Breaking news: Raiders make trade, take four picks
The Raiders stocked up in the seventh round Saturday, using a trade with the Arizona Cardinals to give themselves four picks in the final round.
The Raiders used the first of those selections, the No. 221st overall pick, on Washington State defensive back Shalom Luani, a former soccer player who spent time at both Chabot and City College of San Francisco before heading to the Cougars.
A native of American Somoa, Luani had a soccer career that saw him score a game in America Samoa’s first FIFA-sanctioned win over Tonga in 2011. He converted to football successfully enough to become a first-team All-Pac 12 selection as a senior at Washington State. He finished that year with 68 tackles, two sacks and four interceptions.
The Raiders added their second offensive lineman of the day 10 picks later when they went with Alabama State’s Jylan Ware, a 6-8 tackle from a small school who the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock called a “310-pound dancing bear” of whom scouts have been taking notice.
They added another running back to the their room at No. 242 when they took North Carolina’s Elijah Hood. He’s a bruiser at 5-11 and 232 pounds who could be the perfect power back to study for a year or two under Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders may have to get creative with their roster to hang on to four backs, including DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
And with their final pick at No. 244, the Raiders looked from some more defensive tackle help with Toledo’s Treyvon Hester. He’s a 6-2, 300-pounder who had five tackles as a senior and a second-team All-MAC selection.
The Raiders got the two extra seventh round picks by sending their sixth round pick to the Cardinals, who used that pick to take Auburn safety Rudy Ford.