College: Washington State
Selection: Seventh round, No. 221 overall
The Raiders continued adding to their secondary in the NFL draft, selecting their third defensive back in six selections. They’ve added Washington State alum Shalom Luani, a safety by trade who will be expected to contribute heavily on special teams should be make the regular-season squad.
Analysts say he’s a quality cover man who can read quarterbacks well. He excels in zone coverage and can make plays on the football.
His big problem, it seems, is consistent tackling. His NFL.com draft profile states Luani missed 31 tackles and allowed 11 more broken tackles in two seasons. He’s an aggressive player who sometimes takes improper routes on deep passes especially.
Raiders coaches consistently preach fundamentals, and will try and help him as a tackler. He’ll have to carve a role in the kicking game while developing as a defensive player.
This marks the fifth defensive player general manager Reggie McKenzie has taken in six picks.
Rashaan Melvin said his goodbyes to the Raiders after the Lions announced a deal that would bring the cornerback to the team.
But Melvin's farewell to the Silver and Black was a bit of a sad one. Melvin said he felt as though he cheated the fans:
This, of course, appeared to be more of him not feeling as though he played to his potential. Playing for the Raiders had been a dream of his.
Melvin only started in seven games last season which could be partly why he's feeling the way he's feeling.
"To all my guys in the locker room, I appreciate you guys for making the year special through everything."
Antonio Brown is now a member of the Raiders -- which means he is not going to play for the Bills despite some strange rumors he would be Buffalo-bound.
So, naturally, Brown made sure to put a reaction on Instagram to double-down on this:
This is in addition to him saying it was "Fake news" at the beginning of the month:
And anything sports-related and bring Drake into the mix is very much appreciated.
It appears Brown is more than happy with his decision to sport silver and black.