Report day for training camp is just four days away. So, the Raiders must finish up some business and get the last of their rookies under contract. Friday they officially signed the sixth of their seven rookie draft picks, inking third round pick Divine Deablo to his four-year rookie deal.
Deablo was selected at pick 80 in the third round. He signs on to a 4-year, $5 million deal with a cap hit of $905K for this season.
The 6-3, 223-pounder played safety at Virginia Tech, but will move to linebacker in the pros for the Raiders. He molds his game after former Seattle Seahawks’ big hitting safety Kam Chancellor.
As a linebacker, he immediately becomes one of the most athletic coverage linebackers in the NFL, running a 4.42 40-yard-dash at his pro day. He should contribute immediately on special teams and compete for snaps in nickel formations and obvious passing downs.
His signing leaves just one Raiders draft pick unsigned — Malcolm Koonce, who was taken just before Deablo at pick 79 in the third round.