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Oakland Raiders Select Nine Players In 2017 NFL Draft

Posted Apr 30, 2017

Let's take a look at the nine-man, 2017 NFL Draft class for the Oakland Raiders.

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.

“I think the way it fell, we got a lot of players, at the end of the day, it looks like we needed,” explained McKenzie. “We felt like we got a lot of good players with high talent levels from top to bottom. Some are going to be more raw than others. We’re going to have to see down the line, more so. I think talking to the board, you said, ‘Job well done.’”

In total – after McKenzie shipped off a sixth round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for two sevenths – the Silver and Black finished draft weekend with a total of nine selections, six on defense, and three on offense.

Both McKenzie and Head Coach Jack Del Rio have said that they’ll be looking for improved play across the board from the defensive group in 2017, and the Raiders general manger is expecting that all six of the defensive rookies he added will come in and compete for playing time immediately.

“They’re all going to come in and compete,” McKenzie said. “We’re signing guys post-draft also. We’re going to give them all the opportunity to compete with the veterans that we already have on board. We hope that out of it all, the competition part of it, the cream rises and we have a very good 53-man roster.”

You can take a look at the full breakdown of the Raiders draft picks, below.

Here is the list of the newest Raiders Twitter handles if you want to give them a follow on social media:

Gareon Conley - @_gconley8

Obi Melifonwu - @Obi_1nOnly

Eddie Vanderdoes - @Vanderdoes47

David Sharpe - @Sharpe_Theory

Marquel Lee - @DATS_KELLZOCHO

Shalom Luani - @684_Luani05

Jylan Ware - @JylanWare

Elijah Hood – No Twitter

Treyvon Hester – No Twitter