The Oakland Raiders have signed thirteen free agents to ad to the team roster. The team issued a statement saying all will be present and participate in the three-day rookie mini-camp along with the six draft picks the team picked up during the NFL Draft. The Raiders only had six draft picks for the draft and feel that more rookies need to be added for their team to strive.
Among the undrafted players are cornerback Conroy Black, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, receiver Derek Carrier, receiver Brandon Carswell, defensive tackle Dominique Hamilton, safety Aaron Henry, punter Marquette King, tackle Dan Knapp, linebacker Mario Kurn, receiver Thomas Mayo, guard Lucas Nix, safety Chaz Powell, and receiver Rod Streater.
The team has signed an abundance of defensive players to boost their struggling secondary, in hopes to be a top contender for the AFC West.
- 2012 NFL Undrafted Free Agents: Raiders Reportedly Pick Up 10 Additional Players (bayarea.sbnation.com)
Today is the day that hundreds of declared college athletes have been waiting for. It’s the start of the 2012 NFL Draft. While Andrew Luck and Robert Griffith, III are shoe-ins for the top two picks, there are many others who have been dreaming of the NFL since they were in diapers and today could be the start of that dream for all. The draft will take place over the next three days with Round 1 being today, Round 2-3 tomorrow and Round 4-7 on Saturday. Who is your team going to choose for their upcoming roster?
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Trent Richardson made a name for himself as the standout running back behind star Mark Ingram at Alabama. However, Richardson truly became a standout player once Ingram entered the draft in 2011. With Ingram gone Richardson was able to put up numbers that would make him possibly the number one pick in his position. Unfortunately for Richardson, a knee injury would sideline him for the NFL Combine for him to showcase his talents and skills. He would miss the combine due to a minor knee surgery. But at the time before the surgery he was sure to be able to participate in his pro day March 7th. But that wasn’t the case. Richardson was not fully ready to workout for the scouts in Alabama.
Trent Richardson, RB
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Richardson’s numbers last season at Alabama catapulted him into the spotlight with 1,976 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns. These numbers also made him a finalist for the Heisman which Baylor quarterback, Robert Griffith, III ultimately won. Despite his loss of the trophy he still succeeded in getting SEC Offensive Player of the Year. But despite all the accolades and great numbers, RIchardson still was not able to workout for NFL scouts at both the NFL Combine as well as Pro Day. This could drop his stock because it can be seen that the running back is damaged goods due to injury.
- Trent Richardson Undergoes Minor Surgery (tracking.si.com)
- Is Trent Richardson or Mark Ingram the Best Running Back in Alabama History? (bleacherreport.com)
- NFL Draft 2012: Profiling Former Alabama RB Trent Richardson (bleacherreport.com)
After much speculation it all has come to a reality.Indianapolis Colts team owner, Jim Irsay made an emotional announcement that the team is releasing veteran quarterback, Peyton Manning rather than paying him a $28 million bonus. The quarterback had undergone some recent surgeries on a nerve in his neck that sidelined him during the entire 2011 season. This also caused a damper on the Colts season with a sad 2 wins and 14 losses. But with the release of Manning the Colts are more than likely going to take Stanford QB, Andrew Luck with the first pick of the 2012 draft.
As the decision to release Manning was definitely not an easy task, it comes at a great gift to those teams searching for a quarterback to boost their season. The veteran quarterback will more than likely be a huge buzz around the league and definitely create predictions of where he will go. There are a few places the quarterback could be a great asset in teams like the San Francisco 49ers (who have yet to re-sign Alex Smith), Arizona Cardinals who need a good quarterback to compliment receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and possibly the Washington Redskins who haven’t had a stable quarterback since Mark Brunnell. So it’s going to be a busy next few weeks to see where the veteran quarterback will end up making his home.
Two clear cut favorites in the draft are Luck & Griffin, but what about the other hundreds of players that have the potential to be a standout on any NFL team? There are many positions that make up a great football team besides the quarterbacks. So who is the next standout on the other side of the ball? For instance, LSU CB, Morris Claiborne.
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Claiborne deciding to forgo his senior year at LSU showed great potential during the combine and is lived in many mock drafts as a first round pick. His strengths consist of his long arms and body that would frighten any receiver. He has the ability to play in man on man coverage and zone which is something any team would be happy to have. Claiborne is an all-around athlete who is explosive and fast, with the only downside being he can sometimes get lazy with his technique that can be a problem for a team in the long stretch. Besides that, Claiborne has a lot of potential and could land on a team with a great need for defensive pass coverage like the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and the Minnesota Vikings.