5 UDFAs Who Will Make the Oakland Raiders’ 53-Man Roster

5 Raiders UDFAs Who Will Make the 53-Man Roster

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After the 2014 NFL Draft came a close, the Oakland Raiders went out and picked up some of the top players who didn’t hear their names called. While the majority of UDFAs – or undrafted free agents – don’t make NFL rosters, there are several talents who could crack the Raiders’ 53-man in 2014.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five UDFAs who could make the final roster in Oakland.

OLB Jarek Lancaster

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OLB Jarek Lancaster

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Here’s your wild card of the group. While not many people know much about Lancaster, he is certainly one worth watching as the Raiders get into the nitty-gritty of the offseason. A Stanford product who shined as a special teams ace throughout his collegiate career, Lancaster has the smarts and tenacity to earn a backup linebacker/special teams role with the Raiders.

TE Jake Murphy

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TE Jake Murphy

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For years, the Raiders have lacked a legitimate No. 1 tight end. While they’ve found a few capable contributors in Mychal Rivera and David Ausberry, that instability and uncertainty could force them to keep four tight ends on the roster in 2014. Murphy is a big, athletic player with outstanding hands, and could earn that final tight end spot if he can prove himself as a blocker.

OT Erle Ladson

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OT Erle Ladson

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Despite coming out of a small-school program like Delaware, Ladson has plenty of experience and the size that NFL teams look for in their reserve offensive linemen. He projects better as a guard, but has the strength and physicality to fill in at right tackle. His versatility and size should be just enough to land him one of the final spots on the 53-man roster.

ILB Carlos Fields Jr.

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ILB Carlos Fields Jr.

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One of the biggest diamonds in the rough of the 2014 class, Fields shouldn’t take long to find a role with the Raiders. He’s a smart, instinctive linebacker who could develop into a three-down defender given time and proper coaching. In the meantime, Fields could easily find a spot on special teams and shine until his services are needed on the defensive side of the football.

WR Noel Grigsby

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WR Noel Grigsby

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One of the biggest standouts of the Raiders’ rookie minicamp was Grigsby, a San Jose State product who missed most of the 2013 campaign with a torn meniscus. Still, he finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards and has the talent of a mid-round prospect. Seeing as he shined in his first opportunity with the Raiders, he might just find a way to beat out fellow UDFA Mike Davis for the final receiver spot.

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  • J Haskins

    They should cut or trade Denarius Moore. After numerous opportunities last year, he only proved that he CAN’T play. So maybe both Grigsby and Davis might make the team.