I have a new player I will campaign for the Raiders to draft.
Bring Chilo Rachal to Oakland.
The last time I saw Rachal up close, he was playing basketball for Dominguez High and winning a state title at Arco Arena in 2004.
And in an era where every athlete claims he’s leaving school to help his family, Rachal is truly doing that.
His mother, Veronica Pickett, has cancer and doesn’t have health insurance. His father, Charles Rachal, is also beset with health problems.
Rachal left USC after his junior season to take care of his mother. He’s a personable player that played guard at USC, but feels he could also play tackle in the NFL.
He knows Lane Kiffin and has experience in a pro scheme.
And having seen him on the court a little bit (he came in the game late and showed some handles), I know he’d fit with the Raiders.
One of the things the Raiders need up front is athleticism. He cites Larry Allen as his favorite player and said he wants to be a “glass-eater” with his nasty play.
And from a personal standpoint, the Compton native and this Long Beach native should have some fun discussing life in Southern California.