The Oakland Raiders are in the mist of building a new regime and there is no time for spending more time on dazzling around with trying to sign draft picks.
On Thursday around noon time the Raiders made it clear they were turning on a new leaf signed defensive end Jack Crawford, defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi and linebacker Nathan Stupar. Towards the early evening the club signed their forth round draft pick linebacker Miles Burris.
As the rest of the NFL teams were busy signing their draft picks the Raiders seemed to be in no hurry. All the Raiders draft picks were participating in rookie minicamp and all the OTA’s without any setbacks. As the final day of OTA’s arrived in Napa the Raiders were prepared to begin signing their draftees. As they continue to strive on building the for the upcoming season they were able to switch their attention towards signing four out of the six draft selections in one day for them to be ready for the mandatory minicamp next week.
But this really relatively in comparison to previous years and especially early for Raiders this all really due to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, that most teams the majority of their draft picks signed by this time.
Burris is an exciting rookie and can step right into and possible get some starts at linebacker if Ronaldo McClain is suspended by the league come fall for his recent trouble. But for now Burris is still learning about the NFL but has that flair and intensity needed on defense coming from San Diego State and is stepping behind OLB Aaron Curry in OTAs, but he could be the Raiders' strong-side linebacker of the future. Raiders signed him to a four year contract.
Crawford the Raiders fifth round draft was born in London started three seasons Penn State. Last season he had 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks and moves well laterally and has intriguing combination of size and athleticism.
Bikudi, a sixth-round pick, also adds some international flair to the roster. He was born in Angola and lived in France and Brazil. He came late to football as a result and is a raw prospect at this point. He is versatile with long arms but can use to time develop his strength but is excited about competing for a roster spot with the team. In two seasons in Georgia State he totaled 10 sacks.
Stupar, Raiders final pick in 2012 came in the seventh-round, another rookie from Penn State. He ranked third on the team with 80 tackles last season. The good thing going for him is the Raiders are not very deep at linebacker this summer making the job
The Raiders currently have two remaining unsigned draftees, their first pick of the 2012 third-round guard Tony Bergstrom out of Utah, and fifth-round receiver Juron Criner from Arizona.