Tom Hanks going on 'NFL moratorium' over Raiders move
May 08 2017 by Joshua Bennett
"I can tell you that if our due diligence had turned out the other way, we would not have picked the player". The Raiders bypassed Foster before he went at No. 31 to the 49ers.
Conley, 21, seemed like a lock to be selected early in the first round until earlier this week, when it was revealed that he had been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Cleveland. Conley has not been charged and said on a conference call that he's scheduled to meet with Cleveland police on Monday. The biggest issue with Conley has been an off-the-field incident that could have major ramifications depending on the outcome. Conley and his lawyers have denied the accusations, and have since released a statement.
"I could have made way better judgment".
The victim claims that she met Conley in an elevator at around 2.45am on April 9, and that he then took her back to his hotel room and raped her.
Oakland will also receive Seattle's sixth-round draft pick in the deal. LSU leads the list with 16 picks followed by Alabama and Ohio State with 13 defensive backs selections.
Coach Jack Del Rio, also well-known as a man of character, is excited by the choice and confident the Raiders went the right way. "After all the information we got, we were comfortable with making this choice and confident in who this player is".
"It's off the charts, honestly", Conley said of his gratitude. Obi is the third UConn player to be drafted by the Raiders, joining fellow safety Tyvon Branch and linebacker Sio Moore.
"His film is inconsistent", Del Rio said.
The exact value that Seattle will gain in the swap of 2018 picks won't be known until that year's draft order is set. "It's hard to get separation from him". He's extremely excited about joining this team and we're excited to have him.
The talk around the National Football League leading up to Thursday night was that Conley was out of the first-round mix as teams scrambled to gather as much information as possible about the incident.
Everyone knew that Gareon Conley's stock was falling heading into Thursday night's NFL Draft. "We feel real good about this, about the pick".
Conley said he appreciation for the Raiders was "off the charts" for having the trust to make him their top pick. "I saw people who were going to college for football, and I just felt like I could explore my opportunities by playing multiple sports". But the Raiders hope he will get back to the level he had before the injury and become a key part of the defense.