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Raiders draft former Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram

Updated April 25, 2019 - 10:59 pm

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Raiders completed an active first round Thursday evening by selecting former Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 overall selection.

Abram is a rangy, physical safety who totaled a team-high 99 tackles with two interceptions and three sacks in 2018. He is expected to start alongside Karl Joseph this year.

His addition follows ex-Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell at No. 4 and former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs at No. 24.

Johnathan Abram

Position: Safety

College: Mississippi St.

Size: 5 feet, 11 inches; 205 pounds

2018 stats: 99 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble

In his words: “We have a chance to help change this program around from the past with this new coaching staff and moving to Las Vegas. I think it’s going to be a great season and great years to come.”

Contact reporter Michael Gehlken at mgehlken@reviewjournal.com. Follow @GehlkenNFL on Twitter.

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