The Raiders traded down in the second round with New England, moving from 40th to 47th overall and getting picks in the fourth and sixth round as well. They ended up with safety Mike Mitchell of Ohio, a player Cable called the "most ferocious hitter in the draft."
Mitchell was so unheralded that he wasn't even invited to the combine, but had been rapidly moving up team's draft boards in recent weeks after a strong pro day performance when he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash.
Safety was a big need for the Raiders, who had only three on the roster in Hiram Eugene, Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff.
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