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Raiders' Shalom Luani shows off playmaking ability at minicamp

Seventh-round picks do not typically get much attention heading into, or during,Authentic ArDarius Stewart Jersey, minicamp — but Oakland Raiders rookie safety Shalom Luani certainly seems to be the exception to the rule.

At the Raiders minicamp practice on Wednesday,Authentic Bo Jackson Jersey, Luani flashed some of his play-making talents that drove Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie to draft him.

Luani intercepted one of backup quarterback Conor Cook’s passes and then batted down a Derek Carr pass when he was on the second team going up against the first-team offense,Howie Long Jersey, per NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair.

“That was just me knowing my assignment and knowing what to do on the field,Khalil Mack Jersey,” Luani said. “You have to show the coaches that you’re picking up the system and that you can make plays.”

Luani made a lot of plays in his two seasons in Pullman. After transferring from the Community College of San Francisco, Luani recorded eight interceptions, 11 passes defended and three forced fumbles as a Cougar.

“It’s instincts and knowing exactly where to be,” Luani said. “I can sense when a play can be made based upon how the quarterbacks react before the snap.”

However,ArDarius Stewart Jersey,Bo Jackson Jersey, 2016 first round pick Karl Joseph and this year’s second-round pick Obi Melifonwu at the top of the depth chart,Authentic Howie Long Jersey,Authentic Khalil Mack Jersey,Authentic Derek Carr Jersey, seeing playing time as a safety in 2017 will be difficult for Luani. With Pro Bowler Reggie Nelson,Derek Carr Jersey, the challenges ahead are real the rookie.

Luani will most likely see the field on special teams and as a reserve, but should injuries strike, don’t be surprised to see him make a play or two on Sundays.

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