A few things are becoming evident with each draft pick the Oakland Raiders make on Reggie McKenzie’s watch. First and foremost there is a heavy emphasis on defense and rightfully so. Secondly he seems very willing to roll the dice on project players. Then again, when all you’ve got is collection of late round picks you’ve got to be willing to gamble.
Enter Georgia State defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi.
When it comes to unusual routes to the NFL few players have anything on Bilukidi’s tale. Born in Angola, Christo has lived in France and Brazil before finally settling in north of the border in Canada. He quickly became one of the top Canadian recruits despite playing just one year of high school football.
From his Canadian high school in Ottawa Bilukidi made a two-year stop at Eastern Arizona JC before finding his way to Georgia State. All he did there was become a two-year starter racking up 10 sacks. And oh if this whole NFL thing doesn’t workout for the 6’5”, 312-pound freakish athlete then he’s always got the CFL to fall back on where he’s considered a top-15 prospect.
He’s a project for sure but the upside is huge if the Raiders can coach up this intriguing prospect.