Raiders QB Brian White (Portland State)
6-5, 225 lbs - I really like this pick-up. He is a late bloomer who transfered from Colorado after his Sophomore Season and came into his own in 2007. He will add depth at the QB position and will most likely be on the Scout team, at best.
He showed a penchant for come from behind victories against tough competition in his Senior Season.
WHITE NAMED BIG SKY CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AGAIN
Portland State quarterback Brian White led Portland State to a second-half, come-from-behind road victory over the 21st-ranked Eastern Washington Eagles last Saturday. He completed 29 of 47 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed seven times for 50 yards in leading PSU to the 28-21 win. For his effort, White was named Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week. It marked the second time this season White has led the Vikings to a come-from-behind win and the second time he was named Big Sky Player of the Week for doing so. White, a senior from Mission Viejo, CA, completed 26 of 37 passes for 363 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and rushed for a score, in a Sept. 15 win over Sacramento State.
6-5, 260 lbs - Darrell Strong will probably make this team.
An intriguing athlete with NFL size and speed, Strong struggled until his senior season to make a positive impact for the Panthers. Developed into a legitimate receiving threat and an improved blocker after being known more in the past for his untapped potential and off-field indiscretions. Strong's improved maturity and production as a senior, however, as well as his obvious physical tools should earn him consideration in the middle rounds.
Zach Miller is our starting TE, but Strong should give JaMarcus a tall target and if the Raiders can get this guy to block he may be a valuable addition.
6-5, 260 lbs. - Gunheim was not invited to the combine but he impressed many at his Pro Day by running a 4.58 40 and jumping 36 inches. He is viewed as an underachiever, but I can't wait until Millard gets a chance to work with him.
Greyson Gunheim, DL
Broad Jump-10' 3.5"
40-4.58 to 4.72
Don't be surprised if this kid makes it. He, like White, is from SoCal and was certainly recruited or at least looked at by the USC recruiting team
Raiders DE Derrick Gray (Texas Southern)
6-5, 266 lbs. - Gray looks like a project and he will, most likely, be competing for a job on the practice squad unless he really blossoms quickly.
One of the top 40 small-school prospects in this year's draft class, Gray was not really on the radar coming into his senior year. But last fall he showed the potential to become a nice power defensive end with a second-team All-SWAC season: 76 tackles, 24.5 for loss, 9.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. That sort of production from a larger defensive end got him in the crosshairs of NFL scouts pretty quickly.
Well, that should pretty much do it for UDFAs. While the team didn't land the Jamie Silva or Wesley Woodyards that I was hoping for, I really like this group and they will make this team better.
Once again, Lane Kiffin's Collegiate experience has helped us grab some smaller school players that have great potential.