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2013 OAKLAND RAIDERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

June 25, 2013
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2013 OAKLAND RAIDERS FOOTBALL PREVIEW

Oakland Raiders (1995 - Pres)

 

LAST YEAR: 4-12, 3RD IN THE AC WEST

 

HEAD COACH: DENNIS ALLEN, 2ND YEAR

 

There are many changes coming for the Oakland Raiders in 2013, especially on defense.  There may be as many as 9 new starters, many coming from this year’s draft.   Second year Coach Dennis Allen has the Raiders moving in the right direction and the ownership group will be more patient with Allen than former Owner Al Davis would have been. 

 

Before we discuss the many changes coming on defense, let’s examine what the Raiders have in store on offense.  QB Carson Palmer is out, Matt Flynn is in.  Flynn signed a big contract in Seattle last season but never made it on the field because of Russell Wilson.  So now he will get a shot with the Raiders.  Flynn had one excellent game in Green Bay so we don’t really know what to expect.  Flynn will have Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson as back-ups. 

 

Flynn will have RB Darren McFadden running the football, when he is healthy.  Oakland had one of the worst running games in the NFL in 2012 (88.8, 28th in NFL).  The biggest question will be at WR.  Darrius Heyward-Bey was released and TE Brandon Myers left via free agency.  That leaves Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford was the primary targets at WR and Richard Gordon at TE.  TE Nick Kasa was drafted out of Colorado and TE Mychal Rivera out of Tennessee to help Gordon.  Brice Butler was drafted out of San Diego State to provide depth at WR.   The offense line is back in tact led by C Stefen Wisniewski.  The Raiders drafted OT Menelik Watson out of Florida State (6-5, 310) and he may step in right away.  Watson has as much talent as any OL in the draft.

 

The biggest changes are coming on defense.  The biggest addition was the drafting of CB D.J. Hayden out of Houston.  Hayden is excellent in man coverage and has great ball skills.  DT Tommy Kelly and DT Richard Seymour have departed and they will be hard to replace.  Oakland signed several players to fill the holes including NT Pat Sims, DT Vance Walker, DE Jason Hunter, LB Nick Roach, LB Kaluka Maiava, LB Kevin Moore, CB Tracy Porter, CB Mike Jenkins, LB Kevin Burnet and FS Usama Young.   DE Lamar Houston is the only returning player from last year’s front seven.  In the draft, the Raiders needed several immediate, impact type players including Hayden, LB Sio Moore (UConn), DT Stacy McGee (Oklahoma) and DE David Bass (Missouri Western).   No other team in the NFL made as many changes on defense as the Raiders.

 

Coach Allen wasn’t afraid to overhaul the Raiders defense.  He has an extensive background on defense and didn’t like what he saw in 2012.  There will be growing pains in 2013 on both sides of the football.  Question will be, how long will ownership allow Coach Allen to re-build?

 Oakland Raiders (1995 - Pres) 

2012 IN REVIEW:

 

TOTAL OFFENSE: 344.0 (18TH)

 

RUN OFFENSE: 88.8 (28TH)

 

PASS OFFENSE: 255.2 (8TH)

 

TOTAL DEFENSE: 354.5 (18TH)

 

RUN DEFENSE: 188.6 (18TH)

 

PASS DEFENSE: 235.9 (20TH)

 Oakland Raiders (1995 - Pres)

 

2013 RAIDERS DRAFT

 

1 -- D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston;

2 (42) - Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State;

3 (66) - Sio Moore, LB, UConn;

4 (112) - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas;

6 (172) - Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado;

6 (181) - Latavius Murry, RB, Central Florida;

6 (184) - Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee;

6 (205) - Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma;

7 (209) - Brice Butler, WR, San Diego State;

7 (233) - David Bass, DE, Missouri Western

Top Pick Analysis: Reggie McKenzie came over from Green Bay before last season and is still trying to wash the Davis craziness out of the Raiders but didn't do a good job in the first round. Oakland loved Hayden so much they almost wasted the No. 3 overall pick to get him before wisely trading down and getting him at 12. They could have dropped another 10 spots at least. Things settled down from there. Second-rounder Watson is a very raw tackle prospect but has a big upside, and Moore has a nice work ethic and some coverage ability at linebacker.

Best Value Pick: Matt Flynn is probably just a caretaker so getting a legitimate developmental quarterback like Wilson with a fourth-round pick is a positive.

Questionable Calls: Even if they develop, Hayden and Moore simply weren't good value picks where they were taken.

Summary: The Raiders didn't address the defensive line after blowing things up there so that remains a concern. Hayden and Moore should help the back seven in coverage while Watson and Wilson are classic Davis-like boom-or-bust types. It's like the guy is still haunting the organization.

DRAFT GRADE: C+

Undrafted rookie free agent signings: Louisville CB Adrian Bushell; Virginia Union DE Kentrell Harris; Youngstown State G Lamar Mady; Wyoming OT Kyle Magnuson; Tulsa S Dexter McColl; Rice RB Sam McGuffie; Eastern Washington QB Kyle Padron; Duke WR Conner Vernon; Boston College OT John Wetzel; Cal DB Deunta Williams; Rutgers WR Tim Wright

Oakland Raiders (1964 - 1981)

2013 RAIDERS SCHEDULE

 

Sept. 8 at Indianapolis, 1
Sept. 15 Jacksonville, 4:25
Sept. 23 at Denver, 8:40
Sept. 29 Washington, 4:25
Oct. 6 San Diego, 4:25
Oct. 13 at Kansas City, 1
Oct. 20 Bye
Oct. 27 Pittsburgh, 4:05
Nov. 3 Philadelphia, 4:05
Nov. 10 at New York Giants, 1
Nov. 17 at Houston, 1
Nov. 24 Tennessee, 4:05
Nov. 28 at Dallas, 4:30
Dec. 8 at New York Jets, 1
Dec. 15 Kansas City, 4
Dec. 22 at San Diego, 4:25
Dec. 29 Denver, 4:25

 

Oakland Raiders (1995 - Pres)

 

2013 RAIDERS ROSTER

 

Active

                       

  

#

  
  

Name

  
  

Pos.

  
  

Ht.

  
  

Wt.

  
  

Age

  
  

Exp.

  
  

College

  

28

Adams, Phillip

DB

5-11

195

24

4

South Carolina State

86

Ausberry, David

TE

6-4

258

25

3

USC

75

Bair, Brandon

DL

6-6

285

28

2

Oregon

69

Barnes, Khalif

T

6-6

321

31

9

Washington

77

Barron, Alex

T

6-8

315

30

8

Florida State

51

Bass, David

DE

6-4

256

22

R

Missouri Western

70

Bergstrom, Tony

OL

6-5

310

26

2

Utah

96

Bilukidi, Christo

DT

6-5

320

23

2

Georgia State

54

Boyko, Billy

LB

6-2

240

21

R

Lehigh

33

Branch, Tyvon

SS

6-0

210

26

6

Connecticut

65

Brisiel, Mike

G

6-5

310

30

6

Colorado State

95

Burnett, Kaelin

LB

6-4

240

23

2

Nevada

94

Burnett, Kevin

OLB

6-3

230

30

8

Tennessee

56

Burris, Miles

LB

6-2

240

24

2

San Diego State

19

Butler, Brice

WR

6-3

213

23

R

San Diego State

3

Carmona, Eddy

K

5-10

205

24

1

Harding

97

Carter, Andre

DE

6-4

260

34

13

California

37

Casey, Chance

CB

5-11

190

22

R

Baylor

35

Chekwa, Chimdi

CB

6-0

194

24

2

Ohio State

57

Clayton, Keenan

LB

6-1

230

26

4

Oklahoma

59

Condo, Jon

LS

6-3

245

31

7

Maryland

91

Crawford, Jack

DE

6-5

281

24

2

Penn State

16

Cribbs, Josh

WR

6-1

192

30

9

Kent State

84

Criner, Juron

WR

6-3

221

23

2

Arizona

15

Flynn, Matt

QB

6-2

230

28

5

LSU

12

Ford, Jacoby

WR

5-9

190

25

4

Clemson

62

Foster, Jason

G

6-3

300

24

1

Rhode Island

31

Francies, Coye

DB

6-1

195

26

3

San Jose State

50

Goethel, Travis

LB

6-2

255

25

4

Arizona State

82

Gordon, Richard

TE

6-4

268

26

3

Miami (Fla.)

23

Hanson, Joselio

CB

5-9

180

31

9

Texas Tech

47

Harper, Eric

LB

6-3

240

25

R

Grambling State

25

Hayden, DJ

CB

5-11

190

22

R

Houston

40

Hoese, Jon

FB

6-2

248

23

1

Minnesota

18

Holmes, Andre

WR

6-4

210

25

2

Hillsdale

99

Houston, Lamarr

DE

6-3

300

26

4

Texas

93

Hunter, Jason

DE

6-4

270

29

7

Appalachian State

11

Janikowski, Sebastian

K

6-1

258

35

14

Florida State

10

Jenkins, Greg

WR

6-1

208

23

R

Alabama State

21

Jenkins, Mike

CB

5-10

197

28

6

South Florida

27

Jennings, Rashad

RB

6-1

231

28

5

Liberty

42

Johnson, Shelton

S

6-0

197

22

R

Wisconsin

64

Jones, Johnny

NT

6-4

314

24

1

Marshall

22

Jones, Taiwan

CB

6-0

197

24

3

Eastern Washington

88

Kasa, Nick

TE

6-6

265

22

R

Colorado

7

King, Marquette

P

6-0

192

24

2

Fort Valley State

5

Kluwe, Chris

P

6-4

210

31

9

UCLA

89

Leonhardt, Brian

TE

6-5

255

23

R

Bemidji State

63

Mady, Lamar

G

6-2

315

22

R

Youngstown State

50

Maiava, Kaluka

LB

6-0

230

26

4

USC

48

Mastrud, Jeron

TE

6-5

255

25

4

Kansas State

20

McFadden, Darren

RB

6-1

218

25

6

Arkansas

92

McGee, Stacy

DT

6-3

310

23

R

Oklahoma

14

McGloin, Matthew

QB

6-1

210

23

R

Penn State

85

McGuffie, Sam

WR

5-10

200

23

R

Rice

17

Moore, Denarius

WR

6-0

190

24

3

Tennessee

55

Moore, Sio

LB

6-1

240

23

R

Connecticut

34

Murray, Latavius

RB

6-3

230

22

R

Central Florida

38

Nelms, Cory

DB

6-1

191

25

1

Miami

76

Nix, Lucas

G

6-5

320

23

2

Pittsburgh

49

Olawale, Jamize

FB/RB

6-1

240

24

1

North Texas

67

Parsons, Alex

OL

6-4

316

25

2

USC

24

Porter, Tracy

CB

5-11

188

26

6

Indiana

6

Pryor, Terrelle

QB

6-4

233

24

3

Ohio State

45

Reece, Marcel

FB

6-1

255

28

4

Washington

81

Rivera, Mychal

TE

6-3

245

22

R

Tennessee

53

Roach, Nick

LB

6-1

234

28

7

Northwestern

58

Robinson, Ryan

DE

6-4

255

22

R

Oklahoma State

66

Robiskie, Andrew

C

6-1

297

24

R

Western Illinois

29

Ross, Brandian

CB

6-1

191

23

2

Youngstown State

87

Session, Tray

WR

6-1

192

23

1

Nevada

90

Sims, Pat

DT

6-2

310

27

5

Auburn

36

Smith, Reggie

S

6-1

192

26

5

Oklahoma

79

Smith, Willie

T

6-5

310

26

3

East Carolina

32

Stewart, Jeremy

RB

5-11

215

24

2

Stanford

80

Streater, Rod

WR

6-3

200

25

2

Temple

74

Taufa'asau, Kurt

DT

6-2

300

22

R

Wyoming

68

Veldheer, Jared

T

6-8

321

26

4

Hillsdale

9

Vernon, Conner

WR

6-0

192

22

R

Duke

98

Walker, Vance

DT

6-2

305

26

4

Georgia Tech

71

Watson, Menelik

T

6-5

315

24

R

Florida State

73

Wetzel, John

T

6-7

315

21

R

Boston College

39

White, Mitchell

CB

5-11

184

23

R

Michigan State

30

Williams, Deonté

RB

5-10

213

22

R

Cal Poly

83

Williams, Isaiah

WR

6-2

201

26

1

Maryland

8

Wilson, Tyler

QB

6-2

215

23

R

Arkansas

61

Wisniewski, Stefen

C/G

6-3

307

24

3

Penn State

 

Woodson, Charles

DB

6-1

210

36

16

Michigan

26

Young, Usama

S

6-0

200

28

7

Kent State


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