UPDATED: Raiders draft Colorado State linebacker Cory James in sixth round

The Raiders took linebacker Cory James in the sixth round. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

The Raiders took linebacker Cory James in the sixth round. (The Denver Post/ Andy Cross)

The Raiders grabbed a linebacker in the sixth round, taking Colorado State’s Cory James with the No. 194 pick.

James spent part of his senior season as a middle linebacker, but it was his role as a pass-rushing outside linebacker that he had more success with 22 sacks in his first three seasons. James had two sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 65 tackles last season while playing in the middle.

“I feel like that versatility really helped, even with special teams,” James said on a media conference call. “I have pretty decent speed, so I feel like on special teams I could help the Raiders out.”

The 6-foot, 245-pound James hails from Del Rio, Texas, a fact that should bring a smile to the face of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. He also started his collegiate career playing for then-Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, who now coaches Del Rio’s son Luke at Florida.

James said the Raiders are looking at him more as an outside Will or Sam linebacker, along with the expectation that he’ll have to make his hay on special teams.

It was a nerve-wracking day for James, who was projected more as an undrafted free agent. He left the house to go visit a Sonic Drive-In when he got the call from the Raiders.

“It was surreal,” James said. “Iā€™m so happy, so blessed.”


Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • the showman dr robert

    usually 9 on the roster an 8 active.

  • Teabag McKenz

    Ya he will, he was an integral part of our D-line rotation last season.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Your occasional truthiness hurts your credibility.

  • kuhlest

    yeah, I stated with the exception of KJ

  • Jordache Jeans?

  • Mr Football

    Alrighty now second round of FA’s now begins from the draft outcomes. Raiders on the hunt for more?

    Listening to RIO the answer is yes…..
    Nice off season..

  • PatrickBateman

    He will not make opening day roster. Guaranteed

  • Teabag McKenz

    Says a blog poster, yet the staffs move via the draft indicate otherwise.

    Golly, geese, who should I believe in this situation?

  • the showman dr robert

    new post suckas

  • kuhlest


  • Raiders for Life

    To be fair, Calhoun might make the 53

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    to catch the fish you gotta be the fish.

  • 24

    Well apparently the Raiders disagree. Either way he adds that versatility they love.

  • lol

  • RaiderNik

    PS maybe

  • Gdog

    Joseph may start!

  • I am a big Spartan fan

  • kuhlest

    oh I think our first 5 picks make the 53 man roster…but only Joseph will be starter

  • Miamiraider78

    I love whole foods! šŸ™‚

  • Raiders for Life

    That would mean that McGloin is a goner.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    seriously? are you really asking that question?

    what rounds were Carr, Jackson, and Ellis taken in?

    All the time there are players that succeed and or dominate from after the first round.

  • PatrickBateman

    Williams, Autry, Mack, Edwards, Jelly, Orr, Calhoun, Ward. DL opening day.

    Harris and McGee will not make the roster.

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