The Raiders continued their run on defensive players Saturday, trading in to the fourth round with the New York Jets and selecting Missouri safety Tyree Gillespie.
All three of Friday’s Day 2 picks were defensive players — safety Trevon Moehrig of TCU, edge rusher Malcolm Koonce of Buffalo and linebacker/safety Divine Diablo of Virginia Tech.
“Let’s face it, we need defense,” general manager Mike Mayock said Friday night. “We’re not a very good defensive football team.”
A shade under 6-foot and 207 pounds, Gillespie is regarded as a physical player with blitzing skill and like Deablo would likely contribute on special teams. While Deoblo’s size will have him looked at as a linebacker, Gillespie joins a safety corps that includes Moehrig, Johnathan Abram, Jeff Heath and Dallin Leavitt.
To get Gillespie, the Raiders shipped the No. 162 and No. 200 picks to the Jets to move up to No. 143.
It continued the Raiders trend of taking players with a lot of college experience and who didn’t opt out of the 2020 season.
Gillespie’s strength has been physicality rather than coverage, as he completed his college career with no interceptions in 41 games but with the reputation of playing downhill against the run.
Choices remaining for the Raiders are at No. 167 (fifth-round for Gabe Jackson) and No. 230 (seventh-round through 49ers for Moehrig).
More to come . . .
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports
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