ALAMEDA — Contrary to reports that were echoed after his selection, Raiders fourth-round pick David Sharpe said he is not legally blind in his right eye.
“That info is definitely false,” Sharpe said Saturday on a media teleconference. “All of it is false. Just had a little cataract removed when I was younger. Just been battling that since I’ve been young, but it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything. I’m not blind.”
Reports came in during the NFL scouting combine and were repeated on air during the NFL Network’s broadcast of the draft from analyst Mike Mayock that Sharpe, a 6-foot-6, 357-pound offensive tackle, had impaired vision in his right eye which could limit him to playing only on the left side of the offense line.
Sharpe acknowledged that his right eye vision is “a little blurrier, but not much” and says he’s capable of playing on both the right and left sides.
Assuming that’s a non-issue, the Raiders have a player with tremendous size who could be targeted as a potential left tackle of the future. He started at the position the past two years with this past season spent helping protect Luke Del Rio, the son of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.
That connection helped give Sharpe a little hint Saturday morning that he could be headed to the Bay Area.
“He actually texted me this morning and said his dad called him and asked about me,” Sharpe said of Luke. “There was a little hint there, so that was cool.”
Sharpe made 26 starts at left tackle over the past two seasons before declaring early for the draft. He was a true junior, having played in six games immediately upon stepping on campus at Florida in 2014.