Raiders select MSU’s Jackson; Moncrief to Colts

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Daily Journal, wire reports

The Oakland Raiders took Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson with their third-round pick on Friday night after trading down in the draft.

Later, the Colts took Ole Miss receiver Donte Moncrief 90th overall.

The Raiders moved down 14 spots before taking Jackson (6-3, 336) with the 81st overall pick. Oakland also added a fourth-round pick from Miami in the deal, 116th overall.

Jackson, a two-time All-American from Amite County, did not give up a sack in his final two seasons with the Bulldogs.

The Raiders have overhauled their offensive line this offseason, signing tackle Donald Penn and guards Austin Howard and Kevin Boothe.

Oakland took QB Derek Carr earlier Friday in the second round after adding pass rusher Khalil Mack in the first round on Thursday.

Also Friday night:

• The New Orleans Saints selected Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste in the second round adding a 6-foot-3 defender to their secondary.

Jean-Baptiste initially played receiver in college. “His ball skills are something we also put a value on,” head coach Sean Payton said.

• Southern Miss defensive lineman Khyri Thornton went 85th overall to the Green Bay Packers. A defensive tackle in college, Thornton (6-3, 304) may be moved to end in the NFL.

He’d been projected as a possible Saturday pick.

• The Tennessee Titans finally ended the record wait for the first running back selected, grabbing Bishop Sankey of Washington with the 54th pick overall.