Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

April 29, 2011
Day 2 wrap-up

By Jason Jones
jejones@sacbee.com

ALAMEDA - Here are some quotes from the second day of the NFL Draft.

Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State
On moving back to center after playing guard this season at Penn State:

"I'm comfortable with that. I mean, I had a whole year there and I felt good playing the position. I moved back to guard for this year, because our team needed that, but I feel good at center, I've been working on it a lot lately, too. Not too rusty. I think I'll be fine there."

On playing for his uncle Steve, who is an assistant offensive line coach with the Raiders:

"Oh, he's not going to go easy on me, that's for sure. I'm glad, because he knows what it took. He knows what it takes to be a great offensive lineman in the NFL and he's going to do everything in his power to make sure I become a great one and that's what I'm looking forward to."

Joseph Barksdale, OL, LSU

On any impressions of former Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell:

"I wish JaMarcus well. We actually never did play together, but I have spoken with him a couple times and he's a good guy, and I think he'll be successful in his future endeavors."

On what he knows about the Raiders:

"My dad actually told me a lot about the Raiders when I first started playing football, about how you guys have an overall winning tradition but hard-hitting defense and a fast-paced offense. I know a lot about the offensive line tradition as well. I know Oakland has a pretty good track record when It comes to developing offensive line talent."

On why he switched to offense at LSU after being an All-American defensive tackle coming out of Cass Technical High School in Detroit:

"When I first got there, the defensive tackle position was pretty deep ... I went to coach (Les) Miles early and told him I wanted to help make an impact on the team, and he told me - he knew I would be a pretty good defensive tackle, but he said I could be a pretty good offensive tackle as well and suggested moving to offensive tackle because we were pretty thin at the time. So it was pretty much to help the team out."

Coach Hue Jackson

On third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke losing his starting job at Miami as a senior:

"Here's the thing, and that's the fun part about this, if you check a lot of these guys, some of these guys have lost their jobs. When you evaluate a player, you evaluate everything. And as we do, just as you do, we do our homework. We go through it all. Obviously, he did lose his job at some point. He also was a starter and played some tremendous football. Sometimes things happen for different reasons. We found those reasons out, so we're very, very comfortable about what happened there at the University of Miami . And we feel very fortunate that this young man is on our football team."

On what happened to Van Dyke's playing time at Miami:

"Well, I'll let him speak to you about that. That's not my job. My job is to make sure that when he gets here that we coach him and coach him great and have him be the best player that he can be for us."

On the excitement he had Thursday about players coming to the facility only to have that change with a court ruling today that put the lockout back in place:

"It's kind of like, you get excited one moment and you've got to go back down the next moment. Yeah, I was excited about getting our players back, and obviously there's been a different ruling and again, one thing we're going to do is always abide by the rules, and there's now a stay in place. The injunction is back in place, and you have to abide by that too. It's unfortunate, I mean, obviously I want our guys as fast as I can get 'em here. And we want to coach 'em. We want to get 'em out there and do what we do, is teach these young men, and drive 'em and push 'em where we think we need to go. But again, there's rules in place. We always have to abide by it. There's 31 other teams that have to go by the guidelines and we will do that accordingly."

*Wisniewski, Van Dyke and Barksdale will be at team headquarters for a press conference Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The only player that wasn't available for a conference call today was Van Dyke.

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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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