Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice
Mike Tice likes his guards big, physical and quick, and that's precisely what he got in fourth round selection, Jon Feliciano.
"Our guys are going to have to be able to run," Tice said Saturday after the Raiders selected Feliciano. "They're going to have to be able to pull. Jon pulls well already, so that's good. I'm excited to add him to the mix. It's going to be good for our room."
Listed at 6'5" and tipping the scales at 325 pounds, the former Miami Hurricane figures to fit the mold of a Mike Tice-lineman, and will compete for playing time on the right side of the offensive line.
Tice is looking forward to spending time with the Davie, Fla., native and the feeling is mutual.
The pair met at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., and after speaking with Tice, Feliciano put the Raiders on the short list of teams he wanted to play for.
"Me and [offensive line] Coach [Mike] Tice, we kicked it off at the combine," Feliciano said during a conference after his selection. "He was a great guy and I had a real good time talking with him. This is one of the top spots for me I wanted to go. To hear my name called by them is just unbelievable."
Feliciano's selection adds depth and competition along the Raiders offensive line, and Tice is pleased to have another student to mentor.
"I'm very pleased with Jon," he said. "I think it's a good pick for us."