Raiders entertain versatile LB

Versatility has been the theme amongst the players the Raiders have brought in for visits. They continued that trend by bringing in a linebacker that scouts are projecting inside and weakside.

Northwestern linebacker Nick Roach was brought in by Oakland for a private visit and he fits the bill for the Raiders new designs.

While he lined up a weakside in college, amassing 62 tackles, including four for a loss, while adding two sacks, Roach is being projected inside – perhaps because of his lack of ideal size (6-foot-0).

Roach suffered a broken leg near the end of the season on punt coverage – and he has been earmarked as being less than durable.

When he is on the field, however, Roach has proved that he can run with a tight end and shows a solid ability to locate the ball through traffic.

One of the team captains, Roach threw up 27-reps of 225-pounds but was unable to run on his Pro Day after pulling a hamstring.

The Raiders wanted to get a better beat on his speed and instincts up close and could look to him in the latter rounds.

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