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With the No. 129 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders selected former Florida tackle David Sharpe. Here are five things to know about the fourth-round selection.
No. 1, Sharpe is legally blind in his right eye
Sharpe found out during the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine that he was legally blind in his right eye.
Good note/reminder from @MoveTheSticks – Florida OT David Sharpe was late off snap of ball because he was legally blind in right eye
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 3, 2017
Obviously, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie doesn’t think it will be an issue on the field. Sharpe also has immediately refuted the reports on a conference call shortly after being drafted, stating that he just had a cataract removed from his right eye as a child.
No. 2, Sharpe was as a projected second or third round pick
According to the NFL Network draft profile, Sharpe was projected to be drafted in the second or third round. Luckily, Oakland was able to select him in the fourth round.
No. 3, Sharpe was a great high school athlete
Everyone knows Sharpe is a great football player, but he was also a great basketball player during his high school career in Jacksonville. He could have played basketball in college, but seemed to make the right decision to play football at Florida.
No. 4, Sharpe is a massive addition, literally
Sharpe is 6-foot-6, 343 pounds and will be a wall on the right side of the Raiders’ offensive line in the future.
No. 5, Sharpe is durable
Once he gained the starting left tackle position at Florida, he never looked back. He started in 26 out of the 27 games his sophomore and junior seasons.
Instead of playing his senior season in Florida, he decided to take his talents to Oakland.