Raiders draft recap and grade: B+

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Round 2, Pick 24 (No. 56) – Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut

Oakland needs help everywhere on the defense: linebacker, defensive tackle, safety, and cornerback.

Former UConn safety Obi Melifonwu will add a ton of versatility to the defense, for he can play at safety, corner, or even linebacker. Therefore, wherever an injury might strike or where the Raiders need depth, it will likely be filed by Melifonwu.

In addition, he is one of the best safeties in the draft and could have easily gone in the first round, but the Raiders got him late in the second.

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Round 3, Pick 24 (No. 88) – Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, UCLA

The Raiders just cut defensive tackle Dan Williams and lost DT Stacy McGee to free agency making it a big position of need.

Personally, I would have liked to see the Raiders grab Iowa DT Jaleel Johnson, but Oakland went with former UCLA DT Eddie Vanderdoes instead.

Vanderdoes has immense talent, strength, and athleticism, but struggles to stay in shape. In Oakland, he will be surrounded by great role models like quarterback Derek Carr and defense end Khalil Mack who can keep him motivated and focused.

If they can do so, the pick will pay off in a big way.

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