Saturday, April 28, 2007

Rise and Shine, Raider Nation!

UPDATE 7:31 AM: Done deal? For what it's worth, ESPN has posted the following under a massive "Breaking News" banner on its home page: "It appears the Oakland Raiders have made their choice, and it's JaMarcus Russell. According to two sources, one with the Raiders and one close to Russell, the team called the LSU quarterback Friday to inform him he would be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft.:

Rise and shine, Raider Nation! Spike your coffee and start your takes...The Raider Take 2007 Draft Day Lounge is open for business.


Today is the day we select JaMarcus Russell with the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. Today is the day we surprise everyone by picking Brady Quinn instead. Today is the day we freak everyone out by making Joe Thomas number one. Today is the day we trade Randy Moss for a second round pick, opening the door to draft Calvin Johnson at the top. Today is the day we pack a shopping cart full of picks from the Buccaneers by trading down a few slots. Today is the day anything can and might happen. The Raiders Haters are helpless and in awe.

The countdown is upon us. Here we go...

291 Comments:

Blogger Raider67 said...

JaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrrcusssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon Al, pull the trigger.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Pints in the evening...coffee in the morning.

Sweet dreams Raider Nation.

Jaaaaaaaa-Marrrrrrr-Cussssss, Baby!

As soon as I see JRuss on the podium with the Comish, proudly wearing his NFL Raider Draft Day hat, I will be thrilled, excited, optimistic, and ready for a new, MINTY fresh chapter in Raider.
history!

Time to set the alarm and order up a 20 oz Venti Carmel Machiato.

12:22 AM  
Blogger gcp said...

JROCK!

12:33 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

AngelicRaider:

Calvin Johnson Baby!

12:54 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Good morning RT and the Raider Nation. Just having a little hair of the virtual dog that bit me yesterday. I woke up in a cold sweat after a nightmare that we didn’t pick Russell. So I’m having a frothy one to shake it off.

I half expected the Moss trade to be etched by now but, like the stock market, I’m always the last person to find out.

j-russ, j-Russ, J-Russ, J-RuSS, J-RUSS, JA-RUSS!

4:08 AM  
Anonymous masymas said...

Good morning all.

I'm a California transplant living just outside NYC. I just returned from getting my draft ticket. Will be sitting with 2 other die-hard Raiders fans from the Black Hole. Another fan will be nearby - he's a die-hard Raiders fan from the Buckeye State.

The line, which was not supposed to officially start forming until 5 AM, began forming shortly before midnight. I arrived at 1:15 AM. Was about 200th in line. Was among 4 people who were the only Raiders fans there at that point. By 5 AM, the line had increased to a couple thousand wrapped around the Radio City Music Hall block. All of a sudden, they announced we had to back up, then they switched the front to behind us - so I went from being 200th in line to roughly 50th in line. Everyone behind that point was told they had to scramble to the back of the new end of the line (what used to be the front of the line). It was like a stampede - the running of the bulls - pick your metaphor. Wish I had a video camera along to record the mayhem. Was rather amusing. Nonetheless, the 4 of us Raiders fans wound up with nice seats in the Orchestra section.

Just enough time now for breakfast and a shower and then back to see the Draft at Radio City!

My prediction for draft:
Pick #1 - Calvin Johnson - too hot to miss - raw talent - and Gruden would be so bummed. :)
Pick #33 - Trent Edwards - big, strong, smart, talented, and most importantly, very competitive. Ideal for Kiffin.

Makes the most sense unless we make some kind of trade down.

If we do decide to take a QB with #1 pick - either JR or BQ - I won't be upset - but Johnson and Edwards as WR and QB seems to be the most bang for our buck.

Then we still have 2 picks in Round 3 - plus the 1st pick in the fourth tomorrow, etc. Plenty of opportunity to get a solid OL, etc.

4:49 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Here are some final words of wisdom if you can call it that - LOL!) for ya.

Merry Draftmas Everybody!

5:06 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

up and running here in the Nation's cap, got the big coffee, got the coola iced down, waiting for the big man to walk to the podium...looks like we'll be picking up and extra three this year or two next year for #18 [see ya]

5:50 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Raider67, I'm with you! GCP, I'm with you.

Folks, check out Silver & Black Forver and The Raider Way. Calico Jack and Stick'Em have done some eye-popping draft work on their sites.

AngelicRaider...It could still happen.

NYRaider, glad you're enjoying today's special: hair of the dog.

MasyMas, great travelogue. Congrats on the tickets. I hope you've got a wireless laptop. Keep it coming!

LK, you get the packing tape, I'll buy the postage for Mr. Moss.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

For what it's worth, ESPN has posted the following under BREAKING NEWS on its home page:

It appears the Oakland Raiders have made their choice, and it's JaMarcus Russell. According to two sources, one with the Raiders and one close to Russell, the team called the LSU quarterback Friday to inform him he would be the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous lk said...

RT-
let's box him up! hopefully the postage is GB, not NE

7:45 AM  
Blogger Joseph said...

AngelicRaider:

Smoke Screen w/ JRuss... OK I'm getting desperate. Get Calvin then let the negotiations begin.

7:50 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

NFLN says Al asking a 1,2,3 this yr and 1 next for Cleve to move from three to one

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

LETS GO RAAAAAAAIIIIIDDDDEEEEERRRS!!!!!

8:06 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

They are saying Moss has agreed to redo his contract for NE, but won't to stay in Oakland, and unknown if he has done for any other team. I wouldn't mind him going to NE - it kinda makes sense since they are trying to catch up to Indy, and I'd like to see them try to get Mr No Effort back to his old self. Might be the beginning of the downward spiral for the Pats, and a bit of payback for us.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

Turn on ESPN--look at JaMarcus rocking the team colors--tell me its not a done deal, Welcome to the nation 'bra

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

his attitude shows he doesn't want to stay in oakland, so let him go, but make people pay. new england? charge them first rounder, and a linebacker.

8:09 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

nflnetwork just reported jruss #1, and calvin johnson #2

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

adam schefter reported that by the way

8:12 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

WHAT? I WAKE UP AT 7:30, ATE BREAKFAST ONLY TO FIND OUT I HAVE TO WAIT YET ANOTHER HOUR FOR OUR PICK??? LET'S GET THIS OVERWITH!

GOOD LUCK GUYS. I HOPE YOU GET YOUR PICK.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous franco said...

Well the sun is bursting through the clouds here in Galway, Ireland and I'm looking to hear nothing but good things for our first day draft picks.

The energy is building, soon I'll be shaking in my seat.

Let's go Raiders! We take what we want and WHO we want!

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i'm already shaking with excitement. al davis better come through for us....big time!

8:17 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

One thing I just thought of. Reports have said Al wants a 1st day pick for Moss. The top of the 3rd round values that as 265 points, the middle of the round is 190. If you package that with our number 2, that's enough value to take the 1st of NE picks in the first round at 24. Do you think that's worth it?

8:20 AM  
Anonymous LK said...

stickum-absolutely

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Raiders should get their first pick with just Moss, because he's willing to re-negotiate his contract with the Patriots (something he's not willing to do with the Raiders).
The talent he has proven in the League is worth it alone. If they want something, give them a middle Third Round

8:24 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

if the raiders get the pats' first rounder, i think we pick ryan kalil

8:28 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Franco's rocking it from Ireland! Sweet.

Unfortunately, Moss spent last season doing nothing more than devaluing himself on our dime. One way or the other, we're going to pay a price for that.

8:30 AM  
Anonymous lk said...

you're right RT- trade him for some cold beers and barbeque....damn, I'm hungry

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

If you scroll down toward the bottom of this link, they are selling Oakland Raiders' JaMarcus Russell jerseys.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/DraftCentral

8:57 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

good morning everybody!

Can't believe I'm ditching responsbiliies to watch who/what the Raiders will do with their pick.

I'm firmly in the Quinn camp, and hope the Raiders trade down... (yeah yeah I KNOW!)

But, hopefully, you can't go wrong with either JRuss or Quinn or even Johnson.

Here's to a new era in Raiderland!

:-)

8:57 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I'm a little ahead of myself, but this big dude, Walter Thomas, would be a good Day 2 acquisition. Thomas has had trouble keeping his head in his school work, but he has freakish qualities and played like an animal in the few games he was allowed. Just a thought while we wait for JR's name to be called.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets do it!
Trade all but our #1 and Moss to Detriot for #2, and grab Jamarcus AND Johnson!!! (yea, this is some good crack :-))

9:05 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Holy cow, you're right, they're already selling Russell Jerseys (#4!). At this rate, I'm going to start rooting for some weird blockbuster deal, just to freak everyone out. I wonder if Al is thinking the same way...

9:09 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Toni, on the bright side, you're fulfilling your responsibility to the Raider Nation!

9:09 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

OFFICIALLY ON THE CLOCK!!!!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

HERE WE GO!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

14:20...

9:11 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Forget that, just run up there with the pick already!

9:12 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

ESPN is getting nervous. They're saying serious talks with other teams are still underway...

9:13 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Anyone else watching NFL Network? Rich Eisen seems to have trouble understanding why we want to get rid of Randy Moss.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i'm on nfl network. they're also talking about a trade on the pick

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Franco said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

ahem, excuse me, had to get that out now

9:17 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

So, are we taking Quinn with the #3 pick or what?

9:18 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

WHY IS THE COUNTER BACK TO 15 MIN ON ESPN.COM? IS THERE A TRADE?

9:20 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Here it is

9:20 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

oh boy... well there you go!

9:20 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Yahoo! WEEEEEEEEEEE!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

THERE MIGHT BE A TRADE....

9:20 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Yessssssssssssss!

9:21 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

What? No punter?

9:21 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Trade him! Just kiddinng...

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

WOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

9:21 AM  
Anonymous franco said...

JAMARCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9:21 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I can't even talk! Give me a minute to collect myself

9:21 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

ESPN remembered to wax Kiper's hair, but they can't seem to keep the egg timer on their screen at all times. Disgraceful.

9:22 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

We are all now JaMarcus Russell fans . . .

9:22 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I wonder what Andrew Walter is thinking...

9:23 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

OH HELL YEAH BABY!!! JUST WIN, JRUSS!!!!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

What position do we go after in the second round?

9:23 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

stickum - unless there is a trade, i guess we are......

9:24 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

JaMintyFresh Russell?

9:24 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

take - we go for another QB. to make sure we cover the russell bust potential! ;o)

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

no trade, unless it's moss. we are going to get another first round pick from either green bay or new england

9:25 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Curry streaks down the sideline...Russell dodges a defender...He's on his heels...He flicks the ball, which spirals 70 yards into the awaiting fingertips of Curry...TOUCHDOWN RAIIIIIIDERS!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

rich eisen is still having trouble with the raiders getting rid of moss

9:25 AM  
Blogger Doobie said...

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9:25 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Think anyone would mind if we just make our second pick next?

9:26 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Russell's family all look HUGE! Now is the time to hire a bodyguard to keep 'em away from the table - LOL!

Welcome aboard - did ya see he didn't even know he was the 1st pick? Al knows poker.

2nd round pick should be an O-lineman, but it depends on who is available and whether we trade up to be in the first a 2nd time...

9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All right we picked #1 great!
Let's move on to the start of the season.

raiderdecoachella

9:26 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Eisen is gripping...Get that guy some vitamins. His brain has short circuited and his eyes have stopped working.

9:27 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Justin Harrell or Ryan Kalil

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

who do the lions get, or do they trade? wait, WHO THE F$%*^&K CARES! WE PICKED JRUSS!!!

9:29 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Lions take a WR. aaaa Yeah! That's exactly what they needed. Has big Matt lost his mind. He needed to trade that pick and build an F'n team.

9:32 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Wow ~ 4 WRs in the first round in the last 5 years...

Matt Millen either has the brain of your average crash test dummy or he's tryin' to trade 'em.

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY, LET'S TRADE MOSS AND GET ANOTHER FIRST ROUNDER, JUST WIN BABY!!!! COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE!!!

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

hey people were saying the same with davis when he selected all the db's that we've picked.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Stick'Em, I think it's both.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

nfl networks stream feed sucks ass

9:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U think Kiffin would like Jarret, if they can do a deal for moss by the time our 2nd round pick comes up and he's still available.

Saw a little segment on Kalil somewhere and he made a joke "with the #1 selection, Raiders pick Ryan Kalil", then laughed and said "no, not the Raiders" I thought that was strange.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

I'd like us to go after a TE with our next pick. Someone who can actually catch the damn ball.

Third round I'd like the Raiders to maybe take a flyer on Bush (I think that's his name the RB who's been hurt) if he's still availalbe.

As for Walter I hope he knows there will be a competitive camp, but I don't think JRuss is ready and won't be for a least a year. He's going to be an electric player, but I want him to have the best chance to change our fortunes!

Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayderz....

9:35 AM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Toni-

You're right, its Michael Bush. Could be this year's Frank Gore pick.

9:39 AM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

There should be an OL there at the top of the 2nd - that's got to be the pick unless a major D line talent slips.

9:39 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raiders should take the best available OT with #33, however, I wouldn't be surprised to see them take a WR to offset the departure of Moss (I hope)!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Who dressed Brady Quinn? His mom? He looks like a toddler.

9:42 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Wow ~ Joe Thomas wasn't even as highly rated coming out of college as Robert Gallery. YIKES!

9:43 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

What will Chucky do?

9:45 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

How far does Quinn fall? At least he brought a date. He can cry on her shoulder

9:45 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

That's his babysitter.

9:46 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Think Allen and Chucky take Quinn. They need another QB like Lions need andother WR. This could get bizarre.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

This guy's mock is right on so far...

so keep an eye on 'em. Mine is shot to hell. That chicken told me she was a virgin... she musta been lyin' through her teeth!

Wait, do chicken's have teeth?!? ROTFLMAO!!!

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

so far i'm 3 for 3. the only thing wrong was the chiefs haven't traded green for johnson yet.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who's Chucky gonna grab?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

gaines adams, that's who

9:49 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

hey be nice about Quinn! He's losing millions as the seconds tick by.

;-)

and I think it will be interesting if we don't take an Oline position the first day, hopefully that will indicate the coaching staff has confidence with the offseason acquisitions and the boys there.

I'm probably one of the few, but I still have faith in Gallery.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Gosselin says Gaines Adams to Chucky's Playland...

9:49 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

if and i say IF we keep russell, you guys'll have your patience tested because he won't be ready to step on the field for TWO years! kiper said THREE!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

even when we make the pick, scorpio is holding out on jruss. he must be a fan of another sec school. get over it scorpio, he's a raider

9:52 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

You're right, Toni, no need to pick on him at this point...It's just hard to take him seriously with that hair and getup. He should have dressed for success, because he's getting more camera time than he wanted.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

stickem, go to the post from yesterday, so far my picks are dead on too. what? no love?

9:53 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

I wouldn't be surprised to see Russell by week eight. Leinart, Cutler and Young all started multiple games last year, and they don't seem any worse for the wear.

9:53 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I say let's get our money's worth. Play JRuss Day 1 and let him grow with this young team. He'll struggle of course, but we'll win half the games he plays if he plays this year.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Who will fall the farthest?

Quinn or Peterson

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

4 for 4!!!!!!

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

quinn

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

peterson will be selected now

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

quinn will be selected next by wash

10:01 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

The difference b/w Lienert and Russell however is that Lienert played a full year more in college in a prostyle program. I don't know enough about Cutler to be honest.

I don't want Russell taking any snaps unless it's to handoff the ball to LaMont in the 4th Qtr of a blowout game.

I may be overly conservative, but that's one of the reasons I liked Quinn more (physical talent aside) I'm a big proponent that at QB the more time you spend in college the better suited you are for the pro game.

I don't expect Russell to be starting until AT LEAST next season.

Because of the speed of the game... I think it's a baaaaaaaad idea to have Russell start any games this coming season.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Nate75 ~ Much love to ya.

Gosselin says Peterson next...

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

CRAP! well, 4 out of 5 is not bad.

10:04 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Honestly, it may be unrealistic to expect too much from Russell this year. Who else do we add to compete with Walter and Russell? Because it ain't Booty and that other guy... I can never remember his name, nor do I feel the need.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i think the skins pick quinn. they need someone here at qb because brunell is old and not getting it done.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

'cept your draft is blown to hell too... no Chefs or 'Fins trades

10:06 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

whoa Levi Brown... and I think Wash takes the really young kid, DE, Obeye (hopefully I didn't misspell his name too badly)

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

yeah, i really thought that those 2 teams would try and make a better run for things. especially the chiefs, they have some pretty good people to deal, and haven't done squat. what can you expect from a retarded organization though?

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

well, that just shows that what you did last year was pretty special too sticky. 10 for 10! hats off!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

prophesy haiku:
jruss looks down field
wide open is eighty-one
flick of wrist...TOUCHDOWN!

10:12 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Gawd I hope Brady Quinn does an Aaron Rogers!!!

That guy reminds me of Todd Marijuanovich. Manufactured with all the robo-QB stuff.

He leads too structured and focused a life not to snap like a worn fan belt at some point, methinks...

All the politicin' Quinn did sounded like he was runnin' for governor, IMO. He'll look like a buffoon if he's still around after 10.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Love the haiku!

10:13 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Quinn will never make it past the Fish at #9

10:20 AM  
Anonymous franco said...

raider nate-

washington has jason campbell and they have a lot of faith that he's there man in the next few years when brunell burns out.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

JUST HEARD THAT RUSSELL WAS TRADED TO THE DOLPHINS FOR THEIR 9TH OVERALL PICK, THEIR 1ST PICK NEXT YEAR, A 2ND AND 3RD THIS YEAR FOR THE RIGHTS TO BRADY QUINN!!!!!!!!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

JUST KIDDING GUYS. RELAX.....

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

seriously, scorpio, why do you dislike jruss so much?

10:36 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

nate, i DON'T dislike him. don't get me wrong. my whole thing with this guy is that he won't be ready for 2 years minimum. you figure, he's a junior coming out. he'll be sitting in what'll be his senior year. you figure also that a rookie QB sites for another year to learn, especially with how bad the o-line is then finally, he hits the field in his 3rd year.

this guy is going to get $30 mil gauranteed (i hear they are not even close on a contract). i want major returns for that 1st overall pick starting RIGHT NOW. i DON'T hate him, but that ain't gonna happen with this guy for 2 years.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, slipping and going to the next superbowl champion sure would suck (ala Roth-less-somethin')
Although hopefully the next superbowl champion QB was already drafted first.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Vince Young didn't play his senior season, and instead found himself starting for the Titans.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Um, Fins pass.

So which Brady will be selected first? Greg? Bobby? Peter? Marcia? ROTFLMAO

10:52 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Scorpio-
Patience is a virtue. IMO, we don't need immediate impact. We need long-term stability at the most important position, and Russell may bring that.

Maybe Quinn will fall to Rd 2 and we can have him battle it out with Walter and Russell.

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

have we heard anything about moss? is he gone yet? do we have the #16 pick yet?

10:58 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

nyraider - patience is a virtue yes. but does al davis have this virtue to see if his investment'll pan out in 2 years? as much as davis doesn't want to admit it, this is what you call REBUILDING folks! you don't pick this guy without expecting him to sit down for a couple of seasons.

i hope the front office has a performance and weight clause in russell's contract. assuming they can sign him!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i disagree scorpio. russell is ready to play now. that is why the raiders selected him. it won't be 2 years before we see him in action.
kiffin, knapp, and company will be working with him pretty quick. we have to dump moss to get russell signed, so let's hope we can get it done!

11:20 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Scorpio-
Actually, I give Al Davis HUGE credit for putting the long-term good of the Raidas ahead of the immediacy you would expect with his age and health. And, I would expect Russell to be a viable option this year, at least by the end of the season.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

nate - i would love to see a $50 million draft pick start right now. that's what you invest all that $ in the 1st pick after all.

we'll see though.

ted ginn to the dolphins was quite a shocker!

11:23 AM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

if you guys haven't already noticed, russell is on the raider web site....

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

the word is $26 million quaranteed. overall, i think we get him for $43 million, but need to move moss since he's not willing to re-negotiate with us.

11:25 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Russell jerseys are already for sale. Pre-order cost $199 at Raider Image

11:28 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

How about the Texans? They tell us they picked Mario Williams last year so they would have a chance to beat the Colts, and now they make another stretch with another D-lineman. I guess they expect to beat the Colts by a score of 3-0.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i've pre-ordered a replica for $69 (hopefully he'll take #4, which was my number in high school). $200 is just too much for me right now, especially with a lil' raider caleb on the way :D

11:29 AM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

You mean 'lil Raider Russell, right?

11:33 AM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Raider Nate-
Good call. Nothing like starting the season sportin' a new Russell jersey! Nice!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

is matt millen running the texans too?
they should have taken quinn there. they're stuck on stupid, for 2 years in a row, but you don't hear the media blowing them up like they do the raiders.
still waiting to hear we've traded moss and one of our 2nd rounds to green bay for the #16. come on favre, where's your guarantee whiner?

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

hell, i may just talk my wife into the name "jamarcus paul" (because paul is a running family name).

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

quinn continues to fall, and all the sports media is going ga-ga over it too. geesh, you'd think he had fallen into a well, or was caught in a bear trap. a chicago bear trap.
i think that is where he may end up.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

BWHAAA! They moved Brady to a room in the back where he can have a quiet girley-man moment alone with his girlfriend (who looks like that kid from Powder, BTW).

Poor b@$tard shouldn't have hyped himself like that the past month bein' on every sports show on every channel sayin' he'd go #1; he brought the fall on 'emself.

12:00 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Well, there goes Harrell.

12:13 PM  
Anonymous js said...

Well, the Raiders finally did it. It really was the only move, and I'm glad it's done. Now, on to pick #33.

12:22 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

DAMN! the broncos just made that trade. now they have moss. speed on the outside. gallery better get better!!!!!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Bone said...

Gentlemen, We are halfway through the first round as I type this. With JaMo as our new franchise QB, and the draft taking some unpredicted aquisitions, I am starting to believe we might have a chance of getting Dwayne Jarrett, WR from USC as our first pick in the 2nd round. Just dreaming out loud. Randy Who???

12:32 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I really hope somene like Meahum falls to the second round. A Russell/Meachum combination sounds better to me than the pft proposed Edwards/Johnson combo.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

AngelicRaider:

Alright Nation if IF Quinn is available do we take him with #33

12:42 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Well, there's no way Quinn makes it past Dallas.

12:44 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

2 QBs in the same draft? I don't think so.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

2nd round looks like Kalil, Ugoh, or Blaylock to me. There are a lotta O-linemen left on the board at the moment, and our line is going to get JaMarcus on workman's comp if something isn't done.

12:53 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Stick'em-

Who do you like best of the three?

12:58 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

we need an OT in case Gallery and Sims can't cut it. But, I agree that some very attractive WR's might fall to #33. It's going to be a tough call... except that we need OL more than WR.

1:11 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Yes, I see Dwayne Bowe is still on the board. Hmmmmm.

1:15 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Cleveland's giving up a 3rd rounder and an '08 1st round pick to Dallas for Brady Quinn.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guessed JRuss and Jarrett as our first two picks, more conceivable were moss traded.

back to back ?3rd rounder will be fun. It's always cool to pick and be able to grab the TWO players you are having trouble deciding between.

With Quin, the Browns have best first day EASY.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Raider Take said...

Black Cat Bone is one bitchin' handle.

1:22 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

I think it's a good move for Cleveland. Quinn is a class guy and will no doubt be an adequate if not spectacular QB. I was preparing myself for the Raiders to take him #1.

1:23 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

i agree! they gave up a LOT for quinn but it was a great 1st round for cleveland.

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowe or Kalil?

1:26 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Bowe over Kalil. Kalil's only like 290 and maxed out. But, Meachum over Bowe.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staley or Meachem?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

gotta get a DT or OL next....

1:40 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Staley or Meachum? I'd be inclined to take Staley, but I don't think either will be available in the 2nd.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Bone said...

Raider Take, thanks man. Black Cat Bone is a VooDoo term. A bone from a black cat is a good luck charm, (sort of like a rabbits foot) in the VooDoo world. It is also a popular theme among old traditional blues songs. (I'm a blues musician) Let's hope JaMo is good luck for the RAIDERS !!!

1:44 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Realist: I like Kalil most out of all the O-linemen for the Raiders. Granted, he certainly isn't the most imposing physically. Cable likes to zone block and Kalil's smaller size won't matter in his scheme.

When you listen to everyone repetitively year after year saying Gallery and Grove would be great IF they only played in the right scheme...

I dunno if the G-men will ever be great, but Kalil knows Kiffin's system and can make the line calls. Kalil will implement this scheme - PRONTO - and fix things for the other linemen immediately (if anyone can).

Grove will be a Guard regardless of who we draft. He can't even hike, much less recognize stunts and twists.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

Black Cat Bone sounds like a mojo to me. Rub that thang with a bottleneck, baby! 'Cause Al woke up this mornin' and found his team sucked!

1:50 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Stick'em-
I agree. I've lost complete faith that Grove can call signals and snap the ball. I think Newberry plays immediately (see photo of him doing lunges w/ 185 lbs on Raiders.com), but we need long-term stability at center.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

NY: Don't get me wrong, I love Newberry and he worked with Cable back at Cal.

Thing is, ask Jim Otto or Barret Robbins how long you can play Center when your knees are shot...

1:56 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

The Raiders have Newberry to play center, with grove behind him. I know Newberry's old, but he's a pro bowler. I think we should try and pick up some beefy Guards in the third round and simply draft the most talented player available at #33. But, I'd prefer a tackle over a center just in terms of filling current needs.

Just a side note: I'm really interested in picking up 320+ pound monster Offensive Guard Manuel Martinez from Texas Tech. I'd love to see a spanish name on a Raider jersey, 'cause we have so many latino/chicano fans and this guys a BEAST anyway.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

lane kiffin speaks. go to raiders.com

2:09 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

D@mn! I was hoping Spencer would fall to the 2nd. He knows pass rushin'.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

aww crap... Spencer and Meachem are gone. I'm running out of ideas.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bama7
I was hoping for spencer to and I am sick that Denver got the defensive player I feared most in the draft, Moss. Fu*&! How damn tough can the afc west get? First Merriman and now Moss.
We need a DE to slam Cutler & Rivers to the ground. I really liked Spencer a lot but knew he'd be gone. I'm telling you... Charles JOhnson or Quenten Moses.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Did J-Russ get his fashion tips from, Al? Very old school, Chicago style gangster look...nice!

I've got my eyes on Tony Ugoh,OT, Arkansas for our #33 pick.

Certainly Game #3 vs. the Brownies has a potential, built in story of JRuss vs. the future underwear model, Quinny.

2:27 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

Scorpio- thanks for the video tip. Kiffin was cool. I like the way he presents himself. Reminds of Gruden without the pretense of being pissed off. It was nice how he deflected a question about Moss. And asked if Russell will play, he said he will compete and play when he’s ready. Well, unless they bring in another vet, Russell should have no problem competing for a starting role... as early as Day One.

Kiff says they feel extremely good about the OL and they have moved people around (without specifying who and where). Otherwise, he seems as euphoric about his pick as I am.

2:42 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

OL players dropping like flies now. Staley and Grubbs gone. Kalil still there! Will he make it to #33? Doh!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

I know there has been talk that Alan Branch was going to slide... like Michigan DT Gabe Watson did last year... and Branch may have some stress fractures in his legs...

But with LT and Larry Johnson in the AFC West, maybe we get the lard @$$ to clog the middle?

Anyone know why Branch is sliding out of the 1st?

2:59 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

OMG, I didn't notice branch was available still!!!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bama7
Like Branch okay but he is a straight foward rusher with no speed. A 3-4 fit, not a 4-3. Ray McDonald of FL plays anywhere on the line... would be a great pick-up.
I think we're going to take Ugoh, but he was more of a track guy believe it or not. Sort of a "potential" type. Hope I'm wrong if we take him but I'm leery of him.
I talked up demeco ryan big time last year... i'm telling you Charles Johnson adn Q moses are the real deal. Moses would have been a round 1 in last years draft... 25 career sacks. Built like Jason Taylor... a basketball player, like JAson Taylor.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

i say tony ugoh, ryan kalil, or alan branch; in that order

3:15 PM  
Blogger Joseph said...

AngelicRaider:

I hope we get Kalil with #33

3:15 PM  
Blogger RaiderRealist said...

Kalil is right there!

3:20 PM  
Blogger Stick'em said...

So Gonzalez is gone.

My guess is Kalil or Ugoh. Kalil if Kiffin makes the call. Ugoh if Al makes the call.

3:20 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

If we pick a WR, expect Moss to already be out the door.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Available still:

RB Michael Bush
OG Justin Blalock
LB Paul Posluszny
DT DeMarcus Tyler
WR: Dwayne Jarrett

Personally, I think Michael Bush is gonna be a star once he fully recovers from that viscous leg break. But, he might be available in the third.

3:21 PM  
Blogger Black Cat Bone said...

Here we go again, We are on the clock. Dwayne Jarrett or Steve Smith, both WR from USC are available, and since I'm a SoCal guy, I'd be happy to see us pick up either guy. MoJo-MoJo...

3:21 PM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

crap!

3:24 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

WHO'D WE GET????

3:24 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

FORGET IT! THE 1ST PICK IN RD 2 HAS BEEN TRADED!

3:25 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

What the hell just happened? I went to take a leak and the Cards now have our pick..??

3:26 PM  
Blogger StickUm25 said...

Whatever it is, they don't show us with a 2nd round pick.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

yup. so go mow your lawns. in my case, i gotta go change oil in 3 cars. come back later for the 3rd round.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

dang, it looks like we traded our 2nd pick to Arizona. Does anyone know anything about this one?

3:28 PM  
Anonymous scorpio said...

AZ just got alan branch

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Raider Nate 75 said...

Cardinals picked Alan Branch

3:28 PM  
Blogger nyraider said...

That's practically a 1st round pick we just dumped. I hope we got value for it!

3:28 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Arizona has Alan Branch. FUCK!

3:28 PM  

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