Raiders draft Illinois State DE Shelby Harris

Raiders draft Illinois State DE Shelby Harris
May 10, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Shelby Harris was dismissed from Illinois State before the 2013 season for conduct detrimental to the team. (USATSI)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders took another player with character concerns in the final day of the NFL draft, selectingdefensive end Shelby Harris from Illinois State with the No. 235 pick on Saturday afternoon. Harris is a real flier, considering he did not play college football in 2013.

Shelby Harris
Defensive end
Illinois St.
6-feet-2
288 pounds
Selection: Seventh round, No. 235 overall

Chosen ahead of . . . CB Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State, ILB Christian Jones, Florida State; ILB Shayne Skov, Stanford, OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

College career: Harris began his collegiate career at Wisconsin but was suspended by the team for a violation of team rules and then transferred to Illinois State. He was dismissed from Illinois State before the 2013 season for conduct detrimental to the team. He was suspended for a similar offense earlier in his Cardinals tenure. He did not play last season. He has 14 sacks in 33 career games.

Scouting report: Harris packed on 30 pounds since he last played in 2012, and could be used more as a tackle in the NFL. He’s a physical player who can get to the quarterback, but character concerns and work ethic issues dropped his stock considerably.

How he fits: He’ll have to fight for a chance to provide depth at defensive tackle and defensive end. He has physical tools, but must use them well to stay in this coaching staff’s good graces.

Next scheduled pick: Seventh round, No. 247 overall (Saturday).