Raiders select their second TE of draft in Mychal Rivera

Raiders select their second TE of draft in Mychal Rivera
April 27, 2013, 1:30 pm
Share This Post

Mychal Rivera played against the Raiders coaching staff in the Senior Bowl, but with fellow Raiders draft pick QB Tyler Wilson. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders chose tight end Mychal Rivera with the No. 184 overall pick in the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Here's a closer look at the selection:

MYCHAL RIVERA
Position: Tight end
School: Tennessee
Height/weight: 6 foot 3, 242 pounds
College career: Caught 76 passes for 1,018 yards and six TDs in his three-year career at Tennessee. Set Vols record-for-a-tight end with 562 receiving yards as a senior, breaking Jason Witten's mark of 493 yards, set in 2002. Rivera caught a pass in last 18 consecutive games. Began college career in junior college at College of the Canyons in Southern California after originally signing with Oregon. Played against Raiders coaching staff in Senior Bowl, but with fellow Raiders draft pick Tyler Wilson, the quarterback from Arkansas.
Scouting report: A pass-catching tight end who reminds scouts of Kellen Winslow, Jr., though not as big physically. Said to have "sneaky speed" that can stretch the field for big-chunk plays. Needs to work on blocking and strength. Versatility, though, allows him to line up in numerous spots.
How he fits: As with fellow draft pick Nick Kasa, who is more the blocker, figures to compete for playing time with David Ausberry, Richard Gordon and Mickey Shuler since there is no true No. 1 tight end on the roster.
In his words: "Oh yeah, they've dropped a 'Glee' reference. As soon as they ask my sister's occupation, the whole conversation turns there; they all want to know how I got ugly and she got pretty."
--Mychal Rivera, to CSNCalifornia.com, on his sister Naya, who plays "Santana" on "Glee."