Today the Pro Football Writers of America put out their 2017 NFL All Rookie Team. And, as you might expect, there were no Raiders among them.
The Raiders top two picks, Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu never had a chance to be on the team. they were both out injured most of the season.
Third round pick Eddie Vanderdoes started 13 games, but was ineffective. It was Giants second round pick (55 overall) Dalvin Tomlinson who got that spot on the All Rookie team.
Fourth round pick David Sharpe was barely even active most of the season until the final two games.
Fifth round rookie inside linebacker Marquel Lee struggled in his starts early in the season before the team was gifted NaVorro Bowman by the 49ers. The 49ers cut Bowman to give Reuben Foster more playing time. Foster was on the board when the Raiders picked in the first round and they went with Conley instead.
They had a shot at either Co-Offensive Player of the Year RB’s Kareem Hunt or Alvin Kamara in the second but chose Melifonwu instead. Hopefully once he gets healthy he will prove to be the correct choice at that spot.
The Raiders had no sixth round pick, opting instead for four 7th rounders. Defensive tackle Treyvon Hester had the greatest impact among them.
The best Raiders rookie was undrafted linebacker Nicholas Morrow. But not good enough to make this list.