It was an important night Thursday for the Oakland Raiders, who tried to set their foundation for the future with three picks in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was just as excited as he’s been during past NFL Drafts when he’s quickly sent congratulatory messages to welcome his new teammates.
Carr fired out a tweet shortly after the Raiders selected Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick.
Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead and safety Erik Harris sent out their welcome to Ferrell, too.
Earlier in the day, Raiders linebacker Whitehead was thinking of his new teammates, whomever it may be.
The picks continued for the Raiders, selecting Alabama’s Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick.
Former Raiders star Charles Woodson was especially excited about the Raiders’ second pick of the first round.
The Raiders then spent their third pick of the first round to take Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram.
Oakland had three first-round picks this year after making deals last season with the Dallas Cowboys (traded away receiver Amari Cooper) and Chicago Bears (traded away linebacker Khalil Mack).