This week the Raiders brought in a couple of 6-4 wide receiver prospects for visits, according to SI’s Albert Breer.
Raiders had two WRs to Oakland this week -- Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora and UNC WR Mack Hollins -- that show the value in Top 30 visits.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 7, 2017
Let’s start with Mack Hollins, who was putting up decent numbers for North Carolina before breaking his collarbone last season. He averaged over 20 yards per catch in his three seasons as a starter for the Tarheels, including nearly 25 yards per catch as a junior in 2015. He is considered an early day three prospect.
The visit among these two that raises eyebrows for all the wrong reasons is Ishmael Zamora. The former Baylor (oh, Baylor) receiver is having to visit teams because he wasn’t allowed to attend the scouting combine due to being cited last year for animal abuse after a video surfaced of him beating a dog. Specifically, he whipped with a belt and kicked a dog repeatedly.
The incident earned him 40 hours of community service, a 3-game suspension, and he had the dog taken from him and placed in a good home.
Former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is in a similar situation. He too had a nasty incident caught on tape and was banned from the scouting combine, forcing him to visit teams. Mixon was seen punching a girl in the face. The Raiders also had him for a visit for the same reason.
You can’t say the Raiders aren’t doing their due diligence of the draft’s problem children (Not you, Mack Hollins, you’re fine).