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NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

The Raiders have lauded their decision to draft defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick, though it was certainly a surprise to many. 

One of the main reasons it came as a shock was because of who was still on the board, especially edge rusher Josh Allen. The Raiders were dead last in the NFL with a laughable 13 total sacks last season. Allen, who recorded 17 sacks last year as a senior at Kentucky, seemed like a logical fit to help boost an ugly pass rush. 

But The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders had some concerns with Allen, who fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.

"Basically I heard that the Raiders weren’t that impressed," Tafur wrote. "I reported pretty early on he wasn’t in play for them at No. 4. I would never question a player’s toughness but there were concerns that he got pushed around a little on some plays at Kentucky and he may not have had enough dog in him for Gruden and Guenther’s liking." 

Allen met with the Raiders on one of his final pre-draft visits. He watched film with general manager Mike Mayock and the two broke down his positives and negatives on the field. 

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

[RELATED: How Ferrell plans to earn respect in Raiders’ locker room]

Ferrell was a star himself in college as well, but if Allen out-plays him as a rookie, there will be plenty of people questioning the Raiders' pick.

How 2019 NFL Draft would have changed with NBA Draft Lottery format

How 2019 NFL Draft would have changed with NBA Draft Lottery format

The 2019 NBA Draft Lottery should have stolen TNT's slogan on the spot. That night knew drama. 

Knicks felt heartbreak. The Pelicans won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes. And everyone started tweeting their own conspiracy theories the closer the Lakers moved to the top pick. 

Now, the NFL draft wants in on the fun. 

This was the first year with new rules for the NBA draft lottery. To help prevent tanking, the teams with the three worst regular-season records had a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick. In the NFL, simply the team with the worst record receives the top pick in the draft. 

If the NFL had a draft lottery, the order in which teams picked would have been much different if it followed the same pattern as this year's NBA lottery. 

In this case, the 49ers would have moved down three spots from No. 2 to No. 5, and the Raiders from No. 4 to No. 7. San Francisco would have said goodbye to defensive end Nick Bosa, though Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell likely would have still been available

For the sake of this exercise, let's assign the 49ers and Raiders the players that were selected in their respective slots in this year's draft. The 49ers would then receive linebacker Devin White, while edge rusher Josh Allen would go to the Raiders. 

White wouldn't exactly fit the 49ers after their signing of free-agent linebacker Kwon Alexander. But perhaps with his 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash, White could have formed a positionless trio of himself, Alexander and Fred Warner at linebacker. 

[RELATED: Six 49ers newcomers who should make biggest impact]

Allen, however, makes a ton of sense for the Raiders. Plenty of pundits expected the Silver and Black to select the former Kentucky star, who figured to be a big help to Oakland's pass-rushing issues. Instead, they opted for Ferrell. 

Sports are the greatest drama that never sleeps. I, for one, am here for an NFL Draft Lottery.

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk as Round 1 picks start

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk as Round 1 picks start

Thirty-two football players lives will change forever Thursday night when they're drafted by NFL teams. But it isn't a simple process.

The draft order certainly will change, as teams jockey for position to pick the player they really want. Top of the list for many is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, followed by a host of pass rushers -- Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Alabama's Quinnen Williams and Kentucky's Josh Allen, just to name a few.

The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to pick first, followed by the 49ers, New York Jets and Raiders. What those four teams do could set the tone for the draft, so there will be lots of news and trade speculation surrounding them.

[RELATED: 2019 NFL Draft Preview Show on MyTeams]

Follow this live blog through the day and see how the dominoes might fall.

5:30 pm.: Now that the Cardinals have drafted Kyler Murray, could Josh Rosen be on the move? ESPN's Adam Schefter has details on possible destinations.

4:40 pm.: Could the Raiders and 49ers be involved in a draft-day trade? ESPN's Dan Graziano has heard there's a possibility.

4:33 p.m.: Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is as curious as the rest of us about whether the Cards will take his former QB Kyler Murray.

4:30 p.m.: With less than an hour remaining before the draft, Kyler Murray still doesn't know if he's going No. 1

4:00 p.m.:  Could Josh Rosen be Eli Manning's successor?

3:21 p.m.: Lots of teams will be looking to move up once the dominoes start to fall.

1:47: Don't expect the 49ers to draft wide receiver D.K. Metcalf.

1:25 p.m.: Rosen or Murray? Or Bosa? Or Williams? Tough day in Arizona.

12:37 p.m.: Look for the Giants to major players in Round 1.

11:55 a.m.: Is Kyler Murray out of the running?

11:44 a.m.: The Steelers reportedly are interested in making a move up in the draft.

11:04 a.m.: The Cardinals apparently have no idea what they are doing.

10:55 a.m.:  Meanwhile, in Washington ...

10;32 a.m.: Another big-name defensive lineman could be on the move.

10:05 a.m.: Montez Sweat was expected to fall due to a heart condition, but that reportedly might not be the case. 

9:00 a.m.: The 49ers reportedly are shopping one of their recent top draft picks.

7:44 a.m.: Even Josh Rosen has no idea what the Cardinals are going to do.

7:38 a.m.: This seems like a bad idea. 

7:19 a.m.: The Cardinals reportedly have whittled down their choices for the No. 1 overall pick.

6.16 a.m.: Meanwhile, these teams reportedly are looking to trade down,

5:51 a.m.: There are two teams that reportedly could try to move up in the first round.

4:28 a.m.: If the Raiders want to take a quarterback, it might not be Kyler Murray.