UPDATE: The Raiders announced they signed third-round pick, pass-rusher Malcolm Koonce. The entire draft class is now signed.
And then there was one.
On Friday — four days before the team reports to training camp — the Las Vegas Raiders signed third-round draft pick Divine Deablo, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.
The #Raiders have agreed to terms on a deal with third-round S Divine Deablo and I'm only tweeting this because I love his oxymoronic name. Thanks.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 23, 2021
The linebacker/safety from Virginia Tech was the No. 80 overall pick. The only remaining unsigned Las Vegas draft pick is Buffalo pass rusher Malcolm Koonce. He was also taken in the third round, one pick ahead of Deablo at No. 79.
On Monday, we looked at the slow-down of third-round pick signings around the NFL. The pace picked up as the week progressed. I’d expect Koonce to sign his deal soon as well.
It will be interesting to see if Deablo will be on the practice field when the Raiders start to practice Wednesday morning. He was not present at the team’s offseason program or at the mandatory minicamp.
Without giving a reason for his absence, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he was hopeful Deablo would be able to practice when training camp began.