LB Josh Kaddu reacts as the Oregon Ducks win the 2012 Rose Bowl (photo by upi.com)
Recently, University of Oregon linebacker Josh Kaddu was a guest on Sirius XM radio and he made it clear that if it were his choice, he would don the Silver and Black next season.
The standout linebacker for the Ducks was born in Richmond California and grew up in Vacaville, both just minutes from Oakland. He played high school football at Vacaville High. With his East Bay roots, he is a proud lifelong Raider fan. Saying "it would be a blessing to put on Silver and Black"
Usually draft prospects dodge the question of which team they would prefer to play for; saying something to the effect of "I would just be happy to be drafted..." But Kaddu made no bones about his preference to play for the team of which he grew up a fan.
He may just be the type of player in whom the Raiders would be interested as well. The Raiders are in much need of help at the linebacker position and Kaddu has played that position quite well for the Pac-12 Champion and Rose Bowl Champion Oregon Ducks.
He became the starting strongside linebacker for the Ducks as a junior in 2010, starting 13 games including the National Championship game versus Auburn.
Then as a senior last season, he started 14 games including the first ever Pac-12 Championship game, a game in which he had six tackles, and the Rose Bowl. He had 50 combined tackles with 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks during the regular season to earn All Pac-12 first team honors.
The 6-3, 235 pounds linebacker impressed scouts and raised his draft stock in the East West Shrine game. In the game and preceding practices, he showed great fluidity of movement for his size. Most see him as a guy who has great potential and a frame which has room to add muscle mass as well.
Kaddu is projected to be chosen between round three and four of the draft. The Raiders have their first pick at the end of the third round and if Kaddu is still on the board, he could be an ideal selection for them. Or if he is still on the board when the Raiders make their fourth round compensatory pick, he would fall into the "best player available" category as well.