WATCH: Raiders’ Treyvon Hester’s journey as NFL rookie

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Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Treyvon Hester has made heads turn during OTAs and has garnered high praise from Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. 

In the video below, we can see Hester’s road from the day he got drafted into the NFL, to him hacking it around the golf course, and to him, currently, wearing the Silver and Black on the practice field.

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Watching Hester play golf in this video should not excite anyone. However, his play on the field should.

Hester has been touted as an explosive pass rusher and could help fill one of Oakland’s biggest need from last season, for the team only had three sacks from the interior of the defensive line.

This will not be the last we see of Hester on the Raiders’ social media as he figures to earn a significant role with the team in 2017.

Raiders 2017 position battle 1.0: Defensive tackle

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The Oakland Raiders defensive tackle position was oft injured and underachieving last season, and will rely on rookies and other young players to turn the tide in 2017.

Oakland’s defense ranked No. 26 last year, had a lack of interior pressure, gave up 117.6 rushing yards per game (No. 23) while giving up 90 passing plays of 15 yards or more in 2016. With the secondary bolstered, the Raiders will need rookies to step up at defensive tackle in 2017 if they hope to go deep in the playoffs.

Here is a look at the players who will be vying for snaps at the defensive tackle rotation in 2017.

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Justin Ellis

Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis started in combination with former fellow defensive tackle Dan Williams last season.

Ellis had a down year, according to Pro Football Focus’ player grades, with a rating of 47.5. A major decline compared to his first two seasons, 76.4 and 76.6 respectively.

However, Ellis will still have a role with the team. At the very least, he will make a major impact on first and second down and run heavy situations. Ellis has shown to have the size to stuff the run but doesn’t have the needed pass rush ability (zero career sacks) to keep him on the field for three downs.

Ellis could be upgraded if a player comes along with a better pass rush arsenal and a similar run-stuffing ability.

Overall, he is not a weakness nor a strength of Oakland’s front seven.

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WATCH: Raiders rookies hack around golf balls on links

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The Oakland Raiders rookie class took some time off to play a round of golf. The group included Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley, defensive tackle Treyvon Hester, tackle David Sharpe and tackle Jylan Ware.

It was a relaxing round with music being played, some dancing on the greens and some casual trash talking, which can be watched in the video below.

As for the round of golf, there were many whiffed shots and missed two-foot putts displaying a lack of overall skill.

Even Ware had to qualify his poor play by saying “I’m terrible at golf. I’m too strong,” and blamed his massive offensive linemen frame for his lackluster skills on the links.

Anyways, it was good to see them out having a good time, but hopefully, their skills on the football field will look drastically different from on the course.

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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