Raider Reclamation 2010: Kamerion Wimbley

The Oakland Raiders are known for their reclamation projects. Any time the Raiders are doing well, there are one or more reclamation projects making big contributions. 

Former first round outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is a Raider reclamation project I am very excited about. Wimbley had 11 sacks in his rookie season. From there, his numbers fell to nine sacks in his next two years.

That happens when you become the only marked man on your defense. Opposing teams found it rather easy to game plan for him as no one else could hurt them.

Shawn Rogers only playes when it's not too hard on his lungs. Outside of Rogers, what other threat did the Cleveland Browns have? You can also put that together with the fact that Wimbley went from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker.

In 2009, Wimbley came back with a solid season from his outside linebacker position. He posted 69 tackles, one pass defensed, one forced fumble, and 6.5 sacks.

Are those the numbers that the Browns drafted him for?

No. But he became a better all around linebacker and his pass rush skills are still there.

How? He had only 6.5 sacks.

Most fans and media rely on stats to evaluate a player. Real insiders and coaches use film as their tool when evaluating a player. So I took a look at some tape myself.

Wimbley consistently put pressure on the quarterback. Cleveland Brown Head Coach Eric Mangini said, " There are a bunch of plays on tape where Kamerion is close."

Many of you must be thinking, "Almost doesn't count." But the NFL now has stats called quarterback pressures and hits. Wimbley had 24 pressures and eight hits in 2009. That's where almost really does count.

The Raider secondary will largely benefit from Wimbley's pressures and hits. New York Jet co...

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