Tag:DraftTek
Posted on: February 21, 2008 9:45 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2008 11:12 am
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Update to Raiders DraftTek Needs...

A few updates to the Raiders needs based on free agency and a few points from observers, and some likely outcomes of the early period of free agency.

QB 9: It appears to be the general opinion that the Raiders won't want another young signal caller to go with JaMarcus Russell and Andrew Walters, so they'll find someone in FA - with the possibility of that being Josh McCown (or McClown if you prefer) since he's indicated a preference for returning, even if that means he'll be Russell's backup.
RB 9: With the signing of Justin Fargas the Raiders hold all the cards at RB and shouldn't be looking for another player there even when they let LaMont Jordon or Dominic Rhodes go (although I wouldn't be surprised to see a trade happen here to get something for their depth).
WR: 2 M4 - They desperately need 2 receivers. However, with only 5 picks and a lot of needs they probably won't be drafting 2 receivers unless there is a real good deal on someone late.
OT: 3 - Even with their improvement across the line, the Raiders could use still use more assistance at all three line positions as RT is an issue, Robert Gallery is still a disappointment (although he's did show some improvement), and Jeremy Newberry has yet to resign (although no announcement of his re-retirement would seem to be good news).
OG: 3 -
OC: 3 -
FB: 9 - This is just not a need.
TE: 6 - As I've said before the Raiders have got a good pass catching tight end in Zach Miller, and an intriguing young player in John Madsen - but I think the Raiders would like to bring in a top blocking TE that can make their running game all that much more effective. Unfortunately with only 5 picks the Raiders aren't in any position to draft at outside of their big needs...

Defense:
DT: 1 - If they run a 4-3 they desperately need a 3-technique tackle. If they run a 3-4 they desperately need a DT/DE tweener. Either way they need to stop the run and get better play from their DTs. With 2 of the top free agent DTs being franchised this isn't going to help the FA market/
DE: 3 - Chris Clemons and Tommy Kelly need to both be resigned. Until that happens, this is still a major need. And it's not clear if the Raiders will be able to resign both.
ILB: 9 - Kirk Morrison is a fine player in the middle that will be better if they can find someone to provide more support on the strong side.
OLB: 4 - They need help on the strong side, but won't reach to fill it as there are other more important holes right now.
SS: 3 - They need someone to play across from Huff at a safety position - preferably at SS where Huff has been playing, since Huff's skills are much better suited to FS or man coverage on top receiving TEs.
FS: 9 -
CB: 6 - The tag on Nnamdi Asomugha plus Chris Carr being only a restricted free agent means the Raiders can stand pat here, and I expect that they will fill any perceived need in free agency.
K: 9 -Too many other needs.
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Posted on: February 11, 2008 10:57 am
 

Raiders DraftTek Needs Updated

The Raiders need have been updated to the following on DraftTek after some discussion with a number of people (including a friend who's doing a bit of NFL scouting).  Short comments on various positions are also provided below.

Offense:
QB: 5 - With only Jamarcus Russel and Andrew Walter currently signed, the team needs to add depth either through free agency or later in the draft.  I wouldn't be surprised if Josh McCown is back in Black and Silver- despite the fact that many Raiders fans don't like him.
RB: 5 - With Lamont Jordon or Dominic Rhodes leaving down for cap reasons, plus Michael Bush still being a question mark - they could use another player here (as has been indicated by many people) - if they decide that they would like to resign Justin Fargas and are able to resign him though, I think this is one need that can be set aside as "settled".
WR: 2 M3 - See my other posts on receivers.
OT: 3 - RT is an issue, as is LT long term...  at some point they need to address this.
OG: 4 - Gallery is still disappointing and I know the Raiders will be looking at OGs at the combine - but I think that until Jeremy Newberry is resigned, the Raiders will address centers and tackles, before they look at guards.
OC: 2 - Jeremy Newberry was the best center on the roster last year even though he couldn't practice all the time.  Now that we're in the off-season again, the question is whether he'll have enough to come back and play for the Raiders again...  Jake Grove was 2nd string to him last year and doesn't have the size or athletesism to really stand out.  As a result, unless Newberry resigns and the staff think he's good to go for another year this is a priority need.
FB: 9 - Justin Griffith and Oren O'Neil... need I say more?
TE: 5 - We've got a good pass catching tight end in Zach Miller, and an intriguing young player in John Madsen - but I think the Raiders would like to bring in a young top blocking TE that can make their running game all that much more effective.

Defense:
DT: 1 - If they run a 4-3 they desperately need a 3-technique tackle.  If they run a 3-4 they desperately need a DT/DE tweener.
DE: 3 - With Derrick Burgess (and hopefully Chris Clemons) causing havoc as a pass rusher from the left side, across from Jay Richardson or Tommy Kelly (if they can resign him) you'd think they'd be ok here...  but until Kelly resigns and they settle what they're doing in terms of scheme, this is a need.
ILB: 9
OLB: 4 - They need help on the strong side, but won't reach to fill it as there are other more important holes right now.
SS: 3 - Someone needs to step up at SS, but past struggles caused by reaching for players may scare them off of reaching again.
FS: 9 - Huff should be fine if they can get someone for him to play with.
CB: 6 - This may be a need or it may not be a need...  it's hard to get a bead on the position until we know how the Raiders are going to address free agency with Nnamdi Asomugha and Chris Carr.
K: 9 - SeaBass has a long leg, and is frustrating to watch at times...  but I don't see the Raiders entertaining drafting a replacement at this time as there are too many other needs.

 

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 7, 2008 4:36 pm
 

DraftTek - Raiders Draft Needs

As some readers on the message boards may have guessed from my recent posts, I've been working on getting up to speed on some of the details of the Raiders roster - free agents, contract status, possible coaching changes or system changes, etc - trying to get a feel for who the Raiders are today and what their needs are going into the 2008 NFL Draft.

I've been doing similar things for the Lions the past couple of years, but this offseason I started picking up this knowledge of my other favorite NFL team. This has lead me to becoming the Raiders correspondant for DraftTek.com (www.drafttek.com/).

To give you an idea what Draft Tek does I've grabbed the following blurb from their "about" page:
Draft Tek uses a computer model (VBA on MSExcel platform) to generate a 7-round simulation for the 2008 NFL Draft.   As team needs and player rankings change over the months leading up to the draft, Draft Tek will be the first out of the block with updated projections  - on a daily basis if events warrant.

The goal of Draft Tek's simulation is to produce a "reasonable" draft based upon the higher needs of each team getting filled in the earlier rounds based on the players available in the ranked player list.

Draft Teks staff readily admits that they are unable to keep a watchful eye on the ongoings of all 32 teams.  The plan is to set up arrangements with knowledgeable sources for those teams where our understanding is inadequate.  Readers are encouraged to submit positional analyses of their team of choice.  However they should make some effort to use Draft Tek's priority codes found on the Team Needs page.

Basically their plan is to use collected player rank lists (based off averages from a number of credible scouting sources), combine that with knowledge about what each team needs and then let the computer run the draft for them.

So they've got me looking at the needs for the Raiders, and I'll be updating them shortly - but wanted to setup shop here to see if people here had opinions they want to share on position needs and players who do not fit what the Raiders will want to draft.

The Raiders current rating (set by someone other then myself as a baseline) sets up the following priorities, where lower numbers generally indicate a more pressing need.

    * DT(1)
    * WR (2 - Multiple)
    * OT(3), OC(3)
    * OG(4), DE(4), OLB(4), SS(4), FS(4),
    * CB(6),
    * QB(9), RB(9), TE(9), FB(9), ILB(9), K/P(9)

Some of these I agree with - others I don't but I wanted to post here first before updating them, as I wanted feedback as to what the community here felt was the Raiders needs in the coming draft.
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