The Oakland Raiders were quiet for two rounds as the team was without selections in the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. In their first of three seventh round choices, the Raiders went back to defensive back to select cornerback Travis Carrie of Ohio. Carrie joins fourth round pick Keith McGill as Raiders draft picks to help a need area in the secondary.
Carrie was a first team All-MAC selection as a punt returner and a third team All-MAC selection as a defensive back. The 6-0, 206 pound cornerback is a fifth year redshirt senior. That experience is valued by Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. The Ohio cornerback had open-heart surgery on his coronary valve during his sophomore year of high school. Carrie lost a year in 2009 with a hip injury and another in 2012 with shoulder surgery but earned a medical redshirt to come back in 2013. That season, Carrie had four interceptions and returned two in the season finale for touchdowns. He has some speed in coverage and has nice ball skills.
His best chance to making the Raiders will be using his return skills. In all four seasons at Ohio, he returned punts. As a senior he average 12.7 yards per return. As a junior he averaged 12.5 yards per punt return. Although he did well returning punts, he only recorded one kickoff return in his career. He also played on special teams as a gunner. Pairing he and Taiwan Jones on kick coverage sounds like a nice combination.
At the NFL Combine, Carrie was unable to participate in the drills and tests because of a knee injury. The only part he was able to do was the bench press. Carrie put up 225 pounds 17 times. Carrie ran an unofficial 4.45 and 4.51 forty yard dash at his Pro Day.Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Football, Keith McGill, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, Travis Carrie
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