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Raiders sign a draft pick just in time for camp

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The Raiders report for training camp in Napa on Sunday and they moved a step closer to having all of their players ready to report on Friday.

Albert Breer of NFL.com reports that the team has agreed to terms on a four-year deal with guard Tony Bergstrom. Bergstrom was the 95th overall selection and the first Raider selection of the process after they traded previous picks or used them in the Supplemental Draft to take quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Bergstrom played tackle at Utah and the Raiders used him there during part of the spring, but it looks like he’ll be heading for a camp battle with incumbent left guard Cooper Carlisle. Bergstrom will have to learn a new position and a new scheme, which would probably leave him at a bigger disadvantage if Carlisle were more imposing competition.

With Bergstrom signed, fifth-round wide receiver Juron Criner is the team’s final unsigned draft pick. Criner’s agent told Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle that there was no reason for concern about Criner being unsigned, but also said that there were no guarantees his deal would be done in time for the first practice of camp on Monday.

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8 Responses to “Raiders sign a draft pick just in time for camp”
  1. humboldt420 says: Jul 27, 2012 7:19 PM

    It will be interesting to see if Bergstrom can gain a starting spot at guard for the Raiders.

    Cooper Carlisle is old, but, he is well-versed in the zone blocking scheme.

    Criner seems to be the more intriguing draft pick. Despite his stature (fifth rounder) he drew rave reviews from the media for his ability to catch the ball.

    A fifth-rounder opened eyes last year in Oakland — Denarius Moore.

  2. raideryan88 says: Jul 27, 2012 8:03 PM

    Finnaly a charger fan who knows what he is saying. I can drink a beer and watch a game with you.

  3. Grinds My Gear says: Jul 27, 2012 8:09 PM

    Criner was a beast in college with a mediocre QB, if he ran a faster 40 time I think the Raiders would not have been able to take him in the 5th round. I’m sure if he ran a 4.45 (he looked like a 4.4-4.5 WR at Arizona), pretty sure he would’ve gone in the low 1st to mid-2nd.

  4. tooz72 says: Jul 27, 2012 9:51 PM

    Criner has great hands and will help in the Red Zone

  5. huejackson says: Jul 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    According to @RaiderNewsFlash Which is usually correct and breaks news minutes sometimes Hrs before PFT,ESPN,NFL NETWORK ect ect,
    Criner will have a deal dome sooner than later and it could be by tomorrow, RNF already told everyone today that Bergstrom would be signed today, then of course NFL Network reports it like they broke the news.
    The funniest example ever of @RaiderNewsFlash on twitter is the legendary Carson Palmer trade, Most Raider fans know this story but for those who don’t I will tell it real quick:
    RNF sends out the news that Palmer is a Raider Lombardi is on NFL NETWORK laughing at the notion that Raiders would get Palmer, Lombardi is going on and on that there is no way the Raiders could get it done, then at the bottom of the TV screen it says RAIDERS TRADE FOR CARSON PALMER! Lombadri the fatty looked like he seen a ghost and then he was not on TV for the rest of the day.
    Next day though he was breaking it all down, what the Raiders paid to get Palmer, like he broke the news!
    /

  6. ch8878 says: Jul 27, 2012 9:57 PM

    What humboldt420 saying anything positive about the Raiders or any AFC West team in general the world must really be coming to an end this year.

  7. icewalker946 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:51 PM

    I don’t understand how a 5th round draft pick still isn’t signed now that (most) camps have started.

    Is he a diva or is his agent being hard to deal with? I thought these were all supposed to be slotted values.

    IMO he needs to get into camp ASAP because he’s starting on a new team with a new coach and a new front office. Get with your team mates and coaches.

  8. firedup1 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:00 PM

    This will be a long year for the silver and black.

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