The Raiders entered the day with five selections - two in the fourth and three in the seventh. And what a strangely unexpected day it was. Here is a rundown of those picks:
Round 4, pick 107 - Justin Ellis, DT, Lousiana Tech
Round 4, pick 116 - Keith McGill, CB, Utah
Round 7, pick 219 - T.J. Carrie, CB, Ohio
Round 7, pick 235 - Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois State
Round 7, pick 247 - Jonathan Dowling, S, Western Kentucky
The team acquired the 116th overall pick in a trade they made with the Dolphins to move down in the third round from 67 to 81.
Ellis at 107 was a bit of a surprising pick due to having played at Louisiana Tech. He is a nose tackle at 6-1, 345 pounds whose weight has fluctuated considerably in college anywhere from 330 to 390 pounds. He gained some notice at the East West Shrine game which is common for players who didn't play on a big stage at a major school.
McGill at 116 was considered great value based on where he was projected in the draft. He is a big corner (6-3, 211 pounds) who played safety up until his senior season at Utah. The Raiders have been steadfast saying they see him as a cornerback not a safety. Although it would be easier to try him at corner and switch him to safety than the other way around.
Reggie McKenzie said he would have liked to find a deal to trade down and pick up a pick in the fifth or sixth round but never got a deal to make that happen.
Carrie was the first pick in the seventh round as a punt return specialist. His position is cornerback but the Raiders got him to return punts. He was All-MAC first team at punt returner for the Ohio Bobcats. He does have a long injury history, however, missing two full seasons of college football with a hip and shoulder injury. He is a local product having grown up in Antioch and attended De LaSalle high school.
Harris with the second pick in the seventh round the Raiders went for a player with serious red flags in character but who can be a good talent if he can turn it around. He didn't play college football last season after being dismissed from the Illinois State football team for conduct detrimental to the team. He had previously been suspended for behavior issues as well. In 2012 he was on the All-MVFC first team.
The Raiders final pick also had some character concerns. Another big defensive back (6-3, 198 pounds) began his career at Florida but was cut from the team after he had been skipping practices as well as classes and had a heated argument with an assistant coach. He only appeared in two games for Florida and sat out nearly two seasons with the transfer to WKU. He had a great first season at WKU with six interceptions and was named to the All-Sun Belt First team.