Author: Chris McClain

Raiders draft a punter after King’s departure

The Raiders surprised many when the released All-Pro punter Marquette King in the offseason, creating a hole in the roster. Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders front office filled that need in the fifth round of the NFL Draft, selecting punter Johnny Townsend. At the University of Floriday, Townsend posted a career average of 46.2 yards per punt. He’s got a big leg, but reportedly has a problem out-kicking his coverage sometimes. He’s got big shoes to fill as King finished last year third in the NFL in net yards, with...

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Raiders take a chance on DT Maurice Hurst

The Oakland Raiders used one of their late picks to take a chance on a player that fell because of medical issues, drafting Michigan’s defensive tackle Maurice Hurst. Hurst was a potential first round pick until doctors at the combine discovered heart issues, causing many teams to not even consider drafting him. Raiders used the 140th overall pick in the fifth round on Michigan DT Maurice Hurst, who might have gone in the first round were it not for heart issues that doctors uncovered at the combine. Most teams had Hurst off their board; Raiders clearly did not. —...

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Raiders add defensive play-maker in fourth round

The Oakland Raiders stayed in their original slot for the first time in this year’s draft, selecting Wisconsin cornerback Nick Nelson 110th overall on Saturday. Nelson left school after an excellent junior season when he set the program’s single-season record with 21 pass breakups, also leading the nation. The number helped him earn first-team All-Big Ten honors before he sustained a torn meniscus during a private workout in April, causing him to fall some. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that Nelson didn’t need a full repair. The #Raiders select #Wisconsin CB Nick Nelson at No. 110. Nelson...

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Raiders add pass rusher late in third round

The Oakland Raiders added another defensive piece in the third round, but they once again traded up to do so. General manager Reggie McKenzie traded with the Los Angeles Rams to move up from #89 to #87 to select LSU linebacker Arden Key. Key is an interesting prospect as he’s a hybrid linebacker who had success getting to the passer early in his LSU career but his productivity fell off the last two seasons. Key bursted onto the scene his sophomore year, breaking the school’s record for most sacks in a season with 12. He added four sacks last...

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Raiders stay busy, trade up in third round for another offensive lineman

Keeping true to their tradition in the 2018 NFL Draft, Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders continued to stay active, only this time they traded up. The Raiders traded up to the 65th overall pick to continue to bolster their offensive line, selecting tackle Brandon Parker out of North Carolina A&T. Like the Raiders first round pick Kolton Miller, Parker is a long, athletic offensive tackle that may need some time to develop. Standing at 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, Parker has the size that NFL teams look for in a tackle but Raiders offensive line coach Tom Cable could have some work...

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