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Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class

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			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class		

	
	

	
				
			Getting to know the Raiders’ 2017 draft class

Gareon Conley

Pick: 1st round (No. 24)

Position: Cornerback

School: Ohio State

Height/weight: 6-foot, 195 pounds

Analysis: Dropped in draft because of rape allegations. If exonerated, Raiders could have an immense talent

Quote: “Really talented corner that is capable of playing man or zone. He’s a football junkie. He loves to compete.” — Coach Jack Del Rio

Obi Melifonwu

Pick: 2nd round (No. 56)

Position: Safety

School: Connecticut

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 217 pounds

Analysis: Combine freak who ran a 4.4 and has size and range to help lock down tight ends.

Quote: “We think this is a guy that can help out with his length, matchup against some of the bigger tight ends, some of the better tight ends.” — Del Rio

Eddie Vanderdoes

Pick: 3rd round (No. 88)

Position: Defensive tackle

School: UCLA

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 325 pounds

Analysis: When healthy and in shape, has a chance to be an active, impact player on defensive interior line.

Quote: “I definitely think people slept on me a little bit this past offseason. I love the fact that they slept on me, I think that’s what motivated me every morning waking up, knowing that I get to prove people wrong.” — Vanderdoes

David Sharpe

Pick: 4th round (No. 129)

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Florida

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 357 pounds

Analysis: Protected Del Rio’s son Luke at Florida and brings size and potential as a future starting tackle

Quote: “I’m not legally blind. The information is false. I just had a little cataract removal when I was younger and I’ve been battling that since I was young. But it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything.” — Sharpe

Marquel Lee

Pick: 5th round (No. 168)

Position: Linebacker

School: Wake Forest

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 240 pounds

Analysis: Has the clearest path of any draftee to a Day 1 starting job

Quote: “I’m a physical player at the line of scrimmage. … My motor, I don’t see it ever stopping in games.” — Lee

Shalom Luani

Pick: 7th round (No. 221)

Position: Safety

School: Washington State

Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds

Analysis: Former soccer player from American Samoa can hit hard, but has issues with missed tackles.

Quote: ” He is, as they say down south, a football playing Jessie.” — GM Reggie McKenzie.

Jylan Ware

Pick: 7th round (No. 231)

Position: Tackle

School: Alabama State

Height/weight: 6-foot-8, 295 pounds

Analysis: Small school prospect with a rising profile who could be a good developmental tackle.

Quote: “I’m very big and very athletic. I am able to move a little better than a lot of people my size.” — Ware

Elijah Hood

Pick: 7th round (No. 242)

Position: Running back

Height/weight: 6-foot, 220 pounds

Analysis: Power runner an option if Marshawn Lynch is injured or slow to regain form.

Quote: “(Lynch) is literally the man I wanted to become as a running back.” — Hood

Treyvon Hester

Pick: 7th round (No. 244)

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Toledo

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 300 pounds

Analysis: Had excellent senior year after losing 20 pounds and will compete as three-technique tackle.

Quote: “I’m born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so I know about football. it’s a historic franchise.” — Hester

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