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Raiders did “miles and miles” of research on Gareon Conley

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Among the many storylines heading into Thursday night’s first round of the NFL Draft was the one involving sexual assault allegations made against former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley.

Conley strongly denied the accusation and reportedly passed a polygraph test, but there was some doubt that he’d remain a first-round pick with the cloud hanging overhead. Conley did wind up going before the night was out when the Raiders selected him at No. 24.

After the pick was made, General Manager Reggie McKenzie said he spoke to owner Mark Davis about picking Conley after doing work that convinced him that picking the corner wasn’t an undue risk.

“We did our due diligence throughout this whole process, and we trust our research, reports, everything we have on Mr. Conley,” McKenzie said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We feel really good about having him join the Raiders, and having him be a great teammate. The research was done. It wasn’t just a gut [feeling]. It was based on research, and we are very confident in all the information we got. I don’t want to get into all the details about who we talked to. The bottom line is, we’ve done miles and miles of research to make sure we were totally comfortable with our decision, which we were. We feel really good about the pick and where it’s going.”

It’s a move that comes with obvious risks for McKenzie, Davis and the Raiders if things should play out differently than they expect on the legal front, but the team headed for Vegas obviously felt comfortable rolling the dice anyway.

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59 Responses to “Raiders did “miles and miles” of research on Gareon Conley”
  1. DitkasHair says: Apr 28, 2017 7:36 AM

    Good on Reggie and the Raiders … I only hope they don’t get burned … nice to see someone with some conviction!

  2. tonebones says: Apr 28, 2017 7:43 AM

    If we are really concerned about justice, someone should be spending a long time in prison. Either the rapist, or the person who filed the false accusation. This is a very serious charge. Someone here should be put away for a long time. One of these people did something very harmful to the other.

  3. royalitalianarmy says: Apr 28, 2017 7:47 AM

    To be very clear here 99% of rape victims are Not Lying. – Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention Center.

  4. "All Eyez On Me" in theaters june 16 2017 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:48 AM

    I have no problem with the pick but probably could have move down a few spots and still choose him!!!

  5. meximyke says: Apr 28, 2017 7:49 AM

    I would not have drafted him! Besides Reggie hasn’t been good on picking defensive backs in the draft or as free agents!! Hope he proves me wrong! This time!!

  6. rrhoe says: Apr 28, 2017 7:50 AM

    Being a lifelong Raiders fan I know they needed d-line help but imo they needed some good CB’s just as bad, if they think he will be fine who am I to disagree.

  7. peytonmanningsforehead says: Apr 28, 2017 7:53 AM

    I have no problem with taking Conley. I just don’t think they had to take him in the first round. They could have gotten Tak McKinley in the first round and Conley would probably still have been available in the second round.

  8. dawoger says: Apr 28, 2017 7:56 AM

    Conley pass the polygraph the Ravens gave him. Given the gravity of the moment of his life it would be difficult, nearly impossible to fool a polygraph if it was properly given. Unlike slick rick speildolt, McKenzie is no fool.

  9. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:56 AM

    I didn’t know he had that much research available. And if the kid had that much research to investigate, then he probably can’t stay out of trouble no matter how minor.

  10. tb12soundslikeavd says: Apr 28, 2017 8:00 AM

    They needed a top CB. They got one. Next.

  11. rodgerstonelson says: Apr 28, 2017 8:01 AM

    He has not even been charged. Good pick by the Raiders.

  12. infectorman says: Apr 28, 2017 8:08 AM

    random 4-some propositions in elevators and Vegas go together like peanut butter and jelly

  13. ncfloyd says: Apr 28, 2017 8:14 AM

    If Conley is guilty, goodbye NFL, Hello FoxNews.

  14. realityonetwo says: Apr 28, 2017 8:16 AM

    Conley is better than Lattimore. Good pick, Raiders.

  15. reprob8 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:28 AM

    I’m glad that Conley got drafted, despite the allegation. He deserves due process. If the allegation is proven false, he & his attorneys should make the accuser’s life a living hell. If it turns out that he committed a crime, then his life should be one.

  16. eramming says: Apr 28, 2017 8:31 AM

    Might be a bad pick if you have to hook the kid up to a polygraph to get the truth out of him.

  17. irish drunkard says: Apr 28, 2017 8:37 AM

    Reggie knows what he’s doing

  18. pwellz says: Apr 28, 2017 8:49 AM

    At the end of the day, the draft is just a crap shoot just like buying sports memorabilia from Eli Manning.

  19. denverdave3 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:54 AM

    All this old Bronco fan can say is it’s both scary and great to see the Raiders back among the better franchises.

    If this kid is innocent, which we all hope he is, this pick should prove to be another smart move.

    Now the victories mean more for both sides.

  20. mball13 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:06 AM

    Talent wise…I love this pick. Raiders def needed it. That said, the rape allegation is still out there. While there is video evidence that disproves her claim, and he passed a lie detector test, it still isn’t resolved so I remain skeptical

  21. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 28, 2017 9:08 AM

    The only real risk is burning a 1st rounder on a guy who can’t contribute. They wouldn’t be the first or last team to do so. He gets indicted, cut him immediately and move on. If he doesn’t, they possibly just hit big.

  22. vicksdawgpound says: Apr 28, 2017 9:09 AM

    Wow huge risk……

  23. THX 138 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:18 AM

    Miles and miles of research on a street punk. Good luck with that.

  24. laserw says: Apr 28, 2017 9:20 AM

    The real problem here is that this player is from Ohio State where being a dirtball is a major.

    This could be nothing more than what the Redskins had with their receiver they drafted a few years ago who had similar charges that were made up by a female (women never lie). The receiver has turned out to be a gem. But that receiver was not from dirtball university where to be a jerk and outside of the rules is required.

  25. jbaxt says: Apr 28, 2017 9:24 AM

    Remember when they did miles and miles of reasearch on Jamarcus Russel?

    It’s the raider way.

  26. bruiser2015 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:35 AM

    The real problem here is that this player is from Ohio State where being a dirtball is a major.

    This could be nothing more than what the Redskins had with their receiver they drafted a few years ago who had similar charges that were made up by a female (women never lie). The receiver has turned out to be a gem. But that receiver was not from dirtball university where to be a jerk and outside of the rules is required.

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    Michigan fan??? 😉 🙂

  27. rdrllldubk says: Apr 28, 2017 9:38 AM

    I sure hope so! If this kid is cleared these “women” need to be held accountable.

  28. rdrllldubk says: Apr 28, 2017 9:42 AM

    jbaxt says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:24 AM

    Remember when they did miles and miles of reasearch on Jamarcus Russel?

    It’s the raider way.
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    Pretty ignorant statement and shows your lack of knowledge about the NFL. Mark, Reggie, n Jack weren’t even around when that happened.

  29. dejadoh says: Apr 28, 2017 9:43 AM

    Did they get a DNA sample?

  30. sameer1138 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:48 AM

    Back to being the old-school Raiders: Draft any trouble-makers before the Bengals can draft ’em.

  31. rdrs68 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:59 AM

    in Reggie we trust! Good track record.

  32. nfliferfan22 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:03 AM

    He may not be a rapist but he has poor judgement and just like the Duke lacrosse players, they put themselves in that situation treated someone poorly and are typical entitled dbag athletes who think they can treat someone with disrespect. He may not be a rapist but he certainly is a typical dbag athlete!

  33. ratbastardshanahandjob says: Apr 28, 2017 10:11 AM

    As a life long Raider fan I see nothing wrong with picking him. Raiders got a player ranked higher then where he was drafted. Other teams mistakes could be the Raiders gain. The only question is can he play or not. At least the pick wasn’t a reach like Hay-DONE was…

    Having said that. I didn’t want a CB in round 1. I would have traded back…

  34. bighoser says: Apr 28, 2017 10:24 AM

    I was rooting for Foster to fall and so when he did and was there for the Raiders… they take Conley??? Raider fans were obviously disappointed last year with Sean “Toast” Smith as that’s looking like a terrible signing (or was deployed by a bad def coordinator), but they were continually gashed by the run up the middle and roasted by TEs. Foster, if healthy and not suspended, would help alleviate that while sure as heck Conley won’t!!! I really hope Reggie knows what he’s doing here and addresses those issues with the rest of the draft or the Raiders will be in a lot of shootouts again this next season… And, of course, Conley had better not be charged or those “miles of research” will amount to nothing!!!!

  35. ricko1112 says: Apr 28, 2017 10:31 AM

    He said there was NO sex with that woman. She had a rape kit done. This should be pretty easy to solve. Someone is lying and should go to jail, whoever it turns out to be.

  36. James says: Apr 28, 2017 10:33 AM

    meximyke says:
    Apr 28, 2017 7:49 AM
    I would not have drafted him! Besides Reggie hasn’t been good on picking defensive backs in the draft or as free agents!! Hope he proves me wrong! This time!!

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    How much evidence do you actually have one way or the other? I know it is just a typical troll comment, but I will make an argument anyways since I cannot understand the pleasure one would get from being a troll.

    Hayden? That is the lone DB failure and he will be a starter in the league, so how bad could he actually be? Bringing Woodson back – That worked out pretty well. Nelson – played well last year but had a few off plays where he was out of position. Smith and Amerson are good players. Amerson was one of the best corners in the league in 2015. If you watch the games from last year they had press corners playing 15 yards off on third and 3. Plays like the 99 Yard Brees to Cooks TD, Nelson got out of position and it looked like Smith got burned. But if you look overall at their play, it has been average at worst. Karl Joseph? Not enough evidence but looks good so far.

  37. humboldt420 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:16 AM

    Wasted pick?

    Hardly. The Seahawks and Packers would have reportedly taken Conley in 1st round. And look at what happened.

    Once Conley went to the Raiders, both Seattle and Green Bay traded down.

  38. guyjuneguyjune says: Apr 28, 2017 11:31 AM

    I’m surprised when I saw dumb Raider fans getting excited at the NFL draft show. Those haven’t smartened up as to Davis’s stab in the back move to Las Vegas. It’s amazing as to why Raider fans keep being lap dogs to Davis. He’s laughing all the way to the bank while screwing loyal fans by continuing to take their money and support. Raider Nation need to teach him a lesson and not show up at Oakland games. If you can’t control yourself, get DirecTV for $250/season. It’s cheaper than paying Davis for the “lame duck” experience.

  39. radrntn says: Apr 28, 2017 11:36 AM

    it’s pretty obvious all these teams do the due diligence on all these players. If there is one that you really like, you dig in that much more. We all know if this accusation did not happen just 72 hours before the draft, he was a legit top 15 pick……end of the day if this is false which it appears to be, Raiders got a great pick. With that said I was hoping Foster fell to them as well, and when he did I was sure that was the pick. Until I found out the shoulder injury (torn rotator cuff) might not be 100% healed as he and Alabama was stating…..i mean when you see a top 5 pick free fall due to an injury (and character concerns) I would much rather roll the dice on a skill position in the first rd, then a guy that could be pretty much banged up enough for every team to pass on him.

    The bottom line- it’s all a dice roll-

  40. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:43 AM

    You pays your money you takes your chances.

    Either he’s innocent and they got a good player, or he’s guilty, will be suspended or prevented from playing by the league and they’ve tossed away a draft pick.

  41. babygaga19 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:46 AM

    Hopefully, the Raiders due diligence was more thorough than their assessment of Aldon Smith.

  42. cotroutslayer says: Apr 28, 2017 11:54 AM

    royalitalianarmy says:
    Apr 28, 2017 7:47 AM

    To be very clear here 99% of rape victims are Not Lying. – Relationship & Sexual Violence Prevention Center.

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    Except when multi-million dollar deals are hours away. Go ask La’el Collins how he feels about those stats.

  43. babygaga19 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:54 AM

    In Reggie we trust! Good track record.
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    30-50 as Raiders GM. One playoff appearance, no wins. No AFC West titles. That will get you fired on the other 31 NFL teams.

  44. war27 says: Apr 28, 2017 11:58 AM

    They had nothing to lose with Aldon Smith and knew he’d possibly be suspended at some point.

    Aldon Smith is nothing like this. Try again.

  45. jags2daship says: Apr 28, 2017 12:06 PM

    They will be having 4 rape allegations a week once they move to vegas.

  46. thun5der says: Apr 28, 2017 12:16 PM

    McKenzie didnt do his “due diligence,” what a joke. He doesnt give a rat’s behind if this guy raped someone or not. He also said that Mixon was a “good kid.” he is a liar, he just wants guys who can play, he could care less if a guy is a criminal. I would have more respect for him if he just admitted that, instead of giving us the song and dance. dirt bag organization, as they have always been

  47. James says: Apr 28, 2017 12:25 PM

    thun5der says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:16 PM
    McKenzie didnt do his “due diligence,” what a joke. He doesnt give a rat’s behind if this guy raped someone or not. He also said that Mixon was a “good kid.” he is a liar, he just wants guys who can play, he could care less if a guy is a criminal. I would have more respect for him if he just admitted that, instead of giving us the song and dance. dirt bag organization, as they have always been
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    Least arrests and least suspensions over the last 3 years by a landslide. You are WAY off on your ASSessment.

  48. James says: Apr 28, 2017 12:28 PM

    babygaga19 says:
    Apr 28, 2017 11:54 AM
    In Reggie we trust! Good track record.
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    30-50 as Raiders GM. One playoff appearance, no wins. No AFC West titles. That will get you fired on the other 31 NFL teams.

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    12 -4 last year. Belicheck should have never gotten another job right? Cheat Carrol? All of these guys had losing records in their first jobs. Reggie has turned this team around and got them out of cap hell. Knowing you are a troll you will find a way to spin it, but the truth is the team finished at 12-4 and lost a playoff game without their starting QB on the road. If they fall to 4-12 again this year, that criticism would be fare. But as of now they have continued to get better and made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years last year. That is what he was brought in to do.

  49. pantherpro says: Apr 28, 2017 12:37 PM

    Who cares they are now Vegas Raiders. Nor Cal only cares about Niners with a few exception found hiding under tarps at the O

  50. thun5der says: Apr 28, 2017 12:47 PM

    James, least arrests and suspensions during a 3 year window is meaningless as to whether or not Mckenzie is a dirt bag. After seeing the video of Mixon decking a woman, then hearing about a possible high school incident with him, and then saying he is a good kid is just laughable. No “good kid” EVER punches out a woman. As for Conley, he has NO IDEA if this guy is a rapist or not, at this point, no one does, but he drafts him anyway. grow up dude, these guys are not role models

  51. granadafan says: Apr 28, 2017 1:05 PM

    Another “fine” Urban Meyer product.

  52. James says: Apr 28, 2017 1:27 PM

    thun5der says:
    Apr 28, 2017 12:47 PM
    James, least arrests and suspensions during a 3 year window is meaningless as to whether or not Mckenzie is a dirt bag. After seeing the video of Mixon decking a woman, then hearing about a possible high school incident with him, and then saying he is a good kid is just laughable. No “good kid” EVER punches out a woman. As for Conley, he has NO IDEA if this guy is a rapist or not, at this point, no one does, but he drafts him anyway. grow up dude, these guys are not role models

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    Also, you said it was a dirtbag organization as they have always been. The LEAST arrests and LEAST suspensions would actually be the opposite of meaningless as it seems to point to you being 100% wrong.

  53. golions1 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:27 PM

    Gareon my wayward son.

  54. araidersfan says: Apr 28, 2017 1:30 PM

    jbaxt says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:24 AM
    Remember when they did miles and miles of reasearch on Jamarcus Russel?

    It’s the raider way.

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    And your chiefs in their history have had players like Jim Tyrer & Jovan who murdered loved ones/family members . Perhaps that’s the ‘chief way’?

    The reality is that all 32 teams have had their share of criminals and players with bad character. To pigeonhole a specific team with that based on personal hatred of that team is moronic.

  55. unomasmore says: Apr 28, 2017 1:36 PM

    All the obvious concerns and risks aside- why do the Raiders love to draft their “guys” so ridiculously early?

    Last year it was Jihad Ward at 44. D.J. Hayden: way earlier than they had to. Darrius Heyward Bay as well.

    They always make a good case for why they had to do it and couldn’t trade down or whatever, but in the end– the player ends up being terrible as well.

    Reggie is no gambler and he is no genius, that’s for sure.

  56. fordbw says: Apr 28, 2017 2:26 PM

    I had no idea that research could be measured in miles.

  57. jimbo75025 says: Apr 28, 2017 3:33 PM

    rdrllldubk says:
    Apr 28, 2017 9:38 AM
    I sure hope so! If this kid is cleared these “women” need to be held accountable.
    —–

    Therein lies the problem. LE is very hesitant to file charges in most cases where it is strongly believed that a female is lying. It has to be a clear cut no brainer and few things in life ever work out like that.

    Conley could of course file a civil suit on the woman, but that has its own risks. His entire history down to a candy bar he stole when he was 7 becomes fair game and what little endorsement viability Conley has left would vanish.

    In short, no matter what happens here, the accusations here have cost Conley millions whether he is guilty or not.

  58. slick50kc says: Apr 28, 2017 4:03 PM

    The fade are really raping this draft.

    Still can’t beat the Chiefs!

  59. droppedinagreasefire says: Apr 28, 2017 10:19 PM

    Remember when they did miles and miles of reasearch on Jamarcus Russel?

    It’s the raider way.
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    Pretty ignorant statement and shows your lack of knowledge about the NFL. Mark, Reggie, n Jack weren’t even around when that happened.
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    You are right. This all happened under the watch of your Lord and Master Al Davis who authored an NFL record losing streak of 11 or more loses for six years. Comment? Hey Al, are the snakes still popping out of your forehead?

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