Raiders draft Canadian defensive tackle 0
Raiders' head coach Dennis Allen smiles during a news conference in Oakland, California. (REUTERS FILES/Beck Diefenbach)
NEW YORK - Ottawa's Christo (Chris) Bilukidi was a surprise selection late Saturday afternoon in the NFL draft.
The Oakland Raiders picked the 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive tackle in the sixth round, 189th overall.
Bilukidi played three years at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
He was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil before moving to Canada and attending St. Patrick's High school in Ottawa, where he played only one year of football.
He then attended an American junior college - Eastern Arizona J.C. - which Canadians hoping to land a scholarship to an NCAA university often do.
At Georgia State, Bilukidi had 10 career sacks, 15 tackles for loss and was a team captain in 2011.
The CFL Scouting Bureau rated him sixth among prospects for next Thursday's CFL entry draft.
In Ottawa, Bilukidi was a four-year starter on the St. Patrick's basketball team, and was second-team all-regional.
Bilukidi was the third Canadian selected in the seven-round NFL draft, which concluded Saturday evening.