10 compensatory picks at the end of the third round extend it from 32 to 42 picks. That was enough for Tanner Muse to surprise many by becoming a second day selection, being taken by the Las Vegas Raiders at pick #100. He’ll join fellow Tigers Clelin Ferrell, Trayvon Mullen, and Hunter Renfrow there, as they were selected by the Raiders in last year’s NFL draft.
The Raiders have had a draft full of surprises. They selected Henry Ruggs, the number two WR at Alabama, in the first round. With a second selection in the first round, they reached for Ohio State CB Damon Arnette three picks after AJ Terrell was off the board. Then, before selecting Tanner Muse, they used back-to-back third round picks to take Lynn Bowden, the dynamic WR/QB from Kentucky, and Bryan Edwards, the WR standout from U of SC.
Here’s what NFL.com says about the Tanner Muse selection:
He’s an athletic linebacker/safety with the speed, quickness and burst to crack the lineup as a sub-package defender. Muse should be a special teams standout until he develops enough to carve out a bigger role on the defense.
As a true freshman in 2016, Tanner Muse shared Special Teams Defensive Player of the Year honors with Chad Smith at Clemson. That experience will help his transition to the NFL as he learns linebacker.
There was debate in the STS comments as to where Tanner Muse would be selected. The optimists, like myself said he would be taken on day three thanks to a great combine performance. Others said he might not get taken at all. He became one of the biggest surprises of the draft by being selected on day two. Congratulations to Tanner Muse. Check out our Farewell article about Tanner Muse here.