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  1. Offseason workouts underway (OTA's page 6)

    I think they will. Martin thrived in a gap scheme last year and indications were that he was their first choice ahead of Crowell as the primary backup this offseason. And if they watched any of Trent Brown's tape last season, they would have seen the Patriots effectively countering the leaguewide trend of smaller and quicker defensive fronts with a power running game.
  2. Offseason workouts underway (OTA's page 6)

    The playcalling evolved into more power blocking/inside zone during the second half of the season.
  3. Pick is in, #137 - TE Foster Moreau

    I found it amusing that one of the player comps for Foster Moreau in mockdraftable.com is Doug Jolley.
  4. Raiders not expected to exercise Karl Joseph's option

    Weird no one on here seems to remember when they were wrong.
  5. There's a lot less difference between a 3-4 outside linebacker and a 4-3 defensive end. First of all, they're both edge positions and typically will have similar responsibilities depending if their a strong side player or not. Today, the differences between a 3-4 and 4-3 have more to do with alignment than gap responsibility. Certain 4-3 schemes resemble a 3-4 (like odd fronts like 4-3 under) and certain 3-4 schemes resemble a 4-3 in assignment (like Wade Phillips' 3-4 1-gap). Second, the differences between 3-4 and 4-3 are further diminished when you consider how often teams are in subpackage. Ultimately, every team in the NFL is a 4-man front and the differences manifest more in who plays that pivotal nickel position (either a safety body or a corner body). Elite edge players should be able to plug in play in any system and be effective. If they can't, I'd surmise the problem is with the system and not the player. For instance, Mack played with his hand in the dirt and standing up frequently while he was in Oakland despite him being more a 3-4 outside linebacker profile. Conversely, Calais Campbell was used to playing head up on tackles with a defender on his outside shoulder, but he proved he can storm the edge with the best of them while in Jacksonville. Bradley Chubb was a down player at N.C. state but stood up in Denver and got 12 sacks as rookie. But ultimately, teams should first identify an elite talent, and accommodate their system to fit. When Denver drafted Von Miller, they had a 4-3 coach in Dennis Allen. He accommodated their scheme to allow Miller to remain standup player for the better of the team. I view Josh Allen as an elite edge talent; he had all the traits I look for in an elite edge rusher: first step quickness, converts speed to power, strength (to hold up against the run), hands, agility (ability to peel off and widen the edge), and bend. The distinction between 4-3 end and 3-4 outside linebacker is outmoded for most teams.
  6. Raiders re-sign RB Doug Martin

    Never good to see a guy go down but Martin is a better runner than Crowell. Outside the fumbles, Martin did his thing and for my money he was the best back on the team last year.
  7. Abrams better be the last safety the Raiders take in the first three rounds for at least 5 years. I'm done with the team taking safeties and then miscasting them.
  8. First impressions of Mike Mayock's first draft as GM

    I think he did a good job overall. He didn't pick a single player I didn't think will be at least a quality starter in the NFL, but the problem is I think that's just about all he got with Ferrell at 4th overall; I really wanted Allen. My favorite picks were 24 and 27, I think Jacobs is a difference-making runner and Abram is Derwin James and Jamal Adams-like in what he can bring to a defense. Bummed about missing out on Baker, Murphy, and Ya-Sin but I guess Mullen will do. I thought corner was a big need coming in so I'm happy it was addressed early. Not sure if Mullen can win the starting job right away, though. Not crazy about Maxx Crosby, he looks at least a year away from adding anything to the team beyond special teams. I would have loved loved to get Anthony Nelson where Crosby went. Isaiah Johnson was a nice pick, but something tells me the writing is on the wall for Conley being on his way out at some point in the semi-near future--both Johnson and Mullen are great tacklers and Conley is not. Foster Moreau is a good consolation prize at tight end. B- draft. Pros: First four picks are high floor and should contribute early. Jacobs and Abram were among my favorite players in this draft. Addressing corner both early and late. Cons: I can't imagine Ferrell develops into a top edge defender. Especially bad when Allen, a player I believe will be among the top edge defenders in the league, was there. Maxx Crosby seems light-years away from contributing.
  9. If Joseph is on the team, I expect him to by the overtop guy. He's actually quite good at playing downhill from a distance and picking up deep routes over the middle. Back when I did my post Super Bowl/pre-combine mock I mocked Abram at 24 writing this: This was before the team signed Joyner--who I expect to role down and play slot corner in nickel--but I'm liking the idea of starting Abram at linebacker. I likened Abram to Derwin James in this mock so I went back and watched some tape on James and he basically plays outside linebacker for the Chargers (something I also noted during the season and ranked James as an outside backer instead of a safety in the 2018 draft). Abram has a lot of the same skills James has except he's not as long, but he's just as fast, just as tenacious, and probably better at shedding blockers. I think Abram's role will be variable depending on the opponent, but I really like this pick the more I think about it.
  10. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    No system is that good. The Raiders paid for Guenther's inability to evaluate talent on his own roster--the defense was at its worse at the beginning of the year. And I'm just quoting you when you say: "Josh Allen is a pure ELITE 3-4 OLB. He is excellent in coverage. Is quick. Has an explosive first step." Also Lance Zierline from NFL.com (his #3 overall prospect): "Elite size, speed and explosiveness with frame to get even stronger" Also Daniel Jeremiah from NFL.com (also his #3 overall prospect): "Allen is a tall, long edge player with tremendous agility, versatility and production." From beloved PFF (#5 overall prospect): "Allen had far and away the highest pass-rushing grade of any college edge defender this past season at 94.3." And more importantly, me, the only opinion I care about on this site. Oh let me try: You would be wrong about Ferrell being better than Allen. Tell me how many times I have been wrong this draft season? I'll do you a favor. 0 is the answer. And even if you are to interpret Guenther's quote as being about Allen not being a scheme fit, how does that make it any better if he picks a worse player? To me, it doesn't matter why the staff picked Ferrell over Allen because I believe they passed on a great prospect for a good prospect, irrespective of scheme.
  11. Pick is in, #24 Josh Jacobs RB Alabama

    I think the draft consensus has gone a little far in devaluing running back as much as it has. Although a productive running game is not hard to manufacture and can be accomplished without a top tier talent, a top back changes the way defenses play offenses which open things up in the passing game. My hope and belief is that Jacobs is good enough for teams to have to pick their poison of having to deal with Carr and Brown or the offensive line and Jacobs. Usually teams will sell out to stop the run first so the passing game should be wide open if Jacobs proves himself early in the year. Another thing about elite backs is between their movement ability and vision, they make yards that a lesser back could see or get. I've watched a fair amount of Saquon offseason and man, he is special and is absolutely creating yards out of thin air. Good backs bring an extra blocker with them, great backs bring two--some runs Saquan looks like he's out there with three or four extra blockers. I don't think Jacobs is that good, but I think he brings at least one extra blocker with him pretty consistently--which is good enough for me.
  12. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    Geunther’s so good he benched both Conley and Worley to start the season last year. Allen non fitting the system is a misnomer. He could easily play right end. How exactly does Key fit the defense but Allen does not? And look what I can do too: Allen is a Way better prospect than Ferrell in a vacuum. And in our system, Allen would still be better than Ferrell. At the end of the day the Raiders liked Ferrell more then Allen. I doubt they thought Allen didn’t “fit the scheme.”
  13. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    Then I guess the Raiders are running the wrong system.
  14. Me vs Mayock

    This is what I would've done in real time. 1) Josh Allen 24) Josh Jacobs 27) DeAndre Baker 40) Anthony Nelson 106) Riley Ridley I'm fine with the rest.
  15. Pick is in, #4 Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

    But that still doesn't explain the contention I and others have brought up: the player you're describing is not worth a top 5 pick.