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Juron Criner is a perfect pick for the Oakland Raiders. As a team who has loaded up on speedy receivers, they were lacking a possession receiver who could move the chains and run the short-to-intermediate routes over the middle.
Criner is a player who can do just that. He has good size and decent speed, but his hands and physicality are what put him above other mid-round rookies.
At Arizona, Criner had over 2,500 career receiving yards, including a 1,200-yard campaign as a junior in 2010. He also has a nose for the end zone; he caught 11 touchdowns in each of his last two years. He also caught nine as a sophomore on just 45 catches.
Criner's situation with the Raiders is a bit hard to judge. The old regime, as we all know, loved the fast players. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy and Denarius Moore are prime examples.
Heyward-Bey had a big season in 2011 and is projected to be a starter. Moore is the most polished of all receivers and will most likely start as well.
That leaves Criner, Ford, Murphy and the free agent Duke Calhoun. Ford and Murphy are players who does not have a huge impact in each game, but once the defense starts to sleep on them for a second, they make the big play that makes you say, "Why don't they do that more often?"
Criner is the most physical receiver out of the bunch and is the one who fits that possession-type build, but with a crowded group of receivers, it's hard to judge how much time Criner will receive.