Raiders visit with fullback prospect

The Oakland Raiders have procured the services of several linemen this off-season and one area that often goes unnoticed is fullback. The Raiders met with a NFL Draft fullback prospect to rectify that situation.

Zack Crockett has been the face of the Oakland backfield since 1999. He has averaged 3.3 yards per carry over his 13-year career but the team as a whole suffered carrying the ball and Crockett won't be around forever.

At 6-foot-0, 248-pounds, Ryan Powdrell met with the Raiders on April 8th and 9th, according to Ed Thompson of

Lost in the shuffle at linebacker at USC, Powdrell was moved to the offensive side of the ball during spring practice his senior year and managed to make a name for himself carrying the ball and showing good blocking skills.

He is flying under the radar after breaking his fibula and dislocating his ankle last September.

A JuCo transfer, Powdrell spent time at fullback for Saddleback Community College where he was a short-yardage specialist.

He ran for 494 yards and 8 TDs on offense as a senior in high school where his primary responsibility was blocking for a 14-0 Mission Viejo team.

If there is anyone who knows his talents and abilities it is Oakland head coach Lane Kiffin. Given his work as a recruiter, Kiffin's decision to bring him in to meet the rest of the staff speaks volumes.

The Dolphins, Patriots, Vikings and Buccaneers are also interested in his services.

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