Raiders focused on controlling the line of scrimmage in NFL Draft


Once Hurst reached that point, the Raiders traded picks No. 159 and 185 in order to move up and make sure Hurst was wearing the Silver and Black next season.

On Saturday, the Raiders made a decision to take a chance on MI defensive tackle who has first-round talent but also has a heart condition, which is why he was still on the board Saturday afternoon.

Hurst said he "missed about a week's worth of football activities" after the initial diagnosis, but was cleared and got his college career started. "Just upset and disappointed in teams that decided not to pick me".

There were some notable players that fell out of the first round, making for a few great selections in Round 2.

The Oakland Raiders are using a very specific approach to the NFL Draft thus far.

He slipped to the fifth round, drafted by the Oakland Raiders as the 140 overall selection.

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Hurst was flagged for an irregular echocardiogram at the NFL Scouting Combine almost two months ago.

On Friday, they traded up in the third round for former Louisiana State defensive end Arden Key. He said he has been cleared by doctors at Harvard and MI but that didn't prevent his fall. "Just having to wait and see guys that you believe that you're better than go ahead of you, I mean it's tough. Warren Sapp was my favorite player growing up and I just loved that defense and that's what I think he's trying to bring back there and I'm just excited to be a part of that process and be one of those pieces to the puzzle". The team will keep monitoring him but he now has no limitations. If the heart condition is as little of a factor as Hurst insists it is, he could be the steal of the draft. The NFL suspended Bryant for the 2016 season for his latest violation of its substance-abuse policy.

In the fifth round Saturday, they took one unlike the others. "He's got movement skills, good ball reaction, supports the run". He will be able to push the pocket and take some of the pressure off Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. Nelson played some wide receiver in high school, but he had no career interceptions in the 2014 and 2015 seasons at Hawaii and last season at Wisconsin.

Now, according to reports, Hurst is in danger of not getting drafted at all. The Raiders also drafted punter Johnny Townsend as their successor to Marquette King, whom they released in March.

"I got a text from Charles Woodson".