2013 NFL Draft: Which Players Should the Raiders Avoid?

Brian Hughes – Mar 23, 2013


All along the National Football League's Draft, there are prospects with limited ability, character concerns, and/or some that quite frankly don't fit with a franchise's scheme or personnel. Here we take a look at some players that Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie may want to avoid come April.

 

 

 Oday Aboushi, Offensive Lineman, Virginia (6'5", 309).

On paper, Oday Aboushi, a 3-year starter, seems like a prototypical NFL Right Tackle. A shade under 34" arm length and 10 5/8" hands to go along with the aforementioned height and weight listed above, Oday has a mean streak about him that coaches will desire. While he doesn't consistently drive his man off the ball, he does do a fine job of absorbing contact and penetrating a defenders chest.

But as you watch Aboushi play, you notice he is not an athletic offensive linemen as he consistently struggles versus smaller, agile pass-rushers. He plays with too much off a wide-base and just doesn't have quick enough feet to match up against NFL talent. Even as shown down in Mobile, AL at the Senior Bowl, he was constantly beat time and time again. Aboushi's qualities best translate sliding him inside in zone-based scheme. And even with '12 OL starter Khalif Barnes contract ending, I still don't see Aboushi as a fit for Oakland, where as other draftable prospects or Free Agents could fill the void.

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Nico Johnson, Inside Linebacker, Alabama (6'1, 249").

A once heralded high school recruit, Nico Johnson helped lead the Alabama Crimson Tide to a 2013 BCS National Championship. One of the best stack & shed linebackers in this draft class, Johnson excels at keeping his eyes in the backfield and locating the ball-carrier. While he does tend to get caught up in garbage at the line of scrimmage, he had the ability to successfully to fight his way through the scuff down in Tuscaloosa.


Now, while Johnson does do a solid job of flowing to the ball, he lacks the elite athleticism to attack the play if thrown off initial read and/or talking a false step. Really needs to work on dropping back into coverage, showing very stiff hips as a starter. Nico always seemed to be a step slower in man coverage, thus making him not a fit for Jason Tarver's multiple defense. Could see a 3-4 defensive team using a Late Day-2 selection on him as a 2-down Inside linebacker.

 

T.J. McDonald, Safety, USC (6'2, 212").

T.J. McDonald, a long, well-built defensive player, is a bit of a tweener from an Strong Safety-Outside Linebacker type prospect. T.J takes adequate angles in run support, and is absolutely not afraid to hit anything. Does not shy away from contact in the slightest. When using proper technique, McDonald wraps up the ball-carrier very well. T.J  also blitzed extremely well off the edges, Did show promise when jamming larger receivers, specifically Tight Ends, off the line.

McDonald does tend to go for the "kill shot" far too much, dipping his shoulder and exposing body. Liability in deep coverage, biting too much on ball fakes and double moves. T.J was asked to play in the box a bulk of his senior campaign. Showed very average fluidity in hips. Not explosive enough for safety work, yet not large enough for weakside Linebacker duties. McDonald seems like an Early Day-3 project, who can earn his money on Special Teams; just not a player the Oakland Raiders need right now, even with Safety depth a concern heading into Free Agency and the Draft.

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Mike Glennon, Quarterback, North Carolina State (6'6", 221).

Mike Glennon is your classic 5-Step drop-back passer. Stands tall in the pocket, not afraid to take a hit. He anticipates his Wide Receivers breaking off routes well, and always keeps his eyes down field. When stepping into throws and shifting lower body half, Mike possesses a very strong arm, along with nice touch on short to intermediate routes, The most intriguing part of Glennon's game would have to be his knack for leading receivers and hitting them in stride.

But there are some glaring issues to his game. Loses significant velocity and pinpoint touch when off-balanced. Glennon is very limited mobility wise, along with questionable decision making -- i.e staring down WR's, Trusting arm TOO much in double coverage -- when in the pocket. Also, really needs to take care of the football better, losing too many footballs after contact. And the most antagonizing aspect to Glennon: The longer he holds the football and farther he backpedals, the worse the outcome of the play. Even with Carson Palmer's bloated salary and Terrelle Pryor's questionable development, there are just too many inconsistencies in Mike Glennon for Reggie McKenzie to use a high Draft Pick.

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Jarvis Jones, Outside Linebacker, Georgia (6'2, 245").

When watching Jarvis Jones, the first initial aspect of his game you notice is that he's a very passionate young man that just loves to hit opposing players. Jarvis's explosive first-step and consistent hustle all over the field will have a Defensive Coordinator wanting his services in the 1st round. While he can over-pursue at times and lose contain in run support, he still willingly attacks the edges with furiosity. Absolutely no fear in taking on much larger offensive blockers.

While there are some remarkable traits to Jarvis Jones play, there are just far too many glaring question marks. The spinal stenosis injury in his back? The non-existent production vs Elite SEC Offensive Lineman? Where IS his most natural position, 3-4 OLB or 4-3 SLB? Jarvis Jones is the exact definition of a 'high risk-high reward" type-prospect. And one the Oakland Raiders can't choose to make with the 3rd overall selection.



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