By Steve Corkran
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at 12:35 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders selected Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner with pick No. 168, near the tail end of the fifth round.
Criner, 6-feet-3 and 220 pounds, caught 75 passes for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. His stats were even more impressive his junior season, when he hauled in 82 passes for 1,233 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Criner gives the Raiders another attractive candidate to round out their receiving corps. He figures to compete for playing time with Louis Murphy and Eddie McGee, behind projected starters Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore and No. 3 Jacoby Ford.
The lone knock on Criner is his speed. He was clocked at anywhere from 4.6-4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash in pre-draft workouts.
He is viewed as a receiver with above-average hands, solid route-running and nice blockings skills.