Originally published on SBReport.net on June 7, 2012
The Oakland Raiders have announced on Thursday the signing of three of their 2012 NFL draft picks: Defensive end Jack Crawford, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi, and linebacker Nathan Stupar.
The three signings mark the first three Raider draft picks from the 2012 draft to come to terms with the organization.
According to the press release distributed by the Raiders, Crawford is listed as a 6-foot-5, 274-pound defensive end that was drafted in the fifth round (158th overall) out of Penn State. Crawford played ball all four years at Penn State, playing in 13 games as a senior while accumulating 42 tackles, 6.5 tackles, two forced fumbles along with six passes defended.
Stupar played at Penn State as well, ranking third on the team with 80 tackles as a senior before being drafted in the seventh round (230th overall) by the Raiders. Stupar was also named Academic All-Bit-Ten
The athletic Bilukidi is listed as a 6-foot-5, 311-pound defensive tackle. Bilukidi was drafted as the Raiders sixth-round draft pick (189th overall). Bilukidi, who was born in Angola and has lived in Canada, France and Brazil, transferred to Georgia State from Eastern Arizona Junior College and established a program record in his two-year tenure with 10 sacks and 16 tackles for a loss. Bilikudi recorded a team high five sacks as a senior, adding 38 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The three signings also mark the first draft picks that Raiders new general manager Reggie McKenzie has signed.