Oakland Raiders: Checking the Waiver Wire

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Aug 28, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Shayne Skov (44) reacts after a Houston Texans turnover during the second quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Shayne Skov

I was butt-booty hurt when Shane Skov, who was undrafted out of Stanford, chose the San Francisco 49ers over the Raiders. I thought for sure that he would sign as a free agent as he played for defensive coordinator Jason Tarver at Stanford. The problem is he played for the 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh at Stanford too and was a 49ers fan as a kid.

Skov would have been something like the next Ray Lewis if he didn’t blow his knee out while at Sanford. He has good instincts, could run, could cover, could shed blocks, can tackle and boy could the young man hit. But the knee injury did happen and no one is really sure how much he could run or cover anymore because he ran a 5.1 40 to ruin his possibilities of getting drafted.

But Skov had a pulled hamstring when he ran his 40 so it wasn’t a fair assessment of his speed after the knee injury. Vostaze Burfict, whom I wanted the Raiders to draft when he came out, ran a 5-flat 40 while healthy and look how he came out. Skov has had couple of years to get over the injury, the Raiders need a physical presence inside a that’s scheme diverse and Skov already knows the system.

After watching Miles Burris get ran over at the goal-line, I want to see Skov take his roster spot and LaMarr Woodley get his number. (56)