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Making a Case for the Oakland Raiders’ Top 5 UDFAs

Selling You on the Raiders' Top 5 UDFAs

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When the 2014 NFL Draft came to a close, the Oakland Raiders immediately jumped on the phones to begin signing their top undrafted free agent targets. They brought in an impressive haul, adding several players capable of developing into contributors.

With that in mind, here’s a look at their top five UDFAs and why I believe the Raiders must keep them around.

RB George Atkinson III

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RB George Atkinson III

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While I’m not a big fan of Atkinson myself, there’s definitely some potential in the Notre Dame product. He offers tremendous speed and elusiveness for the Raiders, but desperately needs to improve his vision and patience as a runner. The fact that his father is a former Oakland star who still has strong connections to the organization will certainly help his cause.

TE Jake Murphy

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TE Jake Murphy

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Especially considering the Raiders’ lack of a true starting tight end, Murphy has a great chance of making the 53-man roster. David Ausberry was expected to be the starter last year, but watched an injury end his season early. Mychal Rivera had a promising rookie season, but can’t carry the load on his own. Murphy is an outstanding receiver with reliable hands, and can earn a roster spot if his blocking improves.

OT Danny Kistler

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OT Danny Kistler

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One of the top small-school offensive tackles of the 2014 draft class, Kistler spent most of last season flying under the radar. Despite his unheralded status, the Montana product has the tools to develop into a quality NFL blocker. He has the size, toughness and tenacity to eventually become a contributor for the Raiders, but projects more as a developmental talent right now. Still, the upside is there with Kistler.

ILB Carlos Fields Jr.

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ILB Carlos Fields Jr.

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As I mentioned in a recent column, Fields is a hidden gem. The Raiders don’t necessarily have a huge need at linebacker, but the small-school product offers outstanding technique, awareness and leadership that could see him develop into a starter at some point down the road.

WR Mike Davis

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WR Mike Davis

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The Raiders went into the 2014 NFL Draft looking for a legitimate No. 1 receiver. While they failed to find one, adding Davis via undrafted free agency certainly helps. He might not be the top target Oakland was looking for, but offers tremendous speed and field-stretching abilities on the outside. Considering how inconsistent the Raiders’ receivers were last season, Davis could easily earn a role with a strong camp showing.

Gil Alcaraz IV is the Director of Content for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.