The Oakland Raiders saved Gareon Conley from what some were expecting to be a free fall during the 2017 NFL Draft.
After reports surfaced earlier this week that the former Ohio State Buckeyes star was facing rape allegations, there were plenty of questions about how much it would impact his draft stock.
As it turns out, it wasn’t too much, with the Raiders selecting Conley with the No. 24 overall pick.
When it comes to value, there is no denying it was a great pick for the team. However, with the incident hanging over his head, the Raiders had to be confident that the defensive back wasn’t a risk.
According to Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie, the team did just that by conducting “miles and miles” of research and a lie detector test.
“We did our due diligence throughout this whole process, and we trust our research, reports, everything we have on Mr. Conley,” McKenzie said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We feel really good about having him join the Raiders, and having him be a great teammate. The research was done. It wasn’t just a gut [feeling]. It was based on research, and we are very confident in all the information we got. I don’t want to get into all the details about who we talked to.
“The bottom line is, we’ve done miles and miles of research to make sure we were totally comfortable with our decision, which we were. We feel really good about the pick and where it’s going.”
If Conley is cleared on the legal front, the risk will prove to have been worth the reward.
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