ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed first-round draft pick S Johnathan Abram, the club announced Tuesday.
Abram was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in the 2019 NFL Draft. Abram, a hard-hitting, instinctive safety who played two years at Mississippi State, appeared in 26 contests and made 18 starts, compiling 170 tackles, including 14 for loss, five sacks, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery during his time with the program. The 6-foot, 205-pound safety also spent one year at Jones County Junior College after playing for Georgia during his freshman year in 2015.
In 2018, he earned six All-American honors, including second-team recognition from The Athletic, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports and American Football Coaches Associated, while earning a third-team honor from the Associated Press and Phil Steele. He posted a team-leading 99 tackles as a senior, tops among SEC defensive backs, while adding three sacks, two interceptions, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.