Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Lineman Tony Bergstrom Drafted By Raiders

Tony Bergstrom was an All-Pac-12 tackle at Utah, but projects as a guard in the NFL. He showed at the Senior Bowl that he could handle the new position.
Reggie McKenzie got a guy.
After watching the first 94 picks of the NFL draft, the Raiders' new general manager finally got to do something and drafted Utah guard Tony Bergstrom with the last pick of the third round.
The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Bergstrom played tackle at Utah and was an All-Pac-12 selection last season. But most NFL scouts saw him moving inside to guard, and Bergstrom rubber-stamped that when he played well there at the Senior Bowl.
McKenzie said Bergstrom is "tough and has great football intelligence." As the third round went on, he told coach Dennis Allen and the scouts in the room that "if this guy is going to fall, we're going to take him."
Bergstrom is ticketed to be the starter at left guard in 2013, but he could push veteran Cooper Carlisle this season. Carlisle was cut and re-signed last month. And McKenzie and Allen mentioned how nice it will be to have Bergstrom's versatility if they need to put him back at tackle.
"He has the athletic ability you need to run our zone-blocking scheme," Allen said.
Bergstrom said he enjoyed the move to guard at the Senior Bowl, after coaches and scouts tipped him off that it was in his best interests. While ESPN's Mel Kiper had him ranked as the 17th-best tackle, Pro Football Weekly had Bergstrom as the No. 1 guard for a zone-blocking scheme.
"I've already had a bit of a taste for it. There's a little growing pains," he said in a conference call. "But it's something that came pretty naturally to me. It was fun. I'm not going to lie to you.
"You get inside, it's not so much finesse anymore. It's a little more gritty. I feel like I'm capable of making that transition."
Bergstrom might get a chance to push around his brother-in-law, Ravens defensive end Paul Kruger. The Raiders play at Baltimore on Nov. 11.
"That was something (he checked) right quick," he said. "I was able to talk to Paul. He's always been kind of an Oakland fan, so he was pretty excited for me to go there."
Especially after all the time Kruger put in with Bergstrom.
"Not just throughout this process," Bergstrom said. "Even in my senior year, I talked to him and he'd kind of fill me in a lot on what it was about my game that needed to change and what NFL coaches were really looking for out of college linemen. That was probably the biggest help from him, just every week telling me what it is that I need to do to be more recognizable to NFL coaches."
McKenzie and Allen recognized him. They were relieved to finally have a new player after sitting around Thursday during a first round that McKenzie called a "dress rehearsal." Then, the second round started Friday and still nothing.
"It's difficult to see names flying off the board," McKenzie said. "Very hard to watch good players that you like coming off the board. ... But that's part of it."
The Raiders had traded away their first- and second-round picks, and McKenzie vowed to pick the best player available when their turn came up. Some thought that might be Alabama defensive tackle Josh Chapman, who was supposed to be a second-round pick before he had knee surgery in January.
But the knee issue that pushed him to the Raiders' spot apparently pushed him past it, and they may revisit drafting him Saturday. Chapman's agent says he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Tony Bergstrom

Position: Guard
Height, weight: 6-5, 315
Age: 25
College: Utah
Hometown: Salt Lake City
Of note: Played tackle in college and then impressed scouts when he looked good at guard at the Senior Bowl. ... A chemical engineering major. ... Went on a mission with his church for two years after high school. ... Married with a daughter. ... Cousin Ryan Roberts is an infielder for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Behind the Shield Interview with Tony at the Raiders Faciltiy

Oakland Raiders Press Conference With Tony

Tony is the Oakland Raiders first pick of the 2012 draft. I am so proud of him! This is a press conference done the day after he was drafted.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Miami Dolphins Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Predictions for 2012


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Round 3, Pick 73: Tony Bergstrom, Offensive Guard/Tackle, Utah

via Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune
via Chris Detrick, The Salt Lake Tribune
Now that the Dolphins are implementing a new offensive scheme, they will no longer target massive offensive linemen. Instead, Miami will target offensive linemen who are huge and athletic. 
Utah's Tony Bergstrom fits Jeff Ireland's criteria to a T. He's 6'5", 313 pounds and has the versatility to line up at offensive guard and offensive tackle. Bergstrom was also a three-year starter and Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham called him a "leader of leaders."
Bergstrom will be a 26-year-old rookie, but that shouldn't deter the Dolphins from drafting him. He could step in as a starter within a year or two, which is pivotal considering Jake Long is slated for free agency next year and the Dolphins are strapped for cash. 
Jeff Ireland has drafted two Utah Utes before (Sean Smith, Koa Misi), and I think he'll draft a third here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's time to bling out the guns

I bedazzled my gun and I like it much better now. It now matches my outfit. I'll make you one if you want! Here's a before and after shot.