Everyday it seems like we learn a little more about Reggie McKenzie and his vision of the Oakland Raiders. Through the various roster moves and personnel decisions made it is becoming clear just what McKenzie wants to see on the field.
What remains to be seen is what Dennis Allen will be doing with the talent McKenzie is acquiring. One of the biggest questions swirling around Raider Nation relates to the defense as it what type of scheme will Allen be running. Many have speculated that a switch to the 3-4 is in order while others imagine some hybrid type of scheme will be employed.
Whatever the case, we’ll have to wait until camp begins to get an answer on that. What we do know is that the Raiders scheduled a visit with Alabama nose tackle Josh Chapman. What exactly does that mean? Well, it could indicate a 3-4 will be implemented or it could just be a formality. NFL Mocks placed a late first to mid second round value on Chapman. Worst case scenario is that he’ll be a third rounder where the Raiders now own a compensatory pick. So just in case Oakland can get their hands on Chapman here is a quick analysis of the Alabama prospect.
Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
Strengths: Yet another NFL ready defender cranked out of the University of Alabama. Has the size and experience to fit in from day one in a 3-4 scheme. Great strength allows him to shed blocks and can take on double teams allowing linebackers to run free behind him. A disciplined player who understands and executes his role to perfection. Chapman is an expert at clogging running lanes and is a very good tackler. Will be a real asset in defending against the run.
Weaknesses: Recovering from knee surgery after playing most of 2011 with a torn ACL. Doesn’t make many plays on the ball and poor stats reflect that. An average athlete when compared to other NFL lineman. Not much of a pass rusher. There are some conditioning concerns and was a one year starter. Will only be effective if paired with productive players on the edge.