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Raiders sign a pair of fourth-round picks

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Defensive tackle Justin Ellis and cornerback Keith McGill were drafted in the same round, which make it fitting that they signed with the Raiders on the same day.

Oakland announced that Ellis and McGill, both of whom were fourth-round picks last month, have agreed to four-year deals with the team. With Ellis and McGill under contract, the Raiders have signed seven of the eight players they drafted.

Ellis is a big-bodied run stuffer who returned from an injury plagued 2012 to start every game on the nose for Louisiana Tech last season. He should fit right into a reserve role behind Pat Sims and Antonio Smith with a good chance of seeing time as the Raiders try to thwart the run on early downs.

McGill only made 13 starts at Utah and he is already 25 years old, but caught the eyes of NFL scouts because he’s 6-3 with long arms. Those traits have become popular ones in cornerbacks, especially when matched with the overall athleticism that McGill showed at the combine. None of that makes him any less raw,┬ábut few fourth-rounders come as players ready to thrive on the NFL level.

Third-round guard Gabe Jackson is the only unsigned member of the draft class.

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6 Responses to “Raiders sign a pair of fourth-round picks”
  1. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    The Raiders are back!

    Just win baby!

  2. irishinyourface says: Jun 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    B E A S T S ! ! !

  3. bigmark67 says: Jun 1, 2014 12:06 PM

    The Raiders are on the way back. Denver and San Diego have small windows to get it done. Manning will eventually retire and Phillip Rivers is getting there too. KC and Oakland will be the powers in the AFC West in 2-3 years. Both teams will be growing up about the same time Denver and SD have to rebuild. The foundation for Raider domination was laid this off season.

  4. jdphx says: Jun 1, 2014 1:32 PM

    C’mon big Gabe… let’s get to work.

  5. babygaga19 says: Jun 1, 2014 2:05 PM

    Here we go again! Every off season, Raider Nation thinks they are headed for a deep playoff run. Please, lay off the juice and be real. Raiders aint going anywhere anytime soon!

  6. raiders4ever says: Jun 2, 2014 7:13 AM

    Of course the Raiders and Raider Nation are thinking deep playoff run…with 5 Super Bowl apperances 3 Super Bowl wins the Raiders are primed not just for this season but the next few seasons we will defenatly be top contenders

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