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Darren McFadden, in the flesh

Darren McFadden didn’t waste any time getting out to his new home. A little more than four hours after talking to Bay Area reporters by conference call Saturday, McFadden hopped on a plane and flew west. He landed in California at about 12:30 a.m., slept in a little and popped up at Raiders headquarters around noon Sunday. By 2:00 p.m., he was engaging the media for a second time – this time face to faces. What had he learned about… Read More »

Raiders draft a center fielder

When you get to round 7 of the NFL draft, it’s time to stop weaving and jabbing and throw a haymaker. You’ve got nothing to lose. Under that criterion, the Raiders made a great pick with No. 226 overall, plucking San Diego State wide receiver Chaz Schilens. Schilens is kind of a mystery man, making only sporadic appearances in the voluminous draft literature that has flooded the Internet over the last month. But based on sheer numbers – we seem… Read More »

And another wide receiver

The Raiders have completed their 2008 draft (barring any last-minute trades) by selecting San Diego State wide receiver Chaz Schilens. He’s a big target — 6-3, 213 — who has also played baseball. I’ll get back soon with more information.

Trevor Scott coughs up a nickel

Forget about his measurables, his injury history or his fit in Rob Ryan’s 4-3 defense. Here’s the most important information available on Trevor Scott, the Raiders’ sixth-round draft choice: His most embarrassing moment was when he got a nickel caught in his throat when he was 8 years old, and the three people he’d most like to have dinner with are The Rock, Mike Alstott and George W. Bush. There isn’t another prospect in the 2008 NFL draft with those… Read More »

Talking to Tyvon

We got Tyvon Branch on the line about an hour ago. He was calling from Storrs, Conn. He toed the “just happy to be drafted” line, and said he hadn’t much at all from the Raiders before they called with the good news. Here are a few excerpts. ARE YOU THE NEXT NNAMDI ASOMUGHA OR THE NEXT ROD WOODSON? “I really don’t know. I played both (cornerback and safety) in college, so it’s easy for me to transition from either… Read More »

Raiders land defensive end

The Raiders got their pass rusher. It wasn’t Glenn Dorsey or Vernon Gholston, but maybe they found a late-round steal in Trevor Scott. A converted tight end who had 10 sacks for Buffalo (that’s the college, not the Bills), Scott became the newest Raider when the team selected him with its sixth-round draft choice, No. 169 overall. More to come soon.

Meet Arman Shields

Finally, the Raiders addressed a primary need. At spot No. 125 in the fourth round, they got a wide receiver to compete for snaps with Javon Walker, Ronald Curry, Drew Carter and Johnnie Lee Higgins. The guy they snagged was Richmond’s Arman Shields, another Combine Crusader who struck gold in Indianapolis. Shields, whose father is a Guyanan immigrant who became a police detective in Washington D.C., caught 12 passes for 107 yards against Vanderbilt in Richmond’s 2007 season opener. But… Read More »

Raiders get a wide receiver

The Raiders just selected Richmond wide receiver Arman Shields with their second fourth-round draft choice, No. 125. He’s a lean, tall receiver who missed almost all of the 2007 season with an ACL injury. Before getting into Shields, here’s an introduction to Tyvon Branch. He’s a guy with amazing physical skills, a mantle full of track trophies and the ability to return kickoffs. He also has some red flags attached to his file. First of all, while some fans are… Read More »

Raiders trade up for one CB, trade another

With the fourth pick in the 2008 draft, the Raiders opted for a position they didn’t need. In the fourth round, they traded with the Cowboys to move up four spots – from 104 to 100 – and selected a player at the second-deepest position on the team, cornerback. It would seem to be a bizarre way to build a team. Until you see Tyvon Branch’s numbers. The corner from Connecticut is a shade over 5-foot-11, weighs 200 pounds and… Read More »

McFadden speaks

This ain’t Arkansas, Darren McFadden. The star tailback got his first taste of West Coast culture Saturday, when a female member of the Bay Area press corps good-naturedly chided him for a comment that sounded a little sexist. “I’m planning on having my sister (Gaylon Muhammad) move out with me, where she can help me out around the house,” McFadden had offered. “Maybe make me feel at home while I’m away.”You mean, like, do woman’s work, the reporter asked? McFadden… Read More »