The Oakland Raiders 2017 NFL Draft strategy was apparent

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The 2017 NFL Draft is just hours away from commencement and will officially kick off at 5:00 p.m. PT. The Oakland Raiders are slated the 24th overall pick of the draft and own a total of eight picks. Last year, the Silver and Black selected safety with the 14th overall pick, and have found success in the first round in years past.

It will be interesting to see who the team drafts when the time comes, in the meantime here’s how to follow along with all things Raiders on draft day. Nike Raiders #99 Aldon Smith Black Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Limited Tank Top Suit Jersey

Head Coach Del Rio always likes to say that the best ability is availability, and unlike last season, when safety Karl Joseph was unable to partake in rookie mini-camp as he recovered from injury, this year, the entire draft class will be available to go through the ever-important Offseason Workout Program.

After starting the season with back-to-back disappointing efforts that saw the opposing quarterbacks throw for north of 800 combined yards, Head Coach Jack Del Rio knew that personnel changes had to be made, and that change came in the form of inserting a pair of rookies into the starting lineup.
Both safety Karl Joseph and linebacker Cory James ran with the starting offense Sunday, and both their presences were certainly felt en route to the 17-10 win – Joseph’s in particular, after he played primarily on special teams through the first two games.

Karl Joseph hasn’t put on a set of football pads and tackled anyone since early October of last year, but thankfully for him – and the Oakland Raiders – that period is about to come to an end.

It might have been pushing 90 degrees on the field at Raymond James Stadium, but with just under two minutes left in overtime, and the Raiders offense facing a critical 4th and 3, rookie safety Karl Joseph was cool and collected on the sideline as he watched Derek Carr walk towards the line of scrimmage.

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The cheap Oakland Raiders jerseys 2017 NFL Draft strategy was apparent; the bigger the better. In the first and second round of the draft, the Silver and Black targeted the secondary with the selection of 6’2” Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley and 6’4” University of Connecticut safety .

The Oakland Raiders have added more depth to the secondary, in the first round it was cornerback Gareon Conley from Ohio State, in the second round the team selected defensive back Obi Melifonwu from the University of Connecticut.

The Oakland Raiders have selected Obi Melifonwu in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Oakland Raiders kicked off the first day of on-field activities for rookie mini-camp Friday afternoon, which showcased the team’s 2017 NFL Draft class, in addition to undrafted free agents, and tryout players.
Following the practice, a majority of the players from the team’s draft class stepped to the podium to talk with the local media.

The Oakland Raiders fourth round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft is officially in, as the team selected offensive tackle from the University of Florida.

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The Oakland Raiders have selected tackle David Sharpe in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn played an important role in the team’s success in the trenches, but will now be tasked with mentoring University of Florida offensive tackle David Sharpe. Standing at 6’6”, weighing in at 343 pounds, Sharpe is a towering figure among the rookies. While working with offensive line coach Mike Tice on Saturday, he flashed some athleticism during drills, which for a man of his stature is striking.

Following the conclusion of the 2017 NFL Draft, Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie addressed the media, breaking down the additions the team made over the past 72 hours.

The former Ohio State Buckeye is just the first pick of draft weekend for Reggie McKenzie and Co., and with seven picks in the next two days, the Raiders general manger is hoping that his streak of fortune will continue.
“Hopefully Day 2 will fall the same way,” McKenzie said. “We’re going to still follow our board. We know our needs, but we will not let a great player slip by just to satisfy a need. We will follow our board, that’s for sure. There’s a lot of good players left, so we’re expecting a good day tomorrow.”