He didn't work out in Cleveland or Denver...why was he picked up again? Oh yeah, it was to control gaps and make tackles. How's that working out for the team?
He is listed at 330 pounds. That's too heavy for him to be effective and it makes him lumbering, lethargic, and unable to change direction...oh...and it makes him tire easy. Not good traits in a DT!
This Florida Gator played very well in college and earned a third overall draft position in 2001.
His rookie year was pretty sensational when he tallied 61 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 deflections for the Cleveland Browns. Pretty good numbers for any DT, much less a rookie!
Since then his production has been on a steady decline. His best season as a Raider was 2008 when he totaled 39 tackles and 4 sacks. Not horrible, but not even close to his potential.
Now he is beginning to really show his age. He is tiring out, not in the fourth quarter, but in the third. All athletes start to slow down a bit when they reach 30, and Warren is no exception.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, his downward spiral started in 2007.
The slight surge in his stats when he came to Oakland was due to more playing time, not improved play. I don't think his career is over, but it will be if he doesn't work a little harder than the young guys.
If it were up to me, I'd be looking REALLY closely at Gerald McCoy from Oklahoma.
If we can get a good MLB through free agency then we should use that No. 8 pick on a DT. If not, then Rolando McClain, MLB-Alabama, should be available.
Who knows? Getting a young stud in there to challenge him could push Warren into playing up to the level he is capable of and help this team. If not, he will sit on the bench and spell the starters.
Now we just wait and see how Al Davis deals with this going forward.