The Raiders went heavy on defense in the 2017 NFL Draft. Outside of offensive tackle David Sharpe out of Florida, the Raiders used four of their first five picks on a defensive player. Two of them didn’t even play in the game in cornerback Gareon Conley and safety Obi Melifonwu.
Defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes didn’t do much and linebacker Marquel Lee had more than his hands full trying to wear the green dot in the middle of this Raiders defense. However, a pair of defensive rookies really shined in their first preseason game. The first guy we’ll touch on is defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.
Hester is a seventh-round pick out of Toledo. The Rockets had a great deal of talent enter this draft, most notable running back Kareem Hunt with the Kansas City Chiefs. It seems that Hester is an NFL level player that should make the 53-man roster or at least the practice squad.
He had four tackles, three solo, two for a loss of yardage and two quarterback sacks. Hester was in relentless pursuit of the quarterback. To be able to catch up to the nimble veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert is impressive. This is mostly because Hester did a phenomenal job of doing whatever he wanted to the Cardinals’ second-team offensive line.