Once the seven rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft were all through, the Oakland Raiders — like every other club in the league — got on the phone lines to sign their undrafted free agents who didn’t hear their names called.
As far as general manager Reggie McKenzie is concerned, he’s hopeful that something turns up with the crop of talent.
“I can tell you one thing; we’re hopeful that we can have some guys step up and try to make a name for themselves throughout the offseason and training camp,” he said during an exclusive call with Season Ticket Members earlier in the week, per the team site.
Arkansas wide receiver Keon Hatcher reached a deal after a season in which he posted 44 catches for 743 yards and 8 touchdowns. After bringing down 13 passes for 198 yards over the first two games of the 2015, he missed the rest of the season with a foot injury.
Wide receiver Ish Zamora was also signed, and he’s a player who is perhaps looking to turn the tide on his dark past. The Baylor product made headlines last season after he posted a video in which he was seen abusing a dog.
Other notable names are Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown and Rutgers safety Anthony Cioffi.
“They’re just in the process now,” McKenzie said. “They just got back yesterday, and we’ve only had the Rookie Mini-camp to work with them, [where] they didn’t do too much, but we’re hopeful that some of these guys can show up and really see what they can do in training camp, but we have some good prospects, so we’ll wait and see.”