The Raiders made the playoffs last year for the first time since the 2002 season, but Derek Carr’s injury and a first-round exit at the hands of the Texans left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. How will they use their picks in the NFL draft? We’re breaking down every selection below.
Here's the full list of picks the Raiders hold in the 2017 draft, which will be updated as each selection is made.
Round 1, Pick 24 (No. 24 overall)
Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State: Well, file this one as TBD. Conley was a sure-fire first-rounder for the last several weeks, until a rape allegation against him came to light. Teams spent the past 48 hours digging into that situation, so the Raiders must feel like Conley has been honest in claiming the allegation is false. (Conley has not been charged.) From a talent perspective, Conley had an argument to be the second cornerback off the board. He is a potential shut-down guy for an Oakland defense that had few answers on the outside last season. How long will his off-field situation drag out, and what will be the outcome? GRADE: INCOMPLETE
Round 2, Pick 24 (No. 56)
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut: It’s obvious from how these last few drafts have gone down that teams are placing a high priority on having not just one, but two standout safeties. In Melifonwu and Karl Joseph, the Raiders are there. Melifonwu’s post-combine hype outpaced his still-developing game, but he’s a unique physical specimen capable of handling a variety of roles. GRADE: A-
Round 3, Pick 24 (No. 88)
Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA: Here’s the thing about Vanderdoes: If the Raiders get the healthy, 2014 version of him, he’s a guy they can pencil in as a potential starter up front. Oakland did not have a lot of meaningful depth inside on defense, so Vanderdoes restocks the pile. GRADE: B+
Round 4, Pick 23 (No. 129) David Sharpe, OT, Florida
Round 5, Pick 24 (No. 168) Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest
Round 7, Pick 3 (No. 221) (From Cardinals) Shalom Luani, S, Washington State
Round 7, Pick 13 (No. 231) Jylan Ware, OT, Alabama State
Round 7, Pick 24 (No. 242) Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina
Round 7, Pick 26 (No. 244) (From Seahawks) Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo