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Here is Your Chance To Draft For the Raiders. The Potion of Motion? Everything NFL Draft 2015

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NFL Draft Week is Here! It should be a fun and exciting day as always! Smiles all around.  (P.S. EPIC recipes are below!!  If you are brave enough, add one of your own in the comments section.  Thanks!)

Round 1 will be starting today at 5 pm PST; Round 2-3 will be tomorrow starting at 4 pm PST, and then Saturday Round 4-7 will start at 9 am PST.

The Jim Jax radio show will begin the week of the first exhibition game. I’m working on special guests and experts now but I mostly want to hear from the average fan.   From beginner to long term expert, every voice counts. I hope we all have fun and maybe learn a little along the way. It will be a call in show.   I’ll keep all the sites posted!

Thank you all for the amazing support. One article had readers from 24 different countries!!! At times I’m getting 500-1000 readers an hour with many great comments on Twitter, Facebook and DM and email. Your comments and voices are being heard and many great discussions have been started through your input. EVERY one of your voices matter.

Thank you all also for the comments and questions. I really like to hear especially from new fans that are just learning the in’s and outs of the game. It’s exciting to see energetic and new faces!

MOCK DRAFTS:  

Remember that your guess is as good as anyone’s in regards to the draft. I checked up on mock drafts from last year and the best picks from ANYONE that is supposedly an expert is 7 picks right in the first round.   Todd McShay got 5 picks right, and Mel Kiper Jr. got 4. The year before Mel Kiper Jr. got ONE right in the first round.

I just saw an ESPN report that the Raiders needs were WR, RB and CB.   Um huh? Having the worst pass rush in the NFL isn’t a need? I’m sure they will fix that soon. They are probably drunk over their new found love, the big fight on Saturday.

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My Epic Fast & Easy Hummus Recipe:

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Now You Can Be an NFL GM; Draft for the Raiders:

Here is our challenge. How about YOU draft for the Raiders and then compare how things go in the future.   Please email or DM me directly, or post this on my Facebook or Twitter page and I will keep track of it on a spread sheet. Use any name that you’d like, and then down the road we can see who did the best!  Choose Round 1, or all 7 Rounds.

You can copy and paste the simple form below; take a photo with your phone; or scan and email. All in fun, from beginner to expert!

Raiders 2015 Draft Pick:         Your Draft Pick:

RD 1:

RD 2:

RD 3:

RD 4:

RD 5:

RD 6:

RD 7:

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Here are my fast and easy NFL DRAFT DAY Wraps 🙂  Make a lot!  They won’t last long! 

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This year will be the first year I’m going to draft all 7 rounds. The key picks to the draft will be #2 and #3.

What Transactions May Happen Today:

Sam Bradford is NOT Chip Kelly’s type of QB. Remember when Kelly said they weren’t interested in Marcus Mariotta a couple of months ago? Yea Right.   Look for Bradford to be moved to either Cleveland or Tennessee. I don’t see Bradford running the show for the Eagles and the Titans may have the worst QB situation in the NFL this side of Buffalo.

I’ve never wavered; I think DL Leonard Williams will be there at #4 and the Raiders should take him. The Jag’s who don’t have a bad defense may go Amari Cooper to get another weapon for QB Blake Bortles.

Remember that pretty much any team that has a high pick have fans thinking of trading down. Only one or two ever do.

Here is to hoping all of the fans are happy and healthy and hopeful on 2015 NFL draft week. And I hope you enjoy the recipes!

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Here is the recipe for my AMAZING and famous super fast Salsa. I’m not allowed to go to parties without it! If you like a different texture, chop the tomatoes and onions by hand.

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The Potion of Motion to WOW Kids and Adults!

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Step outside the box with this Easy and Refreshing Summer Ginger Splash!

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“NFL Draft Strategy & The History of Oakland Raiders Draft Picks; The 16th Annual Draft Party!”

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I have always been fascinated by the NFL draft. As a little kid I remember watching it with my dad and seeing Dr. Z, Paul Zimmerman use his dry humor to predict what each team was going to do. He was funny and was the first to really break the draft down into what it is today.  I also knew how my mom would not be happy about it and my dad and I having to do chores afterwards to keep her happy.  Happy wife, happy life.

Starting in 2000, I started to host a NFL draft party. The first rule was no girlfriends or wives, and that each person had to draft for their own team. We would keep our picks and our notes so the following years we could read what we wrote. We give out awards every year to the best and worst picks of the prior 3 years. I have kept a log full of notes and picks.

First off, I HAVE NO IDEA who the Raiders are going to pick. I don’t know what they are thinking and even if they say they are looking at a player, many times teams leak lies to fool the other teams into trades or other things.

My strategy? I don’t draft for need unless the player warrants being picked that high. For instance if the Raiders need a defensive tackle and there are no defensive tackles that warrant being picked at #4, I’d pick the best player available instead and wait for the next round to pick for a need that I had.

I remember going away from that in 2002 with the Napoleon Harris Pick.   The Raiders were desperate for a middle linebacker and Harris was the best one out there in a draft that didn’t have many good linebackers. In reality he was just an ok player and he never panned out. I’ll never do that again.

Don’t be bullied by people. There are site owners and web pages that practically tell you who to pick, how to think and how to feel and that is a sign of huge insecurity. I remember being kicked off sites when I said DHB was a terrible pick. I was called a 49er fan when I said Jamarcus Russell was a huge mistake. And my friends still laugh at me for falling on the floor when the Raiders passed up on California great Aaron Rodgers to get Nebraska defensive back Fabian Washington.

Some fans will like ANYONE that is picked by their teams, but if you don’t like a pick, it’s ok not to. If you like a guy it’s also cool to say why and go from there. Remember, facts are always greater than opinions, assumptions and hopes.

Here is a list of the Raiders draft picks and my picks. I’m not saying I know more but it is what it is.

2000 Raiders pick: Sebastian Janikowski K Florida St.

Jim’s Pick: Shaun Alexander RB Alabama

(Alexander was a stud at Alabama and is a borderline hall of famer; only Seahawk MVP in a season; most yards rushing in Seattle history. Jano has become a solid kicker but he’s never really had to play on the big stage)

2001 Raiders pick: Derrick Gibson DB Florida St.

Jim’s Pick: Kendrell Bell LB Georgia

(Bell was defensive rookie of the year & a key member of the Steelers but several bad knee injuries derailed his career.   He had to retire after the 2007 season due to his knees. Gibson is one in a long line of DB draft busts)

 

2002 Raiders/Jim’s pick: Phillip Buchanon CB Miami Fla.; Napoleon Harris LB Northwestern

(Neither panned out and were considered busts)

2003 Raiders pick: Nnamdi Asomugha CB California; Tyler Brayton DE Colorado

Jim’s Pick: Nnamdi Asomugha CB California; Boss Bailey LB Georgia

(Aso was very good; Bailey was an average player other than one year and Brayton was a solid backup with spurts of being an average starting player at Carolina)

2004 Raiders pick: Robert Gallery T Iowa

Jim’s Pick: Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh

(Fitzgerald is a probable hall of famer. Gallery was considered a bust at tackle but became a solid guard. He never became the player the Raiders thought he would be though. Retired in 2012)

2005 Raiders pick: Fabian Washington S Nebraska

Jim’s Pick: Aaron Rodgers QB California

(Rodgers is a future hall of famer. Washington was another DB bust)

2006 Raiders pick: Michael Huff S Texas

Jim’s Pick: Matt Leinart QB USC

(Leinart was a lazy party frat boy, bust. Huff was somewhat soft and was an average player at best; another DB bust. He’s listed as a Denver Bronco but he has barely played in the NFL after leaving the Raiders in 2012, and didn’t play last year.)

2007 Raiders pick: Jamarcus Russell QB LSU

Jim’s Pick: Calvin Johnson WR Georgia Tech

(Megatron is a future hall of famer. I actually thought about Adrian Peterson who was a monster at Oklahoma.  After Russell was cut, 2 large Raiders web site owners emailed me personally apologizing me for the abuse they and the fans on the Raiders sites gave me about Russell when I said he would be a bust. I accepted their apology and signed up again on the sites but I don’t go on them.)

2008 Raiders/Jim’s Pick: Darren McFadden RB Arkansas

(other than one year he could not stay healthy and never could equal his physical college style)

2009 Raiders Pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland

Jim’s Pick: Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech

(DHB was a bust as I predicted and is pretty much a special teams player at Pittsburgh and rarely plays as a WR. Crabtree has had a fairly good career; time will tell with him)

2010 Raiders/Jims Pick: Rolando McClain LB Alabama

(emotional issues, big bust)

2011 Raiders/Jims Pick: Stefen Wisniewski C Penn St.

(2nd Round; Raiders had no 1st round pick)

(good at guard ok at center; lost to free agency)

2012 Raiders Pick: Tony Bergstrom T Utah

Jim’s Pick: Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma

(Raiders did not have a 1st or 2nd round pick)

(Both are backups; Alexander was suspended for 4 games for substance abuse)

2013 Raiders Pick: DJ Hayden DB Houston

Jim’s Pick: Star Lotulelei DL Utah

(Lotulelei has solidified the Panthers run defense. Hayden has been a bust so far and was a puzzling pick. An athlete with little football instinct and really wasn’t all that great in college)

2014 Raiders/Jims Pick: Khalil Mack LB Buffalo

(Rushed the qb much better in the second half. Solid year with a lot of potential)

These are just some of the players I picked. Could you imagine them as Raiders?

Aaron Rodgers

Calvin Johnson

Larry Fitzgerald

Shaun Alexander

Star Lotulelei

Michael Crabtree

 

Let’s look at some of the trends and reasons why the Raiders have missed on so many picks:

The Raiders defense has struggled mightily in the last 12 years. Do you notice the trend? NO defensive linemen chosen in the first round since 1997!   The Raiders forgot that the most important part of your team after the quarterback is the defensive line. You DON’T build a defense with defensive backs.   You get a DL to stop the run and rush the passer and then go from there.

The main problem I’ve had with Mr. Davis draft picks is that he always felt the team was better than they really were. He seemed to be in denial like some who felt this team was close to winning when they were obviously not. When you lose 11 games year after year you lack talent in a big way.

I feel the NFL combines really ruined Mr. Davis. I don’t pay attention to the combines. He became obsessed with DB’s 40 times in gym shorts and loved weight room junkies like Robert Gallery. Darrius Heyward-Bey who was a ridiculous pick, gained his millions purely from his NFL combine 40 time. Gallery had a great college career but he became a legend due to his amazing NFL combine stats just like New York Jets bust Vernon Gholston.

I saw Larry Fitzgerald play several times and even with him being triple teamed on occasion, he still had huge games. Calvin Johnson was a man among boys. I would love them on the Raiders. And if I heard how far Jamarcus Russell could throw on his knees at the NFL combines one more time, I was going to lose it.

I pointed out to many how he struggled mightily against pro style defenses like Auburn who made him look lost, as well as his lack of accuracy.   Russell made his money in his last bowl game against the 104th ranked defense destroying Notre Dame.

Aaron Rodgers was a no-brainer and every draft expert was shocked when the Raiders went with Fabian Washington. Again, they drafted for need and Washington had the fastest 40 time in the NFL combines of any DB. They forgot to look at how he struggled in coverage at Nebraska, and that he was more of an athlete than a player with football instinct.

My big mistake was Matt Leinart. In College he was a stud, with great accuracy and instinct. Once he got the big money in the NFL though, he immediately was a regular on the party circuit and his lack of work ethic was of legend. Young girls began to put photo’s up of him slobbering drunk in clubs. A total waste.

Who will the Raiders take? If it were me and he is there, I take Leonard Williams the DL from USC. With the present NFL movement, the Raiders probably have the worst pass rush in the NFL and you can’t win without a pass rush.

Our draft parties have been so much fun. Unfortunately it has also been a time where I can tell my fellow Raider fans I told you so on all of the terrible picks from the previous years.   it’s a lot more fun to smile about good past draft picks than head scratching mediocre to bad draft busts.

So cool down the beer and ice tea, get the food out and welcome to the 16th annual NFL draft party! Who are you picking?

“Bored With the Same Old 1st Round Talk? Let’s Look at NFL PIcks Rounds 2-7 For The Raiders”

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Are you bored with the 100000th, “do the Raiders take White, Cooper or Williams” post? Me too.

Now let’s look outside the box at the later rounds, and the players that I like to possibly help the Oakland Raiders quickly.  The emphasis on wide receiver and defensive end positions are up first.

WIDE RECEIVERS:

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Devin Smith, WR Ohio St. (round 2)

I LOVE Devin Smith and he was born to be a Raider. he has a little swagger to his game and he backs it up. The knock on him is that he’s a little short at 6′ 0″. He has amazing football speed and this guy is a big playmaker who played his best games in the biggest games.

Some of the NFL sites actually have a video of his Michigan St. game highlights which should be a teaching video on how to play college WR. Huge blocks on clutch running plays; over the shoulder catches on third downs and taking hits over the middle. He’s ultra fast with NFL speed. He has that rare talent like Cliff Branch did of not losing speed when he makes cuts.

Rumors in Boston have the Patriots drooling over him and they are thinking of taking him in the first round. If not he should be there for the Raiders for an early 2nd round pick.   Leonard Williams and Smith would be an amazing start to the draft.

He reminds me a lot of ex Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith, but he’s bigger.  Tough as nails, and a skilled playmaker willing to do anything to win.

Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona St. (Round 1)

This is a well known name for most and if the Raiders trade down; which I doubt they will because they never do; this would be a great pick. Strong has stud pro player written all over him. Some think he’s the best WR in the draft.  I don’t think he’ll be a Raider.

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Chris Conley, WR Georgia (Round 4)

A speedster who is a freakish athlete. He’s 6′ 2″ 210 and some feel he needs to add a little bulk and strength. He’s a playmaker that may be a better pro than college player.

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Tre McBride, WR William & Mary (Round 3)

I saw many announcers compare him to Pierre Garcon. He’s got amazing instinct and football savvy and rarely makes mistakes. He plays best under pressure and he is a very smart player. He always got the first down when they needed one. I saw him twice and he was obviously the best player on the field. Fast enough for the pro’s but not a track star. Teams really like him.

NCAA Football: Orange Bowl-Mississippi State vs Georgia Tech

Darren Waller, WR Georgia Tech (4-5 round)

Waller is huge at 6′ 5″ 240 pounds and is a great athlete who ran a 4.45 40 yard dash. The knock on him is no one knows how good he is. Georgia Tech runs the flexbone offense which is a lot like the wishbone; thus they rarely pass. When they did though, Waller thrived. He could be the steal of the draft.

DEFENSIVE LINE:

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Marcus Hardison, DT Arizona St. (3rd round)

I LOVE watching this guy play. He was everywhere. He’s a late bloomer and has been soaring up the ladder in the draft. His numbers last year were ridiculous; 53 tackles, 15 tackles for losses and 10 sacks with 6 forced turnovers. No one in college had those numbers.

He’s big; 6′ 3″ and 310 but he’s quick as a cat. He’s not as strong as his size though and that is the knock on him.   If the Raiders reached and took him in the second round I would still call it a good pick. I think this guys best football is ahead of him and he is just scratching the surface as an inside rusher.

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Alvin Dupree, DE Kentucky (1-2nd Round) 

If you follow college football, you know how good this guy is. Playing in the SEC he still stood out and is a great edge pass rusher that will be better in the pro’s. Kentucky often asked him to drop back in coverage due to the Wildcats bad defense, at 6′ 4″ and 270 lb. and he even did that well.

He’s savvy, and has many different moves. The only knock on him is that he needs to get a little stronger. I think #4 may be too early to take him and he won’t last into the 2nd round so the Raiders may not get the chance to take him.

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Danielle Hunter, DE LSU (2nd round)

Danielle Hunter will be a massive hit or a big miss in my opinion. Is he an NFL combine warrior or a football player.   He is another freakish athlete who wreaked havoc in the SEC with his edge pass rushing skills. He’s long and lean and will have to put on a little weight.

He’s raw but has all the skills to make it as a 3 down defensive end. He caused many hurries and had 14 tackles for losses his last year and played the run very well. His sack numbers are not high but most feel it’s because of the double teams. They also look at the hurries and high tackles for losses. If this guy gets good teaching, he could be special. Reminds me of Jason Pierre-Paul. Will he be Mario Williams, or Vernon Gholston.

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Henry Anderson, DL/DE Stanford (3-4th round)

A tall player at 6′ 6″ and 295 pounds, who has good strength and speed as a pass rusher. He has solid technique as well. The knock on him is that he’s not a freakish athlete like some of the other DE’s but he’s a sleeper. Look for him to do well in the pro’s as do many of the lineman at Stanford.

RUNNING BACK:

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Tevon Coleman, RB Indiana (2nd round)

If the Raiders do draft a running back; which I don’t think they will early on; Coleman would be a stud. He ran for 2000 yards last year and had an amazing 7.5 yards per carry average. He was the Hoosiers offense. Reminds some of Demarco Murray.

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David Cobb, RB Minnesota (3-4th Round)

Cobb is the clone of Marion Barber. Physical, tough, and a good finisher. He’s fast enough to make long runs but isn’t a burner. He was made for the NFL power running game.

TIGHT END:

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Blake Bell, TE Oklahoma (4-5th round)

At Oklahoma, Blake Bell was known for his famous quarterback power runs called the Belldozer. He played quarterback for 2 years but switched to tight end his senior year knowing he couldn’t make it in the NFL as a QB. He’s huge; 6′ 6″ 250 pounds; and is very physical. He’s a good blocker and has great instinct and good hands.   The knock on him is he doesn’t have much experience at tight end but look for his stock to rise.

Offensive Line:

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TCU OT Tayo Fabuluje, G/T TCU (6-7th round)

Try saying this name kids. He is massive; 6′ 6″ 365 pounds. Tayo was born in Nigeria and moved to Texas in high school. He’s only played football in college for two years but wow, was he good at TCU. He demolished people blocking in the run game but needs polish in the passing game.

He’s still raw. The bad rap on him is his lack of experience, weight fluctuations and transferring schools in college 3 times. He is a project that may pay huge dividends for a patient team.

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Andrew Donnal, T Iowa (4-6th round)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz is one of the most popular people with NFL teams and coaches. No one does a better job at teaching offensive line technique than Ferentz and his coaching staff. Donnal played in the shadow of probable top 10 pick, Tackle Brandon Scherff.

He’s not a great athlete but he is a sound tactician who has good size.   He did not give up a sack his senior season as a starter. Some teams frowned on him because he was not as strong as he should be but he’s worked on that and improved his weight lifting numbers in the NFL combines and looks stronger.   Some want more athleticism but others are very high on Donnal being a pro starter thus the difference in draft position.

Players I’m NOT Into:

Randy Gregory, DE Nebraska (1st Round)

In last years preview I stated how Jadeveon Clowney would not be the second coming everyone thought he’d be. Injuries again happened to him but I still think he’s never going to be a great player in the pro’s. Teams in college realized that if you run right at him, he would stand up and struggle. I think the same about Randy Gregory.

Forget the pot conviction, I’m talking football.   In the last 3 games he played for the Cornhuskers, the defense gave up an unreal 1058 yards rushing; again, that’s just in 3 games! Wisconsin alone ran for 583 yards and had two plays; run off left tackle and run off right tackle. Guess who one of these ends was that they ran through. Gregory is a freakish athlete that the NFL combines LOVE but against the run he’s atrocious at times because he stands up so often. He’s very raw and is a project.

Jameis Winston, QB Florida St. (1st Round)

Winston is a winner for sure but he also plays in a bad conference. One thing the scouts don’t talk about is that Florida St. and Winston struggled a lot last year. If teams took away the run, Winston had problems moving the team when they had to pass. I think Winston is better made for the pro’s because of his accuracy but his immaturity and arrogance at times is a bit much. I’d be afraid of putting my billion dollar corporation in the hands of such a guy.   He may be alright but I don’t see greatness in him.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa, DE/OLB UCLA   (1st/2nd round)

I admit, I’m a baby bear, go Bruins, all that rah rah stuff but I’m also honest. Owamagbe is a physical specimen but he’s also inconsistent. Some games he disappears and that isn’t what first round picks are supposed to do.

Brent Hurley, QB UCLA (3rd Round)

Another Bruin makes the list. He’s an athlete playing QB and he isn’t a pro quarterback. He’s uncomfortable in the pocket and has poor mechanics.