The Oakland Raiders have kept themselves busy off the field this week by signing six of their 10 draft picks.
The Raiders have managed to sign: Colorado tight end Nick Kasa, Central Florida running back Latavious Murray, Tennessee tight end Mychel Rivera, Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee, San Diego State wide receiver Brice Butler and Missouri Western defensive end David Bass.
Those are six of the 10 drafted players the Raiders have signed, leaving their first four picks left unsigned: Houston corner back D.J. Hayden, Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson, Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson.
All of the signed rookie draft selections came from the sixth and seventh rounds of the NFL Draft, so it would appear all of them are long shots to make the roster, but the Raiders may need to fill some specific roster spots.
Murray was one of the few players drafted by the Raiders that is a skills position, but is not too much of a long shot to make the roster. The Raiders managed to nab free agent running back Rashad Jennings, but the third spot is still open at running back. Murray was a 1,000-yard rusher his senior year at Central Florida with 1,106 rushing yards, and he managed to get 15 touchdowns rushing and four touchdowns receiving.
With veteran tight end and team receptions leader, Brandon Myers on the roster, it will be hard for Kasa to even compete for a roster spot.
Other late-round picks like McGee, Butler, Bass and Rivera are all long shots to earn the last spot at each of their positions. All the unsigned picks are expected to earn a roster spot, which means nothing if the Raiders don’t sign them first. The Raiders will be expected to have everyone signed before the start of training camp.