Oakland Raider's Training Camp Rankings: Part One
For those who haven't read my previous offseason rankings, they can be seen in my archive.
As of right now, I will be doing weekly rankings throughout the season. This is part one of a three-part series ranking the Raiders from 1-80.
1. Nnamdi Asomugha
The league's best corner (yeah, I said it) will not be moving out of this spot this season, as long as he doesn't get injured.
Jerry McDonald, of the Oakland Tribune , has asked whether the Raiders would be more inclined to let Asomugha make more plays.
2. Zach Miller
This guy should be almost a lock for 80 catches this season. Campbell had fantastic chemistry with tight ends Fred Davis and Chris Cooley, so there's no reason to think that this duo won't be great.
Let's face it: Any guy who can be on pace to catch 60 balls from JaMarcus 'Purple Drank' Russell is good enough in my book.
3. Jason Campbell
I've kept the former first-round pick high all offseason for a reason. He should automatically improve the pass offense, and by default ,the run offense.
You can generally get a good idea whether the passing game works in the preseason.
Len Pasquarelli thinks that Jason Campbell was the bargain of the offseason. Does he know he works for ESPN, the network that doesn't stand for Raider tolerance.
4. Richard Seymour 'money'
Now that he has been tagged yet again, Seymour should be good to go. I just don't know how inspired Seymour will play this year.
While Seymour was solid, he was never near the dominant force we know he can be.
The ex-Patriot also has all the leverage when it comes to a long-term deal. If the Raiders let him walk, that will mean they not only lost their first rounder, but the player they got in the trade.
My guess is that Seymour won't exactly half-ass it, but he won't be the terror that we know he can be. He is still better than every other defensive player on the roster not named Nnamdi.
5. Michael Bush
I'm just not sure that Tom Cable will give Bush the job, no matter how much he deserves it. McFadden isn't getting paid big money for nothing. If Cable really wants to help his team out, then he'll give 200+ carries to Mr. Bush.
6. Robert Gallery
I firmly believe that if Gallery is healthy, not only will he be better, but Mario Henderson will benefit greatly.
The writing was on the wall going back to last offseason. Gallery had an emergency appendectomy that probably affected his conditioning.
7. Chaz Schilens
If, and it is a big IF, he can stay healthy, he's a lock for roughly 60 to 70 catches.
8. Rolando McClain
Will McClain be as good as the guy across the bay? Will he win the Defensive ROY? I can't wait to find out.
9. Tyvon Branch
Branch isn't much of a ball hawk, but he is a tackling machine. It should be interesting to see if Cable decides to move him to free safety, and Mike Mitchell to strong safety.
10. Louis Murphy
Murphy had a solid rookie season, by all means. While he certainly won't start (even though he should), I think he will thrive in the slot receiver role coming off the bench.
Oakland's best set could be three receivers, one tight end, and one running back.
Louis Murphy also thinks the Raiders are playoff bound in 2010.
11. Trevor Scott
Oakland's staff wants the former sixth-round pick to start at linebacker, but he will certainly go through growing pains by transitioning full time. This could be one of the bigger disappointments in camp.
12. Tommy 'Pants on the Ground ' Kelly
Kelly has earned praise from Cable. The $50 million dollar man is still under performing for that mega deal he signed a couple of seasons ago. Look for him to perform better with more talent added to that front seven.
At least we know he will be giving it full effort out there.
13. Kamerion Wimbley
I talked to some Browns fans recently about Wimbley. I was told that the former first-round pick was a completely utter disappointment after his rookie campaign. To be fair, he still had 6.5 sacks, which was tops on the team.
Wimbley will be asked to do different things other than blitz. We will see how well he will be able to cover tight ends and running backs.
14. Darren McFadden
A lot about McFadden can be learned from the My Wish series on SportsCenter . When Jailen Cooper tackled him , it really signified McFadden's career.
He can't break tackles. If he can start to do that, then maybe Raider Nation has something special in the former overall fourth pick.
15. Chris Johnson
Johnson got burned a lot last season. But that will happen when you play across from the league's top corner. Johnson gets around 80 percent of the balls thrown his way, so he's bound to give up something.
At least we know that this Chris Johnson is getting his money this season.
16. John Henderson
Henderson is this year's big free-agent acquisition who could turn out to be no more than a training camp body. A lot of things remain up in the air with regards to how much gas is left in the tank.
If he improves the run defense, he will sky rocket on this list.
17. Darrius Heyward-Bey
I believe I over ranked him on the last list.
DHB improved in the offseason, but he still has yet to see him shine in camp. A big part in his development is staying healthy. That hamstring hampered him in training camp a season ago.
18. Lamarr Houston
Houston is dynamic out on the field. He's really like Hue Jackson, but on defense.
On his skill set, he can play any position on the defensive line, which means he will be a big part of the front four.
Jon Gruden and Mel Kiper have both made similar points regarding the pick. Both said, after looking at the tape, that there really wasn't a big difference between Suh (and McCoy) and Houston.
19. Shane Lechler
The tough life of a punter during the offseason. He has to play golf, relax, and look forward to being the highest paid at his position.
20. Sebastien Janikowski
See: Lechler, Shane. Change punter to kicker.
21. Matt Shaugnessy
He will be fighting with Lamarr Houston for the right defensive end spot. He showed some real promise last season, appearing sporadically in relief.
His four sacks were more than both Chief busts Glenn 'I Suck' Dorsey and Tyson 'Foods' Jackson's put together.
22. Mario Henderson
Like I wrote in the Robert Gallery section, I firmly believe that Henderson will play a lot better with some of the pressure being taken off of him by Gallery.
Henderson is certainly athletic enough to be a franchise left tackle, but he needs to work a lot on his overall technique. With rookie Jared Veldheer on his tail, Henderson can't be giving up another eight sacks again.
23. Thomas Howard
I wouldn't be shocked if Howard actually does win his job back. It will not be easy, however.
Scott will have had to really disappoint the coaching staff in camp. Howard isn't terrible, but it's not as if he will be stopping the run anytime soon.
24. Samson Satele
Satele is a fine talent at center. He just isn't big enough to handle the big-ass nose tackles.
Isn't it a shame your center can't handle nose tackles that well? After all, it's a division where the other three teams play the 3-4? (I do not count Kansas City, because their defensive line is an abomination).
25. Langston 'I Need A' Walker
Walker certainly is an upgrade over Cornell 'I couldn't earn a scholarship' Green. Just to bag on Green a little more, I'd just like to wish the Bills new right tackle good luck (three-year, $9 million dollar deal), and that they shouldn't bring in a left-handed quarterback.
Now to Walker himself. While Walker isn't a great fit for the zone blocking scheme, he can still move well enough.
So which players were ranked well, and which should have been higher or lower?
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