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The Raiders are projecting No. 35 overall pick Mario Edwards as a "Leo" outside rusher opposite SLB Khalil Mack.

Coach Jack Del Rio explained the Raiders believe Edwards' impact suffered last season due to "senioritis." (He was actually a junior.) Edwards managed eight sacks during his college career, and lacks the athletic ability to become a truly threatening edge presence. If the Raiders project Edwards as a full-time weak-side edge rusher, they are likely to end up disappointed.
May 4 - 3:57 PM

ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects TE Mychal Rivera to open the season as the starter.

We'll see. The low-upside and plodding Rivera will be pushed hard by third-round rookie Clive Walford, who drew some Dwayne Allen comps during the pre-draft process. There could also be room for both tight ends to play together as Rivera is more of a "move" tight end and Walford profiles in-line. Neither one has a very appetizing fantasy outlook.
Source: ESPN.com
May 4 - 11:18 AM

Raiders signed Stephen F. Austin RB Gus Johnson.

Johnson (5'10/215) was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year, finishing his career with 3,907 yards and 51 TDs on 631 carries (6.19 YPC), adding 57 receptions. Although Johnson ran 4.7-flat in Indianapolis, he posted solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10') jump numbers, and improved his forty to the mid-4.5s at Stephen F. Austin's Pro Day. Johnson was a gritty, bow-legged grinder in college, but may lack the lateral movement and passing-game chops to become more than an NFL backup. He's still someone to monitor based on his track record of production.
May 3 - 10:28 PM

Raiders signed Florida DT Leon Orr.

Orr (6'5/323) made ten starts for at Florida, tallying 13 career tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Orr was kicked off UF's team last November for refusing to play on game day, apparently over displeasure with his backup role. An enigmatic underachiever, Orr ran 5.18 with a 28-inch vertical at the Combine. Orr has an NFL size-athleticism profile, but his attitude concerns are obvious. He could become a quality contributor or drop out of the league entirely.
May 2 - 10:08 PM

Raiders signed Fresno State WR Josh Harper.

Harper (6'1/191) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor in Fresno State's pro-ish-style offense, piling up 228 career catches for 2,938 yards (12.9 YPR) and 29 TDs. Showing concerning athleticism at the Combine, Harper managed a 4.64 forty, 32-inch vertical, and 9-foot broad jump. Harper did flash playmaking ability after the catch in college, and displays an impressive enough combination of foot quicks and body control that NFL Films' Greg Cosell has suggested Harper boasts similarities to Steelers star Antonio Brown. That is an extremely aggressive assessment, but makes Harper someone to monitor.
May 2 - 8:02 PM

Raiders signed Nevada QB Cody Fajardo.

Fajardo (6'1/223) succeeded Colin Kaepernick as a four-year starter for the Wolf Pack, completing 65.5 percent of his passes with a 57:29 TD-to-INT ratio in Nevada's Pistol Spread. He averaged 5.5 yards per rushing attempt and tacked on 44 rushing scores. Fajardo is smart (31 Wonderlic) and a legitimate scrambling threat with 4.63 speed, but offers sub-par arm strength and accuracy, and doesn't react well under duress. Fajardo would be a better Arena League prospect.
May 2 - 7:03 PM

Raiders selected Kansas CB Dexter McDonald with the No. 242 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

McDonald started 24 games over the last two seasons. The corner is big for the position at 6'0/203 lbs but ran in the 4.4s at that size. McDonald's journey had its stumbles, as he left Kansas in 2012, spent a year in community college, then returned to Kansas in 2013. He is depth on the Raiders roster.
May 2 - 6:04 PM

Raiders selected Florida WR/KR Andre Debose with the No. 221 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Debose (6'0/190) was billed as the next Percy Harvin when he committed to Florida, but battled injuries throughout his career and finished with just 30 catches. He did bring back a school record four kickoffs for touchdowns though and can run in the 4.3s. It's a nice flier pick for the Raiders.
May 2 - 5:16 PM

Raiders selected Tennessee State OT Anthony Morris with the No. 218 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Morris (6'7/303) is an unheralded small-school prospect who flashed some movement ability at his Pro Day, running 5.30 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and pumping 25 reps on the bench. He'll compete for a roster spot in Raiders camp.
May 2 - 5:11 PM

Raiders selected Virginia OLB/DE Max Valles with the No. 179 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Valles (6'5/251) spent two years at UVA after a one-year stint at a military academy, tallying 18 TFLs, 13 sacks and four forced fumbles as a 16-game starter. He was a third-team All-ACC pick in 2014. Valles is a good athlete for his size, running 4.83 with a 36 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. Fundamentally raw, Valles is a one- or two-year project but has tools to become an intimidating edge presence who can rush the passer and stop the run.
May 2 - 3:39 PM

Raiders selected Florida LB Neiron Ball with the No. 161 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Ball (6'3/236) started 16 games for the Gators, completing his career with 5.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Littered with medical flags, Ball underwent microfracture knee surgery last November and brain surgery in 2011. Ball primarily played inside linebacker at UF, but projects as an athletic weak-side prospect and special teamer in the pros. Ball's knee problems may force him to redshirt as an NFL rookie.
May 2 - 2:55 PM

Raiders selected Kansas LB Ben Heeney with the No. 140 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Heeney (6'0/231) was a consensus first-team All-Big 12 selection in 2014, finishing his career with 35.5 tackles for loss and four INTs. He showed terrific athleticism at the Combine, running 4.59 with a 10-foot broad jump and recording top times in the shuttle and cone drills. Heeney is undersized and gambled too often in college, but shows the requisite movement skills to hold up in pass coverage and is willing to get physical. He projects best as a rangy "run-and-hit" outside 'backer in a 4-3.
May 2 - 1:53 PM

Raiders selected Miami OG Jon Feliciano with the No. 128 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Feliciano (6'4/323) made 46 starts at The U, seeing action at both guard and tackle. Limited athletically, Feliciano is a thickly-built power blocker with short arms (32 3/8"). Versatility and tenacity are Feliciano's calling cards and give him an outside shot at becoming a viable "swing" backup at both guard positions and center. He doesn't move well enough to be an NFL tackle.
May 2 - 1:24 PM

Raiders selected Miami TE Clive Walford with the No. 68 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Walford (6'4/251) was a four-year starter for the 'Canes, amassing 1,753 yards and 14 TDs on 121 catches (14.5 YPR). He only dropped 2-of-58 targets as a senior, earning third-team All-American honors. Walford showed plus athleticism at the Combine, running 4.79 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Walford has long arms (34"), was an excellent college blocker, and projects as an in-line player in the Dwayne Allen mold. Especially in Oakland alongside pass catcher Mychal Rivera, Walford will likely be a better real-life than fantasy tight end.
May 1 - 9:50 PM

Raiders selected Florida State DE Mario Edwards with the No. 35 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Edwards (6'3/279) was a first-team All-ACC pick as a true junior in 2014, finishing his career with 26 starts, 23 TFLs, and eight sacks. He saw action at defensive tackle, end, and even "Jack" linebacker, a testament to Edwards' versatility. Edwards has long arms (33 1/4) and gargantuan hands (10 7/8), and impressed in Indy with a 4.84 forty, 32 1/2-inch vertical, and 10-foot broad jump. Edwards' tape is spotty, however, as his effort comes and goes and he was seen as an underachiever in terms of pass rush at FSU. Edwards looks like a boom-or-bust prospect. He'll compete for snaps at right end opposite LE Justin Tuck.
May 1 - 7:23 PM


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