this guy to make the roster with how weak we are at the position. The consensus is he has the potential to develop into a starter. Obviously, that's far from a given but it'll be interesting to see how he performs during OTAs and TC.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Four-OLinemen-that-NFL-teams-are-excited-to-see-at-the-Combine.html

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1. Lamar Mady, OG, Youngstown State, Senior (6023, 314 and 5.20 E): A player that many NFL scouts viewed as an ideal late round developmental guard during the season, Madyís impressive play at the Texas versus the Nation Game helped his draft stock. Although he lacks elite size, Madyís playing strength enables him to stop power rushers in their tracks and to turn and seal defensive tackles out of the play on inside runs. Most impressive for Mady was how much he improved from one practice to the next down in Dallas, which says a lot about his ability to learn from coaching. Now all Mady has to do is impress coaches at the Combine both in interviews and on the field as many have not seen much of him yet because coaches generally only attend the Senior Bowl. If Mady does his thing and shows the foot quickness, flexibility and ability to move with good body control and balance he could put himself in position to be as high as a third or fourth round pick.


http://www.cornerblitz.com/2013/Features/UTR-Lamar-Mady.aspx
http://www.optimumscouting.com/draft/static/sleepers.html


Projected Opening Day Depth Chart
LG: Bergstrom/Mady
RG: Brisiel/Nix
- Grade: D-

I don't think there's a weaker position on this roster. The 2 projected starters are ZBS guys and the depth is made of UDFAs. Brisiel is the only player with any starting experience.
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OakDB, I agree we are terrible there and it would be a significant upgrade to move Wiz to LG.

To everyone, which of the following interiors is worse:

Wiz
Parsons
Brisiel/Bergstrom

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Bergstrom
Wiz
Brisiel
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JTagg7754 wrote:
OakDB, I agree we are terrible there and it would be a significant upgrade to move Wiz to LG.

To everyone, which of the following interiors is worse:

Wiz
Parsons
Brisiel/Bergstrom

or

Bergstrom
Wiz
Brisiel


I can't really say Parsons is better than Bergstrom. I'd much rather have Wiz playing center though.
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PostPosted: Mon May 06, 2013 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oakdb36 wrote:
JTagg7754 wrote:
OakDB, I agree we are terrible there and it would be a significant upgrade to move Wiz to LG.

To everyone, which of the following interiors is worse:

Wiz
Parsons
Brisiel/Bergstrom

or

Bergstrom
Wiz
Brisiel


I can't really say Parsons is better than Bergstrom. I'd much rather have Wiz playing center though.

Wouldn't mind picking up Ingocnito if he is released which is a new rumor.

Also don't count at Barnes at LG. If Watson wins the RT job I could see them using Barnes as a stop gap if the younger guys are not ready yet.
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Tight End

Nick Kasa



Height: 6-6
Weight: 270
Age: 22
NFL Exp: Rookie, Colorado

I like this pick in the 6th round. Kasa is a big guy who can block and has some speed. He changed positions from DE to TE halfway through college and has improved every year, some even say every game. He still has some work to do, he's raw as a TE and needs to clean up his routes and hands, but he is a great athlete and he has a chance to start right away with our TE situation. The coaching staff also had to really like him, they saw him everyday at the Senior Bowl.

http://www.mercurynews.com/raiders/ci_23122255/nfl-draft-oakland-raiders-draft-te-nick-kasa

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`I need to work on everything,'' Kasa told reporters at the NFL scouting combine. ``I think right now I'm a little bit better in the run game because of my physicality and size. I think I have the speed to stretch the field as well. I just have to work on those techniques, route-running and the passing game. I just need the experience I haven't gotten.''


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu-Pz7Zs-x8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-GspDtxeo

Mychal Rivera



Height: 6-3
Weight: 245
Age: 22
NFL Exp: Rookie, Tennessee

The second TE taken off the board, maybe made some fans scratch their heads a little bit, bu personally I love this pick. No only did we need more competition at TE, but I feel like this guy can actually start right away, over Kasa. He has very good hands, good enough speed, runs solid routes and can make tough catches. Yeah some people say he needs to bulk up to be a better blocker but I disagree. We have a few blocking TE'son our roster, and Rivera is a fundamentally sound blocker anyway who can hold up if asked to do it. I'd rather him stay how he is and not risk losing more speed. He's a little more NFL ready at this point, and hopefully he and Kasa can outplay their draft slots because we definitely need it. Kasa and Rivera compliment each other perfectly, so here's to hoping

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Solid move-the-chains receiver with the required toughness for the position. Good hands and flexibility to bring in passes on the run and continue over the middle or downfield. Extends his arms, and catches the ball off his frame. Has striderís speed to threaten the seam. Runs tough and will stiff-arm oncoming defenders after the catch. Flashes athleticism to leap defenders and flexibility to avoid linebackers on crossers. Gives good effort as an in-line blocker, moves his feet, extends his strong arms, and usually gets his hands on his targetís numbers. Willing to sustain throughout the play against ends or linebackers, also against second-level targets from a stand-up position. Also does his job when lined up as a lead blocker in the backfield.


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"He's just got tremendous ball skills," tight ends coach Eric Russell said. "Not the fastest guy in the world, but you hope he's got a body to be able to body somebody up [and] he'll come down with it. He can make the tough catch..


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWTGqfmGBB4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMyhDNMcADw


David Ausberry



Height: 6-4
Weight: 258
Age: 25
NFL Exp: 3

I still have some faith in this guy that he can be a play maker for us. He was a raw 7th round pick who had to learn a new position. He gained weight but is still a speedy, shifty mismatch for LB's due to his rare size/speed combo. That play against Miami is a small flash of his potential, as there weren't many. Obviously he is on a short leash, he didn't earn much playing time in his second year so noone knows what to expect. Right now, it looks like he will earn a roster spot but he will have to really earn it, and have to really show something during training camp. This is a make or break year for him, I'm still intrigued by his potential though.

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According to NFL Draft Scout, Ausberry ran a 4.48 40-yard dash on pro day. Not bad for a 6'4" guy who weighs nearly 250 pounds.

So like many other players on the Raiders roster, Ausberry has the physical ability to succeed in the NFL. His combination of size and athleticism is exactly what a team looks for in a TE, and Ausberry fits the bill
.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4_t0LhW04I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4D84DLlVJI

Richard Gordon



Height: 6-4
Weight: 268
Age: 25
NFL Exp: 3

Picked in the 7th round in the same draft as Ausberry, there really isn't too much upside to him. He's pretty slow but he is a big boy who's specialty is blocking. His blocking skills alone may be enough to earn him a spot but it is going to be an interesting competition to say the least. Limited production in college and hasn't really done much here, but IIRC he got more playing time than Ausberry last year, so maybe the staff likes what he brings to the table.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj33SZFkOQE

Brian Leonhardt



Height: 6-5
Weight: 255
Age: 22
NFL Exp: Rookie, Bemidji State

Intriguing small school UDFA. Good size and a very good athlete. Very good blocker and a good receiver in college, but against some weak competition. Has some upside, probably a PS developmental guy, but with his blend of character, size, hands and blocking ability, you never know what he can do in this wide open competition. No more scholarship players any more so if he blows up in TC and out performs Ausberry/Gordon, then he has a chance at the 53. Has ST ability as well.

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Where he burst onto the scene as a real NFL prospect was the Texas vs The Nation game (the same All Star game Veldheer played in). In the game, Leonhardt had 4 catches for 62 yards and a touchdown to earn Offensive Most Valuable Player honors in a 24-13 Nation victory.

His performance prompted the Raiders to do some tape digging. His impressive combination of blocking, receiving, and special teams play attracted the attention of the Raiders as his former head Bemidji State football coach, Jeff Tesch said.


http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/5/3/4298088/oakland-raiders-udfa-player-profile-brian-leonhardt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByCFO71xCP8


Mickey Shuler



Height: 6-4
Weight: 251
Age: 26
NFL Exp: 3

Looks like a camp body TBH. Has some NFL Experience but hasn't stuck to a team and now finds himself on the Raiders. Has good bloodlines and ST ability. Not expecting much from him. I won't bash the guy though because I haven't seen much from him since college, he was a good blocker at PSU and a pretty underrated athlete as well.

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Release: Not elite getting out of his stance, whether at H-back or in-line positions. One-speed runner who can challenge linebackers down the seam and get down the sideline if allowed to run free. Strong player with hands to get free from jam from SAM linebackers.

Hands: Solid receiver when ball is in his frame, most times catching the ball away from his frame even when facing the passer. Strong enough to win jump balls and make tough catches in traffic. Inconsistent adjusting to poor throws, however. Tracks ball over either shoulder.

Route running: Finds holes between and underneath linebackers. Mostly runs simple patterns as safety valve. Needs more experience running tighter patterns, but has the footwork and athletic to sink his hips, plant and drive off his foot.

After the catch: Not elusive after the catch but has enough straight-line speed to do more than move the chains. Runs tough, carries defensive backs and runs through arm tackles.

Blocking: One of the better blockers in this class. Strong edge blocker, seals off larger defensive ends by getting his hands inside and anchoring. Explodes into linebackers; moves feet to sustain until the play is away, and sometimes longer. Good flexibility to adjust to oncoming defenders, effective as moving tight end coming off the edge or eliminating backside chasers.

Intangibles: Durable, reliable performer with workmanlike attitude. Graduated in December with kinesiology degree. Good bloodlines with father a long-time NFL tight end.


Projected Opening day depth chart:

TE: Mychal Rivera | Nick Kasa | David Ausberry

Upside is there to be a strong unit, but has to be proven obviously. Kasa and Rivera are close to being locks unless they completely flop. The real competition IMO is for the starting position, and for the number 3 spot.

Grade: C- Based on upside. D/D+ realistically.
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QB
RB
WR
TE
OG

OT
OC

DE
DT
LB
S
CB

Bolded are positions that are done. Non bolded are still up for grabs.
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http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/5/4/4301136/oakland-raiders-udfa-player-profile-ol-lamar-mady

Good article on Lamar Mady. I really think this guy was a find...

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As a right tackle his sophomore season, he helped Butler County Community College to the JuCo National Championship game. As a junior transfer at Youngstown, he started at left guard and didn't allow a single sack or pressure all season. As a senior he started all 11 games at right guard.

....

at 6-2, 317 pounds he has the build and plenty of punch for a power man system. He also proved he can hold defenders out of the backfield consistently.

Mady put his strength on display and turned some heads with some solid offensive line play in the Texas vs The Nation game. That is also where undrafted free agent tight end Brian Leonhardt stood out and got the Raiders' attention. The well built offensive lineman later impressed again at the combine when he bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times which was second best among all players.



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OakRaiders3828 wrote:
http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/5/4/4301136/oakland-raiders-udfa-player-profile-ol-lamar-mady

Good article on Lamar Mady. I really think this guy was a find...

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As a right tackle his sophomore season, he helped Butler County Community College to the JuCo National Championship game. As a junior transfer at Youngstown, he started at left guard and didn't allow a single sack or pressure all season. As a senior he started all 11 games at right guard.

....

at 6-2, 317 pounds he has the build and plenty of punch for a power man system. He also proved he can hold defenders out of the backfield consistently.

Mady put his strength on display and turned some heads with some solid offensive line play in the Texas vs The Nation game. That is also where undrafted free agent tight end Brian Leonhardt stood out and got the Raiders' attention. The well built offensive lineman later impressed again at the combine when he bench pressed 225 pounds 35 times which was second best among all players.



Also watched DA's recent interview with Papa and sounds like he has high hopes for Nix and Bergstrom. I am pretty happy with how the OL was shaping up in 2011 even more so now. So glad we moved back to PBS and got Sparano.
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Working on LBs. Should be up tomorrow or Wed
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Letís break down our CB corp.

We will have lots of new CBís this yearÖagain. Letís hope this reshape will be a better one Smile

D.J. Hayden
I start with him, because he is the most crucial for our future success. Reggieís first high draft pick. That puts some pressure on the kid. By now everybody knows his incredible story with the heart injury and with the recovery. He has great passion for the game and for the life thatís for sure. He is a really intelligent guy and seems like a great teammate. That1s the mental and off-field stuff which is really important especially if you talk about one of the new cornerstones of your franchise, which he clearly is. The best thing about him is that he is great on-field too. He plays agressive football, can tackle and has solid ball skills. He can cover! Man or zone it doesnít really matter, he can do both and he can do both well. He has the speed to keep up with the outside guys easily. The only knock on him is that he doesnít have elite size. 5í11 195 however is Darrelle Revis like and we all know he is pretty good with that size Smile! Now Iím not try to compare them, just wanna say I canít see his size being a problem. He will have to shook off the rust, since he hasnít played football since í12 November, but I really expect him to compete for one of the outside starting jobs after the first hits in TC.
http://www.nfl.com/player/d.j.hayden/2541220/profile

Tracy Porter
Porter has ties to DA and had his best seasons under him. Thatís why I think he will be able to play well for us if he can stay healthy. He had injury problems last year in Denver and had some competition anyway, but his play overall was not strong. He is a playmaking CB, he will go for the pick, which is not bad, since he has solid ball skill, but he will get burned because of this agressiveness. If he can return to his NO days and become a solid CB with INT and gamechanging potential, we have a nice find, but if he just gamble for the stats, to get a better deal next offseason we could be in trouble. He can play man and zone, so DA and JT can be creative. At 5í11 186 he is not a phisical CB and could have some problems with the indivision beast here. I still like him a lot more then Bartell or Spencer last year. He will have his chance to start, but he will have to fight for it in TC in a big way.
http://www.nfl.com/player/tracyporter/2507471/profile

Mike Jenkins
He is another newcomer, who could battle for starting position. He is not a phisical freak (5í10 198), but plays some solid agressive man cover. He started well with the Cowboys and still young, so we maybe got something here. He was passed in the DC by Clayborne and Carr lately and as a competitior he didnít liked it. Hopefully he can use it as a motivation here. He has some ballskills and can cover even the big guys if he is used correctly and in a good mental condition IMO, but he is a risky pick up ont he other hand, cause if he shows his late Dallas form we got only depth with him. Thatís why he got only a one year deal of course. Talent wise he is an upgrade and we will have to wait and see for the actual play level he offers ont he field.
http://www.nfl.com/player/mikejenkins/2507469/profile

Phillip Adams
He is a really interesting guy. He came through late last year and showed solid starting potential, but was injured way too much. If he could stay healthy he could be a solid #2 CB IMO. At 5í11 195 he has solid size, he has good speed and he showed some ball skills with those INTís. He needs to stay healthy and then he could really push the above mentioned 3 guy for a starting gig.
http://www.raiders.com/team/roster/Phillip-Adams/4bb7cc9d-a4ce-47ed-b583-0cf676535ad7

Joselio Hanson
He came back after a solid season at NCB. He is that, but he is good at that, so I like the re-sign here. He is a little guy at 5í9 190, but he has good experience and can cover inside. Iím sure he will have to compete for the NCB spot, since the 2 ĄloserĒ from the above mentioned group will try to beat him for the NCB job too. Ideally he will be a rotational, depth guy at NCB. This would be ideal, because we will need fresh guys at CB with these intense passing Oís int he div and if he is not the full time starter that means that at least 3 guys are better then him, which would be good for our D.
http://www.nfl.com/player/joseliohanson/2505346/profile

Chimdi Chekwa
He was cut and brought back by RM. They like him, just not that much. He could be a solid depth guy for us, since he can play some S too in emergency situations. He will show improvement in TC, cause this position is stacked right now with guys who wanna get on roster. He is more of a man-cover guy, but it seems like we will use more man-to-man then last year.
http://www.nfl.com/player/chimdichekwa/2495138/profile

Adrian Bushell
One of the most interesting UDFAís this year. Has solid size (5í10 184), solid gamespeed and can cover. He is a solid CB from a technique standpoint. He could really challenge Chekwa for the 6th roster spot (if we carry that much). If not he goes to the PS and will take over Hansonís NCB job next year IMO.
http://www.nfl.com/player/adrianbushell/2541495/profile

Cory Nelms and Coye Francise are listed as DB, but I feel like they will have to perform at S, cause they donít have much chance as CBís here.

Overall our CB position got better. If we have a little luck it got better by a lot. Hayden will be a good #1 CB IMO, but because of his injury he could start the season as a rotational guy ĄonlyĒ behind the vets. By mid season I expect him to start. If only 1 will turn out to be a good addition between Porter and Jenkins we can be really happy and thatís when we need Joselio.
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We almost have enough CBs to fill an entire roster w/ just them. I can see where Reggie thinks we're lacking. Hopefully the power house pass rush of Andre Carter, Houston, Hunter and Jack Craford (sounds like a serial killer's name) can get to the QB (not likely).....
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I am really starting to wonder if they plan to move Houston over to the other side. He is pretty quick and is powerful. I am thinking he might be able to generate more pressure if the QB cant see him coming. Definatley faster/more aggressive than Shagnessey. Maybe that is why he is slimming down. Houston actually had better 40 time than Werner did this year.

When I watch games most of the time Houston has his man beat or at least is pushing him into the pocket however the QB is starring right at him and gets rid of the ball.

Just a thought.
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I am really starting to wonder if they plan to move Houston over to the other side. He is pretty quick and is powerful. I am thinking he might be able to generate more pressure if the QB cant see him coming. Definatley faster/more aggressive than Shagnessey. Maybe that is why he is slimming down. Houston actually had better 40 time than Werner did this year.

When I watch games most of the time Houston has his man beat or at least is pushing him into the pocket however the QB is starring right at him and gets rid of the ball.

Just a thought.


I hope not. He's always half a second late getting to the QB and that's against RTs. I'm really not trying to find out how he handles LTs.
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TiberiusRising wrote:
I am really starting to wonder if they plan to move Houston over to the other side. He is pretty quick and is powerful. I am thinking he might be able to generate more pressure if the QB cant see him coming. Definatley faster/more aggressive than Shagnessey. Maybe that is why he is slimming down. Houston actually had better 40 time than Werner did this year.

When I watch games most of the time Houston has his man beat or at least is pushing him into the pocket however the QB is starring right at him and gets rid of the ball.

Just a thought.


I hope not. He's always half a second late getting to the QB and that's against RTs. I'm really not trying to find out how he handles LTs.

I see it a little different. One he isn't asked to go after it as much and has to stay home for a second or two. He pushes stronger RT's around and had no compliment on the other side. Not to mention the QB being able to see the pressure. Stats are not everything but he was highly effective at pressuring the QB. The best part is I can actually see this on the field so they dont appear to be hidden or masked numbers. Imagine if they had to account for a true pass rusher on the other side.

"According to Pro Football Focus, Houston is the 15th most productive pass rusher among 4-3 defensive ends who've played at least 75 percent of their team's plays. That is based on not only sacks, but quarterback hits and quarterback pressures." Now statistically that is good company. I cant see the full list but the top 10 all play on the other side and are big named guys you would expect to see there.
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Great work so far guys, I've really enjoyed reading these Very Happy
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