Written by Thomas Scott
July 26, 2017
Earlier this year, the Oakland Raiders selected Jylan Ware in the 7th round. Ware is a homegrown prospect from Valley, Alabama who cultivated his talents at Alabama State. As an offensive lineman, he helped anchor a powerful Hornets rushing attack. During his tenure the Hornets led the SWAC in rushing three times.
Ware has all of the physical tools needed to compete at the next level. The 6’7, 317 pound tackle has great hands and deceptive speed for a man his size. In fact, at 317 pounds he still ran a sub five second 40 time.
This offseason the Raiders signed franchise quarterback, Derek Carr to a 125 million dollar contract. In addition, they signed running back and hometown hero Marshawn Lynch out of retirement. The Raiders will be relying on their offensive line to protect their high priced weapons. Competition at offensive line will be steep, but don’t expect Ware to shy away from the moment. When asked what he would bring to the team Ware said,
“I will be that utility person. You need me to play left, you need me to play right, you need me to play tight end, you need me to do anything…I will do it for Raider Nation.”
Training Camp for the Oakland Raiders begins on Friday July 28th. If Ware makes the team he will join fellow HBCU grad Marquette King on the roster. Follow @BlackBallSports on Twitter to keep track of Jylan Ware’s progress.