Raiders close out with Henderson, Higgins

Johnnie Lee Higgins

The Oakland Raiders traded up in the third round with New England to select Florida State offensive tackle Mario Henderson at pick 91, and they selected UTEP wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins 99th overall – a compensatory selection for the loss of Charles Woodson to Green Bay via free agency – further signifying that Randy Moss will be dealt on day two.

Mario Henderson fills the Raiders need for more depth on the offensive line.

After being used at right tackle and tight end early in his collegiate career, Hemderson was moved to left tackle as a senior and displayed a nasty attitude and good blocking technique.

While he was solid in pass protection, he is not the mauler that his size says he should be.

The Raiders traded a seventh-round pick this year and a 2008 third-round pick to nab Henderson.

A three-year starter, Johnnie Lee Higgins is known for his speed and big play ability thanks to his second gear when in motion.

Higgins caught 82 passes for 1,319 yards (16.1 avg.) and 13 touchdowns in 2006. He also had 18 kickoff returns for 275 yards (15.3 avg.).

He tied for eighth in the nation with 6.83 catches per game, finishing second nationally with 109.92 yards receiving and third in Division I-A with an average of 156.08 all-purpose yards per game. He set the conference single-season record with a 23.4-yard average on 12 punt returns, scoring twice in the process.

His cousin is Quentin Jammer of the San Diego Chargers.

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