The Raiders go again to the South for a defensive player, this time spending their second fifth round pick on Florida OLB Neiron Ball. Ball played opposite Dante Fowler on Florida's excellent defense and has good burst as a pass rusher.
Ball underwent microfracture surgery in November and that's a concern, but he has been through some awful circumstances in his life including brain surgery at the age of 10 and the loss of both his parents even prior to that. If anyone can come back and be a strong player, it's him. He is a fighter and a survivor through and through.
Ball should be a special teams player for Oakland and a backup at both OLB spots. He has a good motor but lacks consistency in diagnosing plays. He is good at staying square to the line and has excellent footwork. Ball has good size at 6'2" and 236 pounds and he is a fit for both 3-4 and 4-3 OLB so look for him to compete for a job in camp.