Raiders grab second defensive end with fifth pick

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 08 Oregon State at UCLA

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.

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