Rookie spotlight: T.J. Carrie

The Raiders stayed on the defensive side of the ball with all three of their seventh-round selections, including drafting Ohio cornerback T.J. Carrie 219th overall.

Carrie grew up in the Bay Area (Antioch) watching the Raiders and also grew up competing against another current Raiders, fellow cornerback Taiwan Jones. Jones and Carrie are just one year apart while both competed in track and football, Jones at Deer Valley High School and Carrie at De LaSalle.

Carrie and Jones may very well end up both playing on special teams, where Jones has turned himself into a very valuable gunner. Carrie was partly drafted for his ability to return punts.

Like his fellow seventh-round selections Jonathan Dowling and Shelby Harris, Carrie encountered a little bit of trouble when he plead guilty to receiving a stolen computer in 2009. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail.

A team captain at Ohio University, Carrie played in all 13 games last season (12 starts) and finished with 42 tackles, eight pass breakups, four interceptions and one sack. He also had 21 punt returns for 267 yards, a 12.7 yard average. The Raiders could certainly use the help with punt returns after inconsistent returns over the last couple of years.

Carrie possesses solid size at 6-foot, 206 pounds. He has solid hands to intercept the ball, along with above-average tackling skills for a cornerback. He demonstrates strong football IQ by coming up and setting the edge nicely in run defense.

Carrie will be a 24-year-old rookie that will look to contribute on special teams, and hope to develop into a solid cornerback as well.

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