The 2017 draft fell just weeks after the Oakland Raiders’ move to Las Vegas was approved. The Raiders celebrated it by making Oakland’s Day 3 picks from the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.
The team hosted a party for fans at the location, which is at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s the first public event the team has hosted for fans since the impending move was announced at the owners meetings in March.
The Raiders made their fourth-, fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-round picks from the sign:
Nevada governor Brian Sandoval announced the team’s fourth-round selection of David Sharpe, a tackle out of Florida. Sharpe is a developmental prospect and has some concerns surrounding his vision. Oakland had one of the best lines in the league last season, and he’ll have time to learn and grow behind the linemen before being called upon to contribute.
The Raiders took linebacker Marquel Lee out of Wake Forest with the 168th overall pick. Lee was an outside linebacker in college and racked up 7.5 sacks in his final season, but he may be a better fit for a middle linebacker role in the NFL.
Oakland had two seventh-round selections, and snapped up another developmental tackle in Jylan Ware and running back Elijah Hood.
Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said the region is excited to welcome the team to Las Vegas.
“The draft is about building for the future and so it is only fitting that the Raiders will be building their future here, their future home,” Sisolak said, via the Las Vegas Sun.
It’s not unusual for the Raiders to announce picks from somewhere other than the draft site or the team’s headquarters. Last year, the team did so from Mexico City to help promote its Thursday Night Football matchup against the Houston Texans. In 2015, Oakland announced its picks from Travis Air Force Base north of Oakland.