Raiders add large DT Justin Ellis

The Raiders finally turned their attention to their defensive line in the fourth round, drafting a Justin Ellis, a nose tackle out of Louisiana Tech, with the 107th overall selection. Ellis is a large tackle, at 6’1” and 334 lbs. He has a good motor for a big player, says NFL Network’s Mike Mayock. Mayock […]


Raiders add size to offensive line, draft OG Gabe Jackson

The Raiders traded down in the third round for the first time in the 2014 draft, trading from the 67th pick down to the 81st overall pick. In the process, the Raiders added another 4th round selection – number 116 overall. With their third round pick, then, Oakland addressed the offensive line, adding a mauler […]


Raiders get lucky, have QB Carr fall to them in 2nd round

The Raiders picked up their QB of the future on day 2 of the NFL draft, when Derek Carr – a player that many believed was first round quality – fell to the Raiders at the 36th overall pick. Carr, whose brother David was the first player ever taken by the expansion Texans in 2002, […]


Examining the Raiders day 2 draft options

Having come out of the first round of the draft with an “impact player” in Khalil Mack – a guy who should be a day 1 plug and play starter for Oakland – the Raiders must now re-group and decide what their next move will be. We will examine some of the most likely possibilities […]

Khalil Mack

Raiders get their much needed “impact player” in LB Khalil Mack

The Raiders got their wish in the 2014 Draft when Khalil Mack – the most talented linebacker and one of two elite defensive players in the draft – fell to them at the 5th overall pick. Mack was a consideration to go number one overall to the Texans and many thought that he would be […]

Matt Schaub

Tale of the Tape: Matt Schaub

Let’s jump right in and start with the basics: Schaub, at 6’5” and 235 lbs, has prototypical size for a quarterback. He’s got a strong arm and can make throws at any point on the field. He’s an experienced, veteran starting quarterback in the NFL who’s had some success, although not as much success as Houston […]


Predicting the Raiders’ season…with a twist!

I generally dislike trying to come up with who will win each game on the schedule – especially before the Draft! So, this year, I decided to do something a little different – I flipped a coin for each matchup and let the coin decide which team would win and which team would lose. If […]

By the numbers

The 2014 Draft QBs & the Rule of 26-27-60

Thanks to my friend Jamal (@Jamalisms), I recently read this Sports Illustrated article from 2010. I recommend reading it but for those of you that choose to not, the thrust of the article is the author asserting that a fairly simple formula can help give NFL front offices a look at which QBs are the […]


Raiders start off-season workouts looking for respect

The Raiders started their off-season workout program today with “close to 100%” participation, according to Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece. Reece, and many of the Raiders key free agents, took to the podium to talk to the assembled media about their expectations for the 2014 season. The vast majority of the veterans that the Raiders […]


Examining the roster: Raiders’ needs & strengths

In anticipation of the draft, which is now only 3 weeks away, we are going to look at the Raiders current team roster and see what areas they most need to address in the draft, with undrafted free agents or current NFL free agents and which position groups are strong enough that the team will […]


Pieces of Raiders’ draft strategy start to emerge

Slowly and surely, through multiple sources and different writers, pieces of the Raiders’ 2014 Draft strategy are becoming clear. First, the Raiders are unlikely to take a quarterback in the first round or, at least, not at the #5 spot. Per multiple reports, this is because the Raiders aren’t in love with any of the […]

Antonio Smith

Tale of the Tape: Antonio Smith

The last two seasons, the Raiders have not been able to sign any “name” players in free agency while GM Reggie McKenzie was clearing the teams’ “out of whack” contracts. This year, for the first time since McKenzie became a GM, the Raiders have been able to sign players that have a reputation around the […]