The first of nine Raiders draft picks left the practice field today and headed to the office to make it official, signing his 4-year rookie contract. Sixth round linebacker Azeem Victor was the first to put his name on the dotted line.
At one time the Raiders had six 6th round picks in this draft. After several trades, they ended up with just one. It was one of their four compensatory picks at 216 overall and they used it to add Victor.
The former Washington Husky did his best work in his sophomore and junior seasons. As a Junior the middle linebacker started 10 games and recorded 67 tackles (45) with one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, earning him first-team All-Pac-12 honors.
The 6-2, 240-pounder undid that fine season with a rough 2017 season that saw him suspended twice for failed drug test and a DUI and ultimately appearing in just five games. The Raiders are banking on the risk/reward of taking a player in the 6th round who showed some potential in college but who fell in the draft due to character concerns.