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How the 2022 Las Vegas Raiders roster was built

The Raiders moves on Tuesday brought the roster to the 53-man active limit. The transactions and decisions of the initial roster give insight to what General Manager Dave Ziegler, Head Coach Josh McDaniels and their entire staff were evaluating throughout Training Camp.

Of course, this is just an initial roster, with changes to be expected as its an ever-changing part of any team.

The roster features a mix of veterans, young draft picks and a few surprises. Let's take a look at how this Raiders roster was compiled.

Drafted by the Raiders (20)

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Player Position Year
Johnathan Abram S 2019, first round
Brittain Brown RB 2022, seventh round
Matthew Butler DT 2022, fifth round
Derek Carr QB 2014, second round
Maxx Crosby DE 2019, fourth round
Divine Deablo LB 2021, third round
Neil Farrell Jr. DL 2022, fourth round
Clelin Ferrell DE 2019, first round
Nate Hobbs CB 2021, fifth round
Josh Jacobs RB 2019, first round
Malcolm Koonce DE 2021, third round
Kolton Miller T 2018, first round
Tre'von Moehrig S 2021, second round
Foster Moreau TE 2019, fourth round
Thayer Munford Jr. T 2022, seventh round
Dylan Parham G 2022, third round
Hunter Renfrow WR 2019, fifth round
Amik Robertson CB 2020, fourth round
John Simpson G 2020, fourth round
Zamir White RB 2022, fourth round

All of the Silver and Black's 2022 draft picks earned a spot on the initial roster after a preseason where the Raiders went undefeated. Each of the draft picks contributed to the wins and got a chance to showcase why they were selected, especially Zamir White and Brittain Brown, who together accumulated a total 242 rushing yards and four touchdowns.

Derek Carr, going into his ninth season as a Raider, remains the team's longest tenured draft pick.

Acquired through trade (4)

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Player Position Year
Davante Adams WR 2022
Denzel Perryman LB 2021
Jarrett Stidham QB 2022
Rock Ya-Sin CB 2022

One of the biggest offseason trades around the league was undoubtedly for top wide receiver Davante Adams, in exchange for the Raiders' first and second-round picks in the 2022 Draft. Ziegler and his staff pulled off two other trades this past offseason, acquiring Jarrett Stidham from the Patriots – who started every game for the Raiders in the preseason – and Rock Ya-Sin from the Colts, poised to continue his growth in the secondary.

Acquired through free agency (21)

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Player Position Year
Ameer Abdullah RB 2022
Anthony Averett CB 2022
Jackson Barton T 2021
Andrew Billings DT 2022
Brandon Bolden RB 2022
Tashawn Bower DE 2022
Jayon Brown LB 2022
Daniel Carlson K 2018
Jermaine Eluemunor OL 2021
Johnathan Hankins DT 2018
Duron Harmon S 2022
Mack Hollins WR 2022
Jesper Horsted TE 2022
Jakob Johnson FB 2022
Tyron Johnson WR 2021*
Chandler Jones DE 2022
Bilal Nichols DT 2022
Trent Sieg LS 2018
Roderic Teamer S 2021
Kendal Vickers DT 2020
Darren Waller TE 2018

*signed to practice squad in 2021

The Raiders picked up multiple big names once the free agency period opened up this offseason, including four-time Pro Bowler Chandler Jones. A total of 12 of the free agency signings ended up making the initial roster. The 2022 additions were a combination of players on both sides of the ball – a common denominator in some of the acquisitions being that they have experience previously playing for the New England Patriots and McDaniels.

Signed as undrafted free agents (8)

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Player Position Year
Darien Butler LB 2022
AJ Cole P 2019
Lester Cotton Sr. G 2019
Andre James C 2019
Luke Masterson LB 2022
Isaiah Pola-Mao S 2022
DJ Turner WR 2021
Sam Webb CB 2022

2019 was the last time that a rookie undrafted free agent has made the Silver and Black's initial roster – and this year, there's four of them (Darien Butler, Luke Masterson, Isaiah Pola-Mao and Sam Webb). All four defensive players showed flashes of their potential in the preseason, as both Butler and Masterson paced the team in tackles (21 and 19, respectively).

DJ Turner signed with the Silver and Black last year as a UDFA, and after spending a year on the practice squad, earned a spot on the initial active roster following a preseason where he compiled 93 receiving yards and one touchdown on six receptions (15.5 yards per reception average).

View photos of the Silver and Black's 53-man roster as it currently stands (Last updated Wednesday, November 30th)

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