Jan 23, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad head coach Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders during the Senior Bowl north squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Wants Raiders To Find Talent In 2013 Draft


Losing has its benefits…I guess. Dennis Allen endured a brutal baptism as a first year NFL head coach but he made it through and is poised to take a second spin on the NFL rollercoaster.

Improving starts with getting more talent in positions of need and the swap meet of pro football that is the NFL Draft is certainly a great place to start. Of course nothing is guaranteed in the draft but the more opportunities a team gets to evaluate potential prospects the better the odds are of avoiding another JaMistake.

Perhaps the NFL wants the Raiders to avoid the pitfalls of the draft that have plagued them in recent years (at least in the first round of said draft). First Allen and his staff were fortunate enough to coach at the Senior Bowl giving them access to many top prospects via a week of practice. Now the league is giving those same coaches yet another chance to see future NFL talent up close and personal.

The Raiders have announced via Twitter (these clearly are no longer your Al Davis Raiders) that their coaches will be conducting drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. That means the Raiders’ staff will be hands on with many of the players they’ve only previously seen on tape. It also means they’ll get to see firsthand how future Raiders go about their business in the biggest job interview a football player will ever go through.

Of course none of this guarantees the Raiders will find a future Hall of Famer but it certainly helps in the weeding out process.

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  • chucka1122

    D. Allen has a lot to prove to Raiders fans. He stunk up the place in his first year. He will be gone after this year if this team does not show dramatic improvement. It is going to take some time, but in the NFL, you do not have much time to prove yourself. With coaches still out there like Lovie Smith, D. Allen is going to be on a very short leash. The best thing for the Raiders would be to trade down and try and get more picks, they have so many needs. Please cut DHB, Seymour, and so many others need to be shown the door. As I have said since he was drafted, DHB is a huge bust for the number 7 pick of the draft that year. For all the Raiders fans out there still trying to stick up for this guy, give me a break. The guy is an average NFL player at best. There are only a hand full of players that are worthy of keeping next year. Let’s hope the Raiders show improvement, it can’t get much worse. Then again, knowing this team anything is possible.

  • Amelia Argo

    Why does the Nfl give a hoot about our Raiders, they are always putting down

    The Raiders, The Raider Nation. Keep the faith we will get better and better it

    will take a little. GO RAIDERS

  • Rnation

    your an idiot. Seymour is gone. DA isn’t going anywhere soon, you have no idea what RM’s plans are for Oakland. Al left him with a HUGE hole in their wallet so Mark will give the both of them time to right the ship.

  • Don417

    The Fades could have the top 3 picks in every round and they’d still only draft busts. It’s what they do.

  • Don417

    “your an idiot.”
    ohmy, someone call the irony police.

  • Rnation

    the crap I left in my toilet five minutes ago could come up with a better response. Seriously it took you 21 days to uncover my spelling error.