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the report of growing paranoia inside the Raiders front office after Ian Rapoport Kirby Lee-USA TODAY SportsMuch has been made recently about the report of growing paranoia inside the Raiders front office after Ian Rapoport tweeted this out Friday afternoon.Many in the media have taken the opportunity to suggest this makes the Raiders hierarchy look dysfunctional at such a crucial point in the draft process.“It’s a bizarre report for many reasons Hunter Renfrow Jersey 2019 ,” said Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “First, it suggests an unprecedented level of paranoia. Second, it reveals that Gruden and Mayock have no functional plan for securing the most sensitive information regarding their final draft board or strategy, without demoralizing the entire scouting staff. Third, acting on the lack of trust creates the impression that the Raiders are more dysfunctional than other teams, even if other teams have the same concerns.”Some in the business have taken the stance that clearing the scouting room before the draft is actually standard procedure including Mayock’s former NFL Network colleague Cheap Hunter Renfrow Jersey , Daniel Jeremiah.The rumors continue to swirl this week, again it was Ian Rapoport who is now reporting a surprise pick by the Raiders at four. With Mike Mayock preaching best player available it’s hard to imagine any kind of surprises happening at pick four.Gruden has the reputation of falling in love with players but even Gruden understands the importance of nailing this pick. Whether the pick ends up a surprise will depend on who you ask. For instance, who the Raiders were interested in drafting last year wasn’t a surprise presumably because their interest was leaked. I would still expect a very high end talent at pick four with little risk involved. Some surprise is a good thing. This week Jared Cook got the call to join the AFC Pro Bowl squad in Orlando as an alternate, replacing Travis Kelce. He took the practice field today for his first practice. But he shouldn’t be the only Raiders player on that field this week.Another first alternate the Raiders had was Rodney Hudson. But he never got that call. Based on his performance, he should have gotten the call as a starter before the season was over. But alas, he did not and that’s a travesty.Don’t take my word for it Josh Jacobs Oakland Raiders Jersey , ask the folks at Pro Football Focus.You won’t see a non-Raiders publication who has been banging the table for Rodney Hudson to get his due more than PFF. According to their numbers, the Raiders center was the best pass blocker at his position by a considerable margin.This graphic accurately illustrates how there’s Rodney Hudson................. and then there’s everyone else.Pro Football FocusHudson led the team with 1042 snaps this past season. That’s every single snap, in case you were wondering. Of those, 651 were pass blocking snaps. That means he gave up just 5 pressures this season and no sacks.Lest you should think this is just one year, let’s go back two years. And the margin got wider. Like A LOT wider.Pro Football FocusHis 940 snaps in 2017 also led the Raiders. And he gave up a combined total of 8 pressures in two years.And lest you should think this is just the past two years, they went back through his career to show his remarkable consistency Josh Jacobs Oakland Raiders Jersey , including an average pass blocking grade over 90 and the best grade in the league in each of his four seasons in Oakland.Pro Football FocusAs for his run blocking, it’s pretty damn good too. His grade of 66.2 was 9th in the league at his position and his combined grade of 76.5 was third among NFL centers behind only Jason Kelce (84.9) and Alex Mack (77.3); with Kelce named All Pro and Mack headed to the Pro Bowl this year for the NFC squad.That also means Hudson was graded as the best center in the AFC, and yet missed out on the Pro Bowl invite in favor of Mike and Maurkice Pouncey.Follow @LeviDamien
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