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Melifonwu, Conley and Luani
McKenzie focuses Raiders' 2017 draft on defense, beefs up secondary
With a stacked offense, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie used many of his nine draft picks to fill holes on the Raiders defense.
Ahmad Thomas playing at Oklahoma
Raiders 2017 UDFA tracker: McKenzie adds safeties, mining for more gold
In need of depth at safety, Reggie McKenzie has already added two undrafted free agents. Insider Scott Bair is keeping track of the deal here.
Bair: As intended, Raiders loaded up on key defensive pieces
It was the goal of Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders to strengthen the defense and early reports are they did just that...
With additions at LB, is door open to bring Riley back?
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie offers his first thoughts on getting a deal with Marshawn Lynch done.
McKenzie on 7th rounder Luani: 'A football playing Jesse'
Reggie McKenzie details what he likes about small-school offensive lineman Jylan Ware.
McKenzie addresses concerns OT David Sharpe is legally blind
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie shares what he likes about fourth round pick David Sharpe.
New Raiders RB Hood modeled game after Lynch
After admiring Marshawn Lynch for some time, Elijah Hood 'can't wait to be in that running back room' with Beastmode...
Treyvon Hester
Raiders select DT Treyvon Hester in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft
With the 244th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected Toledo defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.
Elijah Hood running against Georgia
Raiders select RB Elijah Hood in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft
With the 242nd pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected North Carolina running back Elijah Hood.
Jylan Ware
Raiders select OT Jylan Ware in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft
With the 231st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected OT Jylan Ware from Alabama State.
Shalom Luani
Raiders select DB Shalom Luani in seventh round of 2017 NFL Draft
With the 221st pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Raiders selected DB Shalom Luani from Washington State.
Raiders select LB Marquel Lee in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft
Linebacker was seen as an area for the Raiders to address in the draft and they went out and grabbed one in the fifth round on Saturday...
Raiders fourth-round OL refutes pre-draft rumors: 'I'm not legally blind'
Going into the draft, a rumor swirled that David Sharpe is blind in his right eye. After the Raiders picked him, he tried to shoot that down...
Melifonwu might serve as solution to Raiders' problem covering tight ends
The Raiders' issues trying to cover tight ends has been evident in recent years. In the second round, Oakland may have found the answer...
Raiders select OL David Sharpe in fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft
For the first time, the Raiders went on the offensive side of the ball in the 2017 NFL Draft, adding to their offensive line the fourth round...
Vanderdoes out to 'prove people wrong,' show Raiders his very best
Eddie Vanderdoes' tape at UCLA isn't what he wanted it to be. The motivated former top prospect is out to show the force he can be now with the Raiders...
Del Rio: Marshawn showed 'authentic passion' joining hometown Raiders
The Raiders focus has been on the 2017 NFL Draft. But, there's no escaping the subject of running back Marshawn Lynch in Oakland.
Bair: Raiders continue to fortify their needs on defense
The Raiders have an explosive offense. In the draft, they're doing what they can to improve on defense.
Raiders select DT Eddie Vanderdoes in third round of the 2017 NFL Draft
The Raiders continued to go defense, this time going to the line in the third round with UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes.
Raiders select safety Obi Melifonwu in second round of the 2017 NFL Draft
The Raiders continued to shore up their secondary in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by picking up a safety out of UConn. 
Del Rio: Raiders all about bringing in high quality players
Head coach Jack Del Rio expresses what the team cares most about when adding new players.
Raiders drafting Conley the most proud moment of his life
Gareon Conley takes you through what he felt once he found out the Raiders were drafting him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
Defense remains in demand, but Raiders won't reach 'to satisfy a need'
Matching need and value is the ultimate goal. If that occurs, expect a defensive slant from Reggie McKenzie to the rest of this draft...
Raiders' first-round pick Conley opens up on emotions after off-field issues
Gareon Conely has gone through a whilrwind of emotions recently. Once the Raiders made him their first-round pick, shock and relief set in.
McKenzie: Raiders did their 'due diligence' before drafting Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley may not be a popular pick in the public right now. But, GM Reggie McKenzie made it clear the Raiders did their homework on him.
Del Rio, McKenzie break down how Conley fits Raiders defense
GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio hit on their first-round pick Gareon Conley.
Scott & Fallon: Raiders clearly confident in Gareon Conley
The Raiders made a controversial decision with their first-round pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. Scott Bair and Fallon Smith break down Gareon Conley.
What we really learned from day one of the 2017 NFL Draft
The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books after hours of headache on Thursday. And there's three things we learned...
McKenzie: Raiders 'did their due diligence' on Gareon Conley
Reggie McKenzie assures Raiders fans the team is confident in their pick of Gareon Conley despite his off the field issues.
Raiders select CB Gareon Conley with No. 24 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft
The Raiders made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years last season. With their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, they went with defense...
Tom Hanks rants about Raiders leaving Oakland for Las Vegas
Tom Hanks is a Bay Area native, and he is not happy about Mark Davis' decision...
Five potential targets for Raiders with 24th overall pick in NFL Draft
The Raiders will have to wait their turn, and it’s hard to know if preferred players will be there when the Silver and Black are on the clock...
Bair's 2017 first round mock draft: Raiders select inside linebacker
The wait is finally over. With the NFL Draft just hours away, who will Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders take with their first selection...?
Defense on the menu as Raiders enter 2017 NFL Draft
The Raiders have talent and depth at most every offensive position. The same cannot be said about the defensive side of the ball...
Bair: Marshawn adds huge spark on and off field for Raiders
The addition of Marshawn Lynch is more than just a great running back for the Raiders.
Bair: Raiders fans should be chanting 'defense' during Draft
Scott Bair details what the Marshawn Lynch signing means for the Raiders' draft plans.
Ratto Stories: Take the 'surprise me' approach with Marshawn
Ray Ratto takes a look at what fans should expect from Marshawn Lynch now that he's an Oakland Raider.
Stanford star McCaffrey boosts NFL Draft stock with special teams skills
Some of the top prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft are those with versatility. And the biggest star of all is Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.
Marshawn Lynch excellent fit for Raiders scheme, ailing Oakland fan base
Marshawn Lynch fills an immediate need at running back. He also temporarily tempers rage about the Raiders relocating to Las Vegas...
Here's to hoping Marshawn Lynch upstages the NFL Draft
The NFL Draft is one of those events that demeans all who come in contact with it...
Raiders acquire Marshawn Lynch from Seahawks
It is officially official. On Wednesday afternoon, the Raiders announced the transaction...
McKenzie: Raiders will take 'different approach' drafting No. 24 overall
The Raiders now experience the downside of success, with lower selections than normal throughout the NFL Draft...
Will Raiders GM McKenzie break mold and draft inside linebacker early?
There are attractive options likely available at No. 24 overall, where the Raiders can find the immediate impact starter they desperately need...
McKenzie, Del Rio ‘unified since Day 1,’ ushering Raiders into next phase
Reggie McKenzie and Jack Del Rio were focused on improving a lackluster roster. Now, their partnership is entering Phase II...
Kaval: A's considering future move into Raiders' locker room
On Sunday, A's president Dave Kaval addressed the idea of shifting the clubhouse into the space currently occupied by the Silver and Black...
Locals among cornerbacks who can help Raiders early in NFL Draft
The Raiders like larger, physical cornerbacks with ball skills, and there are plenty in this year’s draft; including a San Jose native...
Joe Mixon, James Conner and Brian Hill
Lynch outcome should determine whether Raiders draft a running back
While the Raiders aren't ruling out adding Marshawn Lynch after Thursday, they like to know where stand heading into the NFL Draft.
Mario Edwards and Chris Wormley
Healthy Edwards, NFL Draft could help Raiders improve interior pass rush
The Raiders must improve their pass rush in 2017, and they are hoping a stocked draft class combined with a healthy Mario Edwards Jr. will fix it.
Controversial RB Joe Mixon impressed Raiders during pre-draft visit
Joe Mixon's talent on the field is worthy of a high draft pick as an elusive running back. But, he's best known for a rough off the field incident.
McKenzie not considering Aldon Smith's status heading into NFL draft
As he continues to serve a suspension, the linebacker is not on Oakland's radar per Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie...
McKenzie confident Carr extension done before Raiders training camp
Reggie McKenzie says the 'first step' to getting his star quarterback the extension he deserves is already done...
McKenzie prefers Marshawn Lynch deal done before NFL draft
The door is open for Marshawn Lynch to join the Raiders, but there is more than just one hurdle to leap according to Reggie McKenzie...
Ranking the Raiders' Top 5 draft needs
This is a deep draft at several areas of consequence, allowing general manager Reggie McKenzie to focus on a spectrum of positions...
How Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man by law
Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in his prison cell and by doing so right now, the legalities of his case change due to an old Massachusetts law.
Raiders face multiple tough road stretches in 2017 schedule
The Raiders will be in the spotlight for the 2017 season. But, they certainly won't have it easy as the NFL revealed the team's schedule Thursday.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie ranked 12th best in NFL
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie's ability to draft eventual stars helped lead the team to their first playoff appearance in 14 years...
Raiders open at Titans, featured in five prime-time games for 2017
This will be the third straight season the Raiders play in Nashville. They have won the last two contets at Nissan Stadium...
Source: Raiders pick up Khalil Mack's fifth-year option
Reggie McKenzie wants to lock Khalil Mack into a long-term contract soon, but the option affords more flexibility to get a deal done...
Tavecchio celebrates after field goal
Raiders sign former Cal kicker for fourth straight offseason
Former Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio is back for his fourth tour of duty in Oakland as he signed with the Raiders on Wednesday.
Khalil Mack's three-word mantra during Raiders' limbo period in Oakland
Before moving to Las Vegas in a couple years, the Raiders will continue to play in Oakland. What does Khalil Mack think about the situation?
Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison cell
His death comes just days after the 27-year-old was acquitted in a second murder case...
Carr draws fans' ire with 'true Raider fans' comment
The Happy Hour crew debates the firestorm reaction to Derek Carr's recent comments about "real" Raiders fans.
Dan Williams
Raiders release DT Dan Williams
The Raiders cut ties with DT Dan Williams on Tuesday...
An empty Astrodome in 1995
Oilers tried, abandoned same lame-duck approach Raiders are attempting
In the mid 1990's, the Houston Oilers attempted to do what the Raiders will try: play in one city while waiting for a stadium in your new city. It didn't go well for the Oilers.
How involved is Carr in contract talks? Raiders QB divulges
Raiders QB Derek Carr discusses the latest on his looming massive contract extension.
Carr worried about mental side of returning from injury?
Derek Carr addresses the mental side of returning from a season-ending broken leg.
Carr details what he expects from upset Oakland fans
Derek Carr dives into how he expects Oakland Raiders fans to react to the team's move to the Las Vegas.
Carr: 'I hope to play with' Marshawn Lynch, but...
Derek Carr offers his thoughts on the possibility of the Raiders signing retired running back Marshawn Lynch.
Carr waving to the fans
Derek Carr has date in mind to get extension done with Raiders
The Raiders and Derek Carr are expected to agree to a contract extension soon. For the quarterback, he wants to get it done by a certain date.
Carr on Raiders move to Vegas: 'It doesn't matter yet'
Derek Carr offers his thoughts on the Raiders move to Las Vegas.
Carr on injury: 'Truly blessed that it wasn't worse'
More than four months removed from a broken leg, Derek Carr talks about the rehab process and updates how he feels.
Mack tackling Marshawn
Raiders excited that Marshawn Lynch could join 'the dark side'
While Derek Carr and Khalil Mack are focused on the players that are in camp, they didn't hide their desire to see Marshawn Lynch join them.
Seth Roberts makes catch against Chargers
Raiders re-sign four free agents
The Raiders have re-signed four free agents: Denico Autry, Seth Roberts, Gabe Holmes and Denver Kirkland.
Carr 'ready to rock,' ankle fully healed entering Raiders offseason program
Derek Carr broke his ankle late last season, shattering the team's Super Bowl chances. On Monday, he said he's as good as new...
Ratto Stories: What would Lynch really bring to Raiders?
Raiders fans want the Marshawn Lynch of the past who ran right over defenders. But, is that more of a dream than a reality?
Oaklander Marshawn Lynch will be a handy shield for Mark Davis
Marshawn Lynch has a finite amount of time to pull it off before Mark Davis reminds everyone that he owns the Oakland Renters.
Report: Raiders nearing agreement with Marshawn Lynch
This is a requirement before acquiring the running back's rights from Seattle in a trade. A deal has not happened yet, but one is expected...
NFL Mock Draft: Raiders bolster defense in first two rounds
The experts at Rotoworld are building up to the April 27 draft, putting together this seven-round projection of the Raiders picks...
Former Patriots Pro Bowl LB: Marshawn to Raiders ‘changes everything’
Marshawn Lynch could be coming home to Oakland to hit the field for the Raiders. And one former Pro Bowl LB thinks that shakes up the NFL.
Madden upset by Raiders decision to leave Oakland: 'That really bothers me'
John Madden is an Oakland Raiders legend. The former Super Bowl-winning coach opened up on the team moving to Vegas...
Raiders TE Gabe Holmes signs exclusive rights tender
Gabe Holmes missed the 2016 season with an ankle injury, but he is healthy again and will join a deep, talented position group...
Report: Raiders expected to trade for Lynch if new deal is reached
In order for Marshawn Lynch to play for the Silver and Black in 2017, he's going to need to accept a much lower price tag than $9 million...
NFL still doesn't get Las Vegas, even with Raiders
The Raiders are headed to Las Vegas in the near future. Don't get confused though, the NFL still doesn't know what it's doing with Sin City.
Does St. Louis' suit against NFL mean hope for the City of Oakland?
Legal action by the city of St. Louis could open the door for Oakland to be a nuisance for the Raiders -- and at this point, why shouldn't they?
Raiders in need of secondary help, will most likely look to the draft
With significant funds invested in Sean Smith and David Amerson, the Raiders will, in all likelyhood, use the NFL draft to pick up their next slot cornerback...
Raiders expect 'big step forward' from Karl Joseph in second NFL season
Karl Joseph is venturing into uncharted territory with the Raiders' 2017 offseason program set to begin...
Raiders announce 2017 preseason schedule
The Raiders will play three of the four teams in the NFC West, and travel to Texas for a battle with the Cowboys...
Raiders free agent quarterback agrees to terms with Eagles
Raiders free agent quarterback Matt McGloin agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Eagles, the team announced on Monday morning. McGloin signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in May 2013...
Bair: Several steps remain for Raiders to get Lynch
The Raiders could very well have running back Marshawn Lynch in 2017. But, there's still a few hurdles.
Marshawn's mom: 'Town is buzzing' over Lynch possibly joining Raiders
While Delisa Lynch didn’t spill any beans, she said there’s an excitement in Oakland about Marshawn potentially playing for her favorite team...
Raiders parking lot
Oakland Coliseum authority says Raiders owe back parking revenue
Through an audit, the Oakland Coliseum Authority has discovered that the Raiders owe the JPA parking revenue for previous seasons.
Source: Marshawn Lynch visits Raiders facility
This could mark the first of several steps required for a possible union between Marshawn Lynch and his hometown team...
Mark Davis not celebrating Raiders' move to Vegas 'like I would like to be'
Mark Davis made the final call to relocate the Raiders to Sin City. He wants fans to know that he is still stressing over the decision...
Del Rio hopes NFL schedule makers give Raiders 'a fair shake'
The Raiders will travel to the Eastern time zone four times, with two more trips to the Central time zone. And there's one game in Mexico City...
NFL became practical with past worries about Las Vegas
The NFL used to be terrified about Las Vegas and gambling. They clearly have changed their thinking.
Committment to Excellence
Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019
If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none are ideal...
Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith
Jack Del Rio believes it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Aldon Smith during difficult times...
McKenzie: Serious talks on Carr extension coming after NFL Draft
Both sides want to get a deal done, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said there has been good communication toward that end...
Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch 'somewhat entertaining' a return to NFL
Pete Carroll suggests a comeback has entered Marshawn Lynch’s head, but that doesn’t mean he’s coming back for sure...
Draymond Green leaving court
Draymond expresses distaste for Raiders' move: 'I won't attend a game'
Following Tuesday's game in Houston, Draymond Green was asked about the Raiders' move to Las Vegas. He didn't hold back...
McKenzie watches players during training camp
Relocation approval 'offers more clarity' when Raiders recruit future free agents
The uncertainty that surrounded the Raiders' future is no more. Now, potential free agents know what they are signing up for...
NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges
Stating 'safety concerns that are legitimate,' the NFL outlawed a special teams technique with the potential to result in a big play...
Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'
The offseason program begins April 17 and ends June 15. Barring a setback, the Raiders won’t pull the reins on Derek Carr’s participation...