Rookie spotlight: Shelby Harris

Rookie spotlight: Shelby Harris

Let's continue our look at the Raiders rookies by taking a closer look at the Raiders' seventh-round selection of defensive end Shelby Harris.

Harris finished his collegiate career rather abruptly after being dismissed from the Illinois State football team before the 2013 season for conduct detrimental to the team and missing all of last year.

But that wasn't the only team Harris had problems with in college.

Harris started his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin before he transferred to Illinois State after being suspended at Wisconsin for violating team rules.

Harris isn't the first player that general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Raiders coaching staff has given a first chance to. But Harris will have to prove his value on the field to make the Raiders roster.

At 6-foot-2, Harris lacks the ideal height for a prototypical defensive lineman but makes up for it with his near 35-inch long arms which he uses nicely to get off of blocks.

Harris has the potential to play both on the inside and outside, a characteristic that the coaching staff most likely enjoys in their "multiple" defense.

Despite putting on 30 more pounds since he last played in 2012, Harris possesses solid athleticism that gives him a solid burst to get to ball carriers. He's also a solid tackler and totaled 14 sacks in 33 career games in college.

Harris has the potential to be a solid piece of the Raiders depth on the defensive line and could be a solid run stuffer for the Silver & Black.

Though Harris has talent and potential, there's no doubt that he will have to stay on good behavior and show the coaching staff that he belongs on an NFL roster.

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