Hard-hitting safety Karl Joseph says the Raiders won’t regret taking him at No. 14. (Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports)
Q: How much contact did you have with the Raiders headed into the draft? Did you expect it?
Joseph: “It was kind of a surprise, man. I spoke to them. I had a real good interview with them at the combine. Since then, I really hadn’t heard much. I know Mr. [General Manager Reggie] McKenzie was at my Pro Day. Also, I know Bruce. Bruce Irvin had been in contact with me this week, telling me that they’ve been asking about me, but I never really thought much about it. It was a surprise, man. I couldn’t be anymore happier right now.” Continue Reading
The Raiders drafted West Virginia’s Karl Joseph at No. 14. (West Virginia athletics photo)The Raiders selected Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Here’s what you need to know about him.
The Raiders selected Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Here’s what you need to know about him.
College: West Virginia
Ht/Wt: 5-11/200 Continue Reading
The Raiders grabbed a ball-hawking and aggressive safety at No. 14 in West Virginia’s Karl Joseph.
The Raiders fortified their secondary in Thursday’s NFL Draft, adding hard-hitting West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with the No. 14 overall pick.
“You can feel his passion,” Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “You can feel his intensity, the way he plays. You can feel his toughness. He has a very aggressive mentality. He’s versatile. He plays all over the field. He’ll run and hit anything that moves.”
Joseph may have been a mild surprise at No. 14. He had been projected more as a late first round pick thanks to a senior year knee injury. McKenzie would’ve considered a trade back to later in the first round, but nothing materialized.
“If anything would have come up, I would have entertained it,” McKenzie said. “We’re just happy we got him. Wherever we got him, it wouldn’t have mattered. He was our 14th pick and we’re happy to get him.” Continue Reading
Raiders owner Mark Davis pledged $500 million toward a potential stadium deal in Las Vegas that could send the team the gambling mecca.
Davis was in Las Vegas on Thursday morning, where he appeared alongside soccer great David Beckham and casino owner Sheldon Adelson for a committee meeting to study a proposed $1.4 billion stadium that could be shared by the UNLV football team and the Raiders. Continue Reading
Cornerback William Jackson III of Houston is forecast as the Raiders pick at No. 14, but more likely, Reggie McKenzie trades down. (AP Photo)
Note: Originally had Ravens, Titans flopped at No. 6 and No. 15, proper order has been restored . . .
How the first-round lines up according to NFL writer Jerry McDonald:
1. Los Angeles: QB Jared Goff, Cal–Mike Silver of the NFL Network, wired in to both Cal as well as the Rams, says it’s Goff. So it’s Goff.
2. Philadelphia: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota St.–Is it just me, or do the Eagles seem just as screwed up without Chip Kelly as they were with Chip Kelly? Good luck, Carson.
3. San Diego: T Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi–Philip Rivers may just show up in Chicago and walk this pick up himself to make sure he gets some protection for his golden years. Continue Reading
UCLA linebacker Myles Jack would only fall to No. 14 over concern about his surgically repaired knee.
Last in a series of 14 profiles on potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Ht/Wt: 6-1, 245
Rank: No. 4 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 2 Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network, No. 6 by profootballfocus.com, No. 2 linebacker by Mike Mayock, NFL Network. Continue Reading
Commissioner Roger Goodell says it will be up to ownership whether a team locates to Las Vegas. (AP photo)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” Wednesday and was asked by the host about the chances of Las Vegas getting a team during his tenure.
Here was the commissioner’s response:
“We don’t have a proposal. Ultimately, that’s a decision of the ownership. There are owners that will feel very strongly about continuing to support our position on gambling. There will be owners that will have a view about whether that’s the best market for us to be in. Whether there’s truly the fan support there. They will look at the stadium alternatives. And I think that’s what you do in any relocation and you do with any stadium alternative. Continue Reading
Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd has potential as an edge rusher and outside linebacker. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
No. 13 in a series of profiles on potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Ht/Wt: 6-6, 244
Rank: No. 18 by NFLDraftscout.com, No. 16 by Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network, No. 20 by profootballfocus.com, No. 2 edge rusher by Mike Mayock, NFL Network. Continue Reading
No. 12 in a series of profiles on potential selections by the Raiders with the No. 14 pick in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Ht/Wt: 5-10, 205
College: West Virginia
Rank: No. 46 by NFLdraftscout.com, No. 33 Daniel Jermiah, NFL Network, No. 44 by Profootballfocus.com, No. 2 safety by Mike Mayock, NFL Network. Continue Reading