Former wide receiver Cliff Branch has announced that he will join Jon Gruden at the NFL combine, where he will help the Raiders scout receivers.
According to NBC Sports, Branch said that Gruden extended the invitation to him, which he immediately accepted. Branch will join Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock to take a look at prospective draft prospects.
“Jon Gruden wants to get back to that. He invited me to come to the combine for the receiving skills day. We just finalized it the other day – got the plane ticket ready to go. He said ‘I want you to sit with me, Mike, and we’re going to watch the receiving skills. I’m [going to] put you to work.’ So I’m excited about it. We’ve got to find a talented, deep threat receiver for the Raiders.”
If anyone can help the Raiders find a new receiver, it’s Cliff Branch. The Raiders have been in a bit of a bind since trading Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys, and without the right receiver to aid Derek Carr, they’re going to be in a bit of a rut this season.
Cliff Branch is universally considered one of the best to ever do it for the Raiders.
“Branch played 14 seasons for the Raiders and made the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro teams four times each. He led the NFL in receiving in 1974, led the league in touchdowns in 1974 and 1976, and won three Super Bowls as a member of the Raiders. He caught 501 passes for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns during his career.”