Day 3 of the NFL Draft is fast furious. Keep track of who the Raiders add to their roster right here.
Weight: 200 pounds
Selection: Fourth round (No. 110 overall)
Scouting report: Nelson is regarded as a solid cover man, despite the fact he didn’t have an interception in college. He had more than 40 passes defensed -- he had 21 last year -- so his ball skills are pretty good. Analysts say he’s a hard worker who works well as a press corner. He can be grabby, but that tendency can be coached out of him. Nelson is dealing with an injury suffered in a private workout. He required surgery on his meniscus, per NFL Network, but didn’t have a full repair and will miss six weeks. Nelson has experience ss a punt returner, including score in that role.
Projected role: His knee issue could keep him out most of the offseason program, which will hinder his early development but certainly shouldn’t count as a major deal. He should compete for snaps with a host of other cornerbacks, though the Raiders don’t need him to step in and play right away if Gareon Conley is healthy, Rashaan Melvin lives up to his billing and Daryl Worley is in good standing with the league. Others will be fighting for time as well, including Shareece Wright, Leon Hall, Dexter McDonald and Antonio Hamilton.
Quotable: “I feel like I would have been a late first, early second if not for the injuries based on my talent."
-- Nelson, on how injuries impacted his draft status
Quotable: “It was only a six-week process. This is my second one so about four more weeks. I'll be good to go in the summer. By fall camp, I'll be 100 percent."
-- Nelson, on his rehab timetable
Weight: 292 pounds
Selection: Fifth round (No. 140 overall)
Scouting report: Hurst is this draft’s best interior pass rusher. Period. You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone arguing that point. This first-round talent plummeted down the draft board due to a heart condition that got him sent home from the NFL scouting combine. He was cleared to participate in his pro day, and flashed tremendous skill supported by excellent game tape. Hurst visited the Raiders a few weeks ago, and their doctors must’ve cleared him medically to keep him on the draft board. If he proves healthy, this is a straight steal in the fifth round.
Projected role: Hurst should compete to be the team’s starting three technique remains healthy and able to play. He hasn’t missed a game due to his illness, and will be a frontrunner to start and play significant snaps at a vital spot along the defensive line. Paul Guenther’s defense thrives with a solid interior pass rush. Hurst could provide that, and could help divert attention from Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin off the edge.
Quotable: “It’s tough going into this thinking you’re one of the top players in the draft and just having to wait. You think you’re better than people that go ahead of you, and that’s tough. But I’m happy to be in a good fit, with the right organization."
-- Hurst, on dropping in the draft due to a heart issue he doesn’t believe will impact his career
Weight: 210 pounds
Selection: Fifth round (No. 173 overall)
Scouting report: Analysts say Townsend has a powerful leg and sending booming punts downfield with ease. He had the highest gross punt average in the nation last year, with could serve well when combined with solid coverage. That has been an emphasis for the Raiders in free agency. He gets the ball out quick, making him tough to block. His power and accuracy is there but his hang time is often lacking, meaning he has a tendency to outpunt his coverage.
Projected role: The Raiders needed a punter after cutting Marquette King. Townsend will fill that vacancy unless his offseason goes horribly wrong, though that’s certainly unexpected. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Townsend was the Raiders target, and they were not bothered when JK Scott was taken the pick before by Green Bay. Special teams coach Rich Bisaccia conducted a private work out with Townsend, and clearly feels comfortable Townsend can be an NFL punter.
Quotable: “It’s an unbelievable opportunity. I’m going to have to come in and compete and I’m going to have to bring my ‘A’ game throughout this whole process. Just having the opportunity presented to me is just unbelievable. I’m just going to take it and run with it.”
-- Townsend on being drafted by a team desperately needing a punter
Weight: 230 pounds
Selection: Sixth round (No. 216 overall)
Scouting report: Victor was used as a quality NFL prospect before he suffered a leg injury during the 2016 season. He reportedly put together lackluster game film and gained some weight. He was suspended twice last year, once for a failed drug test and again following his DUI arrest in Nov. 2017. There’s a talented football player in there, someone who plays with power and aggression. He’s quick to diagnose plays, an important trait for inside linebackers. He also offers value on special teams. Victor is said to struggle in man coverage and can get stuck on blocks.
Projected role: The Raiders need immediate help at middle linebacker, but it’s hard to imagine a sixth-round pick stepping right into that role. He should help on special teams right away, and will certainly be allowed to compete for snaps. He’ll also have to stay on the proper path to contribute, which is a question mark after his issues while at Washington.
Quotable: “I want to show everybody that I have no off-the-field issues, I’m a great character guy, and that I can play some damn good football. I think that’s about it.”
-- Victor, on making a good first impression with Raiders
College: Oklahoma State
Weight: 216 pounds
Selection: Seventh round (No. 228 overall)
Scouting report: Ateman doesn’t separate with speed. He ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash at the combine. He uses a big frame to make plays down the field. He finished 2017 with 59 catches for 1,156 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed all of 2016 with a foot injury, but is healthy again. He’s excellent high pointing passes, with sure hands in all situations. He’s a good improviser, and can run any route. Critics knock his speed and overall athleticism and his ability to free himself from press coverage.
Projected role: The Raiders have a strong receiver set with Amari Cooper, Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. Seth Roberts remains on the roster, and is slotted as the fourth receiver. Ateman must cover well on special teams and fight for time on offense. He has the skills to be a contributor in time.
Quotable: ““Just play big, get separation, working on my routes, just been working on getting separation. Just been working on coming in out of my breaks. Using different releases at the line to get separation. I’ve been working, I’ve been putting in and will continue to put in and just compensating for that like you said and just playing up to my size and making plays.”
-- Ateman, on making plays despite less-than-ideal speed