Raiders add 14 undrafted free agents

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The Raiders have supplemented their draft class with 14 undrafted free agents.

And here’s the part where we list them all by name, position, and school.

They are:  linebacker Billy Boyko, Lehigh; defensive back Adrian Bushell, Louisville; punter Bobby Cowan, Idaho; center Deveric Gallington, Texas Tech; safety Shelton Johnson, Wisconsin; tight end Brian Leonhardt, Bemidji State; guard Lamar Mady, Youngstown State; receiver Sam McGuffie, Rice; quarterback Kyle Padron, Eastern Washington; long snapper Adam Steiner, Akron; defensive tackle Kurt Taufa’asau, Wyoming; receiver Conner Vernon, Duke; tackle John Wetzel, Boston College; and running back Deonte Williams, Cal Poly.

Raiders fans, feel free to applaud or complain in the comments.  Non-Raiders fans, feel free to stir up the Raiders fans in the comments.

32 responses to “Raiders add 14 undrafted free agents

  1. What is the nature of a Raider Hater.. to Hate lol
    Reggie Mckenzie, what an excellent job on the draft! Turned 7 picks into 10.. while creating depth at every position! I’m smelling some AFC upsets!

  2. Conner Vernon WILL make the 53 man roster. Dude had 270 catches in 4 years at Duke. And he went up (and torched) some pretty good ACC DBs in the process. He ran slower than expected at the combine and was a little smaller than expected. Of course, the combine doesn’t show things like toughness (which this kid has in spades), hands (he has some of the best), the ability to separate from his defender, and the instincts to get open.

    I have hated the Raiders since I was a kid, but I will be rooting for them now. Vernon is the real deal.

  3. I’m behind Big Reg 100 percent so far even picking up a Qb with the forth but what’s with all the Linebackers and not picking up much Dline help I mean don’t we have like 10 Linebackers now?

  4. The UDFA’s in Oakland have a better chance of making the team than anywhere else in the league because the Raiders have what is essentially a UFL roster.

  5. reggie mckenzie found a gem last year in rod streater lets hope he strikes gold twice. streater had a decent season for being an UFA last year putting up 500+ yards & 3 td’s. hell he even started a couple of games. its going to be a long process raider fans, but we WILL get back to elite status.

  6. McGuffie has talent, but scary concussion history. I would love to see a guy from Bemidji State make the team. Bemidji State needs the love.

    Come on in, all you non-Raiders fans. We love the attention.

  7. Non-raider fans feel free to stir up raider fans!!! Really??? Well, when we beat the hell outta those who think it’s funny to provoke us, don’t come crying to us about bad sportsmanship.

  8. Boise State fans everywhere will chortle that former rival Idaho got a player signed after the draft…a punter. It was probably their best player.

    As for the Raiders…the good news is these guys are probably YOUR best players! Ba-dump-bump!

    (There…did some stirring. But I’m actually rooting for the Raiders to turn things around. The NFL is better when they are good.)

  9. What’s true is, moreso than with any other team, you’re looking at a couple of starters and key contributors to the 2013 Raiders on that list.

    That’s how we roll.

    I’ll take a pass rusher, please.

  10. I read Jake Stoneburner signed with that Packers as a UDFA, but he would have been a really good pickup for the Raiders, he was worth atleast a 7th round pick(I would have guessed as 4th rounder). Maybe we can grab him at a later time, but he is special, I promise you.

  11. I like it! Finished the Draft with 10 picks and added a few UFA(2-3 will make the team) good depth! Our CB position is way better than it was last season! DJ Hayden should start as our #3 guy and work his way up by seasons end! Next to Porter and Jenkins.

    Only 3 Defensive starter are returning to the Raiders D. Everyone else is new’

  12. True Raider fans understand what Reggie and Mark are trying to do. Despite the attempts of those who do not understand what it is to be a Raider fan, we will prevail!

  13. Being an east coast Raiders fan, it puzzles me that Conner Vernon wasn’t drafted. Not blazing speed but he catches everything thrown his way. Great route runner as well. Read good things about Taufa’asau as well.

  14. As we all know Raider Naition is the ONLY TRUE Nation!!!! So all U other Slim Shady nations plese bow down! Im not going to go into how many UFAs have gone on to be Pro Bowlers.So Im gonna sit back and watch Reg Magic Mac do his Magic and build our Nation into an Empire!!!!

  15. I love the signing of Conner Vernon. Look at tape of this kid. We need a slot receiver and he looks like he could be it. I am very surprised he wasn’t drafted. Great signing!

  16. “Raiders fans, feel free to applaud or complain in the comments. Non-Raiders fans, feel free to stir up the Raiders fans in the comments.”

    “When all is said and done, we’ll edit out the comments that don’t agree with us and completely slant the comments the way we like.”

  17. Conner Vernon really compares favorably to a Welker, Amendola, Chrebet or Largent.

    All kidding aside….I really like grabbing Conner and McDuffie as UDFA. They’ll both most likely compete to back up Ford in the slot with one making the team (Vernon) and playing a bit due to Ford NEVER being healthy.

    Love what Reg is doing with this team. I would really like a few more D-lineman but I trust his judgement completely on this. Maybe if this team seems to be playing ahead of the pace in preseason he’ll go out and get a one year vet pass rusher? Never know but the direction we are in is great.

  18. humb0lt says: Apr 29, 2013 9:16 PM

    The UDFA’s in Oakland have a better chance of making the team than anywhere else in the league because the Raiders have what is essentially a UFL roster.
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    If hump spent any time looking at his favorite team, he would realize their roster is full of holes as well. They don’t even have a left tackle to protect their slow footed QB. Their secondary consists of Weddle and a bunch of scrubs. Talent-wise, the Chargers are a lot closer to Oakland than they are to Denver.

  19. I like the new look Raiders. This shouldn’t be a flash and sparkle team. It should be a blue collar mudder. Hopefully they have a little bit of heart this year and can shake things up in the west.

  20. Reading between the lines I now believe that McKenzie is counting on Christo Bilukidi to step into a starting role this year.

    The DT rotation is really thin with Walker, Sims and Bilukidi as the only interior linemen. Of course you can throw Carter or Houston in there but those first three are expected to regularly attack the middle throughout a game.

    This is the only way to explain drafting D linemen so late in ’12 and ’13. Also McKenzie went “2 Vets + Stud Rookie” roster building philosphy on CB and LB but not defensive line and safety. That’s a lot of focus on the back 7/8.

    Ignoring the D Line must mean he’s okay with what we have.

  21. Although I somewhat agree with the observations that the D-line may not have been adequately addressed, I do like what McKenzie has done so far this draft season in the following respects.

    – unlike Al Davis, he is focusing on football character and production rather than pure athleticism

    -Reggie traded to get more late-rounders and is going all out with bringing in undrafted FAs. This was an approach that he successfully participated in the Packers. Hopefully some of these guys will become productive starters (or at least add quality depth).

    I’m cautiously optimistic that his approach will pay long-term dividends (although not immediately in 2013).

  22. spinmovr says: Apr 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    This is the only way to explain drafting D linemen so late in ’12 and ’13. Also McKenzie went “2 Vets + Stud Rookie” roster building philosphy on CB and LB but not defensive line and safety. That’s a lot of focus on the back 7/8.
    Ignoring the D Line must mean he’s okay with what we have.
    ———–
    This is what McKenzie said about drafting for need:

    “As it went on, later on, it’s always, even in the beginning, you’re like, somebody’s on the board that you didn’t expect and you would like to fill a need real quick but you can’t do that, you hurt your team that way.”

  23. Mr. McKenzie has a viable strategy, even if it is short-term moneyball for long-term building. It is up to the scouts and Reggie’s ability to trust them now—which is to say, these last two draft/undrafted FA classes need to prove that Reggie can find scouts and that the scouts are able to find the talent to consistently implement Reggie’s plan.

    I think we will see a scrappy, tough, disciplined Raiders team this season (won’t that be nice for a change), and an increasingly confident and capable roster emerging for the next many years under Mr. McKenzie’s guidance. I am even cautiously hopeful about the QB position.

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