Author: Chris McClain

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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Raiders address defensive line after trading back again

The Oakland Raiders passed on some possibly impactful defensive players when they traded back and selected offensive tackle Kolton Miller Thursday night, but Friday was a different story. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jon Gruden elected to trade back again before addressing the defensive line. The Raiders traded the 41st overall pick to the Tennessee Titans for the 57th and 89th overall picks. McKenzie and the Raiders then drafted defensive tackle PJ Hall 57th overall. Hall is a former defensive end that can get to the passer as a defensive tackle. The Sam Houston State alum...

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Raiders acquire wide receiver Martavis Bryant on draft day

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had a busy first day, trading the 10th overall to the Arizona Cardinals, selecting offensive tackle Kolton Miller 15th overall, and then trading for wide receiver Martavis Bryant. McKenzie traded their original pick, 10th overall, to the Cardinals and received their 15th overall, 79th overall (third round) and 152nd overall (fifth round). Shortly after selecting Miller with the 15th overall pick, news broke that McKenzie traded for wide receiver Martavis Bryant. McKenzie confirmed the trade in his press conference shortly after, announcing that he traded the 79th overall pick acquired from the Cardinals...

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