The new CBA that was fought tooth and nail over during last year’s lockout was supposed to streamline the process of signing NFL draft picks. Well, I should rephrase that. The new CBA actually has streamlined the entire process of inking draftees. It’s just that Reggie McKenzie and the Oakland Raiders didn’t get around to signing their new class until today despite most of the league having put this baby to bed weeks ago.
Despite still being far ahead of how long it used to take teams to get their rookies under contract, the Raiders are among the last teams to get down to business. Today they took their first steps towards getting their new class officially on the roster by signing 5th round pick Jack Crawford, 6th rounder Christo Bilukidi and 7th round pick Nathan Stupar.
For the record Oakland’s entire draft class has been participating in OTAs. So too have men like Desmond Bryant who didn’t officially sign his offer sheet until yesterday. That speaks well of the team mentality Dennis Allen and McKenzie are building.
No matter the time taken in getting around to handling this order of business it’s still much better than in the past. Usually the Raiders were among the best at getting their draftees signed in time for camp (#2 notwithstanding) even though that often meant having rookies sign the same day they reported to training camp.