The Raiders selected Shilique Calhoun with the No. 75 overall pick of Friday’s NFL Draft. Here’s what you need to know about him.
College: Michigan State
Position: Linebacker/defensive end
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5/250 pounds
College highlights: Three-time second-team All-American, 2015 Hendricks Award finalist (defensive end of the year), two-time team captain and 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Pros: Polished pass rusher who racked up 27 career sacks and 44 tackles for loss. Has good burst as a pass rusher and solid play recognition against the run to be a versatile and reliable edge player.
Cons: Was flagged for nine encroachment penalties, and yet a knock on him was that he wasn’t aggressive or nasty enough at the point of attack.
Odds and ends: Earned a criminal justice degree from Michigan State and could consider a career in law enforcement after his playing career.
Quotable: “I feel like I’m a very versatile player. I can play multiple positions. I definitely feel like SAM works for me. If you want to put my hand in the dirt, that also works. I think I can play multiple roles and I can contribute to the team in many different ways. If he wants to put me at tailback, I can play a little tailback as well.”