Oakland Raiders 2014 Undrafted Free Agent Player Profiles

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Apr 26, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie during the 2013 draft press conference at Oakland Raiders headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

We all know how much the Oakland Raiders love to acquire Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA’s) and turn them into stars.  Some of the more recent notable UDFA’s the Raiders have had on their starting roster include WR-Rod Streater, WR-Greg Jenkins, QB-Matt McGloin, DE-Ryan Robinson, OL-Lamar Mady, and CB-Chance Casey.

GM Reggie McKenzie may hope to find the next UDFA Hall of Famer, like DB-Willie Brown, but the jury will be out to deliberate on that for a while.  In any event, it is promising to see some rare talent available from the undrafted side of the coin.  One thing is for sure, Training Camp will have battles to make the 53-man roster, and not even a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th rounder, or current starter, are safe when it comes to building a successful franchise.

Those who want it bad enough will be kept, and those that think talent alone will win a spot will be cut.  Work hard and learn fast, or be left out in the cold with the general population.  That being said, let’s take a look at who the Oakland Raiders have brought in, so far, as a UDFA:

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  • R8R4LIFE

    Thanks for the update! Love the optimism!.. Let’s go Raider Nation!!!

  • KloverJane

    I’ll read this at lunch.Checking it for mistakes….lol

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Nice, is it that bad? LOL

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Always the optimist. Right now that’s what I bring. When they start winning it’ll be better

  • KloverJane

    Ha. Looks well researched. I liked that we got Atkinson. (So is his dad lol) If this had been 5 years ago he might have been drafted. Being that Bishop Sankey was the first RB drafted late in the 2nd round this year. He’s good. Btw.
    Danny Kistler might fill in the size missing with Veldeers abduction by that stupid looking bird team. Almost fill those shoes. Looking good brother. OTA’s cometh.

  • Raider Grant

    One small step for man, one HUGE step for Raider Nation!!! Agree, time for the coaches to produce a positive result, especially coming out for the second half of a close football game! LONG LIVE RAIDER NATION

  • rob

    The Raiders did not only score in the draft, but also signing a number of very good undrafted free agents. Noel Grigsby, San Jose State University, is an excellent receiver. If he did not get injured in 2013, he would have every SJSU receiving record. He has excellent hands, and runs great routes. He is on the small side, and does not have blazing speed (4.56), but good quickness and great hands. He also has a 38-inch vertical.

  • Brutus

    I’m interested to see how Veldheer does in AZ. I think it was more than him just not wanting to play for the Raiders. I think RM questioned his talent or the injury potential – he did beef up quite a bit heading into last season and got hurt almost immediately. I was surprised we didn’t pursue him more, although if he didn’t really want to be here, that is the kiss of death for RM.
    That is what sealed Houston’s fate. You can’t keep a player who openly brings the negotiations public in a way that reflects negatively on the team. This is a business. Show your emotions and lose your leverage. I’m sure he is happier with the Bears, but he may have been there for more money if he hadn’t pretty much eliminated us as a player for his services.

  • Jovan

    Are these verbal commitments or contract signings? These real or is it another scov situation

  • Jaime Olguin

    I’m so fired up, the new life that Reggie and Dennis just injected, there is good resaon to be excited this year
    I truly believe that we will have an awesome team, and its our turn to inflict pain on opposing offenses and their fan
    base, can’t wait for opening day GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!

  • Brazy

    Ronald McKinnon is a D2 UDFA linebacker who had a nice 9yr run in the NFL. I think this D2 kid and the Texas WR are the two to watch this year and could be solid players for years to come.

  • Lacarious

    can i see it all on one page please??

  • Ervin Barrentine

    All these beautiful articles brings tears to my RAIDER NATION eyes!

  • Shane Schilperoort

    No, these are real. No Scov issue here. I verified first.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Nice information, and thank you for the 411. I figured it was an injury that hampered his production, but I wasn’t positive as I could not find any articles as to the type of injury he suffered. His production prior to his Senior year was off the charts.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    It would make a very long article on one page. That’s why I broke it up.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Agreed. Just because a player goes undrafted doesn’t mean he is not a good player. There are a lot of undrafted players out there who have beat out highly drafted QB’s, DB/CB’s, LB’s, DL, OL, etc…

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Here’s the thing about Veldheer and Houston. The Raiders organization knew who they were and how they played. They kept running stats on their production over the years and what improvements they had made. Furthermore, they knew every bit of what their bodies could handle. As such, McKenzie offered both of them contracts that he thought was fair given their level of play for the Raiders. Veldheer was not a $40+ million dollar contract player, he was a $25-30 million dollar contract player. Reggie offered it to him ($28-$30 million) and he turned it down for more money. Then, when the Raiders wouldn’t up the amount, he fled to Arizona for $30 million. That tells me his heart was not dead set on remaining in Oakland (Not to mention the fact that he and Carson Palmer have a deep rooted friendship). The same can be said about Houston. His 5 sacks a year is not going to cut it as an elite DE. Therefore, he was offered a fair market value contract. He turned it down to venture elsewhere. It’s a business, and I hope both of those players find the success they want with their new teams. The Raiders have moved on and so have I. It’s time to embrace the new team, the players, the philosophy, and hopefully (if there is production) the coaches.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Tears of joy, I hope.

  • Shane Schilperoort

    Definitely. The coaches have this year to show they know what to do, or they need to get stepping.

  • shbrg8

    Jake Murphy is gonna be an absolute steal for us and may very well end up being our starting tight end. He is a big strong athletic dude whose draft stock dropped for stupid reasons. He also has top notch athletic bloodlines as his father is all star major league baseball player Dale Murphy.

  • Ko Daboss

    Carlos fields is a beast. Mack is a animal and moore loves yo hit. I love are new young linebacker core. The kid from san Jose state is a beast to. I love these pick ups. We have a good roster This year. Are coaches are trash but the team can complete a good season. Not all are coaches just dennis allen

  • Lacarious

    c’mon now dude, scrolling is better than new page loading. ;)

  • Mark from Section 122

    Great article Shane. We’ll see what happens when the shoulder pads start click’in. There is some real talent on the roster, and I’m ALMOST ready to quit mourning some critical losses and horrible coaching decisions. It is what it is, and if they are successful rebuilding what they blew up and make some forward progress with the team I’m ready to get behind the brass.