Author: Chris McClain

Raiders trade former second-round pick Jihad Ward

The Oakland Raiders stayed active on the final day of the 2018 NFL Draft, trading defensive tackle Jihad Ward to the Dallas Cowboys. In exchange for his former second-round pick, general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders received wide receiver Ryan Switzer from the Dallas Cowboys. Switzer was drafted in the fourth round last year out of North Carolina and appeared in all 16 games, catching just six passes for 41 yards. The young receiver has experience playing in the slot and is a return man, tying him to Raiders special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who had the same...

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Raiders draft inside linebacker in the sixth round

The Oakland Raiders entered the 2018 NFL Draft with questions at the inside linebacker position but chose to wait to address it. After not getting a chance to draft Georgia linebacker in the first round, the Raiders waited until the sixth round to select University of Washington linebacker Azeem Victor. Victor has good instincts and has been compared to Vontaze Burfict, the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker that new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is familiar with. Victor only started in five games last year, getting suspended twice: once for a DUI and once for a failed drug test. The Raiders still...

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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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