The Raiders have been awarded four compensatory picks in this year’s NFL Draft, the league announced on Friday. All of them will come in the sixth round, bringing the Raiders selection total to 11.
Compensatory picks are given out by the league based on a formula of free agency gains versus losses from the previous offseason, based largest on contract value and playing time during the 2017 season. Teams that lose more than they get in terms of free-agent performance are given selections from rounds 3-7.
The Raiders were relatively quiet during last year’s free-agent signing period, with Jared Cook and Cordarrelle Patterson considered marquee acquisitions despite relatively affordable deals. A great number left in free agency, including linebacker Malcolm Smith, tackle Menelik Watson, defensive tackle Stacy McGee and running back Latavius Murray.
The Raiders now own the Nos. 210, 212, 216 and 217 overall selections in the upcoming draft.
The 49ers and Raiders are deadlocked in terms of draft priority will flip a coin at the NFL scouting combine to determine which team will select No. 9 and No. 10. That will reportedly happen on Friday.
The teams will alternate higher selections in subsequent rounds.
Steph Curry turns 30 years old on Wednesday, but with the Warriors playing the Lakers, his friends and family decided to hold the party for him on Monday night.
Most of Curry's Warriors teammates attended the bash. Things must have gone late into the night because the team cancelled the planned practice for 11am on Tuesday.
Special guests included E-40, Paramore and Lecrae. Curry himself took a turn on the mic and belted out a few bars.
Based on the videos from the party, it appears Curry may have gotten a small yacht for a present.
Don't feel bad that you weren't invited. There were enough videos posted on Instagram Stories by Steph, his wife Ayesha, his sister Sydel, his brother Seth and E-40, among others. Check out some of the best here:
Programming note: In the lead up to Stephen Curry's 30th birthday on March 14th, we will be unveiling the top plays of his historic career. Check back Wednesday for the No. 1.
Curry No. 2: Epic 35-foot game-winner in OT vs Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016
The Warriors are locked in an epic battle against an Oklahoma City team featuring Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and it looks bad when Curry leaves in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle.
He not only returns but also conquers, scoring 46 points, including 12 3-pointers, punctuated by pulling up from 35 feet to sink the game-winner in OT. It is the biggest shot of the regular season.
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