Two weeks from today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will walk across the 2017 NFL Draft stage in Philadelphia, take the podium, and announce, "With the 24th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select…"
The Oakland Raiders are slated to pick 24th overall in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft. Here is an exclusive look at the Raiders past picks at the 24 spot.
It remains to be seen whose name will be called when General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Co. lock in the team's first round pick, but in years past the Silver and Black have gone a variety of directions at No. 24 overall.
Dating back to 1960, the Raiders have been slated to select with the 24th pick of the draft a total of four times. The team used those picks on tight end Raymond Chester (1970), defensive back Neal Colzie (1975), defensive end Bob Buczkowski (1986), and quarterback Todd Marinovich (1991). The Raiders enter the 2017 season with a few positions that could use some additional depth, and could utilize the pick to fill those any of those spots.
Over the past 10 years, the NFL has seen some talented players fall to the 24th slot; from safety Brandon Meriweather, to running back Chris Johnson, wide receiver Dez Bryant, and defensive end Cameron Jordan. Each player listed has been chosen for the Pro Bowl a minimum of two times, with all selections coming within their first five years in the league. In a draft that's loaded with playmakers, the Raiders could wind up with a high-caliber player of the future. Listen to any NFL draft expert and they'll tell you that the 2017 class is stacked with dynamic defensive backs and freakish athletes.
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The Raiders defense ranked ninth in interceptions (16) last season, and second in forced fumbles (20). The defense's ability to force fumbles and interceptions was one of its strong suits, but there's always room for improvement. The defensive players in this draft have been labeled as ball-hawks, thumpers, and all around studs. Whether it's linebacker, cornerback, safety, or any other position, if McKenzie decides to go defensive, there should be plenty of players to choose from when the Raiders are on the clock.
The 2017 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 27 and will commence at 5:00 p.m. PT.