The Official GML Team Thread of the Oakland Raiders

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General Mismanager
Ravin' Draven

Head Coach, Offensive Playcaller, and Homicidal "Good Guy" Doll
Jon "Chucky" Gruden

Glorified QB Coach
Greg "Don't Call Me Greg Olsen" Olson

Defensive Coordinator
"The Enforcer" "Double A" Paul Guenther


QB Derek Carr $25,000,000 ($25,000,000)
QB Connor Cook $784,972 ($309,944)

RB Marshawn Lynch $5,953,125 (0)
RB Rashaad Penny $720,916
RB Deandre Washington $697,299 ($134,598)
RB Jalen Richard $630,000 (0)

FB Jamize Olawale $700,000

WR Amari Cooper $7,210,993 ($7,210,993)
WR Michael Crabtree $7,718,750 (0)
WR Danny Amendola $3,500,000
WR Korey Robertson $520,689
WR Brice Butler $1,250,000

TE Jared Cook $5,300,000 (0)
TE Michael Hoomanawanui $900,000
TE Jacob Hollister $555,000

OT Keleche Osemele $10,500,000 (0)
OT Donald Penn $8,131,250 ($3,000,000)
OT Brandon Parker $550,764
OT Jylan Ware $576,077 ($63,231)

OG Marshal Yanda $7,000,000
OG Gabe Jackson $10,500,000 ($6,000,000)

C Rodney Hudson $8,450,000 (0)
C Jon Feliciano $820,163 ($115,163)

Defense (1 gap 4-3)

DE Khalil Mack $13,846,000 (0)
DE Cameron Jordan $9,555,000 (0)
DE Julius Peppers $3,000,000
DE Tarell Basham
DE Jihad Ward $1,510,854 ($1,114,472)

DT Harrison Phillips $1,227,617
DT Eddie Vanderdoes $779,303 ($570,909)
DT Darius Latham $630,000 (0)
DT Treyvon Hester $572,153 ($51,459)

OLB Bruce Irvin $8,250,000 (0)
OLB Karlos Dansby $555,000
OLB Genard Avery $634,039
OLB John Simon $555,000

MLB Navarro Bowman $6,000,000
MLB Micah Kiser $522,326
MLB Marquel Lee $618,426 ($190,278)

CB Gareon Conley $2,379,014 ($8,020,918)
CB Tramaine Brock $555,000
CB Siran Neal $523,166
CB Darius Phillips $521,592
CB Sterling Moore $555,000
CB Dexter McDonald $719,213 ($14,213)

FS Karl Joseph $3,241,177 ($7,022,550)
FS Quintin Demps $555,000

SS Obi Melifonwu $1,024,858 ($1,734,630)
SS Dane Cruikshank $509,732
SS Shalom Luani $578,607 ($70,821)

K Matthew McCrane $500,000 (0)
P Brett Kern $555,000
LS Bradley Northnagle $555,000

Salary Cap: 178,000,000
Team Salary: 169,168,047
Penalties: 3,750,633
Available Cap Space: 5,081,320
Players Under Contract: 53

Cap Penalties By Player:
Penalties - 3,750,633
Vadal Alexander: 38,422
Mario Edwards Jr.: 659,030
David Sharpe: 439,815
Nicholas Morrow: 5,000
Corey James: 66,238
Clive Walford: 198,626
Marquette King: 150,000
Jamize Olawale: 190,000
Johnny Holton: 1668
Seth Roberts: 2,000,000
Antonio Hamilton: 1834

OG Denver Kirkland
SS Erik Harris
K Georgio Tavecchio
OLB James Cowser
DE Shilique Calhoun


DE Aldon Smith
DE Denico Autry
QB E.J. Manuel
LS John Condo
NT Justin Ellis
DB Keith McGill
TE Lee Smith
MLB Navarro Bowman
S Reggie Nelson
K Sebastian Janikowski
CB T.J. Carrie

Draft Picks
Rd2. 9 (41)
Rd3. 11 (75)
Rd4. 27 (127)
Rd6. 7 (181)
Rd6. 11 (185)
Rd6. 15 (189)
Rd6. 18 (192)
Rd6. 19 (193)
Rd6Ca. 36 (210)
Rd6Cb. 37 (211)
Rd6Cc. 38 (212)

Trade #1
Sent: OL Vadal Alexander
Received: 6.211
New Cap: $630,000
Dead Cap: $38,422

Trade #2
Sent: DL Mario Edwards Jr.
New Cap: $1,255,524
Dead Cap: $659,030
Sent: OT David Sharpe
New Cap: $261,790
Dead Cap: $439,815
Sent: LB Nicholas Morrow
New Cap: $552,500
Dead Cap: $5,000
Sent: 1.10
Sent: 7.228
Received: DL Cameron Jordan
Cap #: $9,550,000
Received: 4.127

Trade #3
Sent: CB David Amerson
New Cap: $6,000,000
Dead Cap: 0
Received: 6.186

Trade #4
Sent: Cory James
New Cap: $596,881
Dead Cap: $66,238
Sent: Pharoah Brown
New Cap: $480,000
Dead Cap: 0
Sent: 6.216
Sent: 6.217
Received: 6.189
Received: 6.193

WR Keon Hatcher
WR Isaac Whitney
OG Jordan Simmons
CB Darius Hillary
CB Shaquille Richardson
CB Tevin Mitchel
OC James Stone
DT Shakir Soto
DE JobySaint Fleur
CB Sean Smith
TE Clive Walford
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2018 Oakland Raiders GML Draft Recap
Round 1: With the 10th overall pick, the Raiders' General Mismanager finagled a trade for 2017 All Pro DE, and PFF's #1 ranked edge defender (96.2) & #6 player at any position on their Top 101 list, Cameron Jordan.

2017 Stats: 62 tackles, 17 TFL, 13 sacks, 29 QB hits, 2 FF, 11 PDs, 1 INT, 1 TD

Capable of lining up inside or out, and dominating at either, Jordan is now paired with one of the few defenders known to be an even more destructive force: 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the only man ever named All Pro at two positions in the same season, Khalil Mack.

Some will say I paid too high a price for the 6'4, 290 pound lineman. It may appear that way, but none of the players I gave up will be misses. The truth is, with our new defensive approach, where down linemen will typically pin their ears back and play the run on the way to the QB, expect opposing offenses to be the ones paying the real price.

...especially with ageless wonder Julius Peppers (11 sacks in 2017) joining the "Brothers of Destruction" on the defensive line in subpackages.

Round 2: In a move that probably raised a few eyebrows, I again prioritized upgrading my defensive line with the selection of inexplicably underrated stud Harrison Phillips, DT from Stanford.

He's not a freak athlete like some of those taken ahead of him. Measurables don't make plays, however. Players make plays, and Phillips is a certified, bona-fide, never say die football player.

PFF's 5th ranked DT (90.5 overall grade), and pretty much ranked ~5th wherever you look, Phillips led the nation in run stops by dominating interior OLs with his power, technique, wrestling experience and refusal to ever get tired.

I'm usually the first to mock the "box score scouts." But, sometimes, the stats can't be discounted. When a defensive tackle in a Power 5 conference piles up 100 tackles, you not only have a damn stud on your hands, you have a guy seemingly custom made for an aggressive, 1 gap scheme. He's a bigger, stronger Aaron Kampman.

When that same player pulls down 7+ sacks in consecutive seasons, that's a pretty good indication he'll contribute as a passrusher to some degree.

Being flanked by Mack, Jordan & Peppers, do you think he'll ever see a doubleteam on passing downs?

Phillips will feast in this defense.

Round 3: Sometimes, when you have a need you can't afford to neglect, you wind up chasing the board a little rather than letting it come to you.

Sometimes, when a draft is particularly loaded at a position of need, you can plug a major hole by simply laying back and letting a great player fall into your lap.

Sometimes, you kinda do both. This is one of those times.

By drafting RB Rashaad Penny out of SDSU, I'm providing my offense with a complimentary runner and heir apparent to Beastmode, while also upgrading my 3rd down receiving options and my return game. I'm drafting a guy who is accustomed to running behind a FB, as he will in my offense. And...I'm grabbing the last RB from the upper tiers of this class.

An argument could be made for one or two others, but I dismiss those assertions as poppycock.

If you're a PFF guy, you have to appreciate the value of my getting a "first round talent" (per PFF) in round 3. PFF or no, I'm feeling pretty okay about the pick.

Despite Hammer's disrespectful words to the contrary, Penny was actually the most productive RB in 2017 with regards to gaining yards after being contacted by a defender at or behind the line of scrimmage. If you don't think that's significant, but think TFLs are significant for defensive players, reevaluate your life.

Penny also led the draft class in elusive rating – PFF’s rushing metric that attempts to distil what a back did independent of the blocking that was given to him by looking at broken tackles and yards after contact. Penny broke 80 tackles on the ground last season and two more as a receiver. That figure was by far the most of anybody in this draft class, more than 20 clear of the rest of the field.

That's a ridiculous number.

Penny won't be a Year 1 starter, but he will be a major contributor as a rookie, getting his hands on the ball in a multitude of ways while waiting for his chance to be the offensive centerpiece for a team already featuring the likes of Derek Carr and Amari Cooper.



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2018 Oakland Raiders GML Draft Recap (cont.)
Round 4:
With this pick, I took the first of my "I have no idea how the rest of you view this guy, so I'm taking him now" players: Memphis LB Genard Avery.

  • Started all 13 games for the Tigers in 2017, garnering first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors with 80 tackles, 22 for loss, 8.5 sacks, two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles
  • Has played in 37 games, making 21 starts
  • Was used in a hybrid role at Memphis. Acting as a traditional off-ball LB in some games, while serving as an edgerusher in others, excelling at both.
  • Recorded 232 tackles, including 170 solo stops and 62 assists in his career, including 45.5 TFL, 21.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, seven pass breakups and four forced fumbles.
  • Of his 80 tackles in 2017, 22 were for a loss. He also tallied 8.5 sacks (2 in the Liberty Bowl), 2 PDs, 2 FF and 1 FR.
  • Former all-state football player in Mississippi in high school

At 6' tall and 248 pounds, he has MLB size. His athleticism, however, is where he really begins to separate himself from the pack.

40 yard dash: 4.59
20 yard split: 2.67
10 yard spilt: 1.59
Bench reps: 26
Vertical jump: 36"
Broad jump: 10' 4"
Shuttle: 4.36
3 cone: 6.90

Big. Strong. Fast. Agile. Versatile. Productive.

Jonah Tuls of NDT Scouting likens him to Haason Reddick. Josh Carney at Steelers Depot compares him to Roquan Smith. Both love him and give video clip examples of why in their scouting reports (linked below). If you enjoy scouting LBs, Avery is a real treat.

Avery will compete right away for my weakside LB job with veteran Karlos Dansby and, possibly, gargantuan safety Obi Melifonwu if I elect to start someone else at SS.

Round 5: I couldn't come out of this draft without an offensive tackle to groom behind Donald Penn, if not a Day 1 starter opposite him.

This isn't a strong tackle class, and I passed on the bigger names for, in my opinion, better players at other positions. So, I took advantage of Keleche Osemele's versatility and experience at RT, moving him outside and replacing him at guard with his former teammate Marshal Yanda. This allowed me to wait until now to address my need for tackle depth.

I believe I got myself a good one in Senior Bowl standout Brandon Parker of North Carolina A & T; one of the top small schoolers at any position this year.

6'7 5/8"
305 pounds
35 3/8" arms
85 1/4" wingspan

And this kid is fucking decorated.

  • MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and first-team all-conference in 2015, 2016 and 2017, starting every game in those three seasons at left tackle.
  • Associated Press second-team Football Championship Subdivision All-American as a junior and first-team All-American as a senior.
  • 2017 AFCA FCS Coaches' first-team All-American
  • 2017 Walter Camp first-team All-American

When this kid goes in the 3rd round of the real draft, y'all are gonna be changing your "best draft" votes to favor yours truly.
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Round 6
I started a busy 6th round by trading up a few spots to secure another small school prospect who, like Parker, proved his mettle against some highly regarded competition in Mobile: versatile defensive back Siran Neal of Jacksonville State.

He was a two time All State WR in Alabama in 2011 and 2012 before moving to defense to begin his collegiate career.

Four years later, he was voted 2016 All Ohio Valley Conference first team linebacker (80 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 1 INT).

In 2017, he earned AFCA FCS Coaches' All-American first-team recognition, as well as making the All OVC first team again, this time as a cornerback (11 PDs, 1 INT).

Yeah. He was good like that.

During his time at Jacksonville State, Neal gained experience playing safety, slot corner, boundary corner, and linebacker. Coaches described his position as “nickel sam” because of its fluidity.

Expected to play SS in the pros by online evaluators, Neal was left at CB during his time in Mobile and proved himself a legitimate NFL prospect at the position. He does have the potential to play safety, or even money backer in subpackages, giving him a higher floor and greater value.

I'm viewing him as a 6', 200 pound outside corner who'll compete for the #3 CB job right away. His 4.56 40 (ran the same time at both the Combine and his pro day) is plenty fast enough for a press corner in our zone-heavy scheme. His lower body explosion (40 1/2" vert, 10'2" broad) and 17 reps on the bench are exceptional.

6b: I went back to the LB well here, selecting Virginia's defensive leader Micah Kiser.

6' 3/8", 238 pounds
4.66 40
35 1/2" vert
10' 1" broad

I went back and forth on this pick, ultimately deciding Kiser's combination of value, scheme fit, FBI, talent and production was too good to pass up.

He's been making defensive calls since high school and is a very alert and aware ILB. He's the type of "neck up" defender I value more highly than the Malik Jeffersons who have all the physical ability in the world, but are too dumb to reach their imagined potential.

Like my 4th round pick Genard Avery, Kiser excels in run defense and rushing the QB while being somewhat limited in coverage. Kiser is especially good at taking on and getting off blocks; an increasingly rare ability among modern day LBs.

2017 William V. Campbell Award winner (aka, the Academic Heisman)

Two-time Academic All-ACC selection and a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member

Earned All ACC First Team honors three times

6c: Slot CB & return specialist Darius Phillips from Western Michigan
Height: 5'9 7/8"
Weight: 193lb

- First Team All MAC DB (2016 & 2017, 2nd team 2015)
- First Team All MAC KR (2017, 2nd team 2016, 3rd team 2015)
- Second Team All MAC PR (2016 & 2017)

Phillips has scored 14 touchdowns total over his career in five different ways (five kickoff returns, five interceptions, two receiving, one fumble recovery and one punt return). Those 12 career runbacks are an FBS record, and the five interception return touchdowns are tied for the FBS record.

One of PFF's Top 100 prospects in the 2018 draft. Might indicate I got good value taking him this late. I dunno.

Also ranked 4th on PFF's Playmaker Index for 2017.

Allowed under 50% completions over his career.

Playmaker. Ballhawk. Special Teams demon. You won't find many GML 6th round picks more electric than Darius Phillips.

6d: Southern Miss WR Korey Robertson
Tony Pauline said:
Southern Miss wide receiver Korey Robertson is rated as early as the third round by some teams. I’m told that Robertson received his combine invitation in the first batch that went out to the underclassmen and that he’s presently graded as a second-day pick by the Washington Redskins and Indianapolis Colts.
Height: 6' 5/8"
Weight: 212

Long arms. Physical, aggressive style. Makes the contested catches. Hauls in throws over the middle in traffic. Breaks tackles and bulls through defenses for extra yardage. The type of player who will feed off of, and emulate, Beastmode's relentless running style. Could realistically push Danny Amendola for WR3 reps as a rookie.

6e: Arizona DB Dane Cruikshank
Height: 6'1 1/4"
Weight: 209
40 yard dash: 4.41
Shuttle: 4.24
3 cone: 6.89
Vert: 38.5"
Broad: 10'01"
Bench: 25

Tony Pauline said:
Possesses rare size, plays physical football and displays explosion. Athletic, displays good awareness in coverage and gives effort against the run. Tracks the pass in the air, adjusts to the ball and makes a lot of athletic interceptions and pass deflections. Fluid in transition off the line, displays an explosive closing burst and wraps up tackling. Fast up the field against the run and squares into ball carriers.

Cruikshank possesses the size and athleticism to start at cornerback or safety at the next level. He needs to fine-tune his game but has incredible upside potential in a zone system or backed off the line of scrimmage.
Jonah Tuls said:
At 6’1, 209, not only does Cruikshank have almost identical size, but he also tested better than (Minkah) Fitzpatrick in every area on the field at the Combine. He ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, had a 38.5-inch vertical jump, 121-inch broad jump, 6.89 three-cone time, and put up 25 reps on the bench press. On tape, their style of play mirrors each other. They both have experience at nearly every spot in the secondary, cover like a cornerback in man, have ball skills like a wide receiver, and hit like a linebacker.
Will compete at SS and as my "big slot" matchup defender as a rookie. An eventual move to outside corner is a distinct possibility.
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