The Raiders selected Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson with the 42nd overall pick in the second round and then got "the best linebacker in the draft" in the third round. That's according to Sio Moore, who is the linebacker in question.
Moore, a 6-foot outside linebacker from Connecticut, had eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss last season. He was not happy that he wasn't drafted until the third round and said on a phone call, "the Raiders are getting a pissed-off linebacker. No one will outwork me."
He will have to work hard for playing time, as the Raiders signed three free-agent linebackers this season in Nick Roach, Kaluka Maiava and Kevin Burnett and already have a returning starter in Miles Burris. Burris was a fourth-round pick last year and struggled at times.
Moore said he hit it off right away with Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver at January's Senior Bowl, where the Raiders staff coached the North team. He was hoping to get picked by Oakland and "my family all wore black and gray" Friday.
Moore had 72 tackles last season at UConn. He has 16 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in 41 career college games.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he put Moore at defensive end in the Senior Bowl, and he got a sack. "That's one of the qualities he has," Allen said.
Allen said that Moore loves football and that the staff really enjoyed the week they spent with him in Mobile, Ala. "He's the type of guy we want to bring in to our locker room."
Earlier in the day, the Raiders bypassed a lot of available defensive ends and picked an offensive lineman that may push Khalif Barnes for the starting right tackle job.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Watson played one season of basketball at Marist College before taking up football at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo (Orange County). He played one season of football with the Seminoles and is considered to be raw.
Director of player personnel Joey Clinkscales said Watson has "the strength and demeanor that we're looking for."
Where Watson plays is up to the coaches, Clinkscales said, but Watson will "come in and play and compete" at right tackle, left tackle or guard.
The Raiders added Watson with the pick they acquired the previous day from Miami when they moved back nine spots in the opening round. Oakland took cornerback D.J. Hayden 12th overall on Thursday.