The Oakland Raiders took three defensive players in the seventh round: cornerback Travis Carrie (No. 219 overall), defensive end Shelby Harris (235) and safety Jonathan Dowling (247). All three may have been drafted earlier if it weren’t for problems off the field.
— Carrie, a native of Antioch who attended Ohio University, spent a couple days in jail in 2009.
Carrie is accused of having a stolen computer in his possession that was originally stolen from the Ohio University on April 19 and having programs on the computer destroyed.
Carrie entered a plea of guilty to an amended indictment charging one count of misdemeanor Receiving Stolen Property. Carrie is accused of having a stolen computer in his possession which was originally stolen from Ryors Hall on April 19, 2009, and having the programs destroyed.
Carrie was sentenced to 180 days in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail. 178 days were suspended on the condition he be a law abiding citizen for two years and that he immediately begin serving his two-day jail sentence.
— Harris was suspended indefinitely at Wisconsin. He later transferred to Illinois State, where he was dismissed in March of 2013 for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Harris didn’t play at all in 2013.
— Dowling started out at Florida, but was kicked off the team as a freshman for missing classes and other reasons. He finished his collegiate career at Western Kentucky.
Of the three, Carrie is probably the most likely to make the team due to his added value as a successful punt returner in college. Harris and Dowling, however, are guys whose athleticism and abilities make them possibilities to be hidden gems if they can make the team and overcome their character concerns.
As seventh round picks where there is not much to lose, it’s clear McKenzie took some risks after drafting the way many thought he would in the earlier rounds. After all, the same tactic got them Stacy McGee in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and he’s now looked at as a valuable contributor to the Raiders defensive line.