Raiders select WR Juron Criner at 168

Wide receiver Juron Criner #82 of the Arizona Wildcats scores on a 23 yard touchdown reception

The Raiders take their big body wide receiver with their fifth round compensatory pick-Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner. Criner was projected to go anywhere from the third to the sixth round. He fell mainly due to a relatively poor 40-yard dash time of 4.68.

He is a type of receiver the Raiders need. Here is what I said about Criner in my Raider draft radar series:

Criner is a real wildcard in this draft. There are some who see him as going as high as round three. But the latest indications are that he will slip into round six. And if he does, he would absolutely worth taking a chance on. At 6-3, 224, he has great size. He has also shown he has the strength and hands to have success at the NFL level. The primary cause for his drop in stock was his 4.68 40-yard dash. He worked out of a spread offense at Arizona which has caused some concern how his college success will translate to the pros. But he has been lined up outside, in the slot, and put in motion which would suggest he can do whatever a team would like him to do. His skill set would be a valuable asset to the Raiders' offense.

Criner had 82 catches for 1233 yards as a junior in 2010. Some thought he would leave for the NFL at that time but he opted to stay for another year. He took a slight step back as a senior although he still had good numbers at 75 catches for 956 yards. Although he missed some time with an appendicitis. Both seasons, he earned All Pac-12 second team honors.

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