Raiders wrap up Day Two

The Oakland Raiders continued to get defensive in wrapping up the 2005 NFL draft. The second day continued with Oakland waiting until the sixth round, where it had three selections, to make a pick. The Raiders finished the day taking Wisconsin defensive tackle Anttaj Hawthorne, California defensive end Ryan Riddle and Iowa offensive tackle Pete McMahon.

The Oakland Raiders acquired an extra sixth round choice from San Francisco through New England. Five of the seven Raiders draft picks have understandably been defensive choices. Oakland ranked No. 30 in total defense last season.

The 6-2, 310 pound Hawthorne's stock, however, dropped. He was once considered as high as a second round possibility but his positive test for marijuana at the combine perhaps hurt his draft status. Hawthorne has the potential and two veterans (Warren Sapp and Ted Washington) in front of him from which to learn.

While Hawthorne comes with concerns, taking him in the sixth round is a relatively low risk move. Hawthorne saw action pretty much immediately at Wisconsin and progressed throughout his career.

With their ensuing two picks in the sixth round, choices 212 and 214 overall, the Raiders selected California defensive end Ryan Riddle. The fact that the Raiders waited until the sixth round to address defensive end, considering that they sorely lacked a pass rush, was somewhat of a surprise to some people. The 6-2, 250 pound Riddle is regarded as an above athletic but also undersized.

With its final selection of the sixth round, and the day, the Raiders took Iowa offensive tackle Pete McMahon. The 6-7, 324-pounder brings noticeable size. He played mostly at tackle his last two seasons at Iowa but also has experience at guard.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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