Injury report: Latham working toward return; Joseph remains absent


Injury report: Latham working toward return; Joseph remains absent

ALAMEDA – Raiders defensive tackle Darius Latham was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, as he progresses toward a return to game action.

The undrafted yet impactful rookie has missed two games with an ankle injury. He was questionable before Thursday’s loss to Kansas City, a sign he was getting closer to a return.

A full practice week, even on a limited basis, could put him in position to play and add depth to the interior defensive line on Sunday at San Diego. Latham has been a stout run defender, with some interior pass-rush ability.

Getting him back would help a position group likely without Stacy McGee for a third straight game.

Karl Joseph missed yet another practice, and it’s extremely likely he misses another game with a toe injury.

Shilique Calhoun is still recovering from a knee procedure and remains out.

Receivers Amari Cooper (shoulder) and Michael Crabtree (finger) remain limited but are expected to play through injury.

Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant yet is on the injury report due to common knowledge of an injury he is fully playing through.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), S Karl Joseph (toe), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (finger), DT Darius Latham (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)
Full participation: QB Derek Carr (right finger)

Mike Mayock's daughter reveals even she couldn't see his NFL draft binder

Mike Mayock's daughter reveals even she couldn't see his NFL draft binder

Mike Mayock is a protective man, especially when it comes to his NFL draft binder. 

The Raiders sent their scouts home for the weekend and won’t bring them back before the NFL draft, the NFL Network first reported Thursday morning. This caused plenty of grumbles about head coach Jon Gruden an Mayock, Oakland's general manager. 

But Mayock's daughter Leigh put the story into perspective on Friday. 

This binder goes beyond blood for Mayock. Clearly next week will be an important one for him as he enters his first NFL draft a GM. 

[RELATED: What Mayock said on Raiders' last three first-round draft picks]

The Raiders have three first-round picks this year and four in the top 35. After only four wins in Gruden's first year back running the show, the first season of this duo will need a big haul in the draft after adding top talent like Antonio Brown in free agency.

What Mike Mayock said on Raiders' last three first-round draft picks


What Mike Mayock said on Raiders' last three first-round draft picks

Mike Mayock is one of the most respected minds in the NFL draft community.

When he was a draft analyst for NFL Network, his word was gospel. Now, the Raiders get to benefit from his wisdom after hiring him as their general manager.

So, what did Mayock think of the Raiders’ last three first-round draft picks? We're glad you asked.

In 2016, the Raiders selected West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick. He struggled during his first two seasons, but 2018 was seen as a breakout campaign for the 25-year-old.

Here's what Mayock said about Joseph when the 2016 NFL Draft had concluded:

"With his range, toughness and ability to drop down in the slot and cover man, he's like a poor man's Earl Thomas. He says he models his game after Brian Dawkins. Some say he's much like Bob Sanders. This is a dynamic playmaker."

Joseph certainly hasn't lived up to the Earl Thomas comparison. Thomas is a three-time first-team All-Pro. After three seasons, Joseph isn't at that level yet.

The next year, the Raiders again addressed their secondary, picking Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley at No. 24. It was a risky pick because of the baggage that came with Conley. Just before the draft, he was accused of rape.

Injuries cost him most of his rookie campaign, but Conley played in 15 games in 2018, and finished with three interceptions and 37 total tackles.

At the time, Mayock focused on Conley's legal troubles when he said this:

"You can't make that pick and be wrong because your owner is gonna hold you accountable for it if this kid ends up with any kind of jail time."

Two years later, Reggie McKenzie was out as GM.

Last year, the Raiders wanted Mike McGlinchey at No. 10, but the 49ers snagged him at No. 9. So Oakland traded the No. 10 pick to Arizona for No. 15 and two later picks. They used that No. 15 pick to select UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller.

Miller had his ups and downs during the 2018 season. At one point late in the season, he was leading the league in sacks allowed. But big things still are expected from him, and some pressure will taken off Miller with the addition of high-priced free agent Trent Brown.

Here's what Mayock said about Miller at this time last year.

"They get the No. 2 offensive tackle in this draft to put behind Donald Penn, the incumbent left tackle. He can start on the right side. He only answered the bell 23 times in three years. Durability is a concern."

[RELATED: Mock draft has Raiders trading up for a QB]

Miller erased any concern about his durability by starting all 16 games as a rookie.

Now, instead of critiquing the Raiders’ draft class, Mayock is in charge of picking the players whom others will critique.