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Published Thursday, April 27, 2023 | 6 p.m.
Updated 1 hour, 28 minutes ago
The Raiders nabbed a complement for All Pro edge rusher Maxx Crosby with their first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft Thursday night.
Las Vegas selected Texas Tech edge rusher Tyree Wilson with the No. 7 overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Wilson has prototypical size and athleticism for an NFL edge rusher but missed the end of his senior season as a Red Raider with a foot injury.
He was linked as high as the No. 2 overall pick to the Houston Texans earlier in draft week, but reportedly slipped on some teams’ draft boards over concerns with his medicals.
Wilson had seven sacks in each of his final two collegiate seasons, after transferring to Texas Tech following a commitment and one year at Texas A&M out of high school.
Wilson earned first-team All American honors last year despite his absence in the final three games. He had a strong performance at Texas Tech’s Pro Day last month after sitting out of the NFL Draft Combine, putting up 23 repetitions in the bench press and posting a 4.82-second 40-yard dash time.
Wilson will immediately complement Crosby and Chandler Jones, who signed a three-year $52 million deal, and perhaps could even play inside the two veteran rushers at times. Las Vegas has 11 more picks scheduled for this year’s draft, but no more until tomorrow’s second round.
Trades have been flying in the early stages of the draft, however, so there’s no guarantee they couldn’t deal up for an additional player tonight.
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to lasvegassun.com for more coverage later.
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