After picking their second wide receiver of the 2009 NFL Draft just two picks earlier, the Oakland Raiders picked up their second defensive end as well.
Oakland selected linebacker-turned-defensive end Slade Norris of Oregon State with pick no. 126 of the draft on Sunday. The 6’2″ 232 lbs. player started only one season for the Beavers as a defensive end, but his size may cause him to shift back to linebacker in the pro’s.
Norris ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at Oregon State’s pro day and was another player not invited to the combine. As a senior, Norris collected 57 tackles (19 solo), 18.5 tackles-for-loss, and 10 sacks for the Beavers. In recognition of those accomplishments, Scout.com named him as the Beavers’ co-mvp for 2008.
Norris started his college career as a safety, but was moved to linebacker after he outgrew the position. In his junior season, he was used a situational pass rushing linebacker who sacked the quarterback nine times in 2007. He leaves Oregon State as their fourth-best pass rusher all-time with 19 career sacks.
The Raiders will next pick in the sixth round.