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Originally published on SBReport.net on April 26, 2013
The Raiders still have not chosen a defensive lineman in this years draft, but they havecontinued to help fill voids in other parts of their roster.
With their third-round pick, Hall of Fame cornerback Willie Brown announced that the Raiders selected outside linebacker Sio Moore out of the University of Connecticut.
Moore is a solid pick that helps build depth on a rebuild linebacker corps for the Raiders.
Like the Raiders' pick before him, Melenik Watson, Moore was not born in the United States as he was born in Liberia. Moore earned the starting job just four games into his redshirt freshman year, playing in every game and knotching 110 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks.
In his junior year, the 6-foot-1, 245-pound linebacker tallied 86 tackles, 6.5 sacks and six pass breakups. He was able to increase his sack numbers his senior year, rising it to 7.5 sacks and adding 72 tackles and 11 pass breakups en route to being named to the All-Big East First Team.
Moore is a solid coverage linebacker that can turn and run with his assignment. On top of that, he also is disciplined and maintains his gaps. Though he isn't the biggest of linebackers, his strength makes him play much bigger than he is.
The Raiders found another solid selection while picking Sio Moore, though I find it surprising they haven't taken a defensive lineman yet. Though Moore does have capabilities to rush the passer, and has proven it while in college.