Quick thoughts about Raiders draft pick Shalom Luani

The Oakland Raiders have selected Shalom Luani with their first pick of the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Shalom Luani is another addition to the secondary which was one of the bigger needs this offseason. But we will get more into how Shalom Luani fits with the Raiders when we take a deep dive into his impact with our in depth coverage tomorrow morning. For now, here’s a look at some quick thoughts that will give you some insight into who Shalom Luani is.

  • When he was only 17 years old, he represented American Samoa and scored a goal against Tonga in a World Cup qualifying match. Being a former soccer player means he likely has very good feet. Footwork being a rather important aspect of defensive back play, one has to hope that’s a good sign for his potential to be developed.

 

  • Spent time at two Bay Area junior colleges before transferring to Washington State. That makes him the second pick of this year’s draft class to have a connection to the Northern California region.  Once he transferred, he became a two year starter with a lot of production.

 

  • Seen as a guy who will need to prove his worth on special teams if he wants to make the 53 man roster but that could be difficult given the fact that one of his weaknesses is tackling.

 

  • Was first team All Pac-12 while at Washington State. Being the second safety taken in this year’s draft by the Raiders, making the final 53 man roster might be difficult but he could be valued as a practice squad guy.

 

  • The Raiders hosted him for a visit before taking him in the draft so they clearly had their eyes on him.

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