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The Raiders start signing draft picks

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The Raiders were known for beating to their own drum when Al Davis was alive and some things haven’t changed even after his death.

While the rest of the league has been busy signing up their draft picks, the Raiders spent their time elsewhere. Their attention has finally turned to the draftees. The Raiders announced Thursday that they have signed defensive end Jack Crawford, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi and linebacker Nathan Stupar, leaving them three more picks to sign.

Crawford, a fifth-round pick who was born in London, started for three years at Penn State. He’ll be looking for snaps at a fairly deep position for the Raiders and may need to spend the year doing more watching than playing. Bikudi, a sixth-round pick, also adds some international flair to the roster. He was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil. He came late to football as a result and is a raw prospect at this point. Stupar, a seventh-round pick, was Crawford’s teammate in State College. The Raiders don’t have much linebacking depth, so Stupar can win a job this summer.

As we mentioned, the Raiders took a while to start signing picks, but “a while” is relative. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, that means June 7th and that’s earlier than most picks signed in previous years.

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20 Responses to “The Raiders start signing draft picks”
  1. therealraiderduck says: Jun 7, 2012 3:04 PM

    No biggie. The only Raider draft pick in the last few decades to NOT be signed by training camp was JaPaycheck.

  2. jayr8r says: Jun 7, 2012 3:21 PM

    I am excited about Criner and Burris. I live in san diego and had the pleasure of seeing Burris at SDSU. HE IS A MONSTER OFF THE EDGE!!!!. Fellow Raider Fans, be very excited.

  3. humb0lt says: Jun 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    The Raiders are on my short list of teams that are the best candidates to have the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. The Jags and Colts are also on the list, and at this point I think Jacksonville will get that pick.

    A QB in his mid 30s with a noodley arm and a flaky history and a RB who can’t handle the load of a full-time player, paired with what could be the league’s worst defense, coached by a unknown with little experience, a team that lost its identity when Al Davis died. Not a lot of reason for optimism in Raidernation.

  4. blamatina says: Jun 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    The Raiders have draft picks to sign?

  5. demolition510 says: Jun 7, 2012 3:35 PM

    Go Raiders!!!

  6. steviekthr3e says: Jun 7, 2012 4:45 PM

    hombolt you essentially contradicted yourself calling Dennis Allen an “unknown”.

    How can you write him off as a head coach when you know nothing about him?

  7. rickyrich14 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    @ humb0lt

    I’m not sure how good the Raider defense will be but there is a lot of reason for optimism. What people don’t realize is the Raiders have been running Al Davis’ ANCIENT, VANILLA defense for years!!! This will be a historical year for the Raiders. They are actually going to be running a modern defense with multiple looks. For years now teams didn’t even have to prepare for the Raiders defense. The Raider defensive players are already saying how much they love the new system. Tyvon Branch straight up said we are not as PREDICTABLE as years past. Words that would never even be whispered if Al Davis were still alive. He would have been reprimanded instantly.

    The Broncos defense was garbage and Dennis Allen turned them around. No reason to think it could not happen in Oakland.

  8. rickyrich14 says: Jun 7, 2012 4:52 PM

    I tell you one thing…Jack Crawford sure looks the part. Man, that dude is a monster. He looks bigger than most of the D-Linemen.

  9. dumbolt says: Jun 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    that is if you rub humbolt, or any bolt for that matter.

  10. r8derfan33 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:07 PM

    dear humbolt

    I think you’re a Raider fan at heart. You seem to always comment on articles concerning the Raiders. It’s better than some Non-Championship has-beens that wear baby blue and canary yellow.

  11. r8derfan33 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:11 PM

    doesn’t the charger symbol look like it could be a symbol for a STD? It looks like a piss stream that burns on the way out!

  12. hawkforlife says: Jun 7, 2012 5:28 PM

    I hated the Raiders for years but what does this even mean;
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    The Raiders were known for beating to their own drum when Al Davis was alive and some things haven’t changed even after his death.
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    Every team announces their signings. What’s different here?

  13. mullman7675 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:29 PM

    Big Reg is running the RAIDERS like a CHAMPION.

  14. intrepidforce1 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    If you know anything about sports its not about winning the division all the time. Being a wildcard and consistently winning gets you a Ring. Winning the division doesn’t guarantee a Ring.

  15. wetpaperbag3 says: Jun 7, 2012 6:46 PM

    humb0lt says: Jun 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    The Raiders are on my short list of teams that are the best candidates to have the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. The Jags and Colts are also on the list, and at this point I think Jacksonville will get that pick.

    A QB in his mid 30s with a noodley arm and a flaky history and a RB who can’t handle the load of a full-time player, paired with what could be the league’s worst defense, coached by a unknown with little experience, a team that lost its identity when Al Davis died. Not a lot of reason for optimism in Raidernation.
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    Must be either a Bronco or Charger fan.

    First of all, Dennis Allen is NOT an unknown commodity. Just because YOU never heard of him before the Raiders made him a head coach, doesn’t mean he’s “unproven”. In fact, SEVERAL head coaches and coordinators have gone on record as saying he was going to be the next “big thing” sooner than later and that it was only a matter of opportunity. Just ask his former colleagues in the NFC South and the vet defensive players for the Broncos how they feel about Dennis Allen.

    Secondly, my lowly stat deficient defense ranks low along with the Packers, Giants, Saints, Bears, Cowboys, and Patriots. Numbers are just that…numbers! Even with THAT being said, our “man defense” philosophy is now GONE now that Al Davis has moved on. For the first time since ever, the Raiders look to employ a MULTIPLE defense and with the talent they already have, look for the Raiders to do big things this year now that they have the flexibility to be fluid and change things up. If THAT’S not optimism, then I don’t know what is!

    And about our 30 year old QB with a “noodley arm”, sure looked good enough with an extremely limited grasp of the playbook having come to the team in mid-season.; essentially learning on the fly and having to learn the plays one week at a time WHILE the bullets were flying AND STILL almost made the playoffs!

    Now, Palmer has a complete offseason and practice time with his new players and coaches. Then on top of that, the offense got a steal in 5th round athletic WR Juron Criner. That is an addition to the ALREADY dangerous and fast WR’s Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore. Then on top of that, the RB corps got even faster with the addition of Mike Goodson from the Panthers to go along with McFadden and the blur of Taiwan Jones (the next big thing). And with that, the team retained FB/HB/WR Marcel “Mr. Marcel Matchup Nightmare”Reece.

    Again, this team…no, this FRANCHISE will not be handcuffed into the same old antiquated philosophies that were employed/deployed by the late Al Davis. Instead, the franchise will be free to do what is needed to ADJUST and OVERCOME. But then again, according to you, there’s nothing to be optimistic about.

  16. raiderapologist says: Jun 7, 2012 9:37 PM

    humb0lt says: Jun 7, 2012 3:27 PM

    The Raiders are on my short list of teams that are the best candidates to have the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. The Jags and Colts are also on the list, and at this point I think Jacksonville will get that pick.
    A QB in his mid 30s with a noodley arm and a flaky history and a RB who can’t handle the load of a full-time player, paired with what could be the league’s worst defense, coached by a unknown with little experience, a team that lost its identity when Al Davis died. Not a lot of reason for optimism in Raidernation.

    The Chargers are on my short list of teams that just can’t finish. They are trying to prop up a RB that hasn’t been able to stay on the field because he’s either dinged or out of shape and has trouble keeping the ball off the ground. The only reason they don’t have a new HC this season is because management was trying to appease the franchise QB. They ranked first in overall offense and defense in 2010 and didn’t even make the playoffs. They are one of only three teams that hasn’t had a losing record since 1994, but are the only one that doesn’t have a ring. There is a lot of reason for optimism in Chargerville, because this is the time of year when talk is cheap and the results aren’t in.

  17. tbraiders says: Jun 7, 2012 11:08 PM

    Humbolt,

    Carson Palmer is 32, not mid-30s. He is two years older than Phillip Rivers (both were born in December) and has only been in the league one year longer.

    Just for fun, some more ages:
    Brady will be 35 in August
    Brees will be 34 next January
    Cassel and Roethlisberger both recently turned 30
    Fitzpatrick will be 30 in November
    Hasselbeck will be 37 in September
    E. Manning will be 32 next January
    Peyton turned 36 a few months ago
    Romo turned 32 a couple months ago
    Schaub will be 31 next month
    Vick is a couple weeks away from 32

    Palmer has plenty of good years left in him. He’s healthy and as evidenced last season, even coming straight off the couch, has all his arm strength back. With a solid offensive line, solid running game, and some exciting young receivers the Raider offense is going to light it up this year. I completely agree with wetpaperbag3 above on our defense. This is where we need to improve and while we don’t have all of the pieces just yet, it will be an improved unit just on scheme alone. A lot is going to depend on our recently signed corners and our LB play.

    KC dealt with three major injuries to star players last year (Charles, Berry, Moeaki) and will be improved getting them all back healthy. I think they have a couple young receivers that are going to help them and with Hillis and Charles in the backfield they will be running the ball a lot. They’ve upgraded their DL and have a very nice secondary. Denver upgraded to Peyton and will be the favorite for many pundits. It will be interesting to see if their defense can improve this year, but they were already better than the Chargers without Manning.

    That brings us to the Chargers. Swapped Vincent Jackson for Meachem. 600 yards and 6 TD’s isn’t going to replace what Jackson could do in that offense. They let Tolbert walk away as well and until Matthews proves he can bang inside and stay healthy I don’t think that was a great decision for them. Gates turns 32 soon and has missed 9 games the last two seasons. Even if we say they didn’t get worse this season, they certainly didn’t get any better and their record has declined the last two seasons. You should be a lot more concerned with the Chargers drafting in the top five in 2013.

  18. raiderapologist says: Jun 8, 2012 12:03 AM

    r8derfan33 says: Jun 7, 2012 5:07 PM

    dear humbolt

    I think you’re a Raider fan at heart. You seem to always comment on articles concerning the Raiders. It’s better than some Non-Championship has-beens that wear baby blue and canary yellow.

    You’re close. It’s not so much that humpy hates the Raiders, or is a closet fan. He just talks crap about them in an effort to reassure himself. He knows he can’t depend on the Chargers to make him feel good about himself, so he lashes out. He thinks he’s better than the bad boys, and just can’t figure out why his girlfriend sees it different.

  19. mullman7675 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:31 PM

    Looks like Humbolt got the reaction he was looking for.
    It also looks like his premise was rebuffed by RAIDER NATION.

    I know the past ten years for humbolt has been great, the chargers have won a bunch of REGULAR SEASON games and managed to keep the RAIDERS out of the playoffs last year (which is equivalent to winning the superbowl in charger land).

    The RAIDERS were a TOP 10 offense last year with Palmer coming off the couch. A full offseason will help improve that rating.

    A new identity on defense, a new philosophy on how to play the game. Big Reg is the next great GM and Dennis Allen is the next great, young HC.

    It’s all over for you humbolt- the chargers window is slamming shut and the windows towards the RAIDERS success are wide open.

    It’s a new era, better get ready to be bitter humbolt, the RAIDERS are going slap your team around for another 40+ years. Just like they did before….

  20. mullman7675 says: Jun 8, 2012 12:37 PM

    @humbolt:

    Please reas tbraiders post- june 7 11:08pm.

    I think that addresses all your questions.

    It’s going to be a great year in RAIDER NATION.

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