Raiders draft Josh Jacobs, Johnathan Abram with picks acquired in Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper trades

The Oakland Raiders selected Alabama running back Josh Jacobs and Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram with the first round picks the team acquired in the Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades.

The Raiders acquired the 24th pick from the Chicago Bears in the Mack trade and used it to select Jacobs. He was a member of a running back committee at Alabama that featured fellow draft entrant Damien Harris and sophomore Najee Harris of Antioch, Calif.

Jacobs ran for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2018, and was widely considered to be the best running back in the draft.

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The 27th pick was acquired from the Dallas Cowboys for Amari Cooper, and the Raiders used it to select Abram, a playmaking safety from Mississippi State.

Abram intercepted two passes in 2018 and was named to the All-SEC team.

Earlier in the evening, the Raiders drafted Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick, making good on reports they were planning an early “surprise.”

Read more from The Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara.

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