Raiders trade for Quentin Groves

According to a few scattered reports – and Quentin Groves himself – the Oakland Raiders have acquired the former Jacksonville Jaguar defensive end in exchange for a fifth round pick in the upcoming draft.

Groves was a 2nd round pick out of Auburn way back in 2008, meaning that the Jags have seen enough to know when to cut their losses. Groves has amassed a mere 2.5 sacks in 31 NFL games. Not nearly the type of production that was expected of a man who shares the Auburn record for career sacks.

This is yet another vintage Al Davis move as he once again has scoured the league for a reclamation project. The Raiders were playing with house money and had two fifth round picks to burn. As David White points out, the Raiders have had some success with 5th round picks but the vast majority do not stick around long or simply remain on the roster as backups (Shane Lechler notwithstanding).

Groves, as you might expect, has exceptional speed and was clocked at an impressive 4.57 in the 40-yard dash. His arrival only indicates that the Raiders are looking for more speed on the edges yet that does little to help improve the woeful run defense that has persisted for the past seven years.

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