@Mr. Bitter Weddle is actually the perfect free agent addition for the Raiders, no matter who they draft, and for several reasons. First of all, he still plays at a high level, and, he now has something more to prove, especially if he gets to play his former team twice. Second, while his age might seem like an issue to many people, his age actually works to the Raiders favor. First, because he provides there secondarywithveteran leadership that will be sorely lacking with Woidsons exit, and second, because he wont require a long term commitment. The Raiders can tie up a chunk of money that theyneed to spend, but not get in the way of future extensions or contracts.
My first edition. Only one trade. I make picks using multiple big boards from different sites, and my own scouting. I try to fill needs as best as possible. This will change when FA moves define themselves.
Keenan Allen*, WR, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 215. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): Top-25 Pick. 2/13/13: Allen was held back all year by sub-par quarterback play from his brother Zach Maynard, but the wide out still managed to illustrate that he is a good player. Allen totaled 61 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns. He also averaged 14 yards per punt return, plus scored a touchdown. Allen played a lot better than his stats indicate. He missed the final three games with a knee injury. Allen has good size with speed and quickness.
8/17/12: Allen would be the first receiver selected in most draft classes. At the same time, he could easily make a run at being the top receiver even if Woods is in the same draft class. Allen had a very good debut in 2010. He caught 46 passes for 490 yards and five touchdowns as a freshman.
Allen was even better in 2011, hauling in 98 passes for 1,342 yards and six touchdowns. He is faster than many defensive backs expect and has a second gear to explode downfield. Allen runs the tough routes over the middle and in the shallow part of the field. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and gets good yardage after the catch.
Allen is a physical receiver and attacks the football in the air. Some teams will probably prefer him over Woods.
Brian Schwenke, C, California
Height: 6-3. Weight: 307. Arm: 30 7/8. Hand: 9 1/2. Projected 40 Time: 5.19. Projected Round (2013): 3-4. 2/9/13: Schwenke performed well at the Senior Bowl and really helped his draft stock. He showed the ability to play in a power man-blocking scheme as well as a zone-blocking scheme. Schwenke is quick and athletic. He does a good job of moving to blocks and executing double teams.
In college, Schwenke started 36 games on the inside of the offensive line with 16 starts at left guard, 12 at center and eight at right guard. Schwenke would fit best as a center in the NFL. He was a First-Team All-Pac-12 pick by the coaches this year. Schwenke should add some weight in a NFL strength and conditioning program.
Marc Anthony, CB, California
Height: 5-11. Weight: 191. Arm: 30 1/2. Hand: 9. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 1/31/13: Anthony had a mixed Senior Bowl; some moments he flashed and other times he was beaten. Anthony has a skill set that could be developed in the NFL. Anthony totaled five interceptions during his career. He had 12 passes broken up as a junior before recording only three as a senior.
Aaron Tipoti, DT, California
Height: 6-2. Weight: 274. Projected 40 Time: 4.99. Projected Round (2013): 7-FA. 1/30/13: Tipoti totaled 31 tackles with .5 tackles for a loss in 2012.
8/25/12: Tipoti had 25 tackles, four tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks in 2011. He needs to add weight for the NFL or move to defensive end.