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Oakland Raiders Sign Wide Receiver Austin Hill

May 12, 2015 3:16 PM PT

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed undrafted free agent WR Austin Hill, the club announced Tuesday.

Austin Hill joins the Silver and Black after playing three seasons at Arizona (2011-12, 2014), missing his junior season in 2013 due to a knee injury. In 37 games played for the Wildcats, he totaled 151 receptions for 2,310 yards (15.3 avg.) and 17 touchdowns.

As a sophomore in 2012, the 6-foot-3, 212-pounder was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second Team and Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-American after setting career highs with 81 receptions (third in Pac-12) with 1,364 yards (sixth in NCAA and second in Pac-12) and 11 touchdowns. The Corona, Calif., native averaged 16.8 yards per catch in 2012, good for second in the Pac-12.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have waived WR Milton Williams III.

Courtesy Of The Oakland Raiders Media Relations

Oakland Raiders Announce Roster Movers

May 11, 2015 2:32 PMPT

Raiders Announce Roster Moves

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following six undrafted free agents following their participation in the team’s rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis, the club announced Monday.

Player                       Pos.            Ht.      Wt.      Exp.      College
Bell, Mitch               G              6-3        347      R       Louisiana Tech
Dixon, Travell       CB            6-0       200       R       Washington
Dyer, Michael       RB            5-9       218       R        Louisville
Edwards, SaQwan CB        6-0       200       R        New Mexico
Wilkins, Gary       DE            6-2       240        R       Furman
Willis, Austin      WR            5-9       176       R       Emporia State

Bell: Played two years at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Navarro Junior College in Corsicana, Texas…Appeared in 24 games with 20 starts in two seasons at Louisiana Tech…Two-time All-Conference USA selection.

Dixon: Played two years at Washington after transferring from Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher, Ariz. …Also attended Alabama prior to transferring to Washington…Saw action in 16 games with one start at Washington…Totaled 12 tackles (10 solo) and one pass defensed…Recorded 39 tackles with four INTs, four passes defensed and one fumble recovery at Eastern Arizona.

Dyer: Played two years at Louisville after playing first two collegiate seasons at Auburn…Also attended Arkansas State, but redshirted his lone season prior to transferring to Louisville…Totaled 3,039 rushing yards on 578 carries and 22 TDs in his split time at Auburn and Louisville.

Edwards: Played three years at New Mexico after transferring from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas…Moved to cornerback from wide receiver following sophomore season…Played in 31 games at New Mexico, totaling 65 tackles (57 solo), three INTs and 19 passes defensed.

Wilkins: Played four years at Furman, seeing action in 47 games with 40 starts…Two-time first-team All-SoCon performer…Totaled 294 career tackles (150 solo), 15.5 sacks, two INTs, 36 tackles for loss, 14 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Willis: In four seasons at Emporia State, totaled 127 receptions for 2,002 yards and 18 TDs…Garnered second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors as a senior.

To make room on the roster, the Raiders have made the following transactions:

Waived the following players:

Casey, Chance          CB    5-11    190     Baylor
Cobb, Terrance         RB    5-11    220    Cumberlands
Johnson, Gus             RB    5-10    215     Stephen F. Austin
Kearney, Vernon      DB    6-2      185     Lane
Mitchell, Braylon     LB      6-1     233     Arkansas

Waived/Injured the following player:

Gallon, Jeremy      WR     5-8      195      Michigan

Oakland Raiders Officially Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings

May 9, 2015 11:59 PM PT

Raiders Announce Undrafted Free Agent Signings

ALAMEDA, CA. – The Oakland Raiders have signed the following 14 undrafted free agents, the club announced Friday.

Player                                Pos.      Ht.       Wt.         College
Daniel, Rob                     CB       6-1      209          BYU
Eatmon, Quinterrius T/G     6-6      310          South Florida
Fajardo, Cody                QB      6-2      223          Nevada
Hale, Jacoby                    LB       6-0     230          Utah
Hall, Jimmy                        S        6-1      228         Northwestern
Harper, Josh                  WR      6-1     185          Fresno State
Holmes, Gabe                TE        6-5     254          Purdue
Johnson, Gus                 RB       5-10   215          Stephen F. Austin
McDonald, Tevin           S        5-11   195          Eastern Washington
Mitchell, Braylon        LB        6-1     233          Arkansas
Orr, Leon                          DT       6-5     323          Florida
Pinson, Terrell                S          6-2     215         Louisiana Tech
Shirley, Josh                   LB         6-2    234         UNLV
Williams, Milton         WR       6-2    218         Delaware State

Daniel: Played two years at BYU after transferring from De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif. …Played in 25 games with 22 starts in two seasons at BYU…Posted 110 career tackles (87 solo), three INTs, 23 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one sack…Tied the BYU career record for passes defensed.

Eatmon: Played four years at South Florida, appearing in 47 games with 46 starts…Finished career ranked second in program history in games started…Started 34 games at right tackle before moving to right guard prior to senior season.

Fajardo: Played four years at Nevada, playing in 45 games and becoming just the second player in FBS history to reach 9,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing, joining Nevada alum Colin Kaepernick…Completed 878-of-1,348 pass attempts for 9,659 yards and 57 TDs…Set the program record for career completions…Rushed for 3,482 yards with 44 TDs on 536 career carries.

Hale: Played four years at Utah, appearing in 30 games with seven starts…Totaled 79 tackles (55 solo), 6.5 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, five passes defensed and one INT…Two-time honorable mention Academic All-Pac-12 selection.

Hall: Played four years at Northwestern, appearing in 44 games with eight starts…Saw action at both linebacker and safety…Totaled 102 career tackles (67 solo), six tackles for loss, three INTs, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and five passes defensed.

Harper: Played four years at Fresno State, playing in 41 games with 30 starts…Finished collegiate career ranked second in school history with 228 receptions and sixth in program annals with 2,938 receiving yards…Totaled 29 career TDs to rank second in program history…Posted 1,000-yard receiving seasons as both a junior and senior, becoming just the third player in Fresno State history and the third player in Mountain West Conference history to notch back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns…Caught at least one pass in every collegiate game in which he played.

Holmes: Played five years at Purdue, seeing action in 49 games…Redshirted as a senior after missing most of the season with a wrist injury…Totaled 65 career catches for 685 yards and six TDs.

Johnson: Played four years at Stephen F. Austin, earning Southland Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior and finishing career as the school’s all-time leading rusher…Tabbed for all-conference honors three times, including first-team recognition twice…Totaled 3,907 career rushing yards, ranking first in school history and fifth in Southland Conference annals…Also set program standard with 51 rushing TDs and 52 total TDs.

McDonald: Played two years at Eastern Washington after transferring from UCLA…Played in 23 games at Eastern Washington, recording 121 tackles (80 solo), four INTs, one sack, four tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and nine passes defensed.

Mitchell: Played four years at Arkansas, seeing action in 41 games with 14 starts…Totaled 111 career tackles (43 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Orr: Played four years at Florida, seeing action in 39 games with 10 starts…Totaled 62 career tackles (31 solo), 4.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

Pinson: Played two years at Louisiana Tech after transferring from Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. …Played in 22 games at Louisiana Tech, totaling 85 tackles (49 solo), 2.5 sacks, four INTs, eight passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Shirley: Played one year at UNLV after transferring from Washington…Enrolled at UNLV as a graduate student and played as a fifth-year graduate transfer after obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Washington…Played in 13 games in final collegiate season, posting 20 tackles (six solo), two sacks for losses totaling 10 yards and 4.5 tackles for loss…In three seasons at Washington, totaled 18 sacks for 113 yards in losses and 25 tackles for loss…Also notched nine forced fumbles.

Williams: Played four years at Delaware State, seeing action in 40 games…Totaled 126 career receptions for 1,612 yards and 11 TDs.

Courtesy of The Oakland Raiders Media relations

The Raiders 2015 Draft Class Jersey Numbers

Friday May 8 , 2015 11:00 AM PT

Photos by Shawn Jonas

Raiders 2015 Draft Class Arrive

The Oakland Raiders 2015 Rookie Mini-Camp begins today. Here are the jersey numbers the 2015 Draft Class will be wearing when they take the field:


Amari Cooper – 89
Mario Edwards Jr. – 97

Clive Walford – 88

Jon Feliciano – 68
Ben Heeney – 51
Neiron Ball – 58
Max Valles – 94

Anthony Morris – 79

Andre Debose – 84
Dexter McDonald – 21

Oakland Raiders Undrafted Free Agent Josh Harper’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Practice

May 8, 2015, 2:02 PM PT

The Oakland Raiders undrafted free agent Josh Harper responds to media questions after his first NFL action rookie mini camp.

Harper  went undrafted, but after the Draft concluded, he received calls from numerous teams offering him a contract as an undrafted free agent. However, after hearing all of the pitches from the respective teams, the Fresno State product listened to his gut and joined the Silver and Black.

Harper : “I feel like the Raiders organization is headed into the right direction,” Harper said. “Why not try to be a part of something that’s going to be special down the road? It was a whole little packaged deal: the organization, Derek [Carr] being here because I know he’s going to help me as much as I can, learning the playbook.”

While he was disappointed he went undrafted, Harper is now determined to make the most of his opportunity in Oakland.
He also realizes that nothing will be handed to him, and is willing to do whatever he needs to do to make the final roster.

Harper: “I wouldn’t say pressure but I would say you have to show up every day,” Harper said. “You have to give them a reason to allow you do have a spot on this team. Nothing’s going to be given to you but that’s why you have to show up and make plays.”

Oakland Raiders’ Mario Edwards Jr’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Practice

May 8, 2015 1:55 PM PT

Alameda, CA. – The past week has been a week of change for Mario Edwards Jr. He was drafted, flown across the country, and today officially began his work on the field with his fellow rookies.
In addition to all of the new experiences that have come his way, Edwards was greeted by a welcome change from his time at Florida State – music during practice.

Edwards Jr. : “That’s one cool thing we didn’t do in college at Florida State,” Edwards Jr. said. “We never played music, except for in the beginning. But to play music and get your mind elsewhere and pump you up during the practice was pretty cool.”


Edwards Jr. has only had one practice under Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. but he already likes the intensity the former linebacker is bringing to the table.

Shawn Jonas : I asked Mario what he thought about Ken Norton Jr’s intensity. 

Edwards Jr. : I like him a lot,” Edwards Jr. said. “He’s very vocal and he wants the best out of his players. He’s yelling and screaming because he wants to push you and get every drop out of you that you have in you. I like that type of coach.”


After going through the pre-draft process and having every aspect of his game dissected, Edwards Jr. is ready to get to work and just play football.
That being said, he’s not forgetting all of the negative feedback he received throughout the process, and is using that to fuel him going forward.

Edwards Jr. : Just a chip on my shoulder from just naysayers or people that criticized me so much,” Edwards Jr. said. “Really I wanted to prove to myself. I have a chip on myself because I want to be the best that I can be.”

Amari Cooper’s Press Conference After First Rookie Mini Camp Session

May 8, 2015 1:15 PM PT

Alameda, CA. – The number one wide receiver, and fourth player overall in the 2015 NFL Draft,  Amari Cooper participates in his first practice as an Oakland Raider.

The rookie mini camp session was only a day after he arrived in Oakland and the Raiders also announce the signing of the Highly touted receiver out of Alabama to a contract.

He played three seasons at Alabama, appearing in 40 games and making 30 starts. Cooper left Alabama as the school’s most productive receiver in their illustrious history, setting school records with 228 receptions, 3,463 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 211-pounder also ranks near the top of the SEC’s receiving record books in every major category, finishing third all-time in receptions, second all-time in receiving yards and first in receiving touchdowns while helping the Crimson Tide win the BCS National Championship in 2012.

As a senior, the Miami, Fla., native was awarded the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding receiver. He was also named the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year and finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy. On his way to being a unanimous first-team All-American selection his senior season, Cooper posted 124 receptions (fourth most by any player from a Power Five Conference in FBS history) for 1,727 receiving yards (Alabama and SEC record) and 16 receiving touchdowns.

It was important for the former Alabama wide receiver to get the business part of the game taken care of so he could put all of his focus on football.

“My agent advised me to do that, so I guess it was important to him,” said Cooper.

Cooper participated in a short press conference after his first rookie mini camp session. 

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Oakland Raiders Set To Release Veteran Wide Receiver James Jones

May 3, 2015 10:28 PM PT

Featured photo By Shawn Jonas

Alameda, California –  Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area broke the news of the Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie has notified veteran wide receiver James Jones that he will be released.

Jones had signed a three-year contract with the Raiders . The move will clear 3.4 million dollars in salary-cap savings and will cost the Raiders no dead money in the move.

The 31 year-old James Jones will be entering his 9th NFL season in 2015. The San Jose, California native signed with the Raiders in 2014 after spending 7 seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He attended Gunderson High School and is a San Jose State alum.


Photo by Shawn Jonas

He played all 16 games with the Raiders and had 73 receptions for 666 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2014. His career totals, 383 receptions for 4,971 yards and 43 touchdowns.

The Raiders have new found depth at the wide receiver position since signing Michael Crabtree in free agency and drafting the highly touted Amari Cooper with the 4th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The Raiders depth chart looks something like this Amari Cooper, Rod Streater, Michael Crabtree, Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, Kenbrell Thompkins, Seth Roberts, and newly added 7th round draft pick Andre Debose.



Unofficially, Oakland also signed Freson State wide receiver Josh Harper. Harper reunites with quarterback Derek Carr. They played together for three years and in Carr’s final season Harper caught 79 passes for 1011 yards and 13 touchdowns.  Carr’s other main target at Fresno State, Davante Adams, was drafted by Green Bay in 2014. Harper’s catches went up as a senior due in large part to seeing a larger portion of the passes in 2014 with 131 targets. In improving from 79 to 90 catches his receiving yards also went up to 1097.

Youth is the theme to this offseason moves for the Raiders and the trend continues with tonights release of James Jones. Reggie McKenzie obviously believes he has his franchise quarterback and he is surrounding him with young talent to hopefully build a winner and go on a nice long run.

The Oakland Raiders Selected Kansas Linebacker Ben Heeney in the 5th Round

May 2, 2015 12:00 PM PT

Alameda, California – The Oakland Raiders selected University of Kansas Linebacker Ben Heeney in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Ben Heeney  6 foot tall and 231 pounds. He led Kansas in tackles for the last three seasons topping out his senior year with 127. While Heeney is a undersized he plays fast with good speed.  Aggressive pursuit angles. His switch is always flipped on the field, displaying a motor that never quits and chasing down plays he has no business being involved in. Smart, instinctive player who read/reacts well, breaking down well on the move. Locks onto his target quickly and doesn’t make many mistakes. Physical wrap-up tackler and throws his body around with toughness to take the punishment. Plays pissed off with a chip and violent, competitive nature. Floats well in coverage to jump passes and get his hands on the ball (eight passes defended, four interceptions in his career). Experienced with man coverage responsibilities and was often the only linebacker on the field, rarely leaving the field. Physical downhill blitzer. Try-hard motor and leaves it all out on the field with resilient mentality. Handled adversity with a handful of different coaches in his four seasons at Kansas (9-39 record over that stretch).

Productive Career

Henry Led the Jayhawks in tackles each of the past three seasons, and led the NCAA in solo tackles in 2014 with 7.3 per game


Tackles      Sacks     Tackles for Loss
127               1.5                       12.0

College Bio

2014 (Sr.): Named Fourth Team All-America by Phil Steele Magazine… Honorable Mention Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Year… Selected as a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team honoree by the Associated Press, conference coaches,,, Phil Steele Magazine, Waco Tribune-Herald, and… Voted a team captain for the second-straight season… Invited to play in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game following the season… Started all 12 games in 2014… Finished the regular season with 127 tackles, one shy of the conference lead… Led the NCAA and Big 12 in solo tackles with 7.3 per outing…Recorded the 2014 Big 12 single-game high 21 tackles at Texas Tech – 17 of which were solo tackles – marking the second-most in a single game in conference history… Tackled in double digits seven times on the year… Finished his career with 335 total tackles which is eighth best in KU history… He also recorded 35.5 tackles-for-loss in his career which ranks fourth best in the Kansas record book… Opened his senior campaign with a team-high 11 tackles vs. SEMO… Collected 15 tackles, tying a then-career-high, and posted one tackle- for-loss at Duke… Boasted seven solo tackles, two behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble against Central Michigan… Totaled 10 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles-for-loss, one quarterback hurry and one fumble recovery against Texas… Posted six tackles and two tackles-for-loss at West Virginia… Logged a game-high 14 tackles and a sack to go with 3.5 tackles for loss against Oklahoma State… Boasted the most single-game tackles at KU since 1979 and a Big 12 Conference season-high, along with a personal-best, 21 total stops along with an interception at Texas Tech… Logged his sixth double-digit tackling effort of 2014 with 10 tackles and carried the ball once for no gain at Baylor… Garnered seven tackles against Iowa State… Led the field with 11 total tackles against TCU… Contributed nine tackles – including one behind the line of scrimmage – forced a fumble and recorded one quarterback hurry at Oklahoma… Provided six tackles, including one in the backfield, at K-state.

2013 (Jr.): Selected as an All-Big 12 First Team selection by Phil Steele Magazine and an All-Big 12 Second Team selection by the conference coaches, Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Athlon Sports and the Waco Tribune-Herald after he finished fourth in the conference with 8.7 tackles per game and ranked fifth in tackles-for-loss per game with 1.15…Played in 10 games, starting all 10 at MLB…Missed the Oklahoma and Baylor games with an injury… Finished with a team-best 88 total stops, including 11.5 tackles for loss and the first three interceptions of his career… Reached double figures in tackles in six of his 10 games played, including four Big 12 contests… Tallied four tackles, all solos, in KU’s win over South Dakota…Credited with 1.0 sack for a loss of four yards vs. the Coyotes… Turned in a career-best 15 tackles at Rice… Also had 2.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack and two pass breakups… Had his first career interception to go along with 10 tackles, one pass breakup and 0.5 TFL vs. LA Tech… Led KU with 12 tackles, including seven solos, in the TTU game… Recorded aninterception for the second-straight game…Also had 2.0 TFLs vs. the Red Raiders… Had two tackles at TCU, including 1.0TFL,beforeleavingthegamewithaninjury…Returned from injury vs.Texas collecting a team-high nine tackles… Led KU with 11 tackles, including two TFLs, and a quarterback hurry at Oklahoma State… Had four tackles, including a TFL, plus an interception which he returned 28 yards in KU’s win over West Virginia… Tallied 11 tackles and one quarterback hurry at Iowa State… Led KU with 10 tackles vs. Kansas State, including 1.5 TFLs.

2012 (So.): Garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors by the league’s coaches as well as the Associated Press and Phil Steele Magazine… Started all 12 games at middle linebacker… Ranked third in the Big 12 in total tackles (112) and tackles per game (9.3)… Also ranked fifth in the league in TFLs (12.0)… His 12 TFLs produced a loss of 31 yards… Also had a sack, a forced fumble and two pass breakups… Had five games with double-digit tackles… Made first career start and collected five tackles against South Dakota State… Recorded 12 stops at Northern Illinois… Made a career-high 14 tackles, including a pair of TFLs and a forced fumble, at Kansas State… Had nine stops, including seven solos, against Oklahoma State… Totaled 13 stops against Texas and added a pass breakup… Recorded 13 tackles, incluing a solo TFL and a quarterback hurry, at Baylor… Made nine tackles, including two TFLs, at Texas Tech… Registered 13 tackles, including one TFL, against Iowa State… Collected a career-best four TFLs, including first sack, along with eight total tackles at West Virginia.

2011 (Fr.): Played in all 12 contests, seeing time on defense as well as special teams… Made collegiate debut against McNeese State, recording two tackles, including one solo stop… Had single tackles against Northern Illinois, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Texas… Matched season high with two tackles against Kansas State… One of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011.

High School: Ranked as the 12th-best player in the state of Kansas and the 58th-best outside linebacker in the nation according to… Named to the Wichita Eagle’s Top 11 football team… Named 5A first-team all-state by the Topeka Capital-Journal as a running back… Rushed for 2,083 yards and 39 touchdowns on 246 carries as a senior, setting school records in both yards and touchdowns in a season… Ran for a school-record 333 yards against Salina Central… Defensively recorded 143 career tackles, including 14 for loss… Added four interceptions.
Personal: Born in Overland Park, Kansas… Son of Joe and Mitzi Heeney… Has one brother… Father and two uncles played baseball at KU… Majoring in liberal arts and sciences.

Player Overview CBS Sports

Heeney had virtually no experience at linebacker in high school and didn’t get much instruction there as a freshman, but the new coaching staff saw his potential and he flourished as a three-year starter, leading the Jayhawks in tackles each season. He lacks ideal NFL size and length, but leaves it all on the field and thrives on instincts, playing with a throwback, fierce style. There is a lot to like about Heeney with his play speed and read/react skills to be a hunter, but the body stiffness and average athleticism limit his next level upside.
A three-star LB recruit out of high school, Heeney received only two FBS-level scholarship offers (Kansas and Colorado State), but fortunately one was the Jayhawks, his dream school and where his father and two uncles played baseball. A running back in high school, he didn’t see the field much as a true freshman, but earned the starting MLB job as a sophomore in 2012 and led the team in tackles (112), earning Second Team All-Big 12 honors. Heeney missed two games due to injury (knee) in 2013, but still led the team in stops (88) and again took home Second Team All-Big 12 honors. He had his best statistical season in 2014 as a senior, finishing with 127 total tackles and 12.0 tackles for loss, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.


STRENGTHS: Good play speed with fast, aggressive pursuit angles. The switch is always flipped on the field, displaying a motor that never quits and chasing down plays he has no business being involved in. Smart, instinctive player who read/reacts well, breaking down well on the move. Locks onto his target quickly and doesn’t make many mistakes. Physical wrap-up tackler and throws his body around with toughness to take the punishment. Plays pissed off with a chip and violent, competitive nature. Floats well in coverage to jump passes and get his hands on the ball (eight passes defended, four interceptions in his career). Experienced with man coverage responsibilities and was often the only linebacker on the field, rarely leaving the field. Physical downhill blitzer. Try-hard motor and leaves it all out on the field with resilient mentality. Handled adversity with a handful of different coaches in his four seasons at Kansas (9-39 record over that stretch).
Productive career — led the Jayhawks in tackles each of the past three seasons, and led the NCAA in solo tackles in 2014 with 7.3 per game.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized with a maxed-out build and short arms. Limited athlete and tight in space, lacking easy fluidity to quickly recover after false steps. Plays fast, but straight-linish and needs to stop and collect himself changing directions. Hits too high at times and will slide off ballcarriers. Needs to improve his discipline to better balance his nonstop movements with his ball awareness. Overaggressive angles and will misjudge speed of ballcarriers at times. Shows body stiffness in coverage and struggles to find the ball once his back is turned to the line of scrimmage. Needs to improve his technique to better stack-and-shed and work his way through the trash.      -Dane Brugler

Oakland Raiders Q & A Transcript

Q: When did you get the idea the Raiders were interested in you?

Heeney: “Not even, man. That caught me so off guard. I had no idea, but I couldn’t be happier. So happy. No one has really been in contact with me from the Raiders, so it’s kind of caught me off guard. I guess that’s when the best things happen, when you don’t expect them.”

Q: What do you know about this team and this defense?

Heeney: “I don’t know much, to be honest with you. I know that Sal Sunseri is the linebackers coach. I’m very excited to work with him. I know [defensive coordinator] Ken Norton, [Jr.] is just an amazing coach, the defensive coordinator. I just can’t wait to get up there and try to prove myself and become one of the guys.”

Q: Where do you see yourself fitting best in a 4-3 defense?

Heeney: “I think I can play anything. I think I can play Mike, Will – I really think I can play anything and be productive and be a guy that you guys can count on. More than anything, I’m ready to come in and pave my way on special teams and try to be a guy is a four[-unit] special teams starter. I think I can start on every special team right away and eventually work my way up and become a contributing factor on defense.”

Q: The fourth-round pick, Jon Feliciano, said he can play all five positions across the offensive line. You can play all three linebacker positions. Did the Raiders tell you they like your position versatility?

Heeney: “Yeah, definitely. That’s what they said when they first called me. I got off the phone with the GM [Reggie McKenzie], and he just said he’s been watching me and he and Jack Del Rio have been talking, and they really like everything I bring to the table. I just couldn’t be more excited. I’m just really excited to see, when I get up there, how everything is up there.”

Q: Now that you’ve been drafted, is it everything you thought it was going to be?

Heeney: “Man, it’s everything and more. This is what I’ve been working toward since I was in third grade, man. Just having my family and friends around me when it happened, it was so special. Everyone started crying and it’s just what I’ve been working toward since I was in third grade and started playing football. Never in a million years did I think I would be an Oakland Raider, but I couldn’t be more happy to be one.”

Q: From your high school stats, it looks like you were a pretty accomplished running back. Is that what you thought you were going to be later in your career?

Heeney: “I actually thought I’d be a running back in college. I grew up playing running back and also I played defense, but I would get like five touchdowns a game, four touchdowns a game. I was a very good running back, so I thought that was kind of the path I would take, but I got to college and they saw me more as just an athlete and I eventually wound up as just a linebacker, and now that’s what I’m playing. I think I’m just very versatile.”

Q: Did your dad and two uncles all play baseball at Kansas? Did you ever have baseball aspirations?

Heeney: “Yeah, actually, as a little kid, baseball was my best sport – baseball and football. My dad and everyone else always thought I had a chance to play in the major leagues for baseball. It’s always been between baseball and football, but football is my number one love. I like hitting people. I’m excited to be a part of the Raider defense. Man, I’m so excited.”

Q: How did that transition from running back to linebacker take place?

Heeney: “I think they just kind of saw me as an athlete. I’m from Kansas and they already had a bunch of running back, so they recruited me as an athlete-slash-outside linebacker. They thought I’d play like Sam or like a nickel back almost, but it’s just the pieces fell where they fell and I was the best guy for the job at middle linebacker and I became a three-year starter at linebacker. Yeah, man, I just kind of fell into it, I guess.”

Q: How much outside linebacker have you played at Kansas?

Heeney: “Zero. I’ve played middle linebacker for three years.”

Q: Were you a Chiefs fan growing up?

Heeney: “Yeah, man, I was, but I’m not anymore.”

Oakland Raiders Trade Down Select Miami Guard Jon Feliciano

May 2, 2015 10:30 AM PT

Alameda, California – When day three started the Oakland Raiders originally had pick 102, but traded it to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for pick 124th in the fourth round, 161st  fifth round and  242nd seventh round.

When pick 124 came up, the Raiders traded back again four spots to 128 and picked up another seventh round pick (No. 218).

What started the day as a seven-man draft class the Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie turned  into a 10-man draft class.

They finally selected Miami guard Jon Feliciano in the fourth round of the NFL draft, 128th  overall.

The heavy-footed brawler 6-foot-4, 323 pound Feliciano started 13 games for Miami and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention selecteion.

The Raiders brought Feliciano to compete at the right guard position with  Khalif Barnes and Tony Bergstrom. Coach Jack Del Rio also mentioned the right tackle position  is wide open with  Austin Howard and Menelik Watson competing.  Coach Jack Del Rio has voiced his preference for Barnes to be a swing player available at all positions except center.

Scouting Repport

Feliciano is huge, a hulking man who looks as heavy as his weight suggests. He has a thick lower body and maintains his place against a pass rush. He is a strong run blocker as well, using his size to create lanes for running backs. He doesn’t have great mobility, and might not be a good blocker in space.

College Bio

2014 (Senior): Started season opener at left guard against Louisville…Made second consecutive start of season against FAMU, paving way for 198 rushing yards…Started against Arkansas State, helping lead offense to 488-yard performance…Started against Nebraska and helped offense generate 435 yards…Saw time at both left guard and right tackle in start against Duke, leading way to 426-yard offensive performance….Started at right tackle against Georgia Tech…Started at right tackle against Cincinnati, helping offense finish with 621 total yards…Helped guide offense to 456-yard performance in road win over Virginia Tech…Started at left tackle against North Carolina, paving way for 494 total yards and 295 rushing yards…Helped lead offense to 492-yard performance against Florida State…Made 11th start of season on offensive line against Virginia…Started season finale on offensive line, leading team offense to 421 total yards…Made final start of career in Duck Commander Independence Bowl against South Carolina, helping lead offense to 422 total yards.

2013 (Junior): Started all 13 games along offensive line … Made 11 starts at left guard and two starts at right tackle … Honorable mention All-ACC selection by ACSMA … Helped anchor offensive line that paved way for Hurricanes offense that averaged 425.8 yards of total offense and 33.8 points per game … Earned letter … Graduated from Miami in May 2014.

2012 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at left guard … Earned All-ACC honorable mention from ACSMA … Anchored O-line that paved way for third-best passing offense (295.4) and fifth-best total offense (440.2) in ACC … Earned letter.

2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 10 games and earned eight starts … Suffered injury midseason but returned to start two of team’s final three games … Finished with overall grade of 84 percent … Allowed zero sacks on season … Earned letter.

2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Miami and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility.

High School: Three-star recruit and No. 19 offensive guard by … Rated three-star prospect by … No. 56 prospect on Bill Buchalter’s Florida Top 100 state list … First-team All-Broward by Sun Sentinel.

Oakland Raiders Q & A Transcript 

Q: Where are you? What’s the scene like when you got the news?

Feliciano: “I’m at my boy’s house in Davie, Fla. I got my family here along with my high school basketball coach, my high school football coaches. We went berserk when we heard my name.”

Q: We’re just finding out some of your back story. You’ve been through so much. What does it mean to you to maybe be able to help your family with an NFL contract?

Feliciano: “Yeah growing up there was a lot of just extra stuff that I had to go through and everyone here at this house right now at this party helped me get through it. That’s why I wanted them around me and to be able to get drafted in the fourth round by such a great organization. It’s a blessing and I’m so happy.”

Q: Did you have much contact with the Raiders before? Did you know that they were interested? It seems like a lot of the players didn’t know and wound up being surprised.

Feliciano: “No, actually me and [offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice, we kicked it off at the combine. He was a great guy and I had a real good time talking with him. This is one of the top spots for me I wanted to go. To hear my name called by them is just unbelievable.”

Q: This team needs a starting right guard. Does that excite you that there is going to be some competition right away and that you may be able to contribute early on?

Feliciano: “Of course. That’s all you want coming in is an opportunity to compete and get better. We have that there at the Raiders and I know everyone is going to go in there and compete and try to get better and that’s going to be awesome.”

Q: Did you play on the right side or the left side at Miami?

Feliciano: “Both. I had time at right guard, right tackle, left tackle, left guard and center sometimes, so I can do whatever.”

Q: Where are you most comfortable?

Feliciano: “I played left guard most of my career, but moving over to right guard is not a big deal.”

Q: Raiders are big with offensive line with position versatility. That sounds like something that is right up your alley.

Feliciano: “That’s something that I pride myself in, being able to play all five positions. It’s going to help me here with the Raiders.”

Q: You said the Raiders were one of the teams you were hoping you might end up with. How come?

Feliciano: “Just because my relationship with coach Tice. He’s a great guy. Me and him really hit it off at the combine. They have [defensive line coach] Jethro Franklin on their staff and I was with him for four years at Miami, so just being able to be with people that I know. Plus, Clive [Walford] just got drafted there yesterday. I know it’s going to be so amazing to be able to play with him again.”

Q: Have you gotten a chance to talk with him already?

Feliciano: “I haven’t yet. I tried to call him but he’s probably just as busy as I am right now.”

Q: Have they told you that right guard is pretty much where they have you planned for?

Feliciano: “No, they haven’t really said anything. They just said to be ready and just enjoy the moment right now.”

Q: At what point did you feel the NFL was a real possibility for you?
Feliciano: “Growing up I always dreamt of playing in the NFL. Probably when I got to college it became feasible to follow my dreams and play in the NFL.”

Q: What is your weight at right now and what do you think is ideal for you?

Feliciano: “Right now I’m at 325, 327. That will probably be my plan weight.”

Q: I know Mike Tice likes big, tough guys. Is that what he told you?
Feliciano: “I fit what Raiders players are supposed to be like. It’s awesome for me to come to the Raiders.”

Q: What do we need to know about Clive Walford?

Feliciano: “He’s tough and he’s going to bring it every day. I think he’s going to score a lot of touchdowns for us.”

Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice Got His Guy

Mike Tice likes his guards big, physical and quick, and that’s precisely what he got in fourth round selection, Jon Feliciano.

“Our guys are going to have to be able to run,” Tice said Saturday after the Raiders selected Feliciano. “They’re going to have to be able to pull. Jon pulls well already, so that’s good. I’m excited to add him to the mix. It’s going to be good for our room.”

Listed at 6’5” and tipping the scales at 325 pounds, the former Miami Hurricane figures to fit the mold of a Mike Tice-lineman, and will compete for playing time on the right side of the offensive line.
Tice is looking forward to spending time with the Davie, Fla., native and the feeling is mutual.

The pair met at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., and after speaking with Tice, Feliciano put the Raiders on the short list of teams he wanted to play for.

“Me and offensive line Coach Mike Tice, we kicked it off at the combine,” Feliciano said during a conference after his selection. “He was a great guy and I had a real good time talking with him. This is one of the top spots for me I wanted to go. To hear my name called by them is just unbelievable.”

Feliciano’s selection adds depth and competition along the Raiders offensive line, and Tice is pleased to have another student to mentor.

“I’m very pleased with Jon,” he said. “I think it’s a good pick for us.”