Raiders beef up line in third round

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 22 Cal Poly at Wisconsin

The Oakland Raiders came into the 2009 NFL Draft needing to improve their 27th ranked defense from 2008.

After taking a safety in the second round, they turned their sights towards fixing the defensive line in the third round.

With the 71st pick of the draft, the Raiders selected Wisconsin defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

Shaughnessy recorded 40 tackles (29 solo), eight tackles-for-loss, and four sacks during his senior season.

Shaughnessy is the kind of player you could envision stepping out on the field in a leather helmet playing for George Halas.

For his career, Shaughnessy played in 50 games and 14 sacks over his four seasons at Wisconsin.

The Raiders may have been more impressed with 6’5″ 266 lbs. defender’s ability to come back from injury.

During spring practice, after his junior season, Shaugnessy suffered a broken fibula.  The injury didn’t stop him from starting every game his senior season.