Shalom Luani, a safety out of Washington State, has been selected by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
At 5-foot-11 and 202 pounds, Luani is a former soccer player who becomes the third defensive back selected by the Raiders this year. At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, he was a top performer in the 60-yard shuttle with a time of 11.22 seconds.
Per CBS Sports, Luani is the 14th ranked strong safety and 302nd overall player in the 2017 NFL Draft. Here's what NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein had to say about Luani in his "Bottom Line."
Luani has the ball production and enough flashes on tape that scouts will be forced to keep him alive in their draft meetings. While Luani showed some improvement as a tackler, Washington State was forced to protect him by playing him in more underneath zone where he was able to cover and not worry about being the last line of defense. Luani likely needs to get his start as a special teams cover man, but without fundamental tackling, that could be a challenge.
Before drafting Luani, the Raiders selected cornerback Gareon Conley out of Ohio State in the first round and safety Obi Melifonwu out of Connecticut in the second round.