For the second consecutive season the Raiders have drafted a defensive end in the seventh round and then cut him. Last season it was David Bass, the team's final pick in the draft, who was released. This time it is Shelby Harris who has been waived.
Harris performed well in the preseason but was criticized by Dennis Allen for his practice habits. He was inactive for the first two games of the season. All the while the team signed defensive end Benson Mayowa away from the Seahawks and he was active ahead of Harris.
Harris came to the Raiders as a troubled case. He started his college career at Wisconsin but was suspended for conduct reasons and transferred to Illinois State. He played well for ISU at first but then was kicked off the team prior to the start of his senior season and was out of football in 2013.
The Raiders took a chance on Harris in the seventh round and used 2013 sixth round pick, Stacy McGee as an example of how a player can turn himself around. The fact that he was waived without a corresponding move yet announced is concerning.
Also being waived was Kaelin Burnett who had been placed on injured reserve on September 1.