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More to be hopeful about: Raiders will draft at Linebacker

The Raiders Official Website posted (April 4th) this years LB invitees to the combine. I'm confident Oakland will be taking at least one of them in response to our rush defense that's ranked 29th for two straight years.

Here they all are. I'm pulling for Casey Matthews who would dominate whatever side he was placed and later in the draft Mark Herzlich whose one tough SOB to crush the outside rush. Who do you want?

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

 

Akeem Ayers | 6’4” | 255 pounds | UCLA
In 37 games, Ayers accumulated 128 solo tackles and 55 assists, six interceptions, scoring twice,  one fumble recovery for a touchdown, 10 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, and one blocked kick. In 2010, he recorded 45 solo tackles, 23 assists, four sacks, four passes defensed, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Bruce Carter | 6’3” | 235 pounds | North Carolina
Carter played in 49 games and recorded three interceptions, two for touchdowns, 145 solo tackles and 70 assists, 9.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble, eight QB hurries, and six blocked kicks. In 2010, Carter had one interception, 57 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.

Mason Foster | 6’2” | 242 pounds | Washington
In 50 games for the Huskies, Foster recorded 243 solo tackles, 32 for loss, and 135 assists, 13 for loss. He had four interceptions and one touchdown, 11 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles, five QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2010, Foster put up 106 solo tackles, 57 assists, 6.5 sacks, three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two QB hurries, and one blocked kick.

Mark Herzlich | 6’4” | 244 pounds | Boston College
Herzlich returned from a battle with bone cancer in 2009 to play in 13 games for BC. He recorded 65 total tackles (50 solo), four interceptions, four passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one QB hurry.

Doug Hogue | 6’2” | 226 pounds | Syracuse
Hogue played in 45 games, rushing 112 times for 483 yards and three TDs, and catching 14 passes for 139 yards and a TD. He totaled three interceptions, 169 tackles (109 solo), 12.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and eight QB hurries. In 2010, he recorded two interceptions, 95 tackles, 3 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, three QB hurries and one blocked kick.

Justin Houston | 6’3” | 258 pounds | Georgia
Houston played in 36 games and totaled one interception, one fumble recovery, 125 tackles (72 solo), 20 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and 17 QB hurries. In 2010, Houston recorded one interception, one fumble recovery, 67 tackles (40 solo), 10 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble, and 14 QB hurries.

Jeremiha Hunter | 6’2” | 235 pounds | Iowa
In 48 games, Hunter totaled 267 tackles (86 solo), 10 passes defensed, one blocked kick and three interceptions. In 2010, Hunter recorded 90 tackles (29 solo), one interception and four passes defensed.

Nate Irving | 6’1” | 231 pounds | North Carolina State
Irving played in 34 games, notching 214 tackles (116 solo), 47 of them for loss. He also totaled four interceptions (one for a TD), nine sacks, 11 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, and 10 QB hurries. In 2010, Irving had 92 tackles (46 solo), seven sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles and nine QB hurries.

Scott Lutrus | 6’3” | 245 pounds | Connecticut
In 44 games for UConn, Lutrus recorded 341 tackles (206 solo), six interceptions (two returned for TDs), five sacks, nine passes defensed, and one forced fumble. In 2010, Lutrus had 59 tackles (40 solo), one interception, 0.5 sacks, and one forced fumble.

Von Miller | 6’3” | 243 pounds | Texas A&M
Miller played in 47 games and recorded 181 tackles (104 solo) with 55 of the tackles for loss totaling 269 yards. He also had 33 sacks, 11 passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, and eight QB hurries. In 2010, Miller recorded 68 tackles (38 solo), one fumble recovery, one interception, 10.5 sacks, six passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and six QB hurries.

Adrian Moten | 6’2” | 230 pounds | Maryland
In 48 career games, Moten totaled 219 tackles (99 solo), 15.5 sacks, six interceptions, 13 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and two QB hurries. In 2010, Moten recorded 77 tackles (31 solo), four interceptions, 2.5 sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble.

Jonas Mouton | 6’2” | 240 pounds | Michigan
Mouton played in 44 games for the Wolverines, totaling 264 tackles (124 solo), four interceptions, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and two QB hurries. In 2010, Mouton recorded 117 tackles (60 solo), two interceptions, two sacks, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Brian Rolle | 5’11” | 218 pounds | Ohio State
In 51 games, Rolle totaled 202 tackles (85 solo), 2.5 sacks, four interceptions, four passes defensed and three QB hurries. In 2010, Rolle recorded 76 tackles (35 solo), two interceptions (one for TD), 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one blocked kick.

D.J. Smith | 6’1” | 235 pounds | Appalachian State
Smith played in 56 games and totaled 525 tackles (246 solo), 6.5 sacks, four interceptions (one for TD), one fumble recovery, one forced fumble, 27 passes defensed, and 15 QB hurries. In 2010, Smith recorded 144 tackles (76 solo), one interception, two sacks, three passes defensed, and five QB hurries.

J.T. Thomas | 6’2” | 225 pounds | West Virginia
In 52 games, Thomas totaled 235 tackles (106 solo), three interceptions, 6 sacks, 13 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, six QB hurries, and one blocked kick. In 2010, he recorded 73 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three QB hurries, and one fumble returned for 12 yards.

Lawrence Wilson | 6’1” | 226 pounds | Connecticut
Wilson played in 52 games and totaled 449 tackles (246 solo), 9.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, five interceptions (three for TDs), and one fumble return for 18 yards. In 2010, Wilson recorded 123 tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception returned 55 yards for a TD, three passes defensed, and one forced fumble.

Martez Wilson | 6’4” | 250 pounds | Illinois
Wilson played in 39 games, totaling 223 tackles (102 solo), nine sacks, eight passes defensed, four forced fumbles, 11 QB hurries, and one interception. In 2010, Wilson recorded 112 tackles, four sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and four QB hurries.

K.J. Wright | 6’4” | 250 pounds | Mississippi State
In 47 games, Wright totaled 258 tackles (131 solo), eight sacks, 14 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 11 QB hurries. In 2010, Wright recorded 98 tackles, three sacks, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble, and four QB hurries.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

 

Nick Bellore | 6’1” | 250 pounds | Central Michigan
In 52 games, Bellore totaled 472 tackles (229 solo), 5.5 sacks, five interceptions, nine passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and five QB hurries. In 2010, Bellore recorded 90 tackles (40 solo), one interception, one sack, one pass defensed, and one QB hurry.

Akeem Dent | 6’2” | 233 pounds | Georgia
Dent played in 47 games and totaled 240 tackles (135 solo), 4.5 sacks, five passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and three QB hurries. In 2010, Dent recorded 126 tackles (69 solo), 2.5 sacks, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and two QB hurries.

Ross Homan | 6’0” | 227 pounds | Ohio State
Homan played in 54 games for the Buckeyes and totaled 287 tackles (155 solo), 11 passes defensed, seven interceptions, three forced fumbles and one QB hurry. In 2010, he recorded 72 tackles, one interception, one sack, four passes defensed and two forced fumbles.

Greg Jones | 6’1” | 240 pounds | Michigan State
In 52 games, Jones totaled 465 tackles (236 solo), 57 of them for loss, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, seven passes defensed, 16.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 15 QB hurries. In 2010, he recorded 106 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, three passes defensed, three forced fumbles and six QB hurries.

Elijah Joseph | 6’2” | 240 pounds | Temple
Joseph played in 40 games and totaled 189 tackles (117 solo), two inteceptions (one returned for TD), nine passes defensed, four fumbles, and one QB hurry. In 2010, Joseph recorded 71 tackles, one interception, one sack, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble.

Orie Lemon | 6’1” | 243 pounds | Oklahoma State
In 13 games, Lemon tallied 133 tackles (101 solo), three passes defensed, two sacks, and one QB hurry.

Greg Lloyd | 6’2” | 259 pounds | Connecticut
Lloyd played in 33 games and totaled 179 tackles (103 solo), one interception, two passes defensed, and two QB hurries. In 2010, Lloyd recorded 25 tackles and one interception.

Casey Matthews | 6’2” | 235 pounds | Oregon
Matthews played in 50 games for the Ducks and totaled 245 tackles (123 solo), nine sacks, four interceptions, 10 passes defensed, one forced fumble, and seven QB hurries. In 2010, Matthews recorded 79 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and three QB hurries.

Colin McCarthy | 6’2” | 240 pounds | Miami-FL
McCarthy played in 48 games, recording 305 tackles (159 solo), five sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles, eight QB hurries and one blocked kick. In 2010, McCarthy totaled 120 tackles, two sacks, one interception, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and four QB hurries.

Mike Mohamed | 6’3” | 245 pounds | California
In 50 games, Mohamed totaled 339 tackles (196 total), seven interceptions (two returned for TDs), one fumble recovery, nine passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and nine QB hurries. In 2010, he recorded 94 tackles, one interception, two sacks, one pass defensed, two forced fumbles and nine QB hurries.

Kelvin Sheppard | 6’3” | 240 pounds | Louisiana State
Sheppard played in 53 games and totaled 311 tackles (136 solo), 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, seven passes defensed, six forced fumbles, and three QB hurries. In 2010, Sheppard recorded 116 tackles, four sacks, two passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two QB hurries, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Derrell Smith | 6’1” | 236 pounds | Syracuse
In 13 games, Smith totaled 114 tackles (72 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception returned 60 yards, one pass defensed, three forced fumbles and two QB hurries.

Quan Sturdivant | 6’2” | 230 pounds | North Carolina
Sturdivant played in 46 games and totaled 309 tackles (192 solo), four interceptions (one returned for TD), two fumble recoveries (one for TD), nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles, seven QB hurries, and one blocked kick. In 2010, he recorded 61 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery, three sacks, and two passes defensed.

Chris White | 6’4” | 245 pounds | Mississippi State
In 25 games, White totaled 185 tackles (98 solo), two interceptions, 6.5 sacks, four passes defensed and three QB hurries. In 2010, White had 110 tackles, two interceptions, six sacks, one pass defensed, and two QB hurries.

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