80. John Lotulelei
The cousin of former first-round pick Star Lotulelei, John Lotulelei has had a more difficult path to NFL success thus far in his career. Coming to the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 as an undrafted free agent, Lotulelei quickly ended up with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he spent two seasons before being claimed by the Raiders in December.
Injuries have derailed Lotulelei’s career as he missed all of 2014 after appearing 12 games for Jacksonville as a rookie. A setback from which Lotulelei hasn’t recovered from as the Jaguars decided to part ways with him last season despite their early investment in the former UDFA pre-injury.
Lotulelei will face an uphill battle to make the Raiders 53 man roster this summer as there is a surplus of pass rushing talent in Oakland after a busy offseason from general manager Reggie McKenzie. With NFL experience under his belt from his rookie season, Lotulelei could be a surprise depth piece if he can recover from his injury woes and get back to his early career success.
– Chase Ruttig