May 2, 2015 10:30 AM PT
Alameda, California – When day three started the Oakland Raiders originally had pick 102, but traded it to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for pick 124th in the fourth round, 161st fifth round and 242nd seventh round.
When pick 124 came up, the Raiders traded back again four spots to 128 and picked up another seventh round pick (No. 218).
What started the day as a seven-man draft class the Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie turned into a 10-man draft class.
They finally selected Miami guard Jon Feliciano in the fourth round of the NFL draft, 128th overall.
The heavy-footed brawler 6-foot-4, 323 pound Feliciano started 13 games for Miami and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference honorable mention selecteion.
The Raiders brought Feliciano to compete at the right guard position with Khalif Barnes and Tony Bergstrom. Coach Jack Del Rio also mentioned the right tackle position is wide open with Austin Howard and Menelik Watson competing. Coach Jack Del Rio has voiced his preference for Barnes to be a swing player available at all positions except center.
Feliciano is huge, a hulking man who looks as heavy as his weight suggests. He has a thick lower body and maintains his place against a pass rush. He is a strong run blocker as well, using his size to create lanes for running backs. He doesn’t have great mobility, and might not be a good blocker in space.
2014 (Senior): Started season opener at left guard against Louisville…Made second consecutive start of season against FAMU, paving way for 198 rushing yards…Started against Arkansas State, helping lead offense to 488-yard performance…Started against Nebraska and helped offense generate 435 yards…Saw time at both left guard and right tackle in start against Duke, leading way to 426-yard offensive performance….Started at right tackle against Georgia Tech…Started at right tackle against Cincinnati, helping offense finish with 621 total yards…Helped guide offense to 456-yard performance in road win over Virginia Tech…Started at left tackle against North Carolina, paving way for 494 total yards and 295 rushing yards…Helped lead offense to 492-yard performance against Florida State…Made 11th start of season on offensive line against Virginia…Started season finale on offensive line, leading team offense to 421 total yards…Made final start of career in Duck Commander Independence Bowl against South Carolina, helping lead offense to 422 total yards.
2013 (Junior): Started all 13 games along offensive line … Made 11 starts at left guard and two starts at right tackle … Honorable mention All-ACC selection by ACSMA … Helped anchor offensive line that paved way for Hurricanes offense that averaged 425.8 yards of total offense and 33.8 points per game … Earned letter … Graduated from Miami in May 2014.
2012 (Sophomore): Started all 12 games at left guard … Earned All-ACC honorable mention from ACSMA … Anchored O-line that paved way for third-best passing offense (295.4) and fifth-best total offense (440.2) in ACC … Earned letter.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Saw action in 10 games and earned eight starts … Suffered injury midseason but returned to start two of team’s final three games … Finished with overall grade of 84 percent … Allowed zero sacks on season … Earned letter.
2010 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Miami and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility.
High School: Three-star recruit and No. 19 offensive guard by Scout.com … Rated three-star prospect by Rivals.com … No. 56 prospect on Bill Buchalter’s Florida Top 100 state list … First-team All-Broward by Sun Sentinel.
Oakland Raiders Q & A Transcript
Q: Where are you? What’s the scene like when you got the news?
Feliciano: “I’m at my boy’s house in Davie, Fla. I got my family here along with my high school basketball coach, my high school football coaches. We went berserk when we heard my name.”
Q: We’re just finding out some of your back story. You’ve been through so much. What does it mean to you to maybe be able to help your family with an NFL contract?
Feliciano: “Yeah growing up there was a lot of just extra stuff that I had to go through and everyone here at this house right now at this party helped me get through it. That’s why I wanted them around me and to be able to get drafted in the fourth round by such a great organization. It’s a blessing and I’m so happy.”
Q: Did you have much contact with the Raiders before? Did you know that they were interested? It seems like a lot of the players didn’t know and wound up being surprised.
Feliciano: “No, actually me and [offensive line] coach [Mike] Tice, we kicked it off at the combine. He was a great guy and I had a real good time talking with him. This is one of the top spots for me I wanted to go. To hear my name called by them is just unbelievable.”
Q: This team needs a starting right guard. Does that excite you that there is going to be some competition right away and that you may be able to contribute early on?
Feliciano: “Of course. That’s all you want coming in is an opportunity to compete and get better. We have that there at the Raiders and I know everyone is going to go in there and compete and try to get better and that’s going to be awesome.”
Q: Did you play on the right side or the left side at Miami?
Feliciano: “Both. I had time at right guard, right tackle, left tackle, left guard and center sometimes, so I can do whatever.”
Q: Where are you most comfortable?
Feliciano: “I played left guard most of my career, but moving over to right guard is not a big deal.”
Q: Raiders are big with offensive line with position versatility. That sounds like something that is right up your alley.
Feliciano: “That’s something that I pride myself in, being able to play all five positions. It’s going to help me here with the Raiders.”
Q: You said the Raiders were one of the teams you were hoping you might end up with. How come?
Feliciano: “Just because my relationship with coach Tice. He’s a great guy. Me and him really hit it off at the combine. They have [defensive line coach] Jethro Franklin on their staff and I was with him for four years at Miami, so just being able to be with people that I know. Plus, Clive [Walford] just got drafted there yesterday. I know it’s going to be so amazing to be able to play with him again.”
Q: Have you gotten a chance to talk with him already?
Feliciano: “I haven’t yet. I tried to call him but he’s probably just as busy as I am right now.”
Q: Have they told you that right guard is pretty much where they have you planned for?
Feliciano: “No, they haven’t really said anything. They just said to be ready and just enjoy the moment right now.”
Q: At what point did you feel the NFL was a real possibility for you?
Feliciano: “Growing up I always dreamt of playing in the NFL. Probably when I got to college it became feasible to follow my dreams and play in the NFL.”
Q: What is your weight at right now and what do you think is ideal for you?
Feliciano: “Right now I’m at 325, 327. That will probably be my plan weight.”
Q: I know Mike Tice likes big, tough guys. Is that what he told you?
Feliciano: “I fit what Raiders players are supposed to be like. It’s awesome for me to come to the Raiders.”
Q: What do we need to know about Clive Walford?
Feliciano: “He’s tough and he’s going to bring it every day. I think he’s going to score a lot of touchdowns for us.”
Offensive Line Coach Mike Tice Got His Guy
Mike Tice likes his guards big, physical and quick, and that’s precisely what he got in fourth round selection, Jon Feliciano.
“Our guys are going to have to be able to run,” Tice said Saturday after the Raiders selected Feliciano. “They’re going to have to be able to pull. Jon pulls well already, so that’s good. I’m excited to add him to the mix. It’s going to be good for our room.”
Listed at 6’5” and tipping the scales at 325 pounds, the former Miami Hurricane figures to fit the mold of a Mike Tice-lineman, and will compete for playing time on the right side of the offensive line.
Tice is looking forward to spending time with the Davie, Fla., native and the feeling is mutual.
The pair met at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., and after speaking with Tice, Feliciano put the Raiders on the short list of teams he wanted to play for.
“Me and offensive line Coach Mike Tice, we kicked it off at the combine,” Feliciano said during a conference after his selection. “He was a great guy and I had a real good time talking with him. This is one of the top spots for me I wanted to go. To hear my name called by them is just unbelievable.”
Feliciano’s selection adds depth and competition along the Raiders offensive line, and Tice is pleased to have another student to mentor.
“I’m very pleased with Jon,” he said. “I think it’s a good pick for us.”