In the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Raiders on Saturday selected Colorado State linebacker Cory James in 2016 draft.
College: Colorado State
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 229 pounds
Selection: Sixth round, No. 194 overall
ALAMEDA -– Cory James played all over Colorado State’s defense. He played most of his career off the edge at linebacker, but was switched to the interior before last season’s start.
New Rams head coach Mike Bobo suggested a move to the middle, but James was reverted back to defensive end and strongside linebacker before long.
That’s where James is most comfortable, and stats bear that out. James had 24 sacks, 41 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles with the Rams. That’s a good thing, because that’s where the Raiders want him to play.
As important James made it clear, is a role on special teams. That’s a clear path to being active on game day, especially got someone taken No. 194 overall.
The Raiders like players who can man different positions, and help in the kicking game. James can do all those things.
“I feel like versatility really helps,” James said. “I feel like I have pretty decent speed, so I could play anywhere and help on special teams and help the Raiders out that way.”