The Raiders officially signed fifth-round pick Mo Hurst and seventh-round pick Marcell Ateman, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.
Oakland has four draft picks left to officially sign – first-rounder Kolton Miller, third-rounder Brandon Parker, third-rounder Arden Key and fourth-rounder Nick Nelson – after already locking up P.J. Hall, Hurst, Johnny Townsend and Azeem Victor.
The Raiders took Hurst 140th overall after the former Michigan defensive tackle plummeted down draft boards because of a heart condition that caused him to be sent him home early from the combine, one which he and others in the Raiders organization have since insisted is no issue moving forward. Hurst started 17 games and played in 46 during his career with the Wolverines, amassing 133 total tackles, 12.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
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He figures to factor prominently on Oakland’s defensive line, one that hardly stood out on Ken Norton Jr. and John Pagano’s defenses last season. Beefing up the defensive tackle spot was clearly an emphasis in the draft with the additions of Hall and Hurst, who join a group of Justin Ellis, Eddie Vanderdoes and Treyvon Hester.
Oakland selected Ateman with the 228th overall pick out of Oklahoma State. The wide receiver started 29 of 51 games he played in, making 146 catches for 2,466 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s a big body, admittedly not a pure speedster, who will have to battle for the 53-man roster after Oakland added Jordy Nelson, Martavis Bryant and Ryan Switzer in the offseason.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports