Versatile Oakland Raiders third-round pick Shilique Calhoun is ready to contribute right away

Versatile Oakland Raiders third-round pick Shilique Calhoun is ready to contribute right away

Former Michigan State linebacker and defensive end Shilique Calhoun took a visit out to Oakland for a workout and says he went back home and told his family that it felt like a perfect match. 

"I know that when I came out to visit Oakland, I came back home and talked to my family," Calhoun said. "When I got back, I kind of told them I kind of felt like it was the same as Michigan State. I felt like it was a place where I fit well and a place where I felt like I was at home. I'm happy that Oakland picked me up and I'm ready for this opportunity."

Calhoun offers the Raiders depth at the linebacker and defensive end positions, while adding versatility due to his ability to play at both spots. He offers a similar skill set to Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and Aldon Smith, all of which he cannot look forward to start learning from.

"Three guys, three premier guys that have a lot of talent and a lot of knowledge," Calhoun said. "I look forward to coming in, learning from those guys, just trying to soak it all in and definitely try and go out there and compete."

The 6-foot-5, 250 pounder believes having players like that on the field with him will only make him better, increasing the chances he can make an impact on the field quickly.

"I definitely want to be on the field in any way that I can," Calhoun said. "So hopefully I can learn something from those guys, add it to my game and then attribute it onto the field and make plays and make it so our pass rushing corps is dominant.

"I'm a natural competitor, so coming in I'm definitely going to want to contribute in any way I can," Calhoun continued. "I see myself as someone who can come in and play on day one."

The former Spartan is excited to become a part of turning the franchise around for the Silver & Black. 

"This is definitely a team that can go far," Calhoun said. "I think we have the opportunity to do it, and I think that we will."


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