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Raiders trade up to select Tyree Gillespie from Missouri

Las Vegas drafts their third safety of the draft

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The Raiders traded up with the Jets to acquire the 143rd pick in the NFL Draft on Saturday. They selected their third safety of the draft, Tyree Gillespie from Missouri.

Here’s what the Raiders gave up to get him.

During his time with the Tigers, he racked up 146 tackles with six coming for loss. He had 12 pass breakups, with 11 of them coming over the last two seasons.

Here’s a full report from our friends over at Rock M Nation. Go check out and read everything you need to know about Gillespie.

Scouting report (via The Draft Network)

Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie projects as a depth player in the NFL who is capable of fulfilling significant snaps in spot duty and act as a primary special teams contributor on kick coverages. Gillespie offers some sturdy tackling and has spent the vast majority of his reps as a starter with the Tigers acting as the post safety in single-high coverage. His projection is much less favorable to playing single high in the pros; he’ll be better served working as a split safety and not being charged with commanding the entire middle of the field by himself.

He’s a physical football player—teams that covet the potential of an enforcer on the back end will certainly have him earmarked as a potential value buy. Gillespie has NFL caliber functional athleticism but not to the degree in which he’d need it to fulfill a prominent starting role in the back end of an NFL defense.

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