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Now the pair of small-school prospects are Raiders teammates, the Sam Houston State defensive tackle a second-rounder and the North Carolina A&T offensive tackle the first pick of the third round. The Raiders traded back to No. 57 from No. 41 and selected Hall, then snagged Parker after trading up to No. 65 from No. 75.

“I was very surprised,” Parker said. “Just sitting here watching the thing, watching everybody else get drafted. Then your phone rings with an unidentified number with the California area code. I answered it and I think I was so excited I missed the guy’s name. My emotions were everywhere.”

Hall fills a need at defensive tackle, where the Raiders currently roster Justin Ellis, Eddie Vanderdoes and Treyvon Hester. He stands a smidge above 6-foot and weighs 310 pounds, yet blocked 14 kicks in his college career. “I just make sure I give effort on every play because you never know when one of those specialty plays will come and make a difference in the game,” he said. Hall set the FCS record with 86.5 career tackles for loss, besting the former record of 80 held by fellow Raider James Cowser.

Parker allowed less than a handful of sacks during his college career and won his second straight MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year Honor in 2017. He stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 309 pounds, providing added depth to an offensive line Jon Gruden clearly didn’t believe was deep enough entering the draft.

“We saw Brandon Parker at the Senior Bowl … He didn’t care who he blocked,” Gruden said. “He played right tackle, left tackle in the All Star Classic. I think if you’re as productive as P.J. Hall and your measurables are what they are … Believe me, we weren’t the only team that wanted P.J. Hall. I think these two guys are going to be great future Raiders.”

Hall, at No. 57, was the first player taken in this year’s draft not invited to the combine. At his pro day, though, he ran a 40-yard dash in the low 4.7s, logged a 38-inch vertical jump, benched 36 reps and ripped off a 9-foot-8 broad jump. That turned out to be just fine for him to crack the Top 60, a range he never imagined.

“I was a little down about it for like a day or two, but after that I felt like it helped me that I didn’t come to the combine,” Hall said. “I got more time to prepare for my pro day and I had an excellent pro day. I crushed it, and I feel like that’s what kind of raised all my stock. After my pro day, that’s when everybody tried contacting me. I had a lot more private workouts after that. So yeah, I feel like it didn’t affect me as much after that.”

Parker grew up a Buccaneers fan watching former Tampa Bay offensive lineman and current raiders left tackle Donald Penn. His grandma, on the other hand, is a longtime Raider fan. Playing under Gruden, then, is a perfect compromise (Parker said his grandma was the happiest in the room when he was drafted). The selection might’ve come earlier than he expected, too, but he’ll take it.

“They have a passion for football. We put a Raider sticker next to them because they have a five-star character, great work ethic,” Gruden said. “They’re going to be finishers, they’re going to get better every day and I’m really happy to add those two men.”