We take a look at the 2012 draft picks of the Oakland Raiders, give our own scouting report based on the film we've watched, and even find out what draft guru Mel Kiper had to say about the Raiders picks before the draft.
Tony Bergstrom - T
Drafted: 3rd round (95th overall)
Mel Kiper's scouting report:
"Bergstrom comes out of Utah with a great deal of experience and seasoning. At 25 years of age, he’s more mature than many of the other offensive tackles in this draft. He was a tackle in college, but could be viewed as an offensive guard prospect in the NFL.
I thought Bergstrom held his own as a bookend, really getting after it at the snap. He got his hands on the defensive ends and showed power and good pop at the point of attack. He has excellent fundamentals and technique.
Bergstrom was one of the best players at any position on the Utah team during his career, showing exceptional consistency. If tackle doesn’t work out for him at the pro level, he will find a home inside at guard, figuring as no worse than a quality backup with dual versatility. *Combine Note: Ran a 5.19, did 32 reps, and had a 29 ½” vertical jump."
Miles Burris - LB
College: San Diego State
Mel Kiper's Scouting Report
This past season, Burris repeated as a first team all-conference honoree after leading the team in tackles (72), tackles for loss (19), sacks (8), and fumble recoveries (3).
His best games as a senior came at Michigan (10 tackles, 2 TFLs), at Air Force (8 tackles, 2.5 TFLs), vs. New Mexico (9 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, sack), at Colorado State (6 tackles, 3 TFLs, sack, fumble recovery), and against Fresno State (6 tackles, 2 sacks).
Analysis: Burris was a team captain and he led by example with off-the-charts production and tackle totals. He can come off the edge as a blitzer and attack the quarterback or he can drop into coverage and show good awareness and anticipation. He was solid, reliable, productive, and durable for San Diego State, playing a lot of football during his career. Burris was easily the team’s best defensive football player the past few years and I think this kid can fight his way into a starting environment at the pro level. *Combine Note: Didn't workout.
College: Penn State
This past season, Crawford played in 13 games for the Nittany Lions and posted 40 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, a team-leading 6.5 sacks, six pass breakups, and a fumble recovery. He had five tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, and a fumble recovery against Eastern Michigan; he had seven stops and a sack vs. Northwestern; and he had two sacks among his six total tackles in the Ohio State game.
Analysis: Crawford showed a lot of promise early on at Penn State before tailing off as a junior. He came on strong to finish his senior season however, putting good heat on the quarterback and being disruptive in a number of key situations.
Crawford grew up in London, England, so he has limited experience with football and his technique is not very good at this point. Offensive tackles neutralize his charge because he plays too high at times. I didn’t see future NFL starting ability in him. He needs a lot of work and coaching, so he qualifies as a long-range developmental prospect. *Combine Note: Ran a 4.76, didn’t lift, and had a 33” vertical jump.
Juron Criner - WR
Junior – Criner was a full-time starter in 2010 and he earned first team All-Pac-10 accolades after tying a school record with 11 touchdown catches. He had 82 receptions on the year, good for 1,233 yards and a 15-yard average.
Senior – This past season, Criner caught 75 passes, for 956 yards, a 12.7-yard average, and 11 TDs. He leaves Tucson having caught a school-record 32 touchdown passes.
Analysis: Criner is a good-sized kid who made a lot of big catches during his career with the Wildcats. He hooked up with QB Nick Foles on a regular basis, catching the ball on short routes over the middle and doing damage after the catch. Criner showed some over-the-top ability even though he’s not a real burner. He is quick out of his cuts which help him get open despite lacking great straight line speed.
As a receiver, Criner made some highlight film catches thanks to a great pair of hands. He’s also a willing blocker. He has a natural skill level, but his lack of great speed is going to prevent his final rating from being as high as it possibly could be reflecting his talent as a receiver. Criner could be undervalued and underappreciated for what he accomplished in the Pac-12.
He has a good chance to contribute to a pass offense and be a guy you like to have on your roster because of his size, his hands, and his experience against quality defensive backs. *Combine Note: Ran a 4.59, did 17 reps, and had a 38” vertical jump.
College: Georgia State
Pre-Draft Scouting Report from NationalFootballPost.com:
“Has some initial quickness to his game, can be sudden laterally when side-stepping blockers and is a pretty athletic pass rusher.
However, he doesn’t sit real low in his stance, gets upright easily off the snap and at times is content to be blocked and won’t show much fight trying to disengage vs. the run. He’s got the talent to get a look in an NFL camp, but play-to-play consistency is the key for him long term.
Impression: Looks like a FA, but has some talent, upside and size that could allow him to mature into a player.”
Nathan Stupar - LB
College: Penn State
Stupar’s NFL.com Draft Profile:
“Stupar started sparingly throughout his career at Penn State but was active and productive when he did get playing time. He emerged as one of the leaders on a strong Nittany Lions defense in 2011. Like many Penn State linebackers, Stupar is a competitive, technically sound player who should be able to contribute early in some capacity for an NFL team. He will be a strong special teams candidate and could push to make a roster as a backup.
He has a high football IQ that is evident both before the snap and throughout run plays. He can diagnose plays early and fill his gap with good overall athleticism. He has deceptive speed and can meet ball carriers at the edge. He has extensive special teams experience, which will earn him looks as he tries to make a team. He comes from an NFL pedigree, and wouldn’t look out of place in a pro locker room this year. He has value as a pass rusher and can work within a zone scheme.
Stupar is undersized for an outside linebacker and can get engulfed by linemen at the second level and stonewalled at the point of attack. He will have a difficult time shedding blocks in the NFL and has limited starting experience at the position. He has a tendency to overpursue, and at times can take poor angles to the ball. Stupar still looked like he was adapting to the position in his senior year.”