2019 NFL Draft: Top prospects enjoyed meeting Raiders staff on visits

2019 NFL Draft: Top prospects enjoyed meeting Raiders staff on visits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Raiders gave draft prospects a glimpse of what the future holds for the organization when the 30 players made it to Alameda for their pre-draft visits.

“I loved that visit,” Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa said of his April 11 visit to meet with the Raiders. “It was really cool. They showed me what their setup is going to be in Vegas.”

The Raiders, who will move to tax-free Nevada for the 2020 season, own three first-round draft picks, beginning with the No. 4 overall selection.

Some of the top prospects on Wednesday said the visit to meet with the Raiders stood out because of general manager Mike Mayock, coach Jon Gruden and the coaching staff.

“Whenever you’re hanging out with coach Gruden and Mayock, it’s a pretty good time,” Bosa said. “They’re really interesting. They love football more than anybody I’ve ever met.”

University of Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver said Raiders defensive line coach Brentson Buckner, who played 12 NFL seasons before retiring in 2005, made his trip memorable.

“The Raiders were my second visit, one of my more favorite visits,” Oliver said. “The D-line coach, coach Buckner, he and I have a special relationship.

“He’s as cool as a fan. I can say that coming straight from my heart, he’s as cool as a fan. I’d love working with him.”

Oliver is one of several options the Raiders could have at No. 4, depending on how the first three picks shake out. Quarterback Kyler Murray, Bosa and Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams could be the first three players selected. If any of those players slip to No. 4, the Raiders could pounce.

Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen, another legitimate option for the Raiders, met with the club as one of his final pre-draft visits. Mayock watched film with Allen during his visit and broke down some of his game film.

“We watched some film together, good and bad clips of myself,” Allen said. “He taught me and showed me what I can improve on. What I do good, too.”

Many players were already back at the team’s facility when Allen visited. He said he had a memorable chat with newly acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown.

“He told me to just keep working and enjoy the moment and keep grinding until you retire from football,” Allen said.

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The New York Jets likely hold the key to the Raiders’ draft. It is uncertain whether Williams will be available after the Jets’ selection at No. 3. Williams visited the Raiders three weeks ago. He said his versatility will enable him to contribute wherever he ends up.

“I showed on the film I can play every position on the defensive line at an elite level,” Williams said. “The game has turned to a real passing game and me, as a defensive lineman, I’m a pass-rusher. I go get it. But I can also stop the run at an elite level.”

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Watch Raiders' Antonio Brown do insane agility drill involving a brick

Every professional athlete has their crazy workout that most average humans can't do.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry has this ridiculous dribbling drill that involves tennis balls and strobe glasses.

For new Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, his latest drill involves a brick.

Yes, a brick.

With the assistance of a trainer, Brown snatches the brick out of the air and alternates hands. While he's grabbing the brick, he's reaching behind his back with the other hand and slapping his trainer's hand.

Brown posted the same video to his Instagram account but with a different message: "The product is coming September just wait on it..........."

The Raiders open the 2019 regular season at home on Sept. 9 against the Denver Broncos.

This isn't the first crazy workout video Brown has posted this month. Last week, Brown published video of himself catching footballs while wearing strobe glasses and standing on a balancing ball.

Brown also posted a few workout videos on his Instagram stories.

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The Raiders acquired Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers back in March. It was the first in a series of moves made by Oakland in an attempt to bolster the offense and rebound from a 4-12 campaign in 2018.

Brown looks like he's ready for the start of the season, let alone training camp later this month. September can't get here soon enough.

What Raiders head coach Jon Gruden learned from his first football job


What Raiders head coach Jon Gruden learned from his first football job

Jon Gruden is one of the most respected football minds in the country.

Even with a 10-year hiatus from coaching to work in the broadcast booth, the former Super Bowl-winning coach was coveted by Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis.

In 2018, Gruden was finally convinced to come back down to the sidelines by Davis.

But where did Gruden get his start? As a graduate assistant under head coach Johnny Majors at the University of Tennessee in 1986.

"I learned I knew nothing and my only chance was to work hard and take notes," Gruden told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "Walt Harris, at Tennessee, gave me no choice. Little things. Details. He always emphasized that preparation and presentation go hand in hand."

Harris, a San Francisco native and future Stanford head coach, was Tennessee's offensive coordinator at the time.

Thirty-three years later, Gruden still leans on what he learned during his time in Knoxville.

"First impressions go a long way, you know?" Gruden told Gutierrez. "The guys that helped train me to coach ... I pattern my whole career after those guys, getting in a routine, how to study tape, trying to not underestimate any detail. Just trying to cover every base. You've got to do the preparation before you present the game plan."

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After going 4-12 in his first season back at the helm of the Raiders, Gruden is looking for better results in 2019. He and new general manager Mike Mayock have added major weapons on offense in an attempt to change their fortune.

Now, it's a matter of imparting the wisdom he has gained over the last 33 years on his players.