The Oakland Raiders picked tight end Nick Kasa earlier in the sixth round, but they felt compelled to add more depth at a position of need.
Oakland took tight end Mychal Rivera from Tennessee with the 184th overall pick in the draft, one they obtained in a trade with the Houston Texans. Rivera caught 36 passes for 562 yards in 2012, averaging 15.6 yards per catch. Rivera caught 10 passes for 129 yards in an overtime loss to Missouri late in the season, and he caught at least one pass in his last 18 college games.
Rivera was able to catch an average of three passes per game in college, and he will be able to play at tight end right away for Oakland. The Raiders’ current tight ends combined for nine catches last year, so we could see Kasa or Rivera starting as early as Week 1.