Florida punter Johnny Townsend drafted in fifth round by Oakland Raiders

Heather Diaz
May 1, 2018

The Raiders then traded up twice in round three, first sending picks No. 75, 152 and 212 to Baltimore for No. 65.

"I'll probably have to", Hurst said. Yes he does, but you pair him with [2018 second-round pick] P.J. Hall from Sam Houston State all of a sudden in the interior of that Oakland Raiders defensive line, when they go sub-package, those two guys are going to be outstanding.

"I was very surprised", Parker said. He allowed just 37 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and might have been taken higher if not for a knee injury during a pre-draft workout with Detroit. Then your phone rings with an unidentified number with the California area code. Obviously, I think highly of myself in that regard. "My emotions were everywhere".

Hurst is what the Raiders needed.

The Raiders also used two picks on Friday for FCS players whom they believe have the upside to thrive in the National Football League in defensive lineman P.J. Hall from Sam Houston State and offensive tackle Brandon Parker of North Carolina A&T.

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Parker allowed less than a handful of sacks during his college career and won his second straight MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year Honor in 2017.

As previously stated, the offensive line is the most important part of an offense like the one Jon Gruden will be employing in 2018. "He played right tackle, left tackle in the All Star Classic". The addition of Hall and Hurst gives them players at a position where they are lacking production. "We are really excited to add you to our team". He's had some hard times in his young life, and I know where he's been for the last several months, and I know what he's been through in his career. Former NFL lineman Stephen White wasn't a fan of Hurst's effort from play to play, but said he'd take the defensive tackle in the top half of the first round if he hustled every play.

But wait, Hurst was cleared to participate at the MI pro day? That turned out to be just fine for him to crack the Top 60, a range he never imagined. "I'm ready to go right now, so just show up to rookie mini-camp just like everyone else and just go through things as everyone else would".

"If everything works out medically, you got a three-technique that's one of the most productive pass rushers and disrupters in this entire draft", ESPN's Todd McShay said. "I crushed it. I feel that's kind of what raised my stock".

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