The Oakland Raiders are in the midst of their Offseason Training Program, and just recently concluded rookie mini-camp.
With OTAs [Organized Team Activities] less than a month away, let’s take a look at how the 2017 Raiders were built.
NFL Draft (31)
|Defensive end||Mario Edwards, Jr.||2015||Defensive back||2017|
|Offensive lineman||2015||Defensive tackle||2017|
|Defensive tackle||2017||Defensive end||2016|
Time and time again the phrase, “build through the draft and supplement through free agency,” has been repeated by General Manager Reggie McKenzie and Head Coach Jack Del Rio. Currently, a majority of the team’s roster has been constructed through the draft process.
The longest tenured Raider on the team is kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who was drafted by the Silver and Black back in 2000. The team has added quality talent through the draft in recent memory with the additions of defensive end Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr, and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Free Agency (23)
|Tight end||2017||Offensive lineman||2017|
|Wide receiver||2015||Offensive lineman||2016|
|Tight end||2016||Wide receiver||2017|
|Outside linebacker||2016||Tight end||2015|
When you draft quality talent, you’re allowed the opportunity to lure more talented players to the team in free agency. Last season, the Raiders acquired linebacker Bruce Irvin, guard Kelechi Osemele, and veteran safety Reggie Nelson.
In their first seasons with the team, all three players made significant contributions at their position. This year, the Raiders added more offensive weapons with dangerous return man Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Jared Cook.
Possibly the biggest acquisition this offseason was the addition of running back Marshawn Lynch, who was traded to the Raiders from the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch is very familiar with the East Bay, as he’s a native to the city of Oakland.
Claim Via Waivers (1)
After making a huge impact on the roster in his first season with the Raiders, cornerback David Amerson signed an extension with the team prior to the start of Training Camp in 2016. The team claimed Amerson via waivers in 2015 and have benefitted from the fruits of his labor ever since.
Undrafted Free Agents (37)
|Defensive tackle||2017||Long snapper||2017|
|Wide receiver||2016||Defensive tackle||2016|
|Tight end||Pharoah Brown||2017||Wide receiver||2016|
|Wide receiver||2016||Safety||Ahmad Thomas||2017|
|Tight end||2015||Defensive tackle||Jordan Wade||2017|
|Wide receiver||2016||Wide receiver||2017|
|Defensive lineman||2016||Wide receiver||2017|
Last season, several players from the Undrafted Free Agent pool made big impressions in their first seasons with the team. Most notably, running back Jalen Richard burst onto the scene with his explosive running-style and shifty nature out of the backfield.
At the moment, the team retains a total of 37 UDFAs, and is excited to see them compete throughout OTAs and Training Camp, which takes place in Napa, Calif.