Pressure already mounting for Raiders rookie Marquel Lee

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Just one day into rookie minicamp, Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquel Lee already has to be feeling some pressure that most fifth round selections aren’t accustom to.

Lee is expected to work at the middle linebacker position for a defense that ranked No. 26 overall in the NFL last year. Though Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie did not sign anyone via free agency before selecting Lee, coach Jack Del Rio has already been on record that the team is still looking for linebackers.

Interestingly, Lee will also be wearing the same number that Raiders coach Jack Del Rio sported during his NFL playing days, and did admit to the pressure he will face during camp.

McKenzie hasn’t been shy regarding his position on the former Wake Forest linebacker, stating everyone would be “impressed” with Lee during a Sirius XM NFL Radio interview earlier this week.

As Raiders rookie minicamp unfolds, Lee’s battle to play at inside linebacker is just one of many storylines from Day 1 in Alameda.


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Raiders draft recap and grade: B+

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The Oakland Raiders made nine selections in the 2017 NFL draft. Here is a recap of each pick and a grade for general manager Reggie McKenzie’s draft.

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Round 1, Pick 24 (No. 24 overall) – Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley was a projected top 10-15 pick and Oakland was able to land him at No. 24 making him a great value pick.

If he is cleared of the alleged rape accusation, as he is expected too, then this pick will be a great one.

Conley can provide major relief in the secondary by playing in the slot until he takes over for either starting cornerback David Amerson or Sean Smith in the future.

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Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says Joe Mixon is ‘a really good kid’

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Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had some high praise for one of the 2017 NFL draft’s most controversial prospects in former Oklahoma Sooners running back Joe Mixon.

McKenzie told the media today, “We thought he was a really good kid,” according to Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.

Oakland let former Raiders RB Latavius Murray go via free agency and his expected replacement, retired Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, has not officially signed with the team.

If Lynch does not sign before the draft, McKenzie could assume Oakland has a true need at the running back position.

Mixon would be a perfect addition to the team, for he could start Day 1 as a three-down back and would likely run wild behind Oakland’s impressive offensive line that stands to be further bolstered this offseason.

The only hesitation would be Raiders owner Mark Davis’ stance against domestic violence. However, Davis has already given the team permission to draft the controversial athlete.

Moreover, most of Raider Nation has been supportive of drafting Mixon on social media this offseason. Fans will find out if  McKenzie takes the leap of faith required to draft the former Sooners RB at the 2017 NFL draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia.


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