The Oakland Raiders added cornerback Gareon Conley with the 24th-overall pick of of the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday.
With Alabama middle linebacker Reuben Foster still available, general manager Reggie McKenzie decided to address the secondary instead by drafting Conley out of Ohio State university.
Conley was likely due to be a top-15 pick before allegations surfaced that he sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman in a Cleveland hotel room. Conley and his lawyer have strongly denied the allegations and, calling them "ludicrous and ridiculous." The 21-year-old defensive back has not been charged with a crime, and the Raiders were one of 24 teams to talk to him prior to Thursday.
As a player, Conley possesses solid NFL cornerback size to go along with speed and change-of-direction skills. He is also a versatile cornerback, having the ability to play on the outside or in the slot, giving him the ability the shadow his man wherever they go on the field. He does need to improve on his run defense.
Conley will join Sean Smith and David Amerson in the Raiders secondary, replacing DJ Hayden who left in free agency.