Raiders grab CB Nnamdi Asomugha

Raiders get the Big Guy from CA

Positives…Has an athletic frame with adequate muscle definition…Breaks on the ball quickly and flashes good closing quickness…Shows good long speed and acceleration on deep routes and consistently mirrors the receiver's moves…Able to sort out, read and react to threats when operating in zone coverage…Makes plays on the ball with force and uses his power well to fill the alleys and seal the perimeter in run support…Can reach and pluck the ball away from the body's framework…Stays low in his pads and keeps his leg base wide when tackling in closed quarters…Plays on all the special team units…Has a sharp change of direction keeps track of the ball in flight.

Negatives…Has a high backpedal, rarely holding it for long…Played a lot of bracket coverage in the past, struggling to maintain focus on the ball as the receivers kept him turned around…Gets too upright and narrow in his stance working in space, lacking that sudden burst in his transition…Misses too many tackles working in the open, as he lacks proper footwork and technique to be consistent in man coverage…While he has good speed, he's a bit of a long strider who needs to gather himself before redirecting…Does not always go up and compete for the ball at its highest point (questionable leaping ability)…Has had maturity problems in the past, missing meetings that resulted in a suspension in 2001…Seems to lose focus and intensity when not involved in the play.


An excellent athlete who provided good size and speed in the Golden Bear secondary... Added ten pounds of muscle during offseason workouts…He has a nose for the football and the Cal coaches noted his intelligence by allowing him to make alignment calls for the secondary...Finished his career with 187 tackles (133 solos), three sacks, 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven interceptions for 96 yards in returns, 15 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 41 games.


All-Pac 10 Conference second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report…Started at the "Rover" position, finishing fourth on the team with 53 tackles (42 solos), including five stops for losses of 21 yards…Gained 85 yards on three interception returns and led the team with ten pass deflections…Caused a fumble and recovered two others.

Baylor…Began the year with 5 hits and a pass deflection, adding a pair of stops for losses of 6 yards.

New Mexico State…Caused a fumble and posted 8 solo tackles.

Michigan State…Tackled receiver Charles Rogers for a 7-yard loss on a reverse.

Air Force…Added 4 tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage.

Washington State…Totaled 6 tackles (4 solos) and a stop for a 6-yard loss.

Washington…Had an interception, a fumble recovery and 4 tackles (3 solos).

Southern California…Recovered a fumble and posted 4 tackles.

Arizona State…Batted away a pass and returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown.

Arizona…Followed with 4 tackles (3 solos) and a pass theft.

Stanford…Closed out his career with 5 hits (4 solos) and 3 pass deflections.


Played in ten games, starting nine contests (benched vs. Washington and Oregon) at free safety…Recorded 54 tackles (40 solos) with three interceptions for 11 yards in returns and a pass deflection…Had seven stops for losses of 15 yards.

Illinois…Began the year with 7 tackles (6 solos) and a stop behind the line of scrimmage.

Brigham Young…Added 4 hits, including one that stopped tailback Luke Staley for a 4-yard loss.

Washington State…Followed with a 5-tackle performance.

Washington…Did not play…Suspended from the game after missing a meeting and two practices.

Oregon State…Totaled 4 tackles with an interception.

Oregon…Came off the bench to make 4 hits (3 solos).

UCLA…Posted 9 tackles (8 solos) and a stop for a loss.

Arizona…Had a pair of stops for minus 9 yards and 7 tackles (4 solos)…Also blocked a field goal attempt.

Stanford…Collected 7 tackles (5 solos), including 2 stops for minus 3 yards and picked off a pair of passes, returning one 16 yards for a touchdown.


Started at free safety, leading the team with 76 tackles (48 solos), including three sacks for minus 16 yards and seven stops for losses of 31 yards…Returned an interception 31 yards and deflected five passes…Caused and recovered a fumble.

Utah…Began the year with 6 tackles (4 solos), a 3-yard sack, 3 stops for minus 15 yards, a forced fumble that he recovered and 2 pass break-ups.

Illinois…Registered a career-high 15 tackles (8 solos).

Washington State…Credited with an 8-tackle (5 solos) performance.

UCLA…Earned Pac-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors as he returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, deflected 2 passes and totaled 7 tackles (4 solos).

Southern California…Sacked QB Carson Palmer for a 7-yard loss and registered 9 tackles (7 solos).

Oregon State…Collected 9 tackles (8 solos) with a 6-yard sack and 2 stops for minus 7 yards.


Reserve safety, playing in eight games…Recorded 4 tackles (3 solos)…Missed the final three contests after suffering a broken right ankle (fibula) in the Southern California clash.


Sat out the final three games of the 1999 season after breaking his right ankle (fibula) vs. Southern California. Underwent surgery and did not return to action until 2000 fall drills, sitting out 2000 spring practice.


4.48 in the 40-yard dash…295-pound bench press…242-pound power clean…34.5-inch vertical jump…33 ¼-inch arm length…9-inch hands…Right-handed…25/33 Wonderlic score.

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