ALAMEDA — Darius Latham never imagined not hearing his name called when he declared for the NFL draft following his junior season at Indiana.
“I probably would’ve stayed in school,” Latham, the Raiders’ rookie defensive tackle, said of the idea of him not being among the 253 draftees.
Latham was a projected late-round pick after a three-year Indiana career saw him accumulate 81 tackles and 7.5 sacks. But he didn’t help his draft stock with a March arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
After being passed over, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound Latham had interest from several teams.
“I got a lot of calls, but I pretty much had my mind made up where I was going to go,” Latham said. Continue Reading