Selected: Round 4, No. 129
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6-foot-6, 343 pounds
Comment: A massive lineman, Sharpe started mostly at left tackle his last two seasons at Florida where he helped protect quarterback Luke Del Rio, son of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. Oddly, Sharpe’s selection was followed by reports that he’s legally blind in his right eye, limiting him to only playing the left side of the line. Sharpe refuted that information to Bay Area reporters.
Selected: Round 5, No. 168
College: Wake Forest
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 240 pounds
Comment: It took until the fifth round, but the Raiders finally picked a linebacker. The linebacker corps is one of the thinnest position groups on the roster, so Lee could be asked to step in and contribute right away. Lee totaled 105 tackles last season, including 20 for loss – which ranked in the top 15 nationally – and 7.5 sacks.
Selected: Round 7, No. 221
College: Washington State
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 202 pounds
Comment: Luani is already an accomplished athlete – in soccer, having played for the American Samoa national team. That background probably helps his footwork in the secondary, where he played at City College of San Francisco before transferring to Washington State. Luani totaled eight interceptions in two seasons for the Cougars but his tackling is thought to need some work.
Selected: Round 7, No. 231
College: Alabama State
Position: Offensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6-foot-8, 295 pounds
Comment: Ware has an impressive frame but may need to bulk up to handle rushers at the NFL level. He played at Alabama State of the Football Championship Subdivision, but according to Pro Football Focus, allowed no pressures on 32 blocking snaps in his one game against a Football Bowl Subdivision team. NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock described Ware as a “dancing bear.”
Selected: Round 7, No. 242
College: North Carolina
Position: Running back
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 232 pounds
Comment: Hood is described as a big, physical runner with limited elusiveness. He was named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference last season as a junior at North Carolina, rushing 145 times for 858 yards and eight touchdowns and also catching 25 passes for 142 yards. He could be a short-yardage back for the Raiders, who just signed Marshawn Lynch to feature alongside complementary backs DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.
Selected: Round 7, No. 244
Position: Defensive tackle
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 300 pounds
Comment: Hester improved his quickness off the line by shedding weight before his senior year at Toledo and recorded 39 tackles, eight for loss, and five sacks. He made all-conference in three of his four college seasons. Oakland ended up using six of its nine selections this year on defensive players.