Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

April 4, 2008
DMC on his way for a visit

Lane Kiffin told reporters at the NFL Owners Meetings in Florida this week that Darren McFadden was a “phenomenal” player but the Raiders were happy with their running backs.

Nevertheless, the Raiders will get another up-close look at McFadden soon.

The Arkansas running back and consensus top back (well, except for the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock) is scheduled to be in Alameda on Monday to meet with team officials.

The team interviewed McFadden at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Kiffin said the Raiders’ biggest need was on the defensive line, but two of the players the franchise is fond of – Virginia DE Chris Long and LSU DT Glenn Dorsey – aren’t likely to be available with the fourth overall pick.

McFadden could be the most explosive back the Raiders have had since Bo Jackson.

Justin Fargas is the workhorse that punishes defenders. Dominic Rhodes is a good change-of-pace back. Michael Bush is another runner that could be a grinder between the tackles.

McFadden has the ability to trouble defenses with his speed that made him one of the most feared weapons in the Southeastern Conference in recent years.

Raiders’ owner Al Davis has been disappointed in the Raiders’ offense recent years and is said to be fond of the Arkansas star.

And for those you that can’t get enough, here’s more Run DMC:

Oops, wrong DMC:

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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