RAIDERS – CB GAREON CONLEY – With the 24th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley (6’0 195).
GAREON CONLEY CB Ohio State
Conley is fast, running a low 4.40, and has good size and length. Depending on the source, quarterbacks targeting his WRs have a QBR of anywhere between 13.6 and 46.9. The most common phrase used to describe Conley is “ball hawk”.
That aside, the overriding issue at this point is the rape allegations from early April. The Raiders obviously did their due diligence and came to the conclusion that no charges would be filed and the whole affair will blow over or they wouldn’t have taken the young DB. The question that arises is did the Oakland Raiders need to take Conley in the first round when many were predicting him to fall as low as the third round?
Well, for those who thought GM Reggie McKenzie was a different sort of nut than the legendary Al Davis, this is further proof that McKenzie is much like Davis when it comes to draft picks. If Al was targeting a top impact player he took him right away rather than gambling the player would be available with a later pick. There’s no better evidence of that than HOF Punter Ray Guy going in the first round. Reggie McKenzie no doubt could have traded further back into the late first round and still have a shot at CB DJ Hayden in the 2013 draft. But he wanted Hayden and he traded back two spots and took him with the 12th pick. And there was probably a good chance he could get Gareon Conley in the second round but he had a top impact player on his board and took him rather than gamble that he could grab him later on. When all is said and done, if the whole thing does blow over, the Raiders come away with a pretty good pick.