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Bryce Love hopes Stanford tape shows NFL draft value while rehabbing knee

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Bryce Love hopes Stanford tape shows NFL draft value while rehabbing knee

ALAMEDA -- Stanford running back Bryce Love was at the Raiders local pro day, but couldn’t work out. Rehabbing ACL tears will keep you on the shelf.

The timing for his couldn’t have been worse.

Love got hurt in Stanford’s final regular-season game, ruining his opportunity to impress during the pre-draft process. He has awesome traits to show, with tremendous speed, agility, and toughness.

He had to refer teams to excellent game tape for all that, unable to join in on NFL combine or Cardinal pro day testing work and positional drills.

Love had a rough 2018 all around, but was a Heisman Trophy finalist the year before. The guy can flat play.

He’s reminding teams of that wherever possible, showing off the one advantage not hindered by his rehab.

“I’m letting my film speak for itself and showcasing the mental aspect of my game,” Love said. “I’m doing things that I can do. Obviously, you dream about being able to do the combine and your pro day, but that’s not how it worked out.

“At the end of the day, I’m a mental giant in terms of looking on to the next and focusing on what I have to focus on.”

Primarily, at this stage, that’s rehabbing right. Love hopes he’ll be ready for physical activity on July 8, in time for NFL training camps. He went back to Indianapolis recently for an NFL combine medical re-check, and his knee is progressing well. NFL teams get those updates this week. The Raiders need running back help, and Love could be an intriguing option if available in the later rounds. 

“You have to trust the process and be patient and understand what you can and can’t do,” Love said. “I’m trying to get better day by day with a proper mindset. It definitely makes you appreciate the things you can do physically when you’re able, especially when you’re not healthy.”

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He will still get drafted at the end of this month, though far lower than he would’ve if he was physically right. That’s a tough pill for a proud competitor, which has taught Love a lot about patience.

“You certainly learn a lot about yourself and the caliber of person you are to persevere,” Love said. “I know I’m going to be back, better than I was before,” Love said. “I have that mentality. I’m trying to push myself to another level right now.”

 

Raiders sign first-round draft pick Johnathan Abram to four-year contract

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Raiders sign first-round draft pick Johnathan Abram to four-year contract

The Raiders are getting some business done before summer vacation truly starts. The Silver and Black signed a third member of their NFL draft class late Tuesday afternoon when No. 27 overall pick Johnathan Abram inked his rookie contract.

No. 4 selection Clelin Ferrell and No. 40 pick Trayvon Mullen signed earlier in the day.

No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs is the only Raiders draftee that remains unsigned, and it’s certainly possible his deal gets done before rookies formally leave on summer vacation later this week. They stayed an extra week after the offseason program’s end to work with the strength staff and player engagement department on off-the-field education common to all first-year NFL players.

Abram was slotted to receive a contract worth $11.45 million over four years that includes $6.380 million in a signing bonus. There’s also a fifth-year team option available that is standard for all first-round picks.

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The Raiders selected Abram with the first-round pick the Dallas Cowboys gave up for Amari Cooper. Abram impressed during the offseason program and joined the first unit during the final week of OTAs. He was there again in minicamp, and a solid training camp could lock him into a starting safety spot right away.

Trayvon Mullen, Raiders' second-round draft pick, signs four-year contract

Trayvon Mullen, Raiders' second-round draft pick, signs four-year contract

The Raiders offseason program ended Wednesday, but rookies stick around another week-plus to work with the strength staff and player engagement folks, who go over off-the-field insights that used to be covered during the rookie symposium.

That means they’re still around to sign contracts. The Raiders inked their second-round pick Trayvon Mullen to a four-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, shortly after announcing a completed deal for No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell.

Mullen was taken at No. 40, slotting into a four-year contract worth $7.25 million. It comes with a $3.29 million signing bonus.

That’s two former Clemson Tigers signed the same day. The Raiders drafted a third, but fifth-round pick Hunter Renfrow was locked up weeks ago.

Mullen worked primarily with the second unit, at outside cornerback, during the offseason program. He joins a competitive position group led by Gareon Conley. Daryl Worley is another presumptive starter, though Nevin Lawson and Mullen will have an opportunity to push for significant snaps in 2019.

“I feel like you’re getting someone who could potentially be a lockdown corner in this league,” Ferrell said back in May. “He has every athletic skill set that you need in a corner, and obviously has that competitive mindset. That’s the biggest thing, you can have all the ability, but are you a competitor? That’s the thing he definitely has.”

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No. 24 overall pick Josh Jacobs and No. 27 selection Johnathan Abram are the only 2019 draft picks who haven’t signed contracts. That could easily happen this week, while rookies are still in town.

Issues aren’t expected with either deal, and could be signed before the full squad reports to Raiders training camp on July 26.