After selecting a safety and defensive lineman in the first two rounds, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie drafted another defensive player in the third round.
The Raiders front office selected linebacker/defensive end Shilique Calhoun 75th overall. Calhoun is coming off a tenure at Michigan State where he was named to All-American squads three straight years. He's also a two-time Ted Hendricks Award finalist. The 6-foot-5, 250 pounder finished with 14.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks last season before the Spartans lost to eventual national champion Alabama.
Calhoun is a former high school basketball standout that provides an athletic frame with above pass-rush production. In his three years at Michigan State, he posted 128 quarterback pressures and 26.5 sacks. Like Joseph, he was well-respected by his teammates and named a two-time captain under head coach Mark Dantonio.
He's got good recognition and awareness in the run game, while having potential to gro and develop more as a pass rusher. On the negative side, scouts have said that he lacks the aggressive, nasty demeanor that may be desired out of a defensive lineman.
Adding Calhoun gives the Raiders another versatile defensive player that can be moved around to create matchup problems for the opposing team.