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Potential Raiders’ first-round target Kenneth Murray has setback

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Oklahoma star linebacker is not working out at Pro Day

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Surely, the Raiders’ scouting department is bummed to hear it won’t get a look at top draft prospect Kenneth Murray.

The Oklahoma linebacker won’t be participating in the school’s pro day Wednesday because of a lingering injury, according to Andrew Groover with the NFL Network.

Murray sustained a hamstring injury at the NFL combine last month while participating in a 40-yard dash drill.

So, not only was Murray’s combine performance cut short, now he will miss the important pro day.

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Fortunately, unless the injury is more severe than previously reported, it shouldn’t affect Murray in his rookie season.

But it could impact his draft status and that could behoove the Raiders, who are reportedly interested in him. Linebacker is one of the Raiders’ most pressing needs and Murray is considered a top prospect.

Murray and LSU linebacker Patrick Queen have often been connected to Las Vegas with the No. 19 pick in several mock drafts. However, if Murray can’t workout prior to the draft, his stock could drop some.

If Murray does tumble down to the bottom of the first round, the Raiders could sense that and trade down from No. 19 to garner an extra pick and to get a shot at a value pick like him.

So, while Murray’s injury situation may be a minor issue, it could end up being an opportunity for Jon Gruden and the Raiders.