Las Vegas Raiders: 3 UDFAs most likely to the make 53-man roster
By Nick Bailey
The Las Vegas Raiders brought in a bunch of talent as undrafted free agents, and these are the three most likely to make the 53-man roster.
Although getting the call of a lifetime during the draft, hearing your name called, and seeing your name on the tv screen is truly a dream come true for these college players who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much, not every player can have that dream realized. However, even if you don’t hear your name on draft day, as Raiders fans know, your dream is not over.
Undrafted free agents happen for many reasons, like off-the-field red flags, poor medicals, or being from a small school that doesn’t face the top competition. Many say that going undrafted is actually better than getting drafted in the late rounds due to being able to choose your team and situation.
The Raiders have had many successes with undrafted free agents, with players like Jalen Richard, Erik Harris, and even linebacker Cory Littleton, who was an undrafted free agent with the Rams. Yes, it’s harder for a player to go undrafted and make the 53-man roster, as they need to work harder than every other player on the team to prove themselves.
After the Raiders went through the 2021 NFL Draft, they signed what was hailed as a top-10 class of undrafted free agents. This group included Oklahoma State Wide receiver Dillion Stoner, Duke offensive tackle Devery Hamilton, West Virginia defensive tackle Darius Stills, BYU tight end Matt Bushman, Boston College linebacker Max Richardson, running back Trey Ragas, Pittsburgh wide receiver Dj Turner, Notre Dame safety Shaun Crawford, Stony Brook defensive back Tj Morrison, and finally reuniting Wisconsin running back Garrett Groshek with his former full back in Alec Ingold.
But which one of these players has the best chance of making the 53-man roster? I look into three players who I think have the best chance of doing just that.