Here’s a quick snippet about each late Raider pick!
Travis Carrie, CB, Ohio- A local product who could make his way onto the squad first as a special-teamer, but will need to stay healthy.
Travis Carrie is a punt return specialist. Will actually battle with Taiwan Jones at corner and return man. Both from Antioch.
— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) May 10, 2014
Raiders 7th-rd pick Travis Carrie of Miami played locally at De La Salle. Has had hip, shoulder, knee issues. Also a concussion. — Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) May 10, 2014
Shelby Harris, DE, Illinois St.- Off the field issues kept him out of football last year, but possesses great talent.
Raiders’ last pick, DE Shelby Harris, didn’t play last season, dismissed from Illinois State for conduct detrimental to team
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) May 10, 2014
His strengths per NFL.com:
Very long arms. Can extend, tug and rip off blocks. Good athleticism, feet and balance. Shows the ability to reduce his body and get in gaps. Competed well as an undersized interior player. Generally locates the ball. Gives effort in pursuit and chases outside the box. Nice closing burst. Strong tackler who generates pop on contact. Lined up inside and outside. Good potential as a run defender.
Jonathan Dowling, SS, Western Kentucky- Another guy with issues off-field, but is a playmaker on the back-end of the defense.
Raiders third 7th-round pick Jonathan Dowling was dismissed from Florida as a freshman after an argument with assistant coach.
— Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) May 10, 2014
His strengths according to CBSsports.com:
Playmaker who loves to bait throws. Aggressive at the catch point and won’t concede completions. Scrappy attitude and plays with a chip. Experience on special teams coverages. Highly productive and opportunistic as a two-year starter (23 career starts) with 23 passes defended, 9 interceptions and 8 forced fumbles the past two seasons, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors.
Definitely some risky choices by the Oakland front-office, but they have found some guys with tremendous talent. In the end, that’s all you can do in the seventh round of the draft. Besides, GM Reggie McKenzie and his staff have done a great job over these last few days so it’s safe to say they know what they are doing here in the seventh round as well.