Oakland Raiders

Raiders draft at a glance, Rounds 4-7: Lineman refutes reports he’s blind in one eye

Florida offensive lineman David Sharpe runs a drill at the scouting combine in Indianapolis on March 3.
Florida offensive lineman David Sharpe runs a drill at the scouting combine in Indianapolis on March 3. AP

David Sharpe

Selected: Round 4, No. 129

College: Florida

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.

Marquel Lee

Selected: Round 5, No. 168

College: Wake Forest

Position: Linebacker

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.

Shalom Luani

Selected: Round 7, No. 221

College: Washington State

Position: Safety

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.

Jylan Ware

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.”

Elijah Hood

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.

Treyvon Hester

Selected: Round 7, No. 244

College: Toledo

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.