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Raiders announce draft picks for the 2017 season

Raiders announce draft picks for the 2017 season
Raiders announce draft picks for the 2017 season
Raiders announce draft picks for the 2017 season
Raiders announce draft picks for the 2017 season
Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 29, 2017

After spending a day in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on Saturday, the Raiders have selected their draft picks for the 2017 season:

  • Round 1: Cornerback Gareon Conley from Ohio State. He was the number 24 pick for the round and 24th overall.
  • Round 2: Safety Obi Melifonwu from Connecticut. Number 24 for the round and 56th overall.
  • Round 3: Defensive Tackle Eddie Vanderdoes from UCLA. Number 24 for the round and 88th overall.
  • Round 4: Tackle David Sharpe from Florida. Number 23 for the round and 129th overall.
  • Round 5: Linebacker Marquel Lee from Wake Forest. Number 24 for the round and 168th overall.
  • Round 7: Safety Shalom Luani from Washington State (Round Pick 3, Overall Pick 221), Tackle Jylan Ware from Alabama State (Round Pick 13, Overall Pick 231), Running Back Elijah Hood from North Carolina (Round Pick 24, Overall Pick 242), and Defensive Tackle Treyvon Hester from Toledo (Round Pick 26, Overall Pick 244)

Former Raider Akbar Gbaja-Biamila said at the event that he's enthusiastic about the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, saying that the city has potential to become the "sports entertainment capital of the world." Meanwhile, Governor Brian Sandoval spoke about the growing excitement.

"We're going to have a team. We're going to have jobs. We're going to bring the Raider Nation here... I think Las Vegas is the best place in the country to host a team and we're going to prove it," he said.

The team hopes to have a new stadium ready in Las Vegas for the 2020 season.