The Raiders have signed third round pick linebacker Sio Moore to a contract, the team announced today. He becomes the seventh of ten drafted players the Raiders have signed this off-season after having signed all of their sixth and seventh round picks last week.
The 6-1, 240 pound linebacker Moore was the 66th overall selection in April's draft by the Raiders. In 31 starts at Connecticut, Moore garnered first-team All-Big East Conference honors twice during his collegiate career. As a senior, Moore ranked fourth on the team with 72 tackles (45 solo) and was named to the watch list for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's top linebacker.
He has been lining up as the team's starting weakside linebacker thus far in OTA's and minicamps and is expected to start there right away as a rookie.
Last season, the Raiders started rookie fourth round pick Miles Burris at weak side linebacker but Burris has been out all off-season recovering from surgery on his knee. He, ironically, became the starter last season replacing Aaron Curry who had chronic knee issues.
This leaves the Raiders with three picks yet to be signed-First round pick CB D.J. Hayden, second round pick OT Menelik Watson, and fourth round pick QB Tyler Wilson.