Raiders scouting for the 2007 NFL Draft

Scouting for the NFL Draft has become a year-long process and the Oakland Raiders have already been active in sending out their personnel to schools across the country. It has always been said that no stone is left unturned and the Raiders have applied that philosophy, scouting a small school in Missouri.

Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri is a NAIA school, ranked 15th in the nation within their league heading into the season.

With Lindenwood alumni DeDe Dorsey signed to the Colts active roster, the school has garnered interest from several NFL teams.

The Oakland Raiders are one of four teams that sent scouts to the organizational point of the Lewis & Clark Expedition in 1804 and Missouri's first state capitol. They came to watch two players, running back Marcus Crawford, a Utah State transfer, and wide receiver Steven Kennedy, a 6-foot-3 wideout that was first noticed last season.

Crawford has struggled early in the season, gaining just 22 yards over his first two games. At 6-foot-2, 225-pounds, Crawford has been called "big and string" by his head coach, Patrick Ross.

Kennedy, on the other hand, has become a dominating presence – the go-to receiver in the offense.

The 235-pound receiver caught three passes in their opening season game for 71 yards with a long of 52. He came back the next week with four receptions for 88 yards, scoring his first two touchdowns of the year.

In ten games last season, Kennedy snagged 44 passes for 632 yards with six touchdowns.

While his experience comes in a division that isn't the class of Division-I football, Kennedy may very well get a look from Oakland in 2007. His size and speed will be difficult to ignore, as will his playmaking ability – even on the small stage.

It will then be up to him to prove he can play at this level.

The Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Houston Texans have also sent scouts to watch the duo.

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