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A quick look at Oakland's 2017 NFL Draft picks:

Gareon Conley
CB, Ohio State
6-0, 195
1st round, 24th overall

Legal Concerns: Conley reportedly was named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation in Cleveland in the weeks before the draft. He denied the accustations and reportedly passed a polygraph test. Conley has not been charged and there has been no warrant issued in the case, according to published reports.

Key Stats: Conley reportedly allowed 37 percent completion during his three seasons with the Buckeyes. He had six interceptions and 91 total tackles in 35 games.

Rookie Impact: The Raiders have holes in their secondary as former Kansas City cornerback Sean Smith underperformed after signing a reported four-year, $40 million contract in March of 2016. The athletically gifted Conley has the skill set to start as a rookie.

Did You Know?: Conley is compared favorably to Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.

Obi Melifonwu
S, Connecticut
6-4, 224
2nd round, 56th overall

Key Stats: Melifonwu had eight interceptions, 349 total tackles and 11.0 tackles for loss during his four-year career with the Huskies.

Rookie Impact: Free safety Reggie Nelson enters his 11th NFL season in 2017. Raiders need depth at the position and the versatile Melifonuw could emerge as a starter at some point in 2017.

Did You Know?: Prior to moving to South Grafton, Mass., Melifonwu was born in London, England.

Eddie Vanderdoes
6-3, 305
3rd round, 88th overall

Key Stats: Vanderdoes tore his left anterior cruciate in the 2015 opener and had modest statistics in 2016. In the 2014 season, he contributed 50 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.2 sacks. The Raiders have a need for interior defensive linemen after the release of Dan Williams and Stacey McGee signing with the Redskins.

Rookie Impact: Vanderdoes, a former five-star recruit, needs to shed injury issues and show he can perform at the NFL level.

Did You Know?: Vanderdoes was born and raised in Auburn, California. He originally signed his letter of intent to play for Notre Dame, but chose to go play for UCLA.

David Sharpe
OT, Florida
6-6, 343
4th round, 129th overall

Key Stats: Sharpe started 26 of his final 27 games at left tackle for the Gators.

Rookie Impact: The massive Sharpe is expected to be in the mix for a backup role at right guard behind starter Gabe Jackson.

Did You Know?: Speaking to reporters following his selection by Oakland, Sharpe denied that he is blind in his right eye. "That info is definitely false,” he said on April 29 in a media teleconference. “All of it is false. Just had a little cataract removed when I was younger. Just been battling that since I’ve been young, but it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything. I’m not blind.”

Marquel Lee
LB, Wake Forest
6-3, 240
5th round, 168th overall

Key Stats: A four-year starter for the Deamon Deacons, Lee finished his college career with 291 total tackles, 41.0 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks in 46 games. As a senior, he contributed 105 total tackles, 20.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks.

Rookie Impact: Lee could emerge as a starter in his first NFL season because the Raiders have only two players — Ben Heeney and Cory James — with experience at inside linebacker, arguably the weakest position on the team.

Did You Know?: The versatile Lee played quarterback during his junior season at Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland.

Shalom Luani
S, Washington State
5-11, 202
7th round, 221st overall

Key Stats: In 25 games for the Cougars, the ball-hawking Luani contributed eight interceptions, 157 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Rookie Impact: Luani will need to earn playing time as a special teams contributor to land a spot on the 53-man roster. He also projects as a rotational nickel back because of his knack for interceptions and big hits at Washingtgon State.

Did You Know?: Luani, who is a native of American Samoa, played for the American Samoan national soccer team as a teenager. At 17, he was a World Cup player for the Tonga.

Jylan Ware
OT, Alabama State
6-8, 295
7th round, 231st overall

Key Stats: Ware was a three-year starter for the Hornets, who compete in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

Rookie Impact: The massive Ware is a candidate for the practice squad as a developmental player and because of the team's depth at offrnsive tackle.

Did You Know?: Ware is the first Alabama State player drafted by an NFL team in 10 years. Defensive back Michael Coe was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round in 2007, and spent time with six teams during his career.

Elijah Hood
RB, North Carolina
5-11, 232
7th round, 242nd overall

Key Stats: As a sophomore in 2015, Hood rushed for 1,463 yards, 17 TDs and a whopping 6.7 yards per attempt average. He finished his Tar Heels career with 2,580 rushing yards, 29 TDs an a 6.0 yards per rush average.

Rookie Impact: Hood is a candidate for the practice squad, but he could earn a spot on the 53-man roster if he performs well on special teams during preseason games.

Did You Know?: Hood rushed for 3,000 or more yards in his junior and senior seasons at Charlotte Catholic High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Treyvon Hester
DT, Toledo
6-2, 300
7th round, 244th overall

Key Stats: A four-year starter for the Rockets, Hester finished his college career with 161 total tackles, 32.0 tackles for loss and 13.0 sacks in 45 games. As a senior, he had a team-best 5.5 sacks, 39 total tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss.

Rookie Impact: Hester is a longshot to land a spot on the 53-man roster, but he could be a developmental player on the practice squad.

Did You Know?: Hester joins teammates running back Kareem Hunt and tight end Michael Roberts as 2017 draftees. Hunt was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round and Roberts was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round. The trio become the first Rockets selected in the NFL Draft since John Greco and Jalen Parmele were chosen in 2008.

Updated: 4-29-2017

Contributing: CBSSports.com, NFL.com & SB Nation


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