Former Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley has been selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
This selection comes in the wake of allegations that Conley sexually assaulted a woman while in Cleveland on April 9. Conley has since denied the claims.
Reports surfaced that an unnamed team gave Conley a polygraph test the night of the draft concerning the allegations and that Conley passed.
Conley becomes the third Ohio State defensive back to be selected in the first round of the 2017 draft, following former teammates Marshon Lattimore (11th overall to New Orleans) and Malik Hooker (15th overall to Indianapolis).
Conley, who was named second-team All-Big Ten by the conference’s coaches and was a third-team selection by the media in 2016, recorded 26 tackles and four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown, while starting all 13 games as a fourth-year junior captain last season.
The Massillon, Ohio, native started all 13 games in 2015 as well, registering 49 stops and two picks. As a redshirt freshman in 2014, the year Ohio State won the national championship, Conley contributed significantly on special teams while also playing some cornerback, finishing the season with 16 tackles.
For his career as a Buckeye, Conley played in 42 games, 27 of which he started at cornerback, totaled 91 tackles, six interceptions and 15 pass break-ups.
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