Oakland Raiders draft grade: too soon to tell

As you might have already heard from your local or national sports network, the Oakland Raiders didn’t fare too well over the weekend. That’s a rather hasty rush to judgment since you never know how well a team has actually done in the draft until three years later.


Louis Murphy conference call quotes

After the Raiders selected their second receiver in the 2009 NFL Draft on Sunday, Louis Murphy phoned in to answer questions with the local media.

Murphy became the fifth wide receiver that the Raiders have drafted in the last three years. He’ll join fellow rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey in Oakland May 8th for their first mini-camp as NFL pro’s.


Matt Shaughnessy conference call quotes

The Oakland Raiders’ third selection in the 2009 NFL Draft took time to conference with the media after being selected on day two.

Matt Shaughnessy answered questions by local Bay Area reporters regarding when he knew that he’d be a Raider and his thoughts towards his future with the Silver and Black.


Cable calls draft a success

Tom Cable met with the press following one of the most criticized drafts in the NFL. Cable seemed unfazed by the harsh criticism that has been levied on the Raiders and the players that they drafted.


Raiders move up to take tight end

Oakland traded away next year’s sixth round pick and this year’s seventh round selection to move up 14 spots in the 2009 NFL draft and select Iowa tight end Brandon Myers with the 202nd pick. The move gave Carolina both picks and the Raiders another tight end who will surely back up starter Zach Miller.


Raiders continue to stay on defensive

The Oakland Raiders are showing a determination to improve their defense for the 2009 season and beyond. With their sixth round pick that they received from the Patriots for trading down in the second round, they selected a third defensive end on the second day of the draft.


Raiders grab second defensive end with fifth pick

After picking their second wide receiver of the 2009 NFL Draft just two picks earlier, the Oakland Raiders picked up their second defensive end as well.

Oakland selected linebacker-turned-defensive end Slade Norris of Oregon State with pick no. 126 of the draft on Sunday. The 6’2″ 232 lbs. player started only one season for the Beavers as a defensive end, but his size may cause him to shift back to linebacker in the pro’s.


Raiders draft another receiver in fourth round

Going into the draft, nearly every mock draft had the Oakland Raiders picking a wide receiver with their first pick – not too many people figured they’d draft another.

The Raiders continued their head-scratching draft by selecting another wide receiver with their first of two picks in the fourth round on Sunday.


Mike Mitchell conference call quotes

The Oakland Raiders drew heaps of criticism after trading down and selecting little-known Mike Mitchell from Ohio University with the 47th pick of the draft.

Tom Cable wasn’t worried about the criticism. In spite of the criticism, he touted that Mitchell was worthy of the second round selection and explained the pick with a Bill Walsh saying: “When you find a player that you want, go get him. Don’t worry about it. Go get him.”