Raiders Grab Another Receiver on Day #2 of NFL Draft

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

The Oakland Raiders added another speedy receiver as well as some help for the defense on the second day of the NFL draft.

Oakland used its first pick in the fourth round on Florida receiver Louis Murphy, who ran a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and was a former track star in high school.

Also on Sunday, the Raiders used their third-round pick on Wisconsin defensive end Matt Shaughnessy and a fourth-rounder on Oregon State linebacker Slade Norris.

A day after Cable said the team drafted Heyward-Bey over more accomplished college receivers Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin because Heyward-Bey played in a pro-style offense instead of the spread, the Raiders took a spread receiver in Murphy.

Murphy had 38 catches for 655 yards and seven touchdowns for the Gators last season, getting overshadowed by first-round pick Percy Harvin.

The Raiders have tried to address a glaring need at receiver during this year's draft, taking Darrius Heyward-Bey seventh overall from Maryland on Saturday. They hope they have added two deep threats for JaMarcus Russell.

Johnnie Lee Higgins led all of Oakland's wideouts with 22 catches for 366 yards last season, and the team had just 82 receptions in all from the position. Higgins and rookie Chaz Schilens were the starters at the end of last season. Javon Walker is also in the mix as he recovers from an ankle injury that cost him the second half of last season.

Shaughnessy had injury problems throughout his career at Wisconsin and was projected to go much later in the draft but the Raiders once again went against conventional wisdom and grabbed him Sunday with the 71st overall pick. He overcame a knee injury and broken leg in college, where he recorded 18.5 sacks in his career. He had 41.5 tackles for loss.

Norris arrived at Oregon State as a safety and eventually turned into a rush defensive end. He is projected as a linebacker in the NFL.

Oakland also had picks in the sixth and seventh rounds.


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