Assembling The Roster: How The 2017 Raiders Were Built


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)

GuardVadal Alexander2016SafetyKeith McGill2014
LinebackerNeiron Ball2015LinebackerCory James2016
Defensive endShilique Calhoun2016KickerSebastian Janikowski2000
QuarterbackDerek Carr2014Running backTaiwan Jones2011
CornerbackTJ Carrie2014SafetyKarl Joseph2016
CornerbackGareon Conley2017Defensive backShalom Luani2017
QuarterbackConnor Cook2016Defensive endKhalil Mack2014
Wide receiverAmari Cooper2015CornerbackDexter McDonald2015
Defensive endMario Edwards, Jr.2015Defensive backObi Melifonwu2017
Defensive tackleJustin Ellis2014TackleDavid Sharpe2017
Offensive linemanJon Feliciano2015Defensive tackleEddie Vanderdoes2017
LinebackerBen Heeney2015Tight endClive Walford2015
Defensive tackleTreyvon Hester2017Defensive endJihad Ward2016
Running backElijah Hood2017TackleJylan Ware2017
GuardGabe Jackson2014Running backDeAndré Washington2016
LinebackerMarquel Lee2017

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)

LinebackerTyrell Adams2016LinebackerAndy Mulumba2017
Defensive endJimmy Bean2016SafetyReggie Nelson2016
Tight endJared Cook2017Offensive linemanMarshall Newhouse2017
Long snapperJon Condo2006FullbackJamize Olawale2012
Wide receiverDerek Carr2015Offensive linemanKelechi Osemele2016
Tight endCooper Helfet2016Wide receiverCordarrelle Patterson2017
TackleAustin Howard2014TackleDonald Penn2014
CenterRodney Hudson2015Offensive tackleIan Silberman2017
Outside linebackerBruce Irvin2016Tight endLee Smith2015
LinebackerJelani Jenkins2017CornerbackSean Smith2016
QuarterbackEJ Manuel2017KickerGiorgio Tavecchio2015

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.

Trade (1)

Running backMarshawn Lynch2017

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)

CornerbackDavid Amerson2015

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 linemanDenico Autry2014PunterMarquette King2012
CornerbackBreon Borders2017GuardDenver Kirkland2016
Defensive tacklePaul Boyette2017Long snapperAnthony Kukwa2017
Wide receiverK.J. Brent2016Defensive tackleDarius Latham2016
TackleChauncey Briggs2017LinebackerLaTroy Lewis2017
Defensive endFadol Brown2017SafetyMarcus McWilson2017
Tight endPharoah Brown2017Wide receiverJaydon Mickens2016
Defensive endChris Casher2016LinebackerNicholas Morrow2017
SafetyAnthony Cioffi2017Tight endRyan O'Malley2016
Linebacker/defensive endJames Cowser2016GuardOni Omoile2016
CornerbackKenneth Durden2016Running backJalen Richard2016
CornerbackAntonio Hamilton2016Wide receiverSeth Roberts2014
LinebackerNajee Harris2017GuardJordan Simmons2017
Wide receiverKeon Hatcher2016SafetyAhmad Thomas2017
Tight endGabe Holmes2015Defensive tackleJordan Wade2017
Wide receiverJohnny Holton2016Wide receiverIsaac Whitney2017
CornerbackChris Humes2017LinebackerXavier Woodson-Luster2017
Defensive linemanBranden Jackson2016Wide receiverIshmael Zamora2017
SafetyRickey Jefferson2017

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.

An exclusive look at the 2017 roster.

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