Raiders round out draft with four more picks

The Raiders wrapped up their first draft under head coach Bill Callahan in much the same fashion they started -- by orchestrating a few trades while stocking up on defense and adding some long-range potential on offense.

''I'm really pleased with the way things turned out,'' said Callahan after completing the two-day draft in which Oakland added eight players to its roster. ''We had great communication and the picks went down very well because of that communication. It was a lot of fun. Now it's up to us as coaches to develope these guys.''

Like they did in the first day, the Raiders didn't feel comfortable waiting for their turn to come so they traded up. Oakland sent its fourth-round pick (122nd overall) to Cleveland in exchange for the Browns' fifth (147th overall) and a sixth (189th overall). The Raiders had sent their original fifth-round pick to Atlanta as part of their move up in the first round on Saturday.

With Cleveland's fifth-round pick Oakland selected UCLA defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who will come in challenging second-year man DeLawrence Grant for a roster spot. Coleman had two injury-plagued seasons with the Bruins but came back after undergoing knee surgery in 2000 to record 8.5 sacks and 44 tackles on his way to being named first-team All-Pac-10.

Like Saturday's pick of offensive tackle Langston Walker, Coleman is seen as a project who needs to play more consistently to break into the Raiders' rotation along the defensive line.

''I just love this guy,'' said Callahan. ''He's a great add for us. We watched him throughout his career. He has completeness in his game and that's the thing that excited me and our staff.''

In the sixth round Oakland used the Browns' pick and took cornerback DeRodrick Keyon Nash from Albany State with the idea of converting him to a safety. The upside: Nash is 6-3, 215, giving him the size to match up against some of the league's bigger receivers. The downside: He wasn't a standout, even at the Division II level, and needs a lot of work in the tackling department.

''He was kind of our sleeper in the draft,'' said Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan.

Eight picks later the Raiders went after San Diego State running back Larry Ned, who bounced back after an injury-filled junior season to lead the Aztecs with 1,612 yards rushing with a team-high 15 touchdowns.

The day ended with a bit of a surprise as Oakland picked quarterback Ronald Curry from North Carolina. That gives the Raiders five quarterbacks in all, with Curry joining Rich Gannon, Marques Tuiasosopo, Rick Mirer and Bobby Hoying at the crowded position.

Callahan compared Curry to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kordell Stewart and Tennessee Titans QB Steve McNair.

''He has those types of athletic abilities,'' said Callahan. ''He has that much talent where he can play anywhere.''

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