Lamarr Houston, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound defensive tackle, is the second defensive standout taken by the Raiders.
Oakland traded back twice and selected Houston after Baltimore took Sergio Kindle.
Analyst Jon Gruden called Houston “one of the sleepers of this draft.”
Oakland picked up a sixth round pick, No. 190, from New England for moving back from No. 42 to No. 44.
Unless they deal some of these picks or a player, the Raiders won’t pick again until the third round, No. 69, at which point Charles Brown could be gone.
Houston gained 3,300 yards as a high school running back in Colorado.
Another solid pick _ an extermely productive player at Texas who excelled in big games and another who can help immeidately at a position of need.