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Gareon Conley | Defensive Back | #2

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (21) / 6/29/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2017 / Rd. 1 (24) / OAK
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First-round pick Gareon Conley is working at slot corner at minicamp.
The Raiders are making Conley "earn it" by running him with the twos, but it appears they're prepping Conley to cover the slot whenever he officially wins a first-team job. Oakland's likeliest three-cornerback package will have David Amerson at left corner, Sean Smith at right corner, and Conley inside. Conley should be a big upgrade on 2016 slot corner D.J. Hayden. Jun 14 - 12:52 PM

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Speaking Thursday, Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie couldn't provide an update on first-round CB Gareon Conley's legal situation.

Accused of sexual assault a week before the draft, Conley has adamantly maintained his innocence, though he hasn't always stuck to the same story. The Raiders were clearly confident he will be exonerated. The case was given a 6-8 week timeline two weeks ago.
May 18 - 2:40 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said he is "very comfortable" with the decision to draft CB Gareon Conley in the first round.

"We researched everything thoroughly and were totally convinced," McKenzie said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "We felt good about what was presented before us." Sexual assault allegations against Conley surfaced the week of the draft, but the player has adamantly denied the allegations. The investigation into the incident is expected to take 6-8 weeks.
May 4 - 10:33 AM

The attorney for Raiders first-round pick Gareon Conley doesn't anticipate his client's legal situation resolving for another 6-8 weeks.

The Raiders took Conley at No. 24 overall despite sexual assault allegations that surfaced the week of the draft. NFL training camps begin in around 12 weeks, so Conley's situation should be resolved by then. Still, the allegations may hang over Conley's head for almost the entire offseason. Conley insists he had a "consensual sexual event" with the woman making claims against him.
May 1 - 5:42 PM

Raiders first-round CB Gareon Conley is still meeting with Cleveland police on Monday.

He will also provide a DNA sample. The Raiders are fully expecting Conley to be cleared of his rape accusation. Conley passed a lie detector test before the Raiders invested the No. 24 overall pick. That's great, but the NFL is not a law enforcement organization. Things are looking good for Conley, but he can't yet be considered in the clear.
May 1 - 1:51 PM

Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley with the No. 24 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Clearly a first-round talent, Conley was expected to slip into at least Day 2 because of rape allegations which surfaced early this week. Conley has not been charged with a crime, however, and reportedly passed a polygraph test on Thursday, for whatever that is worth. No matter why or how, the Raiders are clearly comfortable with the situation. On the field, Conley (6’0/195) started 26 games at Ohio State, tallying 19 pass breakups and six interceptions, and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a junior. PFF College charged Conley with a nation-low 14.0 passer rating allowed in 2016. Plus sized with long arms (33"), 4.44 speed, and dynamic ball skills, Conley profiles as a playmaking man-cover corner.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will submit a DNA sample during his Monday meeting with police.

Conley has steadfastly maintained his innocence, and says he has evidence that will prove it. There have been reports Conley could still go in the first round on Thursday, but a slide still seems more likely. His situation is too uncertain.
Apr 27 - 4:51 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero cautions "not to overlook" the possibility of the Cowboys stopping Ohio State CB Gareon Conley's slide.

Conley visited Dallas during the pre-draft process, and fielded a call from the team Wednesday. As Pelissero points out, the Cowboys are no strangers to risk tasking, and need a cornerback. Conley's situation is similar to La'El Collins', whom the Cowboys signed after he went undrafted in 2015. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported earlier Thursday that Conley could still go in the first round.
Apr 27 - 3:41 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora believes Ohio State CB Gareon Conley could still come off the board in the first round.

La Canfora came to his conclusion after "the more phone calls I make and more teams I talk to." Conley has called the rape accusation against him "untrue, wrongful and malicious." Perhaps teams believe him after talking to him and examining the publicly-available evidence. Conley isn't set to talk with police until Monday. It's still an extremely volatile situation. A long slide remains a distinct possibility.
Apr 27 - 12:56 PM

A league source told Profootballtalk.com that the "current buzz" is Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will slip into round three after he was accused of rape by a Cleveland woman this week.

It's better than not being drafted at all, of course, which became a distinct possibility when the allegations were made. Our takeaway from this report is that NFL teams are putting in time on Conley's situation and may be determining that they believe the allegations to be potentially false. Before being accused of the felony crime, Conley was a sure-fire first-round prospect.
Apr 26 - 8:32 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley released a statement calling the rape allegations against him "untrue, wrongful, and malicious."

"The allegations ... are completely false," Conley said. "I did not commit a crime and have not been charged with a crime. I pride myself on doing things the right way on and off the field. The things being said about me and what happened that night are not true and don't fit my character at all. I realize that I put himself in the situation and I could have used better judgment. However, I have worked tirelessly to put myself in position to have the honor of being an NFL draft pick and these untrue allegations are putting a huge cloud over my name. These allegations appear to be an attempt to ruin this once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and my family. There were several witnesses including another female, who were present the entire time and have given statements that give an accurate account of what took place." The entire statement can be read at the below link.
Apr 26 - 3:28 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley will meet with Cleveland police on Monday.

Accused of rape, Conley "fervently" denies the allegations. A projected first-round pick, Conley had been in Philadelphia for the draft, but has returned home. Much like La'El Collins two years ago, it's possible Conley goes from Day 1 to undrafted if his situation doesn't have a sense of resolution by Thursday. Seeing as he's not meeting with police until next week, teams are extremely unlikely to feel comfortable with his situation by draft time.
Apr 25 - 6:51 PM

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley has been accused of rape by a Cleveland woman, but adamantly denies the allegations.

Conley's agent has called the claims "ludicrous and ridiculous," and says they were made out of spite. Taken to a local hospital following the alleged incident, the woman refused to speak with police. No charges have been filed, and Conley has yet to speak with police. Conley has been considered a sure-fire first-rounder, and perhaps even a top-10 pick. With so little time between now and Thursday, the incident will affect Conley's draft stock, regardless of whether or not it's true.
Source: TMZ.com
Apr 25 - 1:27 PM

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