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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Raiders Draft Outlook: Running Backs

The top Running back in the upcoming draft is Adrian Peterson. Peterson has all of the skills to become a great NFL back but his injuries may make some teams shy away. He is the only Running Back in the draft that can realistically be considered with the first overall pick but there are some other decent options if we decide to trade some picks or players around.

Cal's Marshawn Lynch is projected to be a mid first round pick, with a likely landing spot in Green Bay at pick 16. He also has all the skills needed to succeed in the NFL but the only way we would land him is by trading down or somehow acquiring another first round pick. It is unprobable that he will end up wearing the silver and black but you never can tell what Al Davis has up his sleeve.

The other Running Backs with first round potential are Kenny Irons and Michael Bush. One of these two guys could be a likely choice if we are able to trade up into the back half of the first round. Auburn has produced some decent NFL running backs and Irons could be the next. The 2008 draft may have one of the best running back classes in years if some underclassmen declare so we could wait until then to use a first round pick on a running back.

While it may seem unlikely that we will be able to draft a running back in the first round, it could be the only solution to a poor running game. The free agent market will be pretty bare with quality backs and Lamont Jordan hasn't got what it takes to keep up with the other AFC West runners. Another option could be a trade for a talented back like Clinton Portis but talented backs will come at a high price.

10 Comments:

Blogger Stablerwasgreat said...

LOL! I have some news for you, Lamont Jordan has everything it takes to be a great back. He's proven it already. What, are we suppose to knock him for the teams performance last season. It's not his fault at all. I suspect all dis-believers will be eating there words when Lamont puts up 1300 yards this season...

2/16/2007 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jordan is certainly NOT a "great" back. Never seen such a big back who can't break a tackle and falls down with any amount of contact by a defender. He is afraid to take a hit (maybe hung around Moss too much?). Can't find a hole. doesn't run with any authority. It was such a relief to see Fargas in there last year, cause at least he tries hard. He's a speed back career backup, but still ran with more power and more authority than Jordan did last year. Not to mention, Jordan can't catch!!! to all those who keep referencing his numbers in 2005, he also had the most drops in the league that year!!! wha?!?
He might have the skills to be a serviceable starter on a team with a decent o-line and a passing attack, but Jordan is by no means a great tailback who can carry a team.
Keep him and pick up someone he can split carries with (Micheal Bush?), or dump him and pick up Adrian Peterson. Lynch I could live with, too.

2/16/2007 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We dont have to get a speed back a power back works too. Jordan hasn't really proved himself yet. Yes, our O-line stunk but couldn't he have done alittle more. Landing Mike Bush in the second or third would be real nice, especially if we have two picks in either of those rounds, to take the risk.

2/16/2007 11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If there are no holes than the running back can't hit them. If the o-line gets worked every time and the running back is getting nailed in the back field every third running play, how is that the running back's fault, if you were him getting hit like that you wouldn't run hard either. who wants to get worked every time. What we need is a dog on QB and some Offensive lineman who can at least slow the pass rush down. We now have at least a offense coordinator who hasn't been asking " Would you like a complementary wake-up call for breakfast tomorrow" for the past ten years. Raider fan's quit complaining and try to believe.

2/16/2007 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Raider will be fine. Oakland will have a better O-Line, Passing Attack and Running game. Dont worry Coach K will handle it!

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2/17/2007 2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Backs?

Fargas: I don't think he's given enough credit for his smash-mouth style of running. You can't replace that heart & desire to knock your opponant on their ass with anything. Reminds me of Hubbard. I don't have his stats to flash about here to wow all the mathematitions, but I can see heart & desire in his running & that's one of the traits that Madden looked for in a player that made them a great "football player". It's about taking it to the other guy with all you got. Fargas can be a great "football player" as he's coming into his prime with blazing speed & wants to prove something.

Jordan is a "wannabe" who was suddenly thrown into a premier role that he wasn't ready for. The man pussy-foots around trying to correct for the vision that a true back should have that he doesn't have & never did. It's not even funny watching him try to put "moves" on anyone...it's ridiculous. Hands? Give 'im an extra.

Crokett: The man is one stud SOB. Anyone who wants to talk shit about him needs to look in the mirror. The man gives his all every down & even if he ain't a "true fullback" how many short yardage 3rd down conversions has he made not to mention short yardage touchdowns & he still wants it (football player)!

Lynch: We all remember a cat named Morrison who dreamed all of his football life of being a RAIDER & wasn't as physically gifted as alot of his contemporaries. Look what the man has done because of the fire burning inside him to be fulfilling his lifelong dream - to be a RAIDER. Lynch may not be as gifted as a couple of other backs in the draft, but I & you know that the desire to be a RAIDER will carry him far beyond his God-given gifts.

2/17/2007 7:00 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I think Lynch would be a great fit in our organization but he will go much later than we are picking.

I can't see us trading down that far but maybe we could put something together to move up with our second rounder. Maybe we could trade Randy Moss and our third round pick for GBs first rounder.

2/17/2007 3:16 PM  
Anonymous YOURFIREDFOREVER said...

Jordan is not a good enough back to compete in the AFC West. He's not good in any division. Remember back when the line was blocking well. He averaged only 3.8 yards per carry that year. This is due to his lack of break away speed. He could not break the 60 yard run when he had the opportunity. Compare the other RB's in the West: Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, and I'm sure the next RB for Denver will put up big numbers. If we were running the West Coast Offense we wouldn't need a great RB like Peterson, but we're running the Run and Gun which requires a great running game. We need Adrian Peterson or we can trade down twice once to the Texans and again to the Panthers/Steelers/Packers. That would give us the correct place to pick up Marshawn Lynch and we'd get 2 extra 2nd rounders which we could pick up Joe Staley, Greg Olson, and Brandon Meriweather or a WR.

2/18/2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger breatnyS said...

I can see heart & desire in his running & that's one of the traits that Madden looked for in a player that made them a great "football player". It's about taking it to the other guy with all you got. Fargas can be a great "football player" as he's coming into his prime with blazing speed & wants to prove something.

Jordan is a "wannabe" who was suddenly thrown into a premier role that he wasn't ready for. The man pussy-foots around trying to correct for the vision that a true back should have that he doesn't have & never did. It's not even funny watching him try to put "moves" on anyone...it's ridiculous. Hands? Give 'im an extra.

Crokett: The man is one stud SOB. Anyone who wants to talk shit about him needs to look in the mirror. The man gives his all every down & even if he ain't a "true fullback" how many short yardage 3rd down conversions has he made not to mention short yardage touchdowns & he still wants it (football player)!

Lynch: We all remember a cat named Morrison who dreamed all of his football life of being a RAIDER & wasn't as physically gifted as alot of his contemporaries. Look what the man has done because of the fire burning inside him to be fulfilling his lifelong dream - to be a RAIDER. http://www.ticketwood.com/nfl/Oakland-Raiders-Tickets/index.php
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Lynch may not be as gifted as a couple of other backs in the draft, but I & you know that the desire to be a RAIDER will carry him far beyond his God-given gifts.

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