Raiders re-sign Sam Williams, rethink BJ Raji

Tom Cable continues his workmanlike rebuilding of the Raiders by starting from the ground up.

The reconstruction of the Oakland foundation shifted from the offensive line to the defensive side of the ball with a signing and yet another re-signing.

Linebacker Sam Williams checks in as the 11th Raider re-signing posted on Raiders.com in ’09, while defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti makes his entry as just the 5th signing and is the first new defensive lineman to arrive in Oakland. It should be noted that cornerback Chris Johnson would make it 12 re-signings, but his status still has yet to be officially announced by the Raiders.

Boschetti is a Bay Area native who might have crossed paths in the doorway with Tom Cable at UCLA . Williams is a holdover from the last time a 3-4 was attempted in Oakland.

John Marshall’s defense now takes the center stage as the draft nears. Ranked 31st in the NFL against the run in 2008, it’s pretty clear what priority number one is for the former Seahawk coordinator.

Ryan Boschetti’s arrival does not mean that B.J. Raji is out as a choice at number 7, but the latest news on Raji does indicate he might very well be available to the Raiders.bj-raji

Raji is on a list of names that failed drug tests at the recent NFL draft combine.

Most anticipate his draft status will fall. Many have already gone to the, “Look what happened with Warren Sapp” argument.

Raji is not Sapp. Sapp has concluded a stellar career in the NFL that began in controversy amid reports of a drug issue. So it’s unfair to compare Raji’s situation to Sapp’s at this point. Both were considered the best defensive tackles of their respective drafts, but Sapp was considered a top 5 pick if not number one overall.

The Raiders desperately need to make changes on the defensive line. Raji could very well be the best solution available in the draft. Now that there are character questions, his stock is rumored to be slipping, and he looks to be available when the Raiders are on the clock.

You can now throw B.J. Raji’s drug test in with Michael Crabtree’s injury and Andre Smith’s disappearance. One, if not all, of the three best players at their respective positions in the draft could be available to the Raiders at 7, yet each one comes with a warning label.

The 2009 draft takes yet another violent turn and again proves it is not for the faint of heart. For the time being, Tom Cable appears to be done with Jim Michalczik and is moving on to Dwaine Board.

Topics: Andre Smith, B.J. Raji, Chris Johnson, Dwaine Board, Jim Michalczik, John Marshall, Michael Crabtree, Ryan Boschetti, Sam Williams, Tom Cable, Warren Sapp

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  • http://hotmail silverblood

    I say take BJ, or maybe A. Smith and then Brace in the 2nd. Ignore wr early in the draft and solidify the lines! Play the trenches and run em over. No wr is worth a top 10 pick in this class.line line safety, then u can go wr but why bother? FA can solve that problem if its such a large need. Still until our lines dominate neither will we. Pass up on cj to take mcfadden, then pass up needed linemen to take Crabby? Time to forget the Gallery overevaluting and fire another barrell Al.

  • JSpicoli

    Linemen, Linemen, Linemen

  • raidsraids

    Please forget about WR’s until later rounds.So Im sure AL will probally draft crabtree knowing him.. AL waits until 2007 to grab a QB and chooses to do that when JR is ranked the highest.. AL needs to let the coaches draft players,the old dude has lost it years ago and even then didnt have it!! You can count the players big al skipped over the last 8 years.. Go d-line,take the pot smoker,its gonna be legal in 5 years anyway!!!! a real MLB would be nice 2..Morrison is a waste

  • RAIDER ED

    I say take BJ or an o-linemen if we cant trade the pick. If we can, we should trade down pickup a LB and in the 2nd round pick up Ramses Barden , Barden is a beast we cant pass up on this guy I’m telling you this guy is going to tear it up.

  • GRAITORNATION

    D-Line first round, WR second round, S third round

  • JSpicoli

    After much thought, and reading up, I am officially throwing my support to the BJ Raji campaign. Draft this dude if he is there. Trade someone and some picks for ABoldin on draft day, and get a safety 3rd round, more O-line and LB help if possible. You can’t do it all in one draft, but this would be an effective use imho.

  • Chris Shellcroft

    I feel you Spicoli. I think Raji is the way to go. Who knows what will happen on draft day. I’m not so sure that teams will back off of him given the news, but if he’s there at #7 I say take him even if Crabtree is on the board.

    Thanks for the comments!

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