Roy Helu Jr. will open training camp on the PUP list. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
The Raiders announced three transactions Monday regarding players who are not ready to practice at the outset of training camp.
Rookie seventh-round draft pick Vadal Alexander (guard) will open on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed condition, while veteran running back Roy Helu Jr. and undrafted free agent defensive end Greg Townsend Jr. will begin on the physically unable to perform list. Continue Reading
The Raiders received grades mostly in the B range for their draft that opened with the selection of safety Karl Joseph. (West Virginia athletics photo)
The Raiders drafted seven players — one in each round after dealing their own fifth-round pick — over the three days of this weekend’s NFL Draft.
It started with safety Karl Joseph on Thursday, continued with DE Jihad Ward, LB Shilique Calhoun, QB Connor Cook, RB DeAndre Washington, LB Cory James and OL Vadal Alexander over the next two days.
The draft addressed two of the most pressing needs by grabbing a starting safety and a change of pace running back. The Ward pick will have to be evaluated later to see if he can make an immediate impact — you need that from a second round pick. Calhoun seems like a nice addition as an extra pass rusher. Cook could give you a decent backup quarterback and somebody to step in if something were to happen to Derek Carr, James is probably going to be a special teams player who may see the field on defense if he develops quickly and Alexander is good value in the seventh round. That’s my view, but let’s take a look at what the national media is saying. Continue Reading
Michigan State’s Connor Cook was the Raiders fourth round pick.
Round (overall): Fourth round (No. 100)
College: Michigan State
College highlights: 2015 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winning, Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and All-Big Ten first-team selection. Career record as a starter of 34-5 and went 2-0 in Big Ten championship games. Michigan State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (71), passing yards (9,194) and total offense (9,403). Continue Reading