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12-4, 1st in AFC West

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Jack Del Rio waxed poetic on Marshawn Lynch Friday night in his first public comments since the Raiders acquired Lynch. "Authentic passion is what I see," Del Rio said. "He is a homegrown guy. He's extremely excited about joining this football team, being part of the Raider Nation and we're excited to have him. You know, there are going to be questions about how much is left in his tank and we're going to find out. I don't know that I've ever seen anybody else be more excited and more pleased to be joining a team. My team. Our team. I told him, I said, ‘You're lucky, man, because I didn't get a chance to do that as a player. I wanted to finish here (with the Raiders) as a player, too. I didn't get that chance; you're getting that chance.' And he's fired up about it. He's a big man. He plays with a violence that we like and appreciate and I think he looks forward to running behind Gabe (Jackson) and K.O. (Kelechi Osemele) and Rodney (Hudson) and those guys up front."

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders second-rounder Obi Melifonwu said he was not expecting the Raiders to call him since he had only met with them at the combine. "The fact that you guys got Marshawn Lynch," Melifonwu said on a conference call with reporters, "that was the icing on the cake." He said he models his game after that of Kam Chancellor.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Raiders picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State; 2. Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut; 3. Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raiders have selected UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes with the No. 88 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder missed nearly the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL but started 12 games for the Bruins last fall, finishing with 28 stops, 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage.

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Former five-star high school recruit Eddie Vanderdoes had a hot start to his career at UCLA, with 87 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in his first two seasons. But he had just 35 tackles and 3.5 for loss over his final two seasons (missed most of 2015 with torn ACL).

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Raiders get a run stuffer in Eddie Vanderdoes

The UCLA DT projects as a run stopper who won't make much of an impact rushing the passer.

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Eddie Vanderdoes draft highlights (0:50)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raiders have selected UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes with the No. 88 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder missed nearly the entire 2015 season with a torn ACL but started 12 games for the Bruins last fall, finishing with 28 stops, 1.5 behind the line of scrimmage.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Giants have selected QB Davis Webb. The Raiders are on the clock now for the No. 88 overall selection. They still have needs on the defensive line and at inside linebacker.

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Obi Melifonwu has come a long way from getting just one offer out of high school. He led UConn in defensive snaps, tackles and interceptions from the safety spot in 2016, and had the best 40 time (4.40) among safeties at the NFL combine.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Obi Melifonwu has the range and movement skills to play the deep half or drop to the deep middle of the field. He looked smooth at Senior Bowl workouts. Melifonwu is not a true striker on contact, but his size and athletic ability is super rare. 6-foot-4, 224 pounds with 4.40 speed. Lot of upside here with the Raiders draft pick.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Raiders have selected UConn safety Obi Melifonwu with the No. 56 selection of the NFL draft.

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Raiders land freakishly athletic Obi Melifonwu

Oakland used its second-round pick to get the Connecticut safety, who caught everyone's attention at the NFL scouting combine.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Giants have selected Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson. The Raiders are on the clock now. Willie Brown will announce the pick.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Gareon Conley, the Raiders' first-round draft pick, has been introduced to the media at the team facility. The former Ohio State cornerback only spoke on football matters, after talking about a rape allegation on a conference call with reporters the night before.

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Raiders 'roll the dice' on Conley (0:47)

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said he did clear the pick of Gareon Conley with owner Mark Davis, McKenzie saying he talks with Davis about every first-round pick.

Paul Gutierrez ESPN Staff Writer 

Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders did "miles and miles of research" on Gareon Conley, who has been accused of rape. "We did our due diligence and our...reports on Mr. Conley and we feel very good about him joining the team and being a good teammate."

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DB Conley, accused of rape, taken by Raiders

Gareon Conley, the ex-Ohio State cornerback accused of rape earlier this week, was picked 24th overall by the Raiders on Thursday night.

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Gareon Conley's ball skills at cornerback could be a good addition for a Raiders pass defense that allowed an NFL-high 61 completions of at least 20 yards.

Team Stats

Passing Yards253.213th
Rushing Yards120.16th
Points For26.07th
Points Against24.120th

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